I visited recently, 2 people, few nights, September 2013
I will start from positives: location is great, 5 min by buss to the town centre, bus stop at the front door, frequent bus service number of different busses, large room, flat TV, comfortable bed, tea/ coffee facilities, room cleaned every day, clean quite modern bathroom although quite small, friendly staff and free wi-fi
Breakfast is Continental (so no hot food like fried English) but it is good, well presented, not large selection though, no tomato or ham available to put on a toast, just cheese, butter or jam. Cold platter with more selection would have been nice but everything fresh and presented very well, selection of fruit and cereal and yogurt was nice, bit slow service though
Negatives: very loud bathroom fun attached to the light in the bathroom- it was going on for 20 minutes after you turned off the light, you had to use the bathroom without turning on the light if you did not want to have a headache or not to wake up everybody, shower attached to the ceiling, impossible to take shower without making your hair wet- no flexibility at all for different type of customers, bit dated décor but you don’t pay for 5 star.
Windows in the room and in the corridors were not sealed properly (no double glassing) and therefore the wind was howling in the windows and made them rattle during the night and all the heat was gone, you could feel the cold draft from the window all the time making the room very cold and also some doors were rattling/ banging all night due to the wind in corridors, so no good night sleep (I guess apart from when it is good weather outside which in Scotland is probably 1-2 months in the year). Heating was turned off during the night 24:00 to 6am turned on only from 19:00 to 24:00 and 6:00am to 9:00am which for me is not good as it is the coldest at night.
It is not possible to pay by card so you need to have cash with you and if you don’t or not enough then it is not very pleasant conversation after that and they make you feel quite uncomfortable like you are trying to cheat them of the money. I used booking.com website and although they take debit/ credit card details from you they do not take the money so you think that you paid but you actually didn’t and you face the unpleasant surprise when you have to pay for your stay at the door and you were not prepared for it.
Rooms are quite large but décor is very dated.
Although the staff is in general very nice and pleasant and very helpful but they argue every day and that make you very uncomfortable- you can hear them from the kitchen during breakfast and during the day,
Car park only for 1 maybe 2 cars at a push so bit of a problem if you come by car.
I guess you have what you paid for but I have been in low budget guest houses and although they might have been dated and the standard was the same at least I had a good night sleep- the bathroom fun and the unsealed windows and doors make it impossible to have good night sleep so I am sorry but I would not come back there.
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