Stayed here for one night as part of a short tour of Arran and Argyll with my Mum and Dad. We paid £150 for the double room and £115 for the single-occupancy room (B&B). I consider this to be extremely expensive - but we booked late and the reviews were very good. I was a little disappointed with the location: I thought that the order would be main road, hotel, lochside - but in fact the main road is in the middle. But it was extremely quiet at night, so that's the main thing. The inside of the hotel is very impressive, with good-sized bedrooms and spacious traditional lounges on the ground floor. There was tea and coffee in the rooms but the hotel seemed to be skimping on the portions: after two cups of tea when we arrived and two in the morning, my parents ran out of milk (and the tea and coffee would not have lasted much longer). Similarly, I was surprised - no, astonished! - by the small portions at breakfast. A fried apple does not make up for the lack of black pudding, a second egg, and some (eg) potato scones. I would have expected a 4* hotel to do better. The staff were excellent and mostly made up of our EU cousins; the receptionist, in particular, was very pleasant.
There was a strange scene as we were leaving. I'd heard that people can use threats of writing negative reviews on hotel "advisor" websites to gain some concession from the hotel - but I never believed I'd witness it. However, a thuggish-looking and -sounding man seemed to be trying to do just this (I think - I guess there is a possibility I may have misread the scene) with the nice receptionist as we brought our luggage down. I do hope he failed! I wonder what hotel "advisor" websites can do to stamp out this unpleasantness?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling beside Loch Feochan in Argyll, Scotland, lays Knipoch Hotel (pronounced neepoch -och as in loch). This four star country house hotel is privately owned and run by the Craig family.We opened Knipoch as a hotel in 1981 when the original building was refurbished with the reception, kitchen and bedroom wing being added.Prior to this it was our family home with a history. In 1592, Campbell, Thane of Cawdor was assassinated here at the "house of Knipoch in Lorne".In England as well as Scotland, hotels vary and individually owned hotels each have a personality. At 22 rooms (including suites), Knipoch Hotel is small enough to care for our guests personally, yet large enough to be a hotel. ... more less
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