“ Address: Welcome Break Service Area J13 / M74 / Abington / ML12 6RG / Lanarkshire / Scotland „
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I suggested this hotel to Dooyoo a few weeks ago because I have stayed here many times, and really feel it offers something more than just a Travelodge level of accommodation for the driver on route between the North of England and Scotland.
I have made this journey on average 10 times each year, as until recently both my daughters were in Scotland, and I often used to travel there to see them. I also make the run to reach a ferry terminal point which serves the Outer Isles, where I am increasingly spending more and more time.
I will and do book Travelodges, if I can secure a cheap deal, but I don't like them, and if I have my little dog with me I am afraid they are out of the question now they have added a £20 dog charge payable on arrival.
No I will always opt for the Days Inn at Abington if it is available, as it has a lovely position overlooking open fields about 45 minutes drive from Glasgow on the M74.
Now it isn't in isolation as the main motorway service area is adjacent, but it quietens down at night, and the result is a view speckled with rabbits that play for hours in the meadows behind the hotel.
If you are thinking of booking this then have a look at www.daysinn.co.uk or you can also phone them on 0800 0280 400.The hotel is part of the Wyndham chain of hotels and you can find their loyalty scheme details at www.wyndhamrewards.com/uk/. It is worth collecting points each time you stay as they soon mount up giving you free nights.
Cost per room if you book ahead is always under £40 for a good size family room which sleeps 2 adults and 2 children, and for a few pounds more you can opt for an executive suite which is decked out with a few extras including coffee maker, fridge and iron, handy one would imagine for sales staff making regular business visits in the week in the locality.
What I adore about the Days Inn at Abington are the beds. They are really comfortable, and each one I have slept in has been as good as the last. This is in contrast to many Travelodge beds which have appalling mattresses, which are quite simply dreadful.
The rooms at Abington are simply furnished but spotlessly clean, and they have more than the stark minimalism of their rival lodges.
The rooms have working areas and plenty of wardrobe space, and the views out of the window are simply gorgeous. Being dog friendly this is a great bonus for me, and the bathrooms are always lovely with plenty of hot water and a shower over the bath.
Now visitors to this area have a choice of lodges within striking distance including Gretna, Carlisle, and of course nearby at Annandale Water The Premier Inn also has a rather nice hotel with a lake to the rear. This means that Abington has to remain competitive if it is to secure good occupancy and repeat custom, and I would say that it is working well to achieve this.
Staying here is a real pleasure to me and one I look forward to. There is the option of a continental breakfast delivered to the room, but with the nearby service area having a good coffee shop this is by no means mandatory. We usually wander down to the service area and enjoy some real Italian coffee in pleasant surroundings. You can get more substantial meals there too.
This is a picturesque spot for the weary traveller, and it is sometimes hard to remember you are only a stones throw from the motorway. It's an oasis of peace and a cheap retreat for the night for sure.
As this hotel is only 45 minutes from Glasgow and Edinburgh you can easily stay here and use it as a base for visiting these cities, and as the drive is simply motorway all the way it makes a peaceful stop with an easy drive, and offers a good saving on inner city room rates.
Waking up is lovely, rabbits playing all over the horizon and the feeling of space. Good value accommodation in a peaceful and tranquil setting.
This review also appears on Ciao under my use name there Violet1278.
Days Inn at Abington is an ideal base to stay to explore Southern Scotland, or for those one night stopovers to break up your journey.
Situated at the Welcome Break Services at J13 on the M74, this Days Inn hotel is said to have the most scenic location of all the Days Inn hotels, as it is nestled between the hills, looking down onto the Clyde Valley.
Indeed the location is quite breathtaking, and to the side of the hotel, there is a large grassed area with picnic tables, looking out onto fields and hills.
Because of its location, it does get quite cold in the winter, which I will come to a bit later!
The hotel is situated 45 mins away from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, so after a days exploring or shopping in the big cities, you can return and relax in this peaceful rural setting.
Abington village is nearby with lovely walks along the River Clyde.
Days Inn hotels are part of the Wyndham family of hotels, which includes Ramada and Travelodge, though I would say these hotels are better than a lot of Travelodges I have stayed in!
On both occasions I have stayed here with my partner, we have always received a friendly welcome from the staff and checking in has been problem free.
The rooms are clean and modern, pretty much the standard size you find at most Premier Inns , Travelodges etc. A comfortable double bed, sofa bed, wardrobe space, TV and work space feature in every room. Also all rooms have en-suite bathroom with both bath and shower. The rooms are suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children.
Hairdryers, trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities with complimentary tea and coffee are also provided. Extras such as cots are available from reception at no extra cost.
The rooms we have stayed in were both comfortable and adequate.The bathrooms were spotless. There are non-smoking rooms but pets are allowed, which is handy for people travelling with their dogs. I must add that I have not noticed any animal hair, smells or stains anywhere in the rooms we stayed in, they have all been perfectly clean. Your dog will love all the open spce outside to run around on!
If you fancy upgrading to something a little more luxurious, then Executive rooms are available which have a fridge, coffee machine, water, snack pack, fan, iron and ironing board, but we have not stayed in these rooms on our stays.
As I mentioned earlier, it can get very cold here in the winter, and that is the only problem we have encountered staying here. The first occasion was fine. It was in the summer and we did not need to put the heating on. However, our next stay was in late November and it was freezing! There were gusts of cold air coming through the window, and although we had the heating on full, it was still quite cold in the room. We were huddled under the quilt to keep warm!
I did tell reception that it was very cold, and we were given a heater for the room which helped, but they really need to get the windows sorted, as the cold air constantly blowing through was not comforting! Maybe in other rooms, the windows are fine, but we did meet another couple who were experiencing the same problem.
This is the only problem I have found with this hotel however, but I will say that seeing the early morning frost on the fields and the snow topped hills make it very picturesque!
Staying here is also quite quiet, even though the main service area building is next door and can get busy, the petrol station is located quite a distance away from the hotel, down the bottom of the services area, so you are not disturbed by lorries etc coming and going.
You can have continental breakfast delivered to your room for around £4 per person, but we passed on this, due to having something similar delivered to our room in a Travelodge once, and it was basically one of those twin pot cornflake things with UHT milk, which was warm and horrible, a small carton of juice and a small muffin. We swore we would never pay for one of these breakfasts again!
A better option is to walk out of the hotel and into the main services area next door where you will find a restaurant and Burger King, as well as a shop.
Booking a room can be done easily online at DaysInn.co.uk or by telephoning reservations on 0800 0280 400.
Room rates are very reasonable, and by booking online you can secure a room for as little as £38 per night for a family room, or £43 for a executive room. These are a saving of 25% on usual room rates of £51 - £56, but the cheaper rates have always been available when I have booked online, and this is a really good rate for a hotel room.
At the moment there is a rewards offer available, where if you stay twice at Days Inn hotels between 4 June and 30th September 2009, you will receive a free night.
Overall I can recommend the Days Inn hotel, Abington, but I am not sure if I would stay here again in the middle of winter!
If all their hotels are up to this standard then they are a really good value hotel chain. This hotel has been awarded 5/5 sunburst rating, I would have awarded them 5 stars here, had it not been for the windows!
Days Inn Abington
Welcome Break Service Area, J13, M74