The rain continued as we drove from Edinburgh to Lockerbie for our final night-stop in Scotland.
We arrived at the Lockerbie Best Western in the middle of the night. In the morning, we discovered that the hotel sat the middle of an expansive lawn and bordered beautiful pastures with grazing cattle.
The Lockerbie Best Western is dated and the rooms are small. Without knowing for sure, I think that this was a house that has been repurposed into a hotel. It carries the Best Western brand, but it felt a lot more like the B&B's that we visited. The decor looks like it was stolen from The Castle of Mey.
The first thing that we noticed upon entering our second floor room was the chill. Our window had been left wide open, letting in the cold night air, rain and spiders.
I can handle most creatures, but I'm arachnophobic. Our hotel room was absolutely crawling with spiders. As I took a bath, I counted eight spiders in the bathroom with me. Dan had to come take care of them before I would get out of the tub! They were in the bed and in every corner of the room. It was so bad that I nearly wanted to check out, but we were exhausted from a long day of travel, so I tried to ignore the problem and managed a fitful sleep.
The room was decorated with heavy curtains and even heavier dark wood furniture. It made the small space feel even smaller. Out of all of the places that we stayed, this one is in most desperate need of a make-over.
In several of the hotels that we visited, the showers had a partial shower-door. In some hotels this was okay, but in others, like the Lockerbie Best Western, water leaked all over the bathroom floor. We played with the door, in case it was our fault, but nope, the door wasn't big enough to prevent the water from splashing on the floor. It made a mess.
Our stay included a morning breakfast buffet, which was empty because all of the other hotel guests were part of an anniversary party that loudly continued into the early morning hours. We nearly went downstairs and joined the party, since it was so loud. We couldn't catch a break at this place! The buffet was okay with all of the fixings for a traditional full-English breakfast.
We left feeling like we had survived the night. Although I know that there are worst places to stay, the Lockerbie Best Western is not a hotel that I would choose for future trips. I do want to give a special mention to Gavin, who was working the front desk. He was very welcoming and gave us a good impression of the staff, even if the hotel was lacking.