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Cullen Bay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cullen
Certificate of Excellence
buckie
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152 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“worth a visit”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Visited the Cullen Bay recently for Dinner with friends and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The atmosphere was welcoming and friendly and the all staff were pleasant and efficient. The food was enjoyable and portion sizes good. The new owners have refurbished the entrance which is bright,airy and clean. We will definitely return in the future.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Highlands
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Stayed here for two nights in February 2014, booking in very last minute on a Friday night. Staff we met were all friendly and they were very knowledgeable about gluten free eating. The hotel entrance area has been refurbished lately and the owners hope to do the bedrooms soon. Bedrooms are a wee bit dated but are cosy & clean. Nice toiletries and loads of hot water. Breakfast was beautiful and lots to choose from, served in the conservatory looking out over the sea. It was a really lovely place to stay, with nice walks in the area. We would certainly go back in the future.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Buckie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

My wife and children moved to the Cullen Bay late one night due to our house flooding while I was away at work, the person who greeted them could not have been more helpful and understanding. The staff and owners helped my family through the hectic and traumatic first days when I could not, for which I will be eternally grateful. Upon my arrival I was given a warm welcome and was immediately impressed.
Our stay lasted thirty five days including the Christmas period. In that time we came in to contact with every member of staff and tasted the full menu on offer. I can honestly say the food was consistently excellent and the portions large, the staff without exception are friendly,genuine, helpful and efficient. The owners went far above and beyond what I expected with thoughtful touches that made our stay there more comfortable
We left the hotel just after the refurbishment started so I cannot comment on the finished article, however the beds are very comfortable and our rooms where always clean and a good size. The view from the Cullen Bay is truly stunning changing from rugged beauty to serene tranquility with the weather and seasons. When the sun is shining, the seas are blue and the sand golden it is good enough to quieten my friends Australian fiancé who was very critical of the beaches in the UK.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front of the hotel look over the magnificent bay. Rooms at the rear overlook the garde...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Booked lunch at the Cullen bay hotel for some close friends and myself on Christmas Eve. Food served was excellent, menu was well thought out with good variation! Staff couldn't be any friendlier, we all felt very welcome! Everything exceeded our expectations and will be back this year! Oh, and that view! Wow! Highly recommended!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Thank you very much for a great stay. The room clean, plenty of towels and very comfortable, the biscuits were a nice treat. The food was superb and the menu changed every night. It was nice to finish work, go to the room & shower, have dinner and then relax in the bar. The staff were very friendly and so helpful and a special thanks for the assistance Friday afternoon.

Room Tip: If you get a room with a sea view it's stunning
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Stopped by on the way up the coast and was our first time visiting. We were greeted immediately by friendly staff and given a seat next to the window. The view was AMAZING, looking over a golfcourse to the sea. I had the fish pie and my partner had scampi and chips. Both were great and we spent much longer than originally planned just looking out the window. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Buckie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

As ever the location is impressive however we were all surprised in the limited menu that present more like a cheap cafe/pub grub than a hotel during the festive season. The quality of food was poor with watery Cullen skink and any fried arrived in pools of grease. The poached fish came with as much water on the plate that the veg could have been a broth. We were really disappointed in the quality having visited here often with great success. Thus was a celebration and catchup dinner for our group so we made the best of it and had a fun afternoon that broadened to evening. Staff service were cheery though we were shocked by the size able drinks bill given. Glenfiddich into Rusty Nails caused a significant cost to our bill!!! Likely not to return unless hear changes to the chef employed

  • Stayed December 2013
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Property: Cullen Bay Hotel
Address: A98, Near Buckie, Grampian, Cullen AB56 4XA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Moray > Cullen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cullen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cullen Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spectacular views over the bay with one of the most enviable sites along the Moray Coast. The restaurant offers a fantastic selection of dishes using the finest fresh local produce where possible. Our two restaurants have breath taking views of the coastline so why not come along and Rest, Relax and Rediscover........ ... more   less 
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