We have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Maitlandfield whilst visiting Edinburgh and East Lothian for a short break.
The hotel is in the village/small town of Haddington, which offers 4 or 5 nice pubs, a small selection of local shops and some interesting architecture amongst the buildings.
We used the hotel as a base to explore Edinburgh (about 15 miles away) and the East Lothian coastline. It is certainly convenient for those purposes. We drove into Newcraighall (about 10 mins west down the A1) and left the car at the park and ride (50p for all day) and caught the 10 mins train (£3.60 return each) into Edinburgh. Definitely to be recommended as parking is not easy (and expensive) in the city.
The hotel itself was a mixed affair. The communal areas downstairs - the bar, lounge with its large open fire, restaurant and small reception are welcoming and comfortable. The bedrooms are small, somewhat tired and dated and in need of an upgrade (we stayed in a Classic double room). Having said that, they are clean, presentable and comfortable for a short stay, although the shower in our room was boiling hot one second and like an ice storm the next!
We had a noisy neighbour who decided at 11pm one evening to run a bath and proceed to chat with her partner who was presumably in the bedroom. They may as well have been in our bedroom, as we could hear every word spoken and every splash made! It actually woke us up it was that noisy. Its not the hotels fault so no complaint was made but beware the thin walls!
The evening meal was acceptable, if from a rather small menu and the breakfasts were nice - the usual affair of fruit juice, tea/coffee, fruit, cereal and a hot buffet option.
The best feature of the hotel are the staff. Everyone of them could not do enough for you. Friendly, courteous, hospitable, helpful, polite. They are a credit to the owners.
Outside, there is plenty of parking in the hotel grounds and the outdoor seating looked very inviting on a warmer day!
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Inn Haddington
- Maitlandfield Hotel Haddington
- Maitlandfield House Hotel Haddington, Scotland