Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Hotel Review - DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing, North Queensferry

Towards the end of last year, myself and Nicola were invited to dine at The Shore Grill & Fish House in North Queensferry. The restaurant is housed within the newly refurbished DoubleTree By Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing hotel and in order to make the most of our visit, we were offered the chance to stay overnight at the hotel too.
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh – Queensferry Crossing is one of 33 hotels operated by Cairn Hotel Group across the UK and sits on the north bank of the River Forth offering stunning views of the iconic Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing. 
Located just 15miles from Edinburgh, the hotel makes an ideal base for tourists and business travellers alike and after a busy day in the capital, it was just a short 30 minutes drive to the hotel where we arrived in time to grab a quick rest before dinner.

Upon arrival, we were immediately impressed by the huge reception area which looked very modern in style with marble tiling, floor to ceiling windows complete with  comfy armchairs which offered prime viewing on to the recently completed Queensferry Crossing. The check-in process was quick and efficient and after a few short minutes we were upstairs and unpacking our overnight case.

As you would expect from a recently refurbished hotel, the rooms were fresh and modern.
Our room was a good size with a queen size bed dominating the floor space while one corner was occupied by a desk area that could be used by business people to catch up on work while the other corner had a wall mounted TV and armchair. There was no shortage of wardrobe space, even taking into consideration the space taken up by the minibar and electronic safe. One of my pet hates when staying at some large hotels is having to call down to reception to request an iron & ironing board, thankfully there were no such concerns here and as Nicola enjoyed her nap, I was able to iron our clothes for dinner. 

The room was clean and comfortable however due to the minimalistic d├ęcor, we both felt that the room was more suited to traveling business people or those looking to use the hotel as a base for the nearby transport links to Edinburgh or the surrounding coastal area. 

The same can’t be said for the bathroom! If I was redecorating at home, this is exactly how I would do my bathroom. Grey slate floor and wall tiles were used to great effect to create a bathroom that would fit in any home. A huge marble sink and massive illuminated mirror screamed for attention whilst a wooden slatted area underneath provided plenty of storage space. The monsoon shower packed a huge pressure punch, which was perfect to blast the cobwebs away the morning after the night before.
Oh, one other thing that wrangles me when visiting hotels is when little or no toiletries are left in the bathroom but that wasn’t the case here as an ample range of Crabtree & Evelyn products sat pride of place by the sink. 

After a cracking sleep in a very comfy bed, we woke early to be treated to a beautiful view of the two road bridges over The Forth from our bedroom window.
Our stay included breakfast so after a quick blast from the aforementioned power shower, we made our way downstairs to the restaurant. Breakfast included a huge selection of cereals, breads, meats, cheeses and jams as well as a hot buffet breakfast selection too. 
On this particular Sunday, it’s fair to say that the kitchen and restaurant teams were taking a hammering and the waiting time for some of the hot breakfast items was perhaps a little longer than most would have expected. That said, myself and Nicola weren’t in any particular hurry so took our time, soaked up the view and managed to eat enough to keep us going though the day.

Feeling suitable fed and watered, we made our way back to the room to finishing packing then it was back downstairs for a speedy checkout. The hotel is just a short drive to the quiet town of North Queensferry so as we had never been in this part of the world before, we drove into the town before parking up for a quick photo opportunity. (I may have photoshopped my original image just a little)

Being able to look out of the hotel window and enjoy the panoramic views of the road bridges over The Forth is very pleasant but standing under the Forth Rail Bridge on a cold winters morning was quite special. Our stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh – Queensferry Crossing was very enjoyable. The fact that it gave us the chance to see three iconic bridges spanning three centuries (and The Forth) was an added bonus.

We stayed as guests of the hotel however my review above is an honest account of our visit. I would have no hesitation in recommending DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh- Queensferry Crossing to anyone looking for a hotel near the capital. With easy transport links to the capital and only an short drive to nearby Edinburgh Airport, the hotel is perfectly located. Throw in the adjoining Shore Grill & Fish House restaurant and you’ve got the perfect destination for a weekend trip.

We would like to thank the staff and management for their hospitality and generosity and wish them all the best for the season ahead.

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