We have just come back from a 3 day, 2 night wee break in Peebles and The Hydro ticked all the boxes - once again.
The service was outstanding, the management (from reception to bar to dinning) all made an effort of knowing your name, whilst the junior staff did their bit to keep things ticking over (although a few more smiles and pleasantries would be welcomed). The food was great, the wine well priced and the proximity to town and the mountains unrivalled. It was a 10 minute gentle stroll in to town to shop for trinkets and 10 minutes in the other direction to the hills. Fantastic.
Yes, the old hotel is in need of a facelift, but this is not Dubai and everything is not brand new and shinny. Maybe that's why we like it so much - a little old school charm and feel.
A constant, in this age of change and disposal.
The grounds are well kept and I enjoyed a free game of pitch and putt (clubds and balls provided free) after breakfast one morning. Again, this is not a championship facility, but a great wee knock around to stretch the legs after breakfast or lunch. There were kids playing in the fantastic kids play park and couples trying to play tennis. We both thoroughly enjoyed the indoor pool and spa facilities. This is not a private health spa with state of the art facilities but rather a very well run family orientated facility and I for one enjoyed the mix of ages in and around the pool - lots of laughter and fun for everyone.
If you want a great relaxing break, and want to ‘buy in’ to a hotel with substance, history, charm and a little backbone, then look no further. Stay once, and I am sure you will go back – just like us!
My only criticism is that the bacon at breakfast could be much more crispy, but that's just me...
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- Also Known As:
- Hydro Peebles
- Hydro Hotel Peebles
- Peebles Hydro Hotel
- Peebles Hydro Scotland