Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa
What We Love
- A stunning resort in the Scottish countryside, with spa and golf discounts, breakfast and dinnerDrinking and dining here, from the AA Rosette restaurant to the sophisticated lounge and cocktail bar
- The inspirational views of the rolling hills and mountains
- Testing out your skills on the 18-hole championship golf course
- The location – just 40 minutes from the heart of Edinburgh
What To Know
- There's an on-site pool, steam room and sauna
- Free WiFi doesn't work very well
- Food and drink are good but bar prices are steep
With its rolling landscapes and impressive interiors, Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa is gorgeous on the inside and out. Situated in the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside, where England and Scotland meet, the hotel is your gateway to a land that’s rich in history, culture and natural beauty. If you’re looking for a taste of old Scotland, but with the comforts of modern luxury, this is the place for you.
The hotel has plenty to keep you busy – there’s a AA Rosette-winning restaurant, two bars, an indoor pool, plus a luxurious spa and leisure club. There are loads of outdoor activities for you to take advantage of, as well; the championship golf course, for starters, is right outside your front door, and you can even rent fishing gear and cast your line in the famous River Tweed. For a change of pace, the captivating city of Edinburgh is less than an hour away – perfect for an urban excursion.
Classic rooms feature warm and inviting décor, offering a relaxing retreat in the heart of the Tweed Valley. These rooms boast luxury en-suite bathrooms and views of the surrounding hills.
The AA Rosette-awarded Renwicks Restaurant uses only the finest locally sourced ingredients to create a magical fine-dining experience. The setting is elegant yet casual and boasts magnificent views of the golf course and Border Hills. The Lounge and Cocktail Bar serves a variety of refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and you can also enjoy laid-back drinks in the Cardrona Spikes golf bar.
The spa at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel is a wonderful place to unwind, complete with steam rooms, a 60-foot swimming pool, a Technogym and a sumptuous treatment menu. Here, you can indulge in a pampering spa treatment while looking out across 200 acres of private grounds. We recommend booking your spa treatments in advance.
Designed by former Ryder Club player Dave Thomas, the Par 72 parkland and woodland courses feature undulating USGA greens and a distance of over 7,000 yards from the medal tees. This championship course follows the shape of the landscape and boasts immaculate and dramatic fairways.
Even if you don’t plan on leaving the hotel’s grounds, you’ll find lots of things to do at this relaxing getaway. The surrounding landscape offers plenty of activities for outdoorsy types, including nature walks, mountain biking and fishing in the tranquil River Tweed. The hotel is just 40 minutes from Edinburgh’s city center, where you’ll find an extensive list of things to see and do. Explore Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile or the Royal Yacht Brittania, or simply tour the ancient cobbled streets, and soak up the impressive stone-facade architecture.
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The rest of experience very disappointed.Not able to pen the window in the room as this was broken.
No litter bins nor ashtrays in front of the hotel. Lots of cigarette ends on the ground.
Breakfast £18 per person! Terrible service. Although it wasn't busy at all we were sited at the table foe 2( we were group of 3).
We asked to change the table and were sited at the table of 2 again. We had to move near table to make a space. Nobody reacted! Food dry, must have been placed for a long time. Not even once we were asked if all was fine with the breakfast, if we perhaps would like more coffee etc. Hot chocolate is a cheap stuff with water!
Pity there is no bike hire at the hotel, cycle path very nice in the area of the hotel.
At 10.30 AM house keeping were banging the door to clean the room up. We felt rushed even though check out is 11 AM.
Check out- never experienced such an ignorance. 5 seconds and all was done. Just a feeling we were not welcomed at all. Not even asked how our stay was?
NOT a 4 star hotel! Terrible service. Will never go back.
Well, what can one say about an overpriced and tired hotel that needs a complete revamp? An indifferent reception at the main desk when we arrived was not good news - we were kept waiting as the man was on the phone despite two members of staff in an adjoining office clearly doing nothing.
Our first room 302 was rejected as a broken toilet seat but 304 seemed just as bad with two single beds pushed together, staining on the bed base and sheets just placed on the mattress with no cover - the left hand window was broken and would not open. Additional excitement was added by a bathroom door that was difficult to close and hairs in the wash hand basin and behind the loo - unable to watch the Wimbledon tennis on BBC 2 as not working.
This was supposed to be an upgrade for an additional charge which the hotel did at least waive.
The evening dinner was quite good to be fair although the gravalax was of a mysterious origin but the beef cheeks and belly pork very tasty - but under no circumstances ask for crackling - viognier a bit steep at £39 a bottle but good.
Enthusiastic and keen young staff much appreciated after the initial shock of being greeted as “Hi Guys” who would be better working elsewhere with higher management standards.
However, next morning the breakfast was just DREADFUL as the plates were cold and the food barely warm as had obviously been standing for some time - sausages teeth crunching hard as bricks and the black pudding inedible as just as hard - an added attraction were a few friendly flies keeping us company and buzzing around the laid out food - but the view by the window was excellent.
We were relieved to leave Faulty Towers in the morning after a short recovery walk around lovely grounds near the River Tweed and golf course - at least the hotel lift had been repaired by then - but unless we are paid a lot of money doubt we will be back. Marc Adams the General Manager has a lot of work to do. More excitement was added by having to pay a £30 premium for a Friday night stay.
Me and my friend have played golf here three times and each time we said we should stay. This time we did, never again!
On check in we waited 10mins for someone to appear, when he did and with a queue of 7 people waiting he did not even offer an apology for not being there or for the delayed checkin.
When going into my room the carpet was threadbare, really threadbare like it has not been hanged since the hotel was built, the armchairs I think have been stolen from the local old peoples home and are suitably sorn out to match the carpet. The windowsill was dirty and the more you look the more you found. The windows would not shut at all once opened and felt like they would just fall out!
When we went to the bar £6 for a pint, £6!!! Its just a joke, our meal (which we had to eat in the bar as the restaurant was fully booked, something which was not mentioned on check in took checking in) took 1hr 15mins to arrive, with the main arriving after the starter!
Dont bother with this place unless you want nostalgic faulty towers provide by what should be a reputable company