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Solas Guest House
19C Melbost | Melbost Point, Stornoway HS2 0BG, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 24 Stornoway B&B and Inns
London
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Terrific”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Guesthouse with two spacious, well designed and comfortable rooms - each with its own balcony that looks across field towards the sea. From the balcony you can get a wonderful view into dark night sky and, when the night is clear, sit under a canopy of stars. In the background there is just the sound of sea and the wind. In the daytime, it is very quiet except for during the handful of flights from the nearby small airport. The view across to the airport is itself enjoyable - small propeller planes taking off from time to time to the mainland. Like tumbling back in time.

Owners Karen and Iain have thought through all the details with great care and host in a way which is both low key and relaxed but also very attentive. The guest house is immaculately maintained. A substantial breakfast is provided. My mother and I stayed four nights while touring Lewis and Harris and would happily have stayed longer.

Room Tip: Both rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aberlour, Scotland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

The Solas is definately the best guest-house that we've ever stayed at. Hosts Karen and Iain could not be more hospitable--nothing is too much trouble. The room we had (balcony with sea view) was spacious and spotlessly clean. As other guests have commented, the breakfast is excellent, and sets you up for the day.
We stayed five nights in order to explore Lewis, but could easily have spent the whole time sitting on our balcony taking in the beautiful views and listening out for the corncrakes in the adjacent meadow.
Anyone visiting the Stornoway area should look no further than the Solas---a great place to stay.
Mike and Fran, (Banffshire).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

From being met at the airport to my leaving two days later nothing was left wanting. The best B&B room I've ever had, modern, well equipped, great view. Breakfast was top notch. Hosts did everythign they could. Very relaxed atmosphere in the house.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I stayed in the house of Caren and Ian for a longer periode and i can say without hesitation: It was always like coming home.
Dont be afraid of the nearby airport! There are not many flights, and no flights at night. Enjoy the very nice rooms, excellent beds and clean bathrooms.
The breakfast is also of outstanding quality, as Ian is a butcher and knows whats good.

I would and will stay again! Thank you both, Peter, Berlin

Room Tip: The room at the seaside is the best! Relax whilst watching the sun sets in the hebridean sea.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Could not have wished for better , lovely room and great views , Karen and Iain are the perfect hosts and have so much useful info about the island , the house and rooms are immaculate and cannot be faulted , a return trip would definately be on the cards,but booking early would be a must

Room Tip: no difference
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

This lovely guest house and home is a wonderfull find and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our 3 night stay. Karen and Iain are great hosts and yes the breakfasts are first class (Iain being in charge). Our large immaculate room had a lovely view and its own balcony, what more could you want!
We loved our time in Lewis and Harris and this accomodation and hospitality made our holiday perfect.

Room Tip: Balcony room has a great view
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

The standard of the guest house was really outstanding. Lovely room and great views outside on the balcony overlooking Broad Bay. The breakfast was of an exceptionally high standard and the hosts couldn't have been nicer. Definitely be back - on an island full of overpriced hotels and B&Bs, this was fantastic value for money and will recommend to everyone.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 19C Melbost | Melbost Point, Stornoway HS2 0BG, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Outer Hebrides > Lewis and Harris > Isle of Lewis > Stornoway
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Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Stornoway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
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