This place has so much to recommend - but the lack of attention to detail does leap out at you and you can only wonder why it doesn't do likewise to the owner/s.
First of all, the rooms are a decent size, clean and comfortable - ideal for a stop off or short break. In fact, the rooms are a pleasant surprise after walking through the corridor towards them, where the carpet is badly in need of cleaning and cupboard doors hung off the towel store. The shower in our room was functional but far from modern. Its doors required some wrestling with and was slow to drain. Whilst the interior of the room was freshly decorated, the exterior sill and window frame was badly in need of a clean - or even replacement. All rooms are close to each other so you have to rely on neighbours being considerate. (We were there during the Lothian and Borders 6.30am door slamming championships).
The food was (mainly) excellent and breakfast was cooked to order and served hot at the table. In the evening, we had very tasty haggis starters as well as first rate mussels. The Lamb and Chicken main courses were also very well received - though not the Gammon which seemed to be processed rather than fresh from the butcher. There is a good choice of wine at reasonable cost. The restaurant is Bistro style. We found it relaxed and comfortable - but a little dingy in places.
The strength of The Gordon Arms is with the staff. Every one of them was personable, welcoming and efficient at what they did.
If only the management could invest a little and afford to pay a part time handy person with an eye for detail, this place really could go up a notch.
- Also Known As:
- The Gordon Arms Hotel West Linton, Scotland