Some hotels welcome guests with a fixed smile and a firm request for a credit card.
Others take a more friendly approach. Check out today’s Big Deal with the Open Arms Hotel in Dirleton, East Lothian, and you’ll experience just how well this charming, family-run establishment lives up to its name.
Dating back to the 18th century, the twelve room Open Arms Hotel stands at the foot of the village green overlooking the picturesque ruins of Dirleton Castle.
Many of the individually decorated rooms face the Castle while others look out over the hotel’s beautiful gardens.
Quiet lounges, open fires and great, locally sourced food are among the many attractions at the Open Arms.
Available Sunday to Friday, this special offer is for two people to relax with an overnight stay in a standard double or twin at the Open Arms Hotel with a full Scottish breakfast in the morning.
As part of the offer, guests can enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival.
If you take the dinner, bed and breakfast option then you will enjoy a delicious three course meal from the a la carte menu in Deveau’s Brasserie at the hotel.
The kitchen uses local suppliers such as Dunbar Smokehouse, John Dickson Fishmongers and Gosford Estate for chicken and free range eggs.
Specific dishes will change according to what is in season but typical starters might include the smoked beef fillet carpaccio or the lemon and pepper hot smoked salmon.
Popular main courses include the 8oz Scottish sirloin steak; the cod en papillotte and the Borders beef steak, mushroom and Belhaven ale pie.
Tea and coffee are also included at the end of your meal.
See & do
East Lothian has a wide variety of challenging golf courses including the famous Championship course at Muirfield. Other attractions include the Scottish Seabird Centre; the Museum of Flight with its decommissioned Concorde; nature reserves and plenty of coastal walks. Of course, all the attractions of Edinburgh are just a short drive away.
A quick scan of the hotel’s TripAdvisor comments reveals one recurring theme: the warmth of the welcome and the friendly service at the Open Arms Hotel. The following is typical:
‘Went here for lunch with family and everything was just wonderful. The staff are very friendly and make you feel welcome as soon as you walk in. That excellent level of service and friendliness continued during out entire time there – they didn’t forget us as soon as the next customers came in!
The menu and food are excellent – a lot of local East Lothian produce, which is great to see (and taste!). I would recommend the Open Arms to anyone – it really was wonderful…’