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“WHW stop” 3 of 5 stars
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Rowardennan Lodge SYHA
on the banks of Loch Lomond | By Drymen, Rowardennan, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G63 0AR, Scotland   |  
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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“WHW stop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012 via mobile

Room cramped but then in a hostel, but not hostel price bit steep!
Shirt walk from WHW, food just ok!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Brilliant few days away from stress. On arrival we were promptly given keys and shown to the chalet, which is lovely and has a brilliant view over loch lomond. Very friendly staff and lodge had great facilities for myself and 5 friends, although it could sleep and cater for 8 easily. Hot tub was heated and ready for us and was amazing. The only downsides are that it is so isolated, but this wasn't a problem for us. Remember midge repellant!!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashington, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Arrived very wet moments before the arrival of several others, receptionist was under pressure with the sudden rush but coped with a smile and a sense of humour despite the impatience of those crowding the reception area. This is a hostel and not a five star hotel ! and one or two people could have done with reminding of this. Boots off sign did not cause offence and was necessary to catch the attention of those who forgot or thought that the sign did not apply to them.
The hostel was very clean and the facilities were good with a comfortable relaxing area. The dorms were standard YHA bunks and were okay. Kitchen area for preparing your own food was well equipped. Breakfast was standard fare but became crowded as everyone was planning to set off on the next leg of The Way. All in all a comfortable with no complaints with either the hostel or staff.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Redcar, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

From the website we had high hopes for this YHA, great location, lovely building with a turret, on the banks of Loch Lomond. The photos were accurate.
I agree wholeheartedly with the previous comments about the welcome - leaves a lot to be desired. The reception area is very small with a big sign saying 'Boots Off'. We arrived at peak check-in time and there was no room to move. Every seat was taken with people removing boots, every floor space taken with people queuing to check in. Add on top rucksacks/packs and it was a tight squeeze. It is an inconvenience to put boots back on before collecting bags from the outside stores.
The girl on reception was very busy, very flustered, losing her cool and her patience.
The ladies ground floor shower room was very clean and spacious until you stepped in the shower and it was very small, difficult to keep your clothes dry with minimal hooks. They do provide a free hair dryer which was quite poor but will do if you desperately need one.
The bedroom was compact, three bunks and a sink. Not much floor space for six people and associated bags/packs and not enough hanging hooks/coat hangers, thank goodness it wasn't a wet day so we didn't have to hang wet gear.
We (4 people, two days laundry) did do a load of washing and found the large capacity washer more than adequate on a 30 min wash for a reasonable £2,50 including powder. The drying room effective but small. Our one load took all the hangers and again, so glad it wasn't a wet day otherwise it would have been far too inadequate.
The meals were ok. Starters were all very good but main meals poor and the dessert was a surprise as we weren't told what it was until it was served.
Generally clean and tidy, great location but expensive compared to other accommodation found on the Way.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Earlston
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

Walked for 14 miles in the pouring rain to be greeted with a lacklustre Aussie declaring "boots off" before even a proper welcome. Took ages to get booked in then chucked a key and told our bags were in the shed outside (which had a wet floor - someones bags would have been wet) . Room was very small and I'm glad all 4 of our party were in the same room. On a more positive note the meals were quite good and the packed lunch for the next day was surprisingly full of good stuff. Also had a very nice lounge overlooking the loch. Not that good value when only slightly cheaper than some B&B's on the trip which offered a far better experience.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Lovely location, lovely building from the outside, but am afraid our experience was not so lovely.
As you enter the reception/boot room you are greeted with a sign in large letter BOOTS OFF! please would not go amiss. Then it was boots on again as we were told that our bags had been delivered and were in the shed outside.
the receptionist while not rude seemed to have a rather "can`t be bothered attitude" .
The rest of the building whilst reasonably clean is rather dated. I thought YHs were being updated. This one is is need of at least a lick of paint.
My room had bunk beds in it which would not have been out of place in "Porridge". Again while reasonably clean it smelled musty, possibley because it was next to a shower which at some time looked as if it had leaked causing the skirting in the room to rot. It had been covered in a bit of gloss paint though??
In a hostel you get basic, that is expected and is not a problem. But we would have expected a slightly warmer welcome at least and better information. At £31.50 for the night it was not a lot to pay although later in our WHW walk we stayed in a B andB for £29 and had a totally different experience, and another hostel, with a postive experience.
In short it needs a bit of an upgrade in the internal appearance and attitude.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Friendly staff and great location. Ideal place to stay if walking the WHW or climbing Ben Lomand.
The 4 bed dorm was very small and quite a bit away from the shared shower facilities. The beds are squeaky but the showers were great. They have an excellent drying room. The location is fantastic as you are right on the banks of Loch Lomand and the veiws are great.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: on the banks of Loch Lomond | By Drymen, Rowardennan, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G63 0AR, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Rowardennan
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Rowardennan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rowardennan Lodge is set on the banks of Loch Lomond at the base of Ben Lomond. The West Highland Way passes directly past its front door making it an ideal stop along the way. The youth hostel is accessible by car and on foot as well as via the Loch Lomond Waterbus which operates direct from the hostel. ... more   less 
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