We stayed at the hotel for one night on a pit-stop over to Mull. It is conveniently located close to the harbour and free parking is available behind the hotel, however you may have to go in to the hotel for directions to the parking behind. I would say that the rating is slightly more than the average, but not quite very good, so three and a half stars. Our welcome was efficient and friendly but no stops were pulled out. The lift that took us to our room on the fourth floor was teeny, and we were slightly worried that it wouldn't take us and our cases! But better than climbing up four storeys. Our room was south-facing and owing to the very fine weather, necessarily warm. We phoned down to reception to see if they had a fan, and most obligingly a small fan arrived with us later (staff made a special effort to buy more, as they had run out).
The room was a good size (with extra pillows in the wardrobe - always an important touch); the bed comfy but slightly soft, and a shower with a bit of power. Our bedroom floor was on a slant, and so was the furniture, but this was more charming than a nuisance. Our only real niggle was breakfast - we had to wait for doors to be opened (meant to be 7:30) with a coach party of clients also waiting: breakfast was therefore confusing in terms of where the coach party guests were meant to sit, and where private guests were meant to sit. Rather unnecessary, I think. And the queue for breakfast was very long - we waited for about 15 minutes to help ourselves from the not too impressive array of pre-cooked buffet items. Upon asking at reception when the dining room doors were to be opened for breakfast, we and a few others were met with an indifferent reply of 'eight o'clock'. Not amusing, when you are told that breakfast starts from 7:30. Furthermore, upon checking out, the same level of indifference was shown - no 'I hope you enjoyed your stay' or other parting greeting. Hey-ho: a decent enough place to stay, but perhaps a little '80's and in need or refurbishment and a smiling face or two.
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