Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, travel is pretty limited at the moment, and I’d recently cancelled my planned trip to Bucharest (so sad, but turned out to be right decision.) When Fiona asked me if I fancied joining her to review the Elphinstone Hotel Biggar and spend a night in Scotland, I was definitely not going to say no. Far less risk of me getting stuck here and if I’m going to get stuck anywhere, above a pub wouldn’t be the worse thing! Our stay, dinner and breakfast were gifted by the hotel but this post contains my own thoughts, opinions and photography.
Our room was a family room, with a double bed and two bunk beds. We also had two small but comfortable chairs, a small table and, brilliantly, two TVs on the wall. I’m not sure why we needed two, but there you go-maybe in case you have children who want to watch something different? The room was spacious, had two big windows, plenty of storage and curtains that blocked the light well when we wanted to sleep. The radiators heated the room quickly and the beds were comfy. All you need, really.
Our room was up two flights of stairs, but these weren’t steep. It was quiet, and I slept well (as well as I ever do, anyway!)
Fiona and I both have Fibromyalgia and after I’d driven for four hours from Yorkshire, we didn’t have the energy to do much. We did head down the street for tea and cake (and a good catch up chat!) and then spent a couple of hours relaxing in the room before tea.
Tea (or Dinner, if you prefer) was gifted to us too. I had Chicken Strips to start, Mixed Grill for main, and then Caramel Apple Pie for dessert. The whole meal including a drink would have cost us less than £40 and the portions were decent-I was absolutely stuffed afterwards. A real bargain. I’ve reviewed Tea at Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar in a seperate post, if you’re into food reviews.
The staff at the hotel could not have been more helpful. When we were ordering tea, they had all the menu knowledge we needed, and when we asked for some extra milk for the room (we both drink A LOT of tea) it wasn’t a problem. The best thing was they weren’t like this with us, knowing we were reviewing, they were the same with every customer. Not always the case, and so nice to see.
We all know the best part of a hotel stay is the breakfast, and The Elphinstone Hotel Biggar didn’t disappoint on that score. A lovely help yourself fried breakfast, with the addition of what I call Potato Cakes but Scotland calls Potato Scones. My only criticism is I would have enjoyed a couple of Hash Browns too but to be honest, they weren’t needed, there was plenty of food. They also had cereal, fruit, fruit juice, tea and coffee and toast. I was very full after that breakfast.
I would definitely stay at The Elphinstone Hotel again, and I hope to next time I head up to visit Fiona. Thank you for a lovely weekend, Elphinstone Hotel!