Even from England the journey to this lovely hotel is quite a trek but it is worth it! My wife and I regularly visit the island but this is the first time we have stayed at this hotel. It won't be the last. The position and views are beyond words - just awesome in every weather condition. The room my wife and I had was small but it had everything we needed. The room was warm, the bed was especially comfortable, there were sufficient pillows and towels. It was spotlessly clean and the housekeeping service kept it perfect throughout our week's stay.
We were members of a large group for which the hotel put on a special group menu. There was everything one could want at breakfast including a couple of cooked options. In addition they produced plates of fresh fruit on request. Nothing was too much trouble. The evening meals were also varied and delicious. The produce is sourced as locally as possible. We had lamb from the island, cheese, venison and beef from Mull, haggis (with an amazing sauce) from Fort William, sea food from the sea outside the window, vegetables from the hotel's garden. Everything was cooked carefully and presented to look like a picture, with garnishes of edible wild flowers from the island. Total joy! The table service was charming with smiles and friendly banter from the staff. It sometimes seemed a bit slow but we were a large group and cooking food as fresh as we had takes time and can't be rushed.
As a group we had a fixed price that seemed good value for what we received. But service and accommodation of this quality is difficult to provide in remote places and visitors have to be realistic about what they need to pay. One also has to be realistic about small maintenance issues. The nearest electrician is fifty miles and two ferries away! Having said that the short loss of power we experienced was nothing to do with the hotel but just part of the island experience. Everything worked fine, including the free wifi. The hotel also makes two pcs available for guest free of charge.
Overall I can't find anything but praise for the place, the view, the food and the service. If you do visit and find anything amiss just speak to the staff and they will fall over themselves to fix it. They are so hospitable and constantly refining everything to make their guests comfortable and happy.
We can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated next to Iona Abbey with stunning panoramic views across the Sound of Iona to the mountains of Mull. All food prepared from scratch in our own kitchens making use of fresh garden produce from our own gardens. Free broadband wireless internet. A warm welcome and friendly service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- St. Columba Hotel Scotland/Isle Of Iona
- Hotel St Columba