We stayed at the Bosville in August of 2005. Our first night had been booked in advance - standard double room. The decoration was very nice but the room was quite small. The water pressure in the shower was practically non-existent and the temperature was hard to adjust--scalding, freezing, scalding, freezing.
The full breakfast was very good. However, on our first morning, we ordered porridge. A few minutes later our waitress told us there was "No porridge today." No porridge in a Scottish hotel? I was stunned. Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon was good, though. Also no yogurt. We were given one cup of coffee. No offers of refills. The wait staff was mostly foreign and we were not sure how much English they understood.
This small room was 99 pounds, or about 180 dollars. Not worth it.
Skye itself is so awesome that we decided to stay a second day. We were able to book another night, but in a superior room. This room was much bigger and very nice, but it was 140 pounds or 252 dollars. Same water pressure and temperature problems. Again not worth the price. They said they would move our luggage from our old room to our new room. When we checked into the new room, they said the luggage would be moved. We had to ask again because we needed the luggage and they seemed a bit put out that we needed immediate access to it (this was late in the afternoon). They did have porridge and yogurt the next morning. We ate dinner in the bistro--quite good. Live music in the bar.
Parking sucks!@ There are maybe 5 or 6 spaces in the front of the hotel and they are always taken. There is no free parking during the day in Portree except for very limited spaces. Portree has quite a lot of foot and car traffic. There is a pay lot down the street, but it costs about 1 pound per hour.
You would think for the price they are charging the Bosville could arrange dedicated parking or discount parking in the pay lot. The hotel is located on a sharp curve heading out of town and if you drive up to it from the South, only to find that the lot in front of the hotel is full, you cannot turn around to look for a spot in town, but are forced to continue driving north out of town (there are no cross roads) for at least a 1/4 mile before you can turn around and drive back through town to troll for a spot. Very frustrating.
In all, I don't think we would stay in Portree again, but someplace else on Skye. It was actually the most stressful part of our vacation--having to look for parking, poor showers, etc. Rooms were beautifully decorated, though.
- Also Known As:
- Bosville Hotel Portree, Isle Of Skye, Scotland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the centre of Portree, the capital of the Isle of Skye, this quality Hotel offers comfortable accommodation with many rooms overlooking the pretty Portree harbour. We have an unrivalled reputation for superb, award winning food created using the freshest of local produce available on the island. Beds are comfortable and rooms are stylish with quality fabrics and furnishings. The Bosville serves an excellent breakfast and has a popular, welcoming bar, with a wood burning stove. There is Free WiFi throughout the Hotel for both residents and non residents. ... more less
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