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7 Horsemarket, Kelso TD5 7HE Scotland
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#7 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Kelso
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Black Swan Hotel is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Kelso, offering a budget friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

While staying at Black Swan Hotel, visitors can check out Roxburgh Castle (0.5 mi), which is a popular Kelso attraction.

Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, and Black Swan Hotel makes getting online easy as free wifi is available.

In addition, guests can enjoy a lounge during their visit.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the cafes, including The Topiary Coffee Shop & Restaurant, The Cream Chimneys, and Hoot 'n Cat, all of which are a short distance from Black Swan Hotel.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than Floors Castle (1.1 mi), Springwood Park Show Ground (0.5 mi), and Kelso Abbey (0.1 mi), which are some popular Kelso attractions – all conveniently located within walking distance of the small hotel.

Enjoy your stay in Kelso!

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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Hiking
Airport transportation
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Non-smoking hotel
Street parking
Wifi
Breakfast available
Snack bar
Horseback riding
Darts
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johnhouston2 wrote a review Aug 2020
Knaresborough, United Kingdom4562 contributions1957 helpful votes
On our first visit to Kelso the bar in the Black Swan really hit the spot. I suppose it was because it was a quiet night, pre-Covid, and the close banter in the bar was lovely. On this occasion, the pub was busier and, because you have to stay at tables, the close contact between punters was missing. The Black Swan is still a perfectly fine, ordinary boozer and the service was very good. I would suggest however that they need to get better glasses for half pints of lager. My pints were fine, but my wife’s half-pints were consistently dead.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JulieG wrote a review Nov 2019
3 contributions5 helpful votes
Wanted somewhere in Kelso to stay overnight after attending the races. Booked B&B directly at an excellent price and paid £10pp deposit. Central location with parking directly outside or in parking area just across the road. (1) Rooms are very clean and comfortable. Above the pub, with separate entrance once you've booked in, if required. The (2) front bar is old style with sports tv, happy staff and welcoming customers. Going through to the (3) bar in the back is like going into another pub, but still the same applies to staff and customers. Music is from the free jukebox so everyone can choose their favourite from the massive selection. A very good pint and drinks selection available from both bars. The atmosphere was really great. Very busy being a Saturday night, a proper mix of young, old, locals and visitors all having a good craic, no problem getting a seat and bar service was fast. We had the best time! A good night's sleep and a lovely big breakfast was enjoyed by all of us. Thank you for your lovely hospitality and look forward to seeing you all again next year - if not before!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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david h wrote a review Aug 2019
Corbridge, United Kingdom5 contributions4 helpful votes
Very good value,and clean and lovely bar with local people. In the centre of Kelsi. I wasn't impressed the available restaurants around, neither the Indian or the Chinese were open. We eventually had chips in the square. On the second night we had Chinese takeaway in the square.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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fellman987 wrote a review May 2019
Keswick, United Kingdom31 contributions30 helpful votes
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Stayed with friends and was very disappointed by the Black Swan. The rooms have single glazing and face a busy cobbled street so avoid if you’re looking for a quiet place to sleep. The room I had was very dated and not clean, see the photos. The place smells of damp, the shower in my room only produced cold water and the bath drain was blocked. The bathroom decor was very old fashioned and in need of a revamp. There are many other places to stay in Kelso better than this.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Stay at a different hotel
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Trevor Johnston wrote a review Feb 2019
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom18 contributions5 helpful votes
Called here with friends and stayed a good while. Serves a good pint of Guinness and the played some pool. The staff were friendly and helpful.We didnt eat but the food looked good. A fine selection of crisps though. A proper pub as well as a hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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DonnaGetMeStarted wrote a review Sep 2018
Uk46 contributions21 helpful votes
We live in the south of England and recently got married in the Borders, where I'm from, near Kelso. My father in law had booked The Black Swan for the evening of our wedding; my husband decided he'd like to stay in the same hotel as his father the night before the wedding too. He contacted The Black Swan by email asking if he could book rooms for his father and himself for the night before his wedding; he explained they already had a booking for his father on the night of the wedding. All seemed to go well. Although the booking was for room only, the website clearly talks about breakfast, so they were led to believe from that that it was an additional option as the website says 'Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. Breakfast is served 7.00am-8.30am Monday to Friday and 8.00am-9.00am Saturday and Sunday'. When my husband arrived to check in on the night before the wedding, he asked what time breakfast was and was told 'we're not doing it - the chef's on holiday'. No apology; no recommendation of where to go on the morning of the wedding for something to eat. The rooms were clean and basic, as expected. So the day of the wedding arrived and the pair of them get up. My husband laid his new tweed suit out on his bed ready for later. Just before he left the room, he changed his mind and hung it up.They went out and walked about til they found a cafe. When they came back, water had poured through the ceiling above and covered the bed - right where the suit had been! The only person he could find to report it to was a cleaner who didn't want to go and look at it. When they asked later if someone in the room above had left a tap running, they were told 'we've got a leaky cistern' in a tone of voice that indicated it was a known, ongoing problem. So in a nutshell: they took a booking from someone living hundreds of miles away to spend the night before his wedding there. They made no effort to volunteer the information that breakfasts weren't an option that weekend - either at the time of the email conversation about the booking, or at the check-in. They offered no apology; they offered no suggestions of where to go for breakfast. They didn't apologise when the groom came back to his room to find water all over the bed that could have ruined his suit; and they didn't offer him another room to get ready for his wedding in. A truly awful experience.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Wendy W wrote a review Aug 2018
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My husband, myself and my teenage son stayed here on Sunday 5th August. The room size was fine. Everything is spotlessly clean and well cared for. However there seems to be some problem with their drains as the bathroom, though very clean had an awful pong of bad drains. We stayed in room 3 and there must have been a refrigeration unit downstairs or through the wall that cycled on and off all night, rumbling way. So not a restful night! Overall the place was clean though very old-fashioned. Take your own hairdryer, there isn't one in the room. Dropping the key off was just a case of posting to through the pub's letterbox - nobody around to take it/speak to. I don't think we'd come back.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Value for money, clean but noisy with dubious drains.
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Phledd wrote a review Aug 2018
Fort Lauderdale, Florida170 contributions60 helpful votes
We arrived about 5 pm and the barman showed us up to the room, which was small but adequate and had a great bathroom. We had already heard that there was no breakfast (there are plenty of other offerings within 20 steps of the pub), so we knew that basic accommodation was all that was on offer. It was the hottest day of the year so far but once we opened the window we got some air and a great view of street and main square. Even though we were over the pub, there was never any level of noise, even though we were there on the eve of the Border Union Show. I went down to have a drink in the pub and found it friendly and cheerful. All in all we will definitely stay again. The only thing I would suggest for the summer is a small electric fan!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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G100000 wrote a review Jul 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom198 contributions110 helpful votes
Sports Bar with loyal clientele make this a worthy place to stay in Kelso. I should have booked direct as that meant breakfast was included! Handy for everything though you may stay and swap stories in the bar.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Amy0188 wrote a review Apr 2018
53 contributions25 helpful votes
We came here with my 4 year old and were welcomed. The hotel was really quiet and spotless. In our room we had more than enough space and everything was clean. The only thing is as we were down for a wedding we didn’t have anything to hand suits/dress up on. Also there was no iron in the room either, we asked the maid (who was lovely and helpful) and she showed me where there was an iron. I wouldn’t use it again as the water that came out was black/brown and stained one of the shirts for the day. The only other thing is when we were leaving we didn’t know where to leave the key as there was no one around, so we just left them on the side. But other than that an all round good hotel if your just looking for somewhere to get your head down and washed.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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PRICE RANGE
$66 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandScottish BordersKelso
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Black Swan Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Black Swan Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Rutherfords Micropub (under new ownership) (0.08 km), Kelso Abbey (0.1 km), and Kelso War Memorial (0.05 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Black Swan Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Black Swan Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Black Swan Hotel?
Yes, free public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Black Swan Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Cobbles - Freehouse & Dining, The Contented Vine, and Lemon & Thyme Restaurant.
Does Black Swan Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Black Swan Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Black Swan Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Kelso.
Are there any historical sites close to Black Swan Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hume Castle (7.8 km) and Roxburgh Castle (0.8 km).
Does Black Swan Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.