Reopening is music to hotel’s ears

AN Ayrshire hotel welcomed its first guests yesterday (July 15) as it announced it is trading at an occupancy of up to 63%.

Guests of the 17-bedroom Glenapp Castle, which recently earned the Visit Scotland ‘Good to Go’ accreditation, were greeted by a piper on arrival and received hygiene packs equipped with hand sanitiser, masks, temperature strips and sanitising wipes in each room as part of the hotel’s stay safe policy. Staff will also receive temperature checks at the start of each shift as part of the policy and the hotel’s restaurant will be closed to the public and only serve residents over the summer months.

Jill Chalmers, managing director of Glenapp Castle, said: ‘’We are so excited for the reopening today and are particularly thrilled with the levels of business we have on the books. We have continued to see a lot of very last-minute bookings coming in and today we have taken three more room bookings for tomorrow night – we didn’t see this very last-minute booking pattern coming to Glenapp pre-lockdown so long may that continue!’’