As budget travellers, we’re always on the hunt for a bargain, and boy did we find one at the Days Inn, Gretna Green.
You might not like the idea of staying in a hotel on a motorway service station, but if you’re on a tight budget, it can be a great way of saving money. Especially if, like us, your hotel room is literally to sleep in.
On a recent trip to South West Scotland, we needed a cheap hotel room, convenient for Dumfries and Galloway and comfortable. During our research, we stumbled across the Days Inn on Laterooms.
As you know, we are Travelodge and Premier Inn groupies, but two nights for £54 was a deal we couldn’t refuse – so we booked it and here’s our review:
The hotel is on the Welcome Break Gretna Green services on the M74. It’s an ideal base if you want to explore Gretna, Lockerbie, Dumfries or even the northern Lake District.
The hotel itself, although on the services is far enough away from the main services building. It has its own car park, which is free for residents when you give your reg number to reception and has an adequate amount of disabled parking spaces.
One concern was road noise given its proximity to the motorway, we didn’t hear a thing!
As expected, the hotel was basic. There’s no restaurant, but they have a deal with food retailers in the main service area where you can get breakfast at a reduced rate. If you want an evening meal, head into Gretna or there’s a Burger King and Harry Ramsden’s on the site.
The hotel has free wi-fi and snacks available from reception, apart from that what else do you really need for an overnight stop?
Access around the hotel was fine as it’s all on ground floor level. We were impressed with reception who enquired about guests with disabilities in case they needed to be evacuated.
When we booked there were no accessible rooms available, but we knew Bridget with my help would survive one night.
In our room, the bed was comfortable, high enough for Bridget and clean. In the room, there was a TV with Freeview, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and a trouser press, not that we used it.
Unfortunately, our bathroom had a bath which meant Bridget couldn’t use it, be we got round it!
With my help, Bridget managed, we would have preferred an accessible room and if we were staying longer we’d have needed one.
Would I recommend a Days Inn for a short stay… “yes”? Our room was dated, but functional.
Would I recommend a standard room if you have mobility issues… “no”. A bath is no good for most people with mobility problems.
If you need a cheap stop over on your way into Scotland or a base to explore the local area, the Days Inn at Gretna is fine.
The hotel does have accessible and premier rooms, but we can’t comment because we didn’t see them.
Days Inn have numerous promotions, they are part of the Wyndham Hotels group who have a rewards program for regular guests.
For the best deals, check their official website: Days Inn Hotels