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Shore Road | Kilchattan Bay, Kingarth PA20 9NW, Scotland   |  
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“DON'T STAY”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2009

This hotel is in need of urgent attention, On entering it was clear that it was untidy! had an OLD greece smell very worn carpets bedroom was dusty with fingermarks all over tv coffee spilt on radiator bathroom mould and grime on tiles lumpy bed. guest lounge! messy with three tvs (two broken and turned backwards) we didn't dare try the food condiments kept on pool table. We checked in and out within 15 minutes and when called back to say it was not what we expected had the phone slammed down on us. lost £40 deposit but was probably well worth it

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2007

Disappointed in my stay here. The hotel looked really nice on its website. The rooms were drafty as the windows were rotten, the beds had lumpy mattresses, the manageress appeared to be bad mouthing her staff in front of guests, there was a big ugly hole in the diningroom ceiling. All not a good show for guests. Food was average but we were never told of any specials on the menu.
The room and bathroom however were clean.
Didn't appear to be proper fire evacuation signage, slightly worrying!
Probably will not be returning.

  • Liked — the scenery
  • Disliked — drafty rooms, non-professional attitude of the manageress
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2007

St Blane's hotel, Kilchattan Bay, Bute

Despite its appearance, which David (the bartender/ receptionist/ waiter) described as "looking like the hotel in Psycho" we were pleasantly surprised by this quaint old place. At the very end of September, we were out of season, but the room (room 6 on the top floor) was clean and tidy, and had a wonderful view out across the bay. Adjacent ensuite bathroom was fresh with clean surfaces, though my wife pointed out that it was a little dusty in the crevices. It was not especially warm when we arrived, but we turned on the electric heaters, and it eventually warmed up. Frankly, I dread to think how cold it might get in winter though!

There is little to do in Kilchattan of an evening, so we had a brief stroll along the front to read the plaque, then back to the hotel for a meal. The restaurant was not open (on monday night), so we hesitantly sat down in the fairly dingy-looking bar, for a bar meal. The beer was good though, and my wife's bacardi & orange didn't appear to have been watered down. The bar wasn't busy (just a few other couples in) and my Bute Steak and Chips, and my wife's bacon-wrapped chicken soon arrived. I have to say that the steak was one of the nicest I have ever eaten, chips were ok, and the fantastic onion rings in batter were just - well - fantastic! (So much better than the horrid fake ones you seem to get in some places, where the onion seems to be just flavouring, with no actual pieces of onion to be found at all.)

We retired to bed (a clean pine half-tester - like a four poster but with only half a top deck) and could just hear the soothing sounds of the sea through the window. At breakfast the following morning, we managed to bag the prime spot by the window, for another superb view over the Firth and although we could have had a "full Scottish" settled for a lesser fare with toast. Tasty, though Scottish sausage-cake was not desperately appetising.

We left after breakfast, thinking that we probably wouldn't return, but in fact, compared to our next hotel, this was bliss! Looking back now, after a week has gone by since we visited, I would recommend the hotel to others, and would say don't be put off by the dingy bar, and the dreadful cigarette-butt bins fastened to the front door pillars (nice touch!). However, make sure you order the steak, and maybe take your own hot-water bottles.

Our next stop was to visit Mount Stuart on Bute - one of the most fantastic Arts and Crafts stately homes we have ever seen - but as you can't stay there (unless you hold your wedding there like Stella McCartney did) it's perhaps not really appropriate for Trip Advisor.

  • Disliked — its remoteness and great view
  • Tips/Secrets — wrap up warm in winter!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2006

We arrived quite late and was greeted by a lady who didn,t say who she was but quite friendly.the room was a delux four poster and was very beautiful although was very cold would have liked the heating have been turned up for our arrival,the evening food was nice but the breakfast was terrible it looked like it was micro waved. The toast was nice and was offered plenty of it. The hotel has a light that shone on the hotel at night which was very nice but as it shone into the front rooms we found it difficult to sleep but the bed was the very very comfortable and the lined was very soft. i would go back if the breakfast was better.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2005

Slightly tatty around the edges and with a lot of charm about it. David and janice very friendly and helpful. Both bar food and restaurant very good. Outstanding views from sea facing rooms. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Shore Road | Kilchattan Bay, Kingarth PA20 9NW, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Isle of Bute > Kingarth
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kingarth
Number of rooms: 20
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St Blanes Hotel

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