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Kilmartin Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Kilmartin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 21, 2014

When I checked other reviews I did wonder if we stayed at the same hotel? Recently stayed in the 'all seasons' room and was, quite frankly, disgusted. I know this is an old building but please do not make fun of your customers. At £55 per person this is not cheap. This room borders on being condemned, it is damn and dirty. The bottom of the curtains are black with mould/damp, the wallpaper is falling off and signs to 'apologise for inconvenience caused during refurbishment' are clearly years old themselves, again covered in damp and mould. From previous reviews the so-called refurbishment seems to have been going on for several years!
There was a bath but no shower and the best they could provide was a jug to wash hair (fine if the price reflected this or had been told in advance) but the whole room was just plain dirty and not looked after (cobwebs in corners, mouldy curtains, dirty windows and thick dust on skirting boards, bath panels and so on.)
Being positive the bed linen and towels were spotlessly clean so why not clean the rest of the room properly? Food was unimaginative and very over-priced but portions were indeed big (albeit often out of a freezer, but how many chips can one person eat) and staff were pleasant and cheery. I suspect those who did call in for food/drinks had a jolly time.
As a Scot who travels in this area regularly I know there isn't a great deal of choice but this kind of expereince makes me angry and feeling ripped off - please take some pride in your hotel and just give it a good clean

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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5  Thank Karpy123
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

Dropped in for dinner here on two nights and both times the food was very good with big and tasty servings and friendly staff. They have both "pub" food as well as more up market selections and we ate from both and were very happy with all the meals. It is located at Kilmartin in the centre of the Kilmnartin Glen. It is popular and was full on both nights we were there.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank ColinLSydney
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Kilmartin Hotel is 300 years old and, yes, it does need some renovation. But if you enjoy the charm of old buildings and can get past the need for renovations it is a joy to stay there and the hotel has an old school pub, a small dining room and, best of all, excellent food. The rooms are quite clean and ours named "Autumn" was large with a good size bathroom. Best of all, it is very quiet and you can sleep well. The owner, Richard Pate, is a local and he is as personable as he is accommodating and helpful.

We chose Kilmartin Hotel because it is a stone's throw away from Kilmartin Museum and the fields with cairns and the neolithic standing stone monuments. It is a very pleasant 2-3 mile walk in the fields and an excellent way to spend the afternoon. The museum is small, attractive and informative and the site of the Dunnadin Fort, the center of the Kingdom of Dalrydia, is a mere five miles away. Although the fort is no longer there, the site is and it has a commanding view of the surrounding area.

Room Tip: "Autumn" is large with a queen and a single bed. It has a good size bathroom and a great...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Staffan L
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Shower a bit dated but that is a small downside in an overall excellent value stopover. Had a great sleep in a comfy bed after couple local beers. Great food, bar, staff, atmosphere etc in a magic wee corner of the country. Good place for more than one night as a base for touring in my view.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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Thank John D
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Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch as it's ideally placed at the centre of so many archaeological sites.
Spotted the Tripadvisor 2013 sticker in the window. There's your yardstick!
Lunch (on this Sunday) was from 12.00, we got in at about 12.10 and there were two couples already there and a steady stream of locals, visitors inc. some from overseas filtered in as we ate.
Usual mass-produced beers but also locally produced Fyne Ales (from nearby Loch Fyne...) available on tap.
Plus points were salt and pepper grinders on each table. Yay! A real litmus test for me. Nothing worse if you have to ask for salt and pepper and then find tired, grubby 70s style things arrive with that lovely flavourless white pepper...
Not so here. Another point noted was that the dining room did not smell of 'food' or any cooking smell from the kitchen.
I'd beef curry - very hot (temperature) and presentation was ideal. The Memsahib however, had macaroni cheese and noted it was warm-hot. Not hot to the point of having to wait a little before eating. It also has to be said, no vegetarian option on the menu or specials board.
We didn't launch a forensic investigation into the cheese used - but most will have animal rennet used in the making. No vegetarian option? It's not 1972... Although the Gents toilets look like it is. Dark, latches hanging off cubicle door. I do check these things for you guys!
Service was fine - no problem. Sitting at the window in the dining room though, you notice the wall light shades at weird angles with dusty cobwebs across the top. You notice the broken light fitting in the window and the cracked and peeling paint in the window surround. An easy fix...
Price was maybe a shade high (sorry - no pun intended) for what it was at £26.55 for two mains and one pint and one half of beer, no tea/coffee but at least the Hotel sets a higher standard than many!

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Visited here for a meal after reading positive reviews. Glad I had read these as from the outside, the peeling paint work and neglect would perhaps have prevented me from going in. Inside it is so cosy and welcoming, with a very friendly and welcoming host. The menu was extensive and the food superb. much better than expected and absoultely delicious.Food was also beautifully presented.My sea bass on nicoise salad with smoked mackerel was unsual and one of the best meals I have had for a long time.The portions of macaroni cheese were huge and the lamb curry waws a real hit with my husband. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Stopped with my son, Daughter in law, and grand daughter. Had a lovely experience here. Good pub with a warm cozy fire going on a rainy evening. We had 2 rooms that were very nice, mine being the Autumn room on the top floor, which was a family room. Daughter in law and granddaughter were right below us. Great views. The food was very nice and nicely presented at dinner and the server was very attentive. Full breakfast was a perfect start for the next day.
For all of you sinful smokers (like myself) there is a great little covered area at the back.
Interesting graveyard directly across the street and the little museum was much more interesting than we expected. We even experienced a little ghostly activity which we were told was not unusual.
Will go there again as soon as possible! We highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank shallbru
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Address: Village of Kilmartin, Kilmartin PA31 8RQ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Kilmartin
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Kilmartin
Price Range: $101 - $113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Kilmartin Hotel Scotland

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