I have recently returned from a four night break staying at the Cairndale.
The hotel is easy to find in the town centre and there is a large car park opposite the DG One Leisure Centre – which is also a good point of reference on the local traffic signs. The hotel looks a little old-fashioned from outside and indeed a few parts of the hotel look as though they could do with updating but there is nothing “sub standard” about this hotel.
The welcome at reception was warm, and we had a pleasant double room on the second floor. There were adequate facilities in the room – desk to work, a couple of arm chairs and a very comfortable bed. There was a flat-screen television with reasonable choice of channels and ample supplies of tea, coffee and chocolate. The free Wireless internet worked well and was fast.
The en-suite consisted of loo, wash basin and a really good power shower. The fitting and tiling all appeared quite new, there was a good selection of shampoo, soap, etc and plenty of room for your own bits and pieces.
There is an excellent pool, Jacuzzi, etc, although the changing rooms could do with sprucing up a little. Adjacent to the pool is a café where you can get a lunchtime snack.
The most chaotic part of the hotel was the bar. Service was slow and seating limited.
The best part of the hotel was undoubtedly the restaurant. An excellent self-service buffet breakfast with a wide range of hot and cold foods and kippers and haddock cooked to order. One of my big complaints about hotels is that there is every variety of jam on the tables but no marmalade – that was certainly not the case at the Cairndale where jams and marmalade choices were wide and varied! In the evening there was a substantial three course dinner – ordered from a set menu or a la carte. Main courses ranged from a roast beef dinner, spicy chicken, pork, salmon or steaks which all come with potatoes and a good selection of vegetables. The food was all excellently prepared and good quantities and good wines by the glass or bottle to accompany.
Throughout our stay, wherever we went in the hotel the staff were really friendly and all went the extra mile to help and make our stay memorable.
We will certainly be back to the Cairndale if we visit the area again.
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- Cairndale Hotel And Leisure Club
- Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club Dumfries, Scotland
- Cairndale Dumfries Hotel