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Portsonachan Hotel
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   | South Loch Awe Side, Portsonachan PA33 1BJ, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portsonachan
Middlesex
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“A beautiful place in which to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Having read earlier reviews my expectations were not especially high. I was therefore very pleasantly surprised. I stayed six nights and did not want to leave. On arrival, Staff at Reception were welcoming and helpful and directed me to my room on the first floor. I had booked a room with a loch view - and what a view! That to the north is especially beautiful.The mood of the loch changes constantly, one minute surrounded by sun bathed hills, the next angry under a dark sky, then flat calm, the surface broken only by ripples shining silver in a canvas of purple and grey. One could look at that view all day, and in fact there is nothing to stop one doing just that either from the room or downstairs. The room itself was clean bright and comfortable and everything worked. The furniture might be described as "period" but it did the job and some of the carving was rather fine. Give it ten years and it will probably be the height of fashion.
Breakfast was consistently good and served in the conservatory which was light and airy, made even more so by the clever use of mirrors. The kippers were of the type that we used to enjoy before the supermarkets forced wet fish shops to close, and the porridge was also as I like it, adding a liitle milk and salt to taste. If you are concerned about runny egg yolks then just mention it and they won't be. Evening meals were served in both the conservatory and the spacious dining room. Food was nicely prepared the fried haddock having a very good crisp batter that did not go soggy. Soups were good, particularly the cullen skink. Drinks were good, Staff were at all times friendly and helpful and waiting time was perfectly acceptable. I believe that there are plans to adjust the menu to reflect more the special nature of the area. It will be interesting to see.
The name of the hotel on the board outside has in addition the words "and Country Club". Herein lies a clue. If you are thinking international business class hotel with fitness centre in the basement, forget it. - at least for now, you will not belong. Instead try thinking hunting lodge in which you can relax all day, with a terrace, comfortable lounge and a bar that has over twenty (>30?) malt whiskys and you'll be nearer the mark. Satisfying some modern day expectations without destroying the character of the place is an interesting trick. Having a choice therefore of a room in the main body of the hotel or in one of the lodges or apartments is a good compromise. No doubt the hotel would benefit from some investment, but Charlotte and her team are working hard to address such issues as might exist and I wish them well.
If you want to explore the area you will need transport. Otherwise, the nearest station is Dalmally about 10 miles away. This is on the line from Oban to Glasgow Queen Street and then to Edinburgh. The Hotel may, for a fee, be able to arrange for somebody to collect you from the station - it is worth asking when planning your visit. If you were travelling from London (Euston) the sleeper gets into Glasgow Central at 07.20 giving you an hour to get to Queen Street which is within easy walking distance. I understand that next year the train service from Glasgow to Oban will be improved, possibly doubled. That could be interesting.
Shall I be going back? I hope so.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in one of the loch side apartments. The apartment was nice, fairly modern, comfortable but could be better. It must be said that the mattress on our bed could do with replacing as the springs have well and truly given up.

We ate dinner in the conservatory on the first night. The conservatory was clean, comfortable and with spectacular views of the loch. There was a good choice of dishes, however there could be some more dishes that would be easy to do and increase the choice. I had the haddock and chips which was fair to good, It was not the best I've had but I did enjoy it and it was a good portion size. My wife had the finger licking chicken, it was deep fried chicken strips with chips. It was a very large portion and the batter slightly over cooked. It was still good non the less but could easily be improved with the addition of some herbs and spices to the batter. We both had the sticky toffee pudding for desert. It was much better than it looked.

We had the cooked breakfast in the morning, it was ok. The breakfast again could do with improving but was acceptable.

We also enjoyed high tea. The scones were ok and the lounge very comfy with the addition of free wifi (a god send in somewhere where phone reception is sparse.

To summarise its a lovely hotel with very friendly staff (i get the faulty towers reference from other reviews but it's in a lovely, endearing way.). We enjoyed our stay and would visit again but are in no rush. It was good value given the groupon offer we had.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

We have just returned from a four night stay in of the the lodges. We were apprehensive after some of the reviews - but OMG how wrong are they! The lodge it self was very comfortable with all you could need - inc. dishwasher, flat screen tv & DVD player. Of course I cannot comment on the hotel rooms but we had a lovely meal in the restaurant - didn't find the bar any more expensive then the bars in Oban - staff were all very helpful & pleasant - took our two dogs & no one had issues with them , in fact every one seemed pleased to see them! we did ask before taking them in to the bar - we wouldn't expect to take them into other areas - as that's where food is served etc. we will certainly go back - even if it takes us 8 hours plus to get there!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We arrived at this hotel and told which rooms we were in. We were told there was a problem with the water so were given bottles of water to use and in fairness you could have as many as you wanted. Our room was tired to say the least and I wasn't sure the bed had clean sheets on it but my husband thought it was because the sheets needed ironing, and they were clean. We decided to eat at the hotel because we arrived late and had been travelling most of the day. The meal was acceptable although I've had better, and they don't seem to do desserts! The staff seem to be in need of guidance and although we were in Scotland there didn't seem to be a Scottish person amongst them. We then retired to our room and use the shower, it was so hot it would have scalded had we not tried it and unfortunately couldn't cool it because the cold tap wasnt working properly. The next morning we reported this fault but to our knowledge nothing was ever done because it never improved. We were a this hotel 3 days as we're most of the guests and in that time our bed wasn't made properly once, the top cover was pulled up but underneath it wasn't made. We were given one towel between two of us, good job I pack our own. This hotel is referred to as faulty towers as far away as Inverary and to be honest no one can argue with that its awful. It is such a shame because with good management this could be a wonderful place to stay as the setting is beautiful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

4 of us stayed here had a wonderful time staff so friendly hotel meet all our needs
they made our time there a happy time. Food great and plenty of it cook really well
Rooms were clean and a nice size
a family hotel and runs well
we got lost on one
of our trips and they came out to find us not many would do this all free of charge
plus sitting right on a loch so peace full would go back again

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lighthorne Heath
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We had a long weekend break with 5 other people using a total of 4 rooms on a bed & breakfast basses. We ate there the first night but food was not up to the standard we encountered 4 years ago. They do write your order down but somewhere along the line, it gets a bit mixed up. Some mistakes I can understand, but when you order a 10 oz steak & get a 5 oz at most, then I consider that to be a bit underhand; especially as they charge for a 10 oz. There is an alternative to eating here. The George at Inverary was about the same price but the food was wonderful.

The breakfasts can be a bit off putting, depending on how raw you like your food. However, if you specify how you want it cooked, that's how you get it. In fact, it was one of the few hotels I have stayed at that did scrambled eggs to my liking.

Of the 4 rooms, one had a shower head missing so you only had a hose. One you had to sit in the bath to shower it was that low. And one of the rooms never got made up, twice. When the staff were approached about this, their reply was 'oh well, lets see what happens tomorrow'! We on the other hand, never had any problems & the shower worked ok. Must have been the way I smiled at them.

We found most of the staff to be very obliging & it would appear that they are trying to turn things round, so there is always hope. Some of these staff are very new to the hotel so if you have already booked & are travelling soon, you may be presently surprised! Previous comments have referred to it as Faulty Towers, unfortunately that's just what the locals call it as well.

That said, it is in a great location with wonderful views & is perfect as a base for exploring the area. We did not pay a great deal for our break so were not too disappointed, but if you had paid prices seen on one web site (£120 per room) you would have been devastated.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Didnt get the cabin we expected. We got a duplex-not what we wanted but was ok. I had to wash up when i got here as all the cups and plates had been put away dirty. Other than that the rooms were ok, but well used. DO NOT eat here. The food is garbage and really not worth the money. Service was very poor. I was going to complain about my meal but no one came to collect out plates. After 30 mins we gave up and went back to our room.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: | South Loch Awe Side, Portsonachan PA33 1BJ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Portsonachan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portsonachan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Portsonachan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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Also Known As:
Portsonachan Hotel And Lodges On Loch Awe
Portsonachan Hotel Dalmally
Portsonachan Resort Dalmally

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