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“Great Food and Lovely Staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Western Isles Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Strongarbh, Tobermory PA75 6PR, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tobermory
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great Food and Lovely Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We recently spent a few days at this hotel and had a great time. Yes the hotel is a bit dated but spotlessly clean and comfortable. The staff were great - nothing was too much trouble. We ate dinner in the hotel 4 nights and the choice was very good. The food was served quickly and piping hot.The views from the hotel are spectacular.

Room Tip: Worth paying for sea views. Higher floors are better but be warned 3 flights of stairs - no lift!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RichardNealon, Owner at Western Isles Hotel, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Dear theWatsons123

Thank you for posting such a fantastic review - it really is appreciated by everyone

Very best wishes
Richard
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Rating summary
  • Location
    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 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Spent three very enjoyable nights at the Western Isles Hotel last week, taking advantage of their Winter Ferry Offer - and it was fantastic value for money. (They even pay for the ferry over!) The hotel is in a terrific position high above Tobermory bay and the room we were in had views that you could never tire of across the bay and the Sound of Mull to the mainland.

The bedrooms can be a little tired in places but the owners explain that they are working to upgrade them and their investment is clear to see - and everything else about the hotel makes it very easy to see past the odd loose door-handle.

The public rooms are lovely - think deep armchairs, copies of Country Life, and roaring fires; and the food is extremely good. But it's the service that makes it: that and the welcome at the Western Isles is first-rate. We really hope to return some time in the future.

Room Tip: The views get better the more you pay - the Master Sea View rooms have amazing views
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RichardNealon, Owner at Western Isles Hotel, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Dear swchairman

Thank you for your great review. Since you stayed with freshened up the conservatory which is now starting to look fantastic, and the bedrooms are moving up to be top of our list of priorities. The main thing is that you really enjoyed your stay. The Autumn ferry offer should be on sale before the end of April, so keep a look-out

Very best wishes
Richard
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

Arrived at the hotel and asked if we could upgrade our room, no problem! We Glenlivet suite, huge bed, fabulous view & the biggest bathroom since we stayed in Las Vegas! The staff were very friendly and attentive. A packed breakfast/lunch was rustled up for my husband who was heading off bright & early to bag Ben More. I however stayed in the hotel and completely chilled out. A comfortable, charming hotel which deserves more than 3 stars! We will be back!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RichardNealon, Owner at Western Isles Hotel, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Dear Mrs Tinglis

Thank you for a first: we've beaten Las Vegas. Although I do thing LV would win on the bling stakes.... We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Come back soon!

Very best wishes
Richard
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this great hotel in February 2013. This wonderful hotel is situated above the beautiful harbour of Tobermory with wonderful views over the sound.The staff were very welcoming especially Ruth McDonald . The rooms are excellent and bathrooms so large you could get lost in them , THis hotel is ideally situated for touring this beautiful isle , even in February .THe food is excellent could rival any top London restaurant . So go on give it a try you will not be disappointed Thanks must also go to the co owners who were kind and helpful .

Room Tip: GlenLivet suite beautiful views over the sound and harbour
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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RichardNealon, Owner at Western Isles Hotel, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Dear Tarsia

Thank you so much for your terrific review. Hope to see you back at the Western soon

Very best wishes
Richard
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14 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We have been visiting Mull in the summer for 32 years in our caravan, but this was our first trip in the winter so we stayed in the Western Isles Hotel in Tobermory. We could not have had a better weekend. The weather was perfect - sunny, windless days - so we managed some beautiful walks, with the daffodils and primroses already in bloom. The hotel was ideal for us. We had a master bedroom with spectacular views over the harbour and the Sound of Mull. The forthcoming refurbishment should rectify any minor problems with the rooms.The service was absolutely excellent. We had dinner on Saturday in the conservatory, and lunch on Sunday sitting outside on the terrace (February in Scotland!). Both meals were very good, and the breakfasts were excellent. The homemade bread rolls were delicious, and the croixants were as good as any we've had in France. We had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, at affordable prices, and will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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RichardNealon, Owner at Western Isles Hotel, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Stuart H

Thank you for your terrific review. February has been beautiful, perfect for long walks. We're so glad you enjoyed the food too.

Hope to see you back soon
Very best wishes
Richard
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Well! a great find on our day trip to Tobermory. We walked up to this hotel not knowing what to expect and were met with a warm welcome. We chose to sit in the conservatory and enjoy the stunning view. There were a couple of men fixing the bar shutters and they apologised for any noise they were making. This was not an issue but it was lovely to feel that they cared about their guests. The owner also apologised to us and we thoroughly enjoyed our tea and scone. I am already planning to stay in the future. Many thanks.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RichardNealon, Owner at Western Isles Hotel, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Hazel M M

Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was such a beautiful afternoon I'm sorry that you had to put up with some banging. We're about to make some terrific improvements to the conservatory, so do return and let us know what you think

Very best wishes
Richard
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Great stay at the western isles for a friends wedding, quick check in even though there were lots of us checking in at the same time. Quite spacious rooms with tea and coffee facilities powerful showers and comfy beds. We ate in the restaurant on the first night and the food was lovely, the 2nd night we ate at our friends wedding breakfast and the food was exceptional. We had a lovely stay so please don't change anything about the hotel in your forthcoming renovations as it the hotel doesn't need it.
Thank you

Room Tip: We didn't overlook the bay but it was still lovely
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RichardNealon, Owner at Western Isles Hotel, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear Swiftylowrie

Thank you so much for your great review. Dont worry, we dont have any major changes planned! So glad you enjoyed us just as we are, particularly the wedding breakfast.

Hope to see you back when you can relax and explore the island

Very best wishes
Richard
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Address: Strongarbh, Tobermory PA75 6PR, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Mull > Tobermory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tobermory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Western Isles Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy stunning views over Tobermory Harbour or across the bay and out to the Sound of Mull. This charming hotel returned to private ownership in September 2008, and is now undergoing a slow transformation back to its former glory. If excellent food, friendly service and a great atmosphere are what you're looking for, then the Western Isles is for you. ... more   less 
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