Edinburgh’s Dalmahoy reveals when hotel guests can return

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, which is on the outskirts of Edinburgh, has announced that it is set to reopen on Saturday, 1 August.

The hotel will reopen with 'comprehensive' safety measures in place. Picture: contributed.
The hotel will reopen with 'comprehensive' safety measures in place. Picture: contributed.

The hotel, set in 1,000 acres of countryside, said it will reopen with “comprehensive” safety measures in place.

The resort’s two golf courses – one of which is a Championship course – have been in use since 29 May and whilst the tennis courts and children’s play park will reopen on 1 August, the Dalmahoy pool and indoor gym will remain closed until government restrictions allow reopening.

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Alistair Kinchin, general manager at Dalmahoy Hotel, said it is looking forward to the return of guests. “Dalmahoy has always felt like a home-from-home for many and we’re a country style hotel with vast amounts of green, outdoor space along with many activities which can still be enjoyed safely such as golf, tennis, a children’s playpark, nature trail, outdoor dining, and we’re also a hotel that you can drive to with ample free parking.

‘We’re opening and we’ll do everything we can to make it a success,’ says GM Alistair Kinchin. Picture: contributed.
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"We anticipate that all these things will be reassuring for guests who choose to staycation with us over the next few months. We’re particularly looking forward to welcoming families back before the schools go back.

“However, there’s no doubt things will feel different from before. But the challenge for hotel, restaurant and leisure operators is to still ensure our guests and visitors feel comfortable and get real enjoyment from the new normal.

“We’re up for the challenge and have put a number of measures in place here at Dalmahoy to ensure safety and still maintain the warm Scottish welcome that we’ve become known for – our staff will wear visors rather than masks so you can still see a smile, guests will be treated to a freshly-cooked breakfast rather than a breakfast buffet, and rather than an app greeting you on arrival, you will still be warmly welcomed at the front door, albeit a socially distanced hello! It’s about trying to strike a good balance.

“We’re opening and we’ll do everything we can to make it a success. However, it’s clear this crisis will forever change Scotland’s treasured hospitality industry. All we and others in our sector can do is give our best endeavours to ensure every guest remains welcomed and safe throughout their stay.”

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