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Posts Tagged ‘Scotland Hotels’

The Balmoral, Edinburgh: hotel review

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh

Lisa Grainger reviews Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, a grand, glass-domed building with an elegant Bollinger Bar and a decadent restaurant.

The location

Couldn't be more central – on Princes Street, beside the main railway station, overlooking the park, with views on one side towards the castle and the other towards Arthur's Seat.

We like

The grandeur: in austere, Protestant Edinburgh, this 1895 building is a rare romantic construction, all marble and swirls beneath glass domes and pressed ceilings. The friendly doorman, in kilt, cloak and ghillie brogues. The spa, with large heated pool. The spacious areas to lounge in on cold rainy days. The elegant Bollinger Bar, lit by a glorious gilded glass dome, in which every kind of drink is served amid romantic oil paintings, from afternoon tea to nightcaps of single-malt whiskies.

Not so keen

Number One restaurant looks decadent and glamorous, with its tactile velvet banquettes, plump cushions … Read the rest

Macdonald Hotels looking to golf and spa sectors for growth

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Peebles

MACDONALD Hotels is investing £10 million in its 44 properties this year as it continues to diversify away from the hard-hit business and conference market.

The Bathgate-based firm, whose hotels include the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Peebles and golf course in Peebles and Houstoun House near Broxburn, is seeking to improve its spa, restaurant and golf offering in particular amid expectations this year will prove even tougher than 2010 for the hospitality industry.

Next month it is due to complete a £4m spa and swimming pool facility at the Inchyra Hotel in Polmont and it plans to re-launch its golf holidays later this year as it seeks to persuade visitors to spend more during their stay. It is also introducing initiatives such as a "Scottish steak club" to attract locals into its hotel restaurants.

Although parts of the industry such as short-breaks and spa weekends are trading well, the firm, which was … Read the rest

Thistle Hotels Sets Example for Scottish Careers Week

Monday, March 21st, 2011
Thistle Aberdeen Airport

Thistle Hotels staff from across Scotland recently stepped into the classroom to host a series of ‘buddy sessions’ where they provided professional advice to those interested in entering the hospitality industry. The sessions headed up by experts from the hospitality industry aimed to describe their own roles and provide advice on the best way of getting in to the industry.

In support of Scottish Tourism and Scottish Tourism Careers Week and in association with the charity Springboard Scotland, Thistle organised a week-long agenda across its six hotels in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. Each session was led by a Thistle expert from  different fields within the hospitality industry, including operations, housekeeping, general management and catering, each providing an overview of their role and experience, and offering advice on how to pursue a career in that field.

Open days were also held at The King James in EdinburghRead the rest

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