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“Nice hotel, out in the sticks, don't have room service!” 4 of 5 stars
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Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kirknewton, Kirknewton EH27 8EB, Scotland   |  
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“Nice hotel, out in the sticks, don't have room service!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is in lovely grounds and very impressive arrival into lovely old building. Rooms are pretty standard attached in a modern block. It's all nice thou. Ate room service cause was on business and alone. Was pretty average if I'm honest. Tried to be healthy so had pasta both nights. Both times it was really over cooked and the sauces pretty average. N the second night I tried the chicken and pesto pasta. All I can say is don't! Thought it would be healthy but was covered in cream and cheese. Even in an unhealthy way it was still pretty awful! Stick to what they can't get wrong like burgers!

Aside from that very nice health club and restaurants and bars are ok! Just felt a little out in the sticks. There is a bus into town (public transport) but on the whole if you want to be in Edinburgh this is not the place! If you want a country type resort kinda thing, it is!

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We booked a lastminute weekend away at Dalmahoy, and generally enjoyed our time at the hotel, with a few small annoyances....

Dalmahoy is an old castle-style building with a large adjoining annexe building that houses the leisure facilities and most of the hotel accommodation. The reception area is in the old building and it's a couple of minutes walk through to the accommodation area. The rooms are fairly standard for a Marriott, with a large bed, desk, seats, and a good sized TV. There was a radiator (it is Scotland!) but the room was fairly well insulated and we certainly weren't cold. See photos for a better idea of the layout etc.

The hotel is set in some very nice grounds, and there's a golf course and (separate) driving range on site too. There's a large swimming pool with a sauna and steam room. This was a very busy and popular part of the hotel, but it's big enough to cope comfortably with large numbers of guests. Despite how busy the hotel seemed to be we had a good sleep and weren't aware of any noise etc.

Dining in the hotel has a few issues. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table in one of the hotel restaurants, and then almost gave up waiting for our food to be served once we had ordered! In the morning the breakfast arrangement was chaotic, with so many people queuing for a table that a separate room was allocated for waiting in. I wouldn't say the mealtime experiences ruined our stay, but I do think it's unreasonable for a hotel that's relatively remote to be unable to cope with guests wanting dinner and breakfast!

Overall we enjoyed this short break in Dalmahoy (which is relatively close to home for us), but they really need to up their game with the restaurants if we are to return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

A fantastic hotel, beautiful surrounding with great and welcoming staff. We stayed for one night and arrived a little early, but despite the wedding going on around them the reception staff were able to check us into our room early. Great selection of bars and restaurants, and dinner Saturday night was great, if the dishes a little unorthodox in presentation!
Breakfast was immense, a huge buffet of freshly prepared Scottish breakfast, plus the pool and leisure centre were well staffed. Slightly disappointed the steam room was out of order, but not big issue!
Highly recommend, great value for money on a dinner bed and breakfast deal!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Stayed here with hubby in January & came back again with friends for a weekend. Loved it again & so did our friends. Bedrooms (deluxe) were faultless & the food was excellent.
We'll go back without a doubt.

Room Tip: Get an upgrade - Deluxe rooms are lovely
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I has to work for a few days near Queensferry.

First the less nice things, the drive way to the hotel has very nasty speedbumps. Healthy people won't bother them, but I have neck problems thanks to a driver who did not see the trafficjam and parked his car with 50 miles per hour in my car...
In the dark, the signage to the entrance was difficult to find. The first night I had a noisy room with a door interconnect (Closed, pfff) to the adjecent room.
Internet is an option that cost imho too much.

But now the good item:
The hotel entrance looks like a castle, very nice.
I had a lot of luggage, so the hotel staff offered me directly to bring my suitcases to my room.
The check in, no problem.
The room is equiped with a good bed and has enough space.
But the first night, what a noise. The room next door was connected to my room via an in between door.
So the next morning I told the reception staff about the noise. At that moment they had no room available, but they would take care if I returned from the customer it would have been arranged.
So I've put all my clothes back in the suite case.
I came back late in the evening (~21:00) and I've got a new room.
The staff transported my suite case to the new room.
This room was real quit. Thank you !

I've had dinner twice in the restaurant of the hotel.
Advise: Go for the beetroots as a started and the chicken as main coarse. Superb !
Also the service of the staff was very correct and friendly.
They really did walk the extra mile for you and made you feel a valuable guest.

The breakfast, a good choice and again frienbdly staff.

If I come back again in this area, I will be sure to go for this hotel again.

And hotel management, 15 pound a day for internet access, that's should be included in the room price.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room, not facing the parking lots
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed at the Dalmahoy for 3 nights. The hotel is lovely, and the staff cant do enough for you. They are a bit tight with the complimentary tea and biscuits and our mini fridge didn't work but thats a minor grumble. If you don't go on a package with food included then you will find both restaurants rather expensive, however we were on a bed and breakfast package and the breakfast was excellent with loads of variety. There is a Carvery opposite the hotel gates so we ate there once, and whilst the place looks a little 'tired' the food was good. We played golf on the West Course which is the smaller of the two, and it was in decent condition considering the weathers been so bad. Its £25 to play the West Course and £35 to play the East Course, I don't think theres enough of a concession for residents but to be fair we haven't stayed and played at many UK resorts, we've mainly stayed and played in Europe or the USA and they give far better concessions for residents. We would definitely stay at the Dalmahoy again, hopefully when the weathers bettter.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Just returned from a weekend break to Edinburgh staying with my family and my in-laws. Hotel is the perfect getaway in the complete sense, comfortable rooms and every amenity you ever need from a hotel. Our room was lovely with comfortable beds and extra pillows are requested. The leisure club is always a bonus with our kids and with the changing area recently being upgraded there is a fresh/clean feel about the area. Breakfast was the usual high standard and must be one of my favourite rooms to eat any breakfast in any hotel, the Rufflets Hotel in St Andrews being the other. Sitting overlooking the championship golf course with the baronial styled room is amazing. Enjoyed a family trip to the Edinburgh International Science Festival for the kids, add a lovely meal at the Bridge Inn at Ratho on the Saturday evening just made the weekend stay. Overall a great time and will be back again soon.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Kirknewton, Kirknewton EH27 8EB, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > West Lothian > Kirknewton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Kirknewton
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its breathtaking scenery, Baronial Manor, incredible sunsets and views of Edinburgh Castle, Dalmahoy, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club is paradise. As our resort is set within 1,000 acres of parkland, you would never know you're just 7 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, our lively capital. The resort - a retreat for leisure and rejuvenation - has two 18-hole golf courses, a PGA-approved golf academy, gym, indoor swimming pool, spa and tennis. ... more   less 
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