We stayed two nights at Easter 2013. We booked a superior seaview room direct with the hotel, not on a Groupon or similar deal, and were allocated Room 2. Our spotlessly clean front facing room had two windows and looked across to the snow capped peaks of Arran. It was huge and the shower stall was massive. As well as two radiators, the bedroom had underfloor heating and the two tiles immediately in front of the bathroom sink were also heated. We had a spacious sitting area, with tea tray, hairdrier, wide screen satellite TV and wifi. There is a large double fronted mirrored wardrobe, containing a safe (at no extra charge), iron and ironing board, all great to have and a rarity to find in UK hotels.
It would have been good to have had a DVD player. We would also have liked some louvre blinds on the windows as we felt we had no privacy with the A77 and the road into the hotel passing right in front of our window. Blackout curtains would have helped at night, as the existing curtains do let in a lot of light. We weren't at all bothered by any noise from the main road. The large king size bed is two twins zipped together. Many people do not like this, but it was not a problem for us.
Breakfast and dinner in the bar/ restaurant was plentiful and delicious. Steaks were cooked spot on for us, another rarity unless you go to a steak restaurant. There are lots of seafood and fish dishes to try, including smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast. All staff we had dealings with were very professional, friendly and welcoming.
The only downside of our stay was a man who held court in the bar with his cronies. We went for a couple of drinks at 4pm on the Friday, going back to our room at 5pm for a shower and to get ready for dinner. It was obvious he had been in the bar for a good while before we arrived. When we returned for dinner at 7.30pm he was still in the same position at the bar, and was still there when we left around 10pm. He seemed to be a permanent feature in the bar, was exceptionally loud, and his voice dominated above ALL conversations throughout both the bar and the restaurant. This was despite there being a dividing wall between the middle part of two areas. Unfortunately we had to endure his boorish behaviour when we were placed at a table for dinner to the side of this wall, so were treated to his overbearing opinions to his friends whilst he was in full flow. I overhead him saying that he lives there and is friends with the owner, so uses the place as his local. Although his behaviour would not have been a problem in a public bar, this was taking place in the bar of a restaurant, frequented by people who having paid good money expect better. I know it wasn't just us who felt this way as we saw lots of eye rolling from other guests. In my humble opinion Management and bar staff would be doing all their guests a favour if they could get this guy to tone it down a bit. There is a large empty lounge bar at the opposite end of the building that would be even better suited for him to use!
The hotel sits on the Ayrshire Coastal Path and we walked into Girvan and back on the Saturday. We did have a lovely stay and would definitely go back and stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine being lulled to sleep by gentle waves and exploring rock pools in the bay. Far enough from the city for complete relaxation, yet near enough for easy access to all major transport. We are a people friendly, dog friendly and horse friendly hotel. Everywhere at Woodland is wheelchair accessible with a range of helpful facilities, including accessible bathrooms and walk-in showers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Woodland Bay Hotel Girvan, Scotland