My partner and I stayed here at the weekend, and had the "Mac Forbes" room. Overall, the experience was very good. The room was well appointed - I particularly liked the Nespresso coffee machine; I have one at home so that was a very welcome touch. The bathroom was splendid - giant tub, and powerful deluge shower.
A couple of wee niggles that brought the expression "faded grandeur" to mind, though. For the price paid, I'd expect the decor to be fresh throughout. Small signs of wear and tear are to be expected - there's a lot of traffic, after all - but this room was showing signs that it hadn't been decorated for a while, with chips in the paintwork and lumps out of the wallpaper. The TV wasn't state of the art, either, and with only around a dozen channels to choose from, I ended up being forced to watch the X-Factor! One puzzling aspect was that it broadcast local English BBC news round-ups, despite the hotel being very definitely in Scotland?
Breakfast was a major let-down. I went for the full cooked option, which comprised one less than freshly fried egg, one pallid sausage, one rasher of bacon, one potato scone, half a tomato, half a dozen mushrooms and miniature black pudding and fruit puddings. In terms of portion size it was fine, but I expected an awful lot better from a hotel that aspires to the standards of Hotel du Vin.
It's a good hotel. But it's not an OUTSTANDING hotel and for the property it occupies, the rates charged and the legacy reputation it enjoys from the days prior to becoming part of the Hotel du Vin chain, it should be.