The Dalmahoy Marriot in Edinburgh
This weekend was a culinary delight starting with a 7 Course Seasonal taster menu at Edinburgh's oldest cookery school - The Edinburgh School of Food and Wine. Headed up by Chris Stewart ,the trainees served up an amazing taster menu after only 3 weeks . Anyhow i digress , i stayed at the Dalmahoy Marriot Hotel and Country Club just a mere 20 minute drive outside of the capital city - Edinburgh. I was not to sure what to expect from such a large hotel ( Experience has taught me to expect less and not be disappointed ) . A Star rating or Michelin rating does not always guarentee you a great experience so do your homework. A beautiful long driveway (Immaculately cared for ) led us to the A listed stunning building that is the Dalmahoy Marriot. The original home was built in 1725 for the younger son Earl of Stair and was designed by Wiiliam Adam. I absolutely love this type of Hotel mixing the old with the new effortlessly. The new hotel built in 1990 adjoining the original accomodates a restuarant , swimming pool ,spa and more accomodation. The countryside in which this hotel is set is quite breathtaking and definately feels like a retreat. The best thing about this Hotel is its quality of staff , cleanliness of everything you touch,standard of furnishings ,food , ease of sleep ,bed comfort , etc etc etc . I honestly could not fault this Hotel from start to finish . I ordered room service efficiently and effortlessly ,not overpriced. The pool was immaculate . For two nights in a large Queen room with side passage for extra room i payed £200 and this included all the facilities,breakfast and golf courses on site . The breakfast was a great display of fresh fruit, juices,pastries, buffet style breakfast with the addition of a cooked hot to order breakfast if you wished . As far as Hotels go this was a 10/10 . I will return one day for sure !!