This hotel has a total of only 33 rooms but they also do some business as a health and exercise center. We saw classes for swimming and exercise underway. The facility includes a fully equipped gym (new equipment arrived while we were there), a sauna and steam room and an indoor pool.
The grounds here and in most of Scotland, both for commercial and private homes, were extremely well maintained…better than the average property in the USA.
Adjusting to European style facilities was interesting… Most mattresses were harder than you would find in the USA or Canada. Heating is via modern radiators rather than forced air. If the radiators are ‘on’, you can adjust them up or down but you really can’t control the room temperature. However the staff was very helpful and provided enough heat for us upon request. Like most hotels and motels in the USA, there was rarely enough light provided in the rooms.
The bathrooms were the biggest challenge for us. Most hotels including this one, don’t provide washcloths or bars of soap for the shower. They do provide liquid soap but that’s not my preference… We thought that counter space in our bathroom was a bit small but in retrospect, it was ‘roomy’ in comparison to some other places we stayed. My biggest problem with this bathroom was the shower/tub configuration. First of all, like in several other Bed and Breakfasts or hotels on our trip, for an 'old guy' the side of the tub is rather high making it challenging just to step into the tub for your shower. Once I got one foot in, the slippery bottom of the tub almost ended my trip. I had to call for a rubber bath mat to reduce the hazard as the ‘rough’ bottom of the tub just wasn’t rough any longer… The staff readily searched for and provided the mat when I called.
We also discovered that the only electrical outlets in the bathrooms are for low voltage electric razors. If a woman wants to blow her hair dry or use a curling iron/brush, she had to do it using an outlet in the bedroom… Of course we adjusted to all of these issues and in the end, they really were just part of the travel experience…
We were on the Bed and Breakfast Plan at 122.50 pounds sterling per night per couple. (Approximately $160.00 per night) We felt that it was fairly reasonable with full breakfasts for 2 included in the rate.
The dining room at the Balgeddie House Hotel was pleasant and airy with a continental buffet with juice, scones, yogurt, cereal, etc., set up along the end of the room. Two of us opted for the full Scottish breakfast with an egg, English style bacon, a sausage, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding, baked beans and a piece of fried bread…with lots of toast, butter and preserves on the side.
Despite our tourist 'learning curve', there is no doubt that the Balgeddie House Hotel is an above average facility. The building and grounds were well maintained and everything was very clean. The staff bent over backwards to take care of us. Special kudos to the desk staff and all the friendly assistance that they provided! less