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Best Western, The Links Hotel (Montrose)
Member Name: lellagrace
Best Western, The Links Hotel (Montrose)
Date: 21/04/07, updated on 21/04/07 (88 review reads)
Advantages: Couldn't fault this hotel in any way
Disadvantages: A long way to Montrose from where we live!
We stayed at this hotel for a New Year Break and what a tremendous experience it was, and certainly excellent value for money. After this stay we had no hesitation in going back and I am glad to say that return visits have been as good.
The hotel is situated within easy walking distance of the town centre in Montrose, where there are good shopping facilities. It is also within easy driving distance of the coast and stunning scenery, including castles, small coves and beautiful countryside. Or you may prefer to go on a longer walk to see the surrounding area or to have a game of golf on one of the many golf courses in the area.
The hotel was formerly an Edwardian townhouse and still retains many of its original features. It is pleasantly situated overlooking a park.
Inside the hotel is luxuriously furnished, a sweeping staircase with a magnificent stained glass window at the top, leads to the bedrooms. Many of these are themed and furnished accordingly, with pictures and furnishings reflecting the theme. The beds were large and comfortable, with television and tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms.
En suite bathrooms provide shower and bath and have the usual selection of toiletries provided.
Cleanliness was of a high standard throughout the hotel.
There are good parking facilities in the hotel car park.
The food - WOW! This is the only way to describe the menus that were available. Especially at the New Year function! On that occasion for an all inclusive 3 day package we arrived the day before New Year's Eve and had afternoon tea on arrival, followed by dinner and this was excellent, with a good choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.
Breakfast the following morning was more than adequate and was served in the conservatory coffee lounge rather than the dining room, which was being prepared for lunchtime.
A buffet lunch was walked off by a leisurely stroll and we returned for dinner on New Year's Eve, which was once again excellent.
The food throughout the stay was plentiful, with lots of choice, and of a very high standard, cooked to perfection by the French chef. In fact, there was so much to eat, there was almost too much!
Dinner on New Year's Eve was in the hotel's function room and was followed by an evening of Scottish entertainment, including dancing traditional dances such as the Reel, before seeing in the New Year. There was no chance of sitting down on the pretext that you didn't know how to do a particular dance! The locals were sharing the evening with the guests and were determined we should enjoy ourselves. I was led by a kilted Scotsmen onto the dance floor and put through the paces, whilst his wife partnered my partner. Exhausting doing these energetic dances after a huge dinner, but what fun!
Of course, this was for the New Year break, other stays have been less formal, but just as enjoyable.
Throughout every one of our stays at The Links, we have had no reason to fault anything. There is a bar and a very nice lounge with huge comfy sofas where you can sink down and relax for a while to let your food settle, or join in a conversation with other guests.
The staff were courteous, friendly and helpful and when we said how much we had enjoyed a particular cheesecake the chef even wrote out the recipe for us.
When we were booking for our New Year break we were somewhat undecided, and had to make several phone calls to check on various things before making our booking. The receptionist was extremely helpful and I am sure she must have wondered why we kept ringing back to ask questions, such as would there be a piper to pipe in the New Year, but she was very patient and so pleasant.
The coffee lounge in the hotel is open to the public and some of the local people obviously meet there on a regular basis as they were known to the staff. We found the local people a friendly crowd too and we felt as though we were not just guests in the hotel staying for a few days, but really felt part of the community.
Montrose is a long drive from where we live in the north of England and due to traffic our journey on one occasion took several hours longer than anticipated. Worrying in case the hotel re-let our rooms we made a phone call and, again, were greeted with the customary helpfulness and told to ring again if we needed directions for an alternative route to avoid the delays.
I would certainly return to this hotel, do check the rates for special offers and take advantage of them if you can. You will not be disappointed with anything, unless you are one of these "hard to please, always complaining, nothing is good enough for you", people.
For more information check out their website
Summary: Superb hotel
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