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Dornoch Castle Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD , Scotland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Dornoch
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2008

Just got back from staying the weekend at Dornoch Castle Hotel and we loved the whole experience.

On arrival on the Friday evening, we were greeted by a very nice lady who, after checking us in, personally took us to our room. She was so nice and helpful. We were in a Garden Room which was very pleasant indeed, with everything you would need/expect. The lady kindly asked us if there was anything else we needed etc, explained brekfast times, etc. just like a 5 star hotel. The room was super with a big flat screen TV and the most comfy bathrobes, and a lovely view over the pretty gardens. The bed was very comfortable too!

We were booked in for 2 nights DBB. Breakfast was served by particularly experienced and very cheery ladies. Dinner was sublime, with a wonderful choice each night and very attentive staff ready to explain any dishes further and offer advice on wine etc.

There is a really cosy bar area, where you can sit and relax in front of a roaring fire, which is a real treat after a hard days sightseeing!

I would definitely reccommend the Dornoch Castle Hotel to everyone. It's a really cracking place to be, very nice and friendly staff, excellent service (like a 5 star hotel), the best food, great location.

Perhaps if you read some of the the old previous mentions, you might think it would put you off. I have stayed in some of the best hotels in Britain and believe me when I say, I would not go to to the bother of doing this write up if I didn't think this particular hotel deserved it! Try it out!

Shona.

  • Liked — Allowed or pet dog to stay in the room with us.
  • Disliked — Lighting in bedrrom and bathroom as was a bit dull for applying make up.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Thurso, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2008

When we decided to get married in Dornoch, we made arrangements to have our reception at the Castle Hotel. Ros and Colin couldn't have been more helpful - everything went so smoothly and we and our guests had a fabulous time (Ros even managed to make sure it was sunny - or so she told me!!). We spent our wedding night in the Old Court Room which was gorgeous and well deserved its awards. The reception food was lovely and the service great - the staff were really on the ball. I didn't hear one complaint from our guests, some of whom also stayed the night in the hotel. I was only sorry we didn't get more chance to enjoy our room - one night wasn't enough, but we plan a return trip next year for our first anniversary.
Thanks again to all at the Castle Hotel.

  • Liked — Being made to feel so special - everything was just wonderful
  • Disliked — Not being able to spend more time there
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Suffolk, UK
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2008

The hotel is looking rather down-at-heel and this is regrettably reflected in the attitude of some of the staff, particularly the younger ones who at times exhibited a 'couldn't care less' attitude to quite simple requests. The staff were clearly overwhelmed at dinner (it took us an hour to be served our first course and even then it was luke warm). Also the two guest rooms our party had looked a little shabby and one of the bathrooms had a badly cracked wash basin and a faulty shower head. All in all, this really should be a much better hotel than it is. It would not take much to improve it, starting with some decent staff training. Time for the management to wake up,

Stayed September 2008
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Atlanta, GA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2008

We had three rooms in this hotel. One had a leaky ceiling with a view of the roof. One had no ventilation at all. One was okay. On the positive side, the staff was very friendly and helped in any way they could. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Inverness
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2008

We stayed for one night as part of a long weekend break. It is a very old historic building in the heart of Dornoch and we found it a very pleasant place to stay. The room was average size but very clean and tidy with everything you would expect. The bathroom was very clean with a huge shower, plenty of towels and bathrobes also provided. The evening meal was amazing with 1st class service. It was very busy as there was a wedding party staying that day, but at no point were we made to feel less important. I wouldnt hesitate at booking again. Anybody that feels they need to complain about this beautiful and friendly hotel needs to spend a night at the famous Adelphi in Liverpool to bring them down to earth!

  • Liked — Our room, very comfortable
  • Disliked — An odd reception set up?
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paisley, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2008

Deceided to have a weekend away with my fiance up north and booked 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast in Dornoch Castle Hotel. I just fancied a change from our usual fairly modern hotel chioce and an Old Castle seemed a great idea.

I was not disappointed our room was gorgeous in the castle and the staff were very warm and friendly - nothing was a problem for them. The food was amazing although a little expensive well worth every penny and the wine selection was great which suited us just fine. The walled garden is nice but could do with a bit of work!

I loved Dornoch Castle Hotel and I'm trying to talk my fiance into getting married in dornoch.

  • Liked — Food and Wine
  • Disliked — Checking Out
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2008

My husband and I stayed at Dornoch Castle Hotel as part of our honeymoon in the Highlands. We've stayed in 4 different hotels in the past 3 weeks ranging from 3* to 5* and i have to say that Dornoch Castle was the best.

We stayed in the Old Courtroom which was fab, a big four poster bed and open fire...def worth the money for a special occaison. When we arrived the fire was roaring and there was a bottle of champagne wating for us. The staff are really helpful and friendly, but the best thing was the food....it put the 5* hotel we stayedin the following few nights to shame. Not huge protions but absolutley delicious. The bar area is warm, friendly and welcoming where we got chatting to lots of other guests who seemed equally please with there stay.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to get away from it all for a few nights, we'll be back!!

  • Liked — the room, the food and charlie the cat
  • Disliked — loved it all
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD , Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Dornoch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Dornoch Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Castle is almost certainly on the site of the original Bishop's Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th Century, but it is not known when the oldest surviving part of the present building was put up. In 1557 the Palace was given to the Earl of Sutherland by his brother in law, Bishop Robert Stewart. It is clear that the building was erected before that date and may well be of the late 15th Century. The earliest surviving documentary evidence of the Palace is the Charter of 1557 by which the Bishop Robert appointed the Earl of Sutherland and his heirs to be hereditary Constables for Dornoch "situated in the Irish (Gaelic speaking) Country among the wild, unbridled, untamed and savage Scots". The appointment was made by the Bishop who was alarmed by the progress of the Lutheran doctrines and wished to safeguard the property of the Church by putting it temporarily in the care of his relations. He cannot have visualised that the Church would never own its property again. When the building passed into private hands in 1922 it was considerably modernised. Further extensive work was carried out after it became a hotel in 1947. Great care has been taken, however, to maintain the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable residence. This work continues now with the new owners who took over in June of 2000. They have gone some way to restore some of the former glory to this magnificent and fascinating historic building. ... more   less 
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