Babbity Bowster's is a welcoming pub in an old merchant's house in the heart of the Merchant City. Essentially a pub with rooms, it has simple, no-frills rooms on its second floor. The vibe is friendly, particularly in winter when there is an open fire in the grate. The kitchen serves excellent Scottish food. On Wednesday or Saturday traditional musicians gather for an impromptu session; the rest of the time there is just conversation.
Jun 9, 2001
We just returned from our honeymoon, the first three nights of which were spent at the Babbity Bowster. I cannot believe the other reviews people have submitted. We found the place to be impeccably outfitted, with our room filled with antiques, fabulous down comforters with immaculately white cotton duvets and the softest sheets we've slept on in a long time. Fraser Laurie, the owner, knew it was our honeymoon and filled the room with lillies...service
from every staff member was attentive and prompt and the food was delicious. As an restoration architecture writer, I was impressed with Fraser's attention to detail. And the locals who hang out every night are among the leading professionals (academics, media-types, writers and artists)in town...not a bit of snobbery, just a lot of camaraderie. The only drawback I found was the lack of a lift to the third floor rooms, it's a bit of a hike, but the restoration of this historic building would not allow for such a major disruption. And as for no TV, who goes to Scotland to watch the BBC (which stinks anyway.) The city is alive and the Babbity Bowster was a perfect haven. So there, you malcontents! Next time stay at a high-priced, impersonal hotel with no personality.
Aug 22, 2000
This hotel, which I stayed in solely on the reccommendation of the printed Fodor's guide to Great Britain, is a real dog. The description given by Fodor's online and in their printed materials were so misleading, my travel companion and I wondered if the BB had paid Fodor's for their extremely misleading review. Instead of "victorian furniture" our room included cheap particleboard furniture that was dirty and, in certain areas, broken or dented
in. The "lace" bedspreads were cheap cotton and ripped. There was no television, and the doors to each of the rooms was nothing more than an ill-fitted, hollow plywood door with the room number scrawled in white chalk!! In short, our room couldn't have been farther from the description listed in the guide, and I strongly recommend against staying at this establishment.
Jul 15, 2000
Babbity Bowster should be renamed Babbity Dumpster. This place was the worst place in which I have ever stayed. The bed was lumpy, the flies (both dead and alive) were plentiful, and the bed linens were stained yellow. If we had not arrived late, and could have gotten other reservations, we would have been out of this place as soon as we walked in. Stay away if you can.