SF’s subscribers enjoy a city break and make a start on their Christmas shopping
No. 10, Glasgow Reviewed by Rosemary Garner from Tayvallich
It’s a real pleasure to arrive at a hotel with easy, ample parking and so close to a city centre. No 10 is therefore the ideal location for a short break or for a luxurious Christmas shopping trip, the bonus being that No 10 is only a twominute walk to the station for a 10-minute train ride into Glasgow city centre and its excellent choice of shops, from all of the usual suspects to some really charming little boutiques.
The hotel has been converted from two double fronted Victorian houses and one is an annexe for the executive bedrooms which are spacious with high, beautiful ceilings. Our executive room had a very comfortable king size bed overlooking Queen’s Park, which was perfect for our stroll in the autumn sunshine.
The bathroom was elegant, equally spacious and included lots of fluffy towels, toiletries and bathrobes. We decided to enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the bar before we sampled the menu in the small but cosy restaurant.
The menu is varied with lots to choose from. Our main courses were sirloin steak with a peppercorn sauce and seafood linguini. The flavours were excellent. We commented on how well the wine was chilled and remained so throughout the meal. And the service in the restaurant? That was excellent too as it was throughout the hotel.
Next morning we lingered over breakfast as it is served until 10am. We helped ourselves to the buffet which included some lovely fruit salads, then made our selection from the extensive full Scottish which was delicious. Finally , for a Christmas break there is a lot going on at No 10 over the festive season. Throughout December they are offering fine dining for lunch (including Christmas Day and dinner. As well as Hogmanay they are also hosting a number of party nights, which will be ideal for a get-together with friends, family or fellow Christmas shoppers!
Prices from £90 per room B&B
The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh Reviewed by Mr & Mrs Barnes from Bathgate
The Dunstane Houses are a short walk from Haymarket station. We were warmly welcomed by Caroline, who offered a ‘wee dram’ on our arrival.
We could tell by the decor this was something special. The hotel has undergone extensive upgrading recently in all 17 bedrooms and suites as well as the public areas. There is a comfy lounge adjoining the bar, which also acts as the restaurant. Two houses dating back to 1850 make up this unique hotel, the Dunstane House and Hampton House. Both houses are rich in history and it is nice to see them preserved.
We stayed in the Dunstane Suite, which was beautifully appointed. The bedroom with sitting area had ample amenities including robes and slippers, a Nespresso coffee machine and a fine selection of teas. The large bathroom had a good array of quality toiletries, with the focal point of the room a large copper bath located in the bay window.
One of the many good things about the hotel is that you do not step straight into the hustle and bustle as you would in a city centre hotel, yet it is only minutes from the main shopping areas and Christmas attractions; and there is a bus stop right outside.
The Ba’Bar is a whisky lover’s dream with some vintage and very rare single malts; in total, I counted 70. Gin lovers are not overlooked as the selection runs to 21. The dinner menu is Orcadian-themed, a nod to the owner’s roots, and there is plenty of choice, both in terms of starters and mains. Sweets are also worth leaving room for. Both continental and cooked breakfasts are on offer and served till 11am. Afternoon tea, although not sampled, looked sumptuous.
When considering a night for two away for Christmas shopping, or even a festive break, this hotel ticks all the boxes.
Prices from £154 per night B&B