My friend and I have just spent a week at the Bay Glenburn in Rothesay and can only say how much we have enjoyed it. On arriving on the Ferry on the Shearings Coach we could see the Glenburn which stands out amongst the other properties on the front at Rothesay. It is a magnificent building both inside and out. Some parts of the hotel do need upgrading but the majority of it is very acceptable.
We found reception to be adequate - not over friendly/helpful.
Our room was quite large, adequately furnished and clean. Our window faced out from the side and we had lovely views of the ferries and boats coming and going.
The restuarant staff work so hard and all meals were served hot and on 'hot plates' (rare these days!!) There was an excellent choice of meals, all served very quickly. No waiting around here!!
There is a fantastic new ballroom/entertainment room - the best I have seen in any Shearings Hotel and the entertainers were excellent, especially Gary McKean, the compere/entertainer, who can turn his hand to anything - his Elvis impersonation was brilliant!! Another to compliment was James Knight who sang songs from the musicals - why he is in the hotel and not in the West End I dont know - he was brilliant!! All the bar staff were extremely friendly and pleasant.
Rothesay and the Isle of Bute are beautiful. The views from the hotel windows are outstanding and best of all there were deer on the front lawn one morning!!
Overall we would rate this hotel as one of the best of Shearings we have been to, however, there are a couple of little things that did bother us but were overcome - firstly, the fact that there were no optional excursions and we had over 3 days to find our own way about which we did via ferry/train to Glasgow and Largs. Secondly the fact we only had 3 channels on the TV which is still the small box type set and not a flat screen - you get used to it after a few days.
Would definitely recommend it and hope to return one day!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exuding an air of grandeur and charm, this impressive Victorian sandstone Hotel was built in 1892. Set in an outstanding position above its own terraced gardens, the Glenburn enjoys a superb panorama across the waters of Rothesay Bay to the Cowal Peninsula. Step inside the hotel and you’ll be greeted by spacious well-proportioned rooms which offer a level of comfort which should immediately put you at ease. With a wealth of outdoor pursuits on the isle, from fishing to bowling and from golf to walking, it’s up to you how you choose to relax at the Glenburn… socialise in the bar, escape to the quiet lounge, indulge in a game of snooker or just enjoy the evening entertainment. The town’s shops, harbour, medieval castle ruins and sporting facilities are just a pleasant walk away along the palm fringed promenade. The hotel contains some guest parking which is located at the front and side of the building. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glenburn Hotel Rothesay
- Bay Glenburn Hotel Rothesay, Isle Of Bute