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The Scotsman Inn
Ranked #4 of 12 Pictou B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 24, 2008

I read the Scottish lady's review after booking our room and became a bit concerned that we would not enjoy our stay there, but we were quite pleased with the whole experience. This is the second B&B we have tried in the Pictou/New Glasgow area.

We found the interior to be nicely decorated. The hostess was very polite and accommodating to us and our young children. Our room was modest but clean and nicely decorated; better than most hotel rooms we've experienced. The continental breakfast was simple yet satisfying (toast, cereal, etc.) and she offered a cooked breakfast for $5 if one was so inclined.

We visited the web sites of every B&B in the area we could find and e-mailed or telephoned them all. We got the best price and among the most pleasant communications from Sam at the Auberge Walker.

I might also add in contrast to the other review that the stairs were fine by us.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 24, 2007

We stayed here towards the end of the summer last year, in fact I think we were just about the last guests of the season in Pictou as the town was very quiet. I picked the AW Inn out of a guidebook and it got a reasonable review, mostly as a result of its central location. It is a relatively unpreposessing converted townhouse, tall and skinny with about three hundred stairs. When we arrived we were greeted by a gigantic French Mastiff called Basil, the biggest dog either of us have ever seen. Fortunately we are dog lovers, so this was no problem.

The reception area of the AW was very nice indeed, well decorated with a lot of lovely period features. We had high hopes for our room. The owner was a reasonably friendly English lady who booked us in while bemoaning her lack of guests and saying that she was in danger of going out of business. She then said that our room was on the top floor and that we had better be fit. We are, so we proceeded up the (many) stairs and into a room in what I can only assume used to be the attic. Unlike the rooms which I had glimpsed on my way up which were cool and had mahogany king bedsteads, muted heritage colours and all the trimmings of a NS bed and breakfast, the room into which we were shown had black-ash 1980's furniture, horrible splashy curtains, was BAKING hot and had possibly the most uncomfortable small double bed known to man (or woman). It became clear (as my hubby and I peeked into the other rooms on the floor that we were on) that we were the only occupants of the B&B and our room was the only one that hadn't been converted. The bathroom HAD been done and I was rather wondering whether the "1980's neglected" motif was intended to be a "period" room as well but given the high standard of the rest of the place I may have been being overly generous. We decided not to question the owner about changing rooms (foolishly, in retrospect) because we thought she was a nice chatty lady who seemed a bit fraught, and being British, we're not ones to make a fuss. After all, the room was clean, just ugly, and we didn't want to sound snobby. Although we WERE staying in a largely empty town and could probably have done better for the not hugely cheap price.

We spent a hot and clammy night there and the following morning headed down for breakfast. It turned out that there were two other couples staying (there were about ten rooms in the B&B). They were both older than us by some way and Canadian and American respectively. Our hostess sat in the breakfast room chatting happily away, and after breakfast I asked her if I could use the internet for ten minutes to find our next night's accomodation. I asked this because in our room there was a small clip-frame sign telling us what time breakfast was and that there was free internet on request. The lady owner looked at me as if I was bonkers and said no, her computer wasn't for guests. I mentioned the sign in our room and she said that that room hadn't been converted (we were right) and that it had been left there by the previous owners. I got really embarrassed and went upstairs to pack.

My husband went downstairs to pay and our hostess was standing in the kitchen talking to her housekeeper loudly about how much she disliked Americans. When she came out to take our money she laughed in an shamefaced fashion and said she was so glad we weren't Americans and it was nice to have some Brits (we are Scottish incidentally). When we left we couldn't help wondering whether she'd be telling her next guests she was glad they weren't Scots.

Seems to me if you are struggling for business you would give every guest the best available room and be careful about airing private opinions when you can be overheard. By all means stay here, it was clean and the breakfast was perfectly adequate but ask to see the room first and don't get stuck with the junk room (although this happened last year so she might've got around to converting it by now). And if you are an American try not to offend the owner!!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled with friends
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Stayed: August 2015, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 78 Coleraine Street, Pictou, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Pictou
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Pictou
Price Range: $91 - $112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Scotsman Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Please ignore the picture of the wrong hotel on Trip Adviser it is NOT The Scotsman Inn! We have told Trip Adviser many times they are showing the wrong picture but they won't change it. I guess they like giving people the wrong information! Please look at owners photos to see the REAL Scotsman Inn! The hotel was built in 1865 as a family home and business. It is a historic 4 story brick and stone building located in the heart of Pictou; yet only 2 minutes walk to the water front, museums, the ship Hector and the marina. Shops and restaurants are right outside the front door. The rooms are furnished with period furniture, artwork, and hand made quilts. All have full bathrooms en suite, free Wifi, and flat screen cable TV. Our rates include a free continental breakfast and private off street parking. We are happy to help with anything to make your stay more enjoyable. From dinner reservations to route planning. Just ask! ... more   less 
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