Having enjoyed the previous 10 nights touring Scotland, we decided to stay on for an extra two nights. As it was the Friday prior to August Bank Holiday weekend, we were struggling to find anywhere i... more
Having enjoyed the previous 10 nights touring Scotland, we decided to stay on for an extra two nights. As it was the Friday prior to August Bank Holiday weekend, we were struggling to find anywhere in the area in which we found ourselves.
However, having stayed at several Best Western hotels in the past, we fortunately had the BW helpline number with us, and after a brief phone call around 5pm the very efficient staff advised us that the Strathaven Hotel (around 30 minutes from where we were) had one room available due to a late cancellation, and they immediately booked us in for two nights.
We found the hotel in a quiet and peaceful woodland location on the Northern outskirts of the town. We were shown to Room 17, which was a disappointingly long walk up and down many stairs, only to find ourselves on the ground floor at the back of the hotel. We did however soon discover a fire door which allowed us access to reception, bar, restaurant and car park without having to use the stairs again !
Our room was fine, the bathroom was on the small side but had a bath and shower and adequate storage facilities. The hotel has a lovely garden area with outside seating. We ate at the hotel both nights, enjoying lovely and tasty evening meals from the bar menu, obviously prepared by an excellent chef. Breakfast was also very good, everything being cooked to order. On the Saturday evening a wedding reception was taking place in the hotel, but we did not experience any disruption from this, and everyone attending appeared to be enjoying their day.
Throughout our stay all of the staff we encountered were very pleasant and helpful, as were locals who frequented the bar and dining area during our visit, being more than happy to talk to us and impart local information. Over the Bank Holiday weekend there was a Hot Air Balloon Festival taking place in the town's park. Many of the competitors were staying at the hotel, and we were very pleased to talk to us about their hobby. The only slight downside is that the walk down into the town centre takes approximately 30 minutes. less