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“Surprisingly good”
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Lochinvar Hotel
South lanarkshire
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4 reviews
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“Surprisingly good”
Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

On a road trip which lasted longer than expected we needed food at an awkward time, between standard lunch and dinner times. The sign outside said food all day but during the day it's really only sandwiches etc that's available. When we stopped off and realised we were the only people there we were a bit worried, even more so when we entered the rather barren looking bar - however - they opened the dinner kitchen early for us, the food was lovely, the prices very reasonable for both drinks and food, the service was good and the portions sizeable. The dining room and bathrooms were spotlessly clean. I had a very tasty Cajun chicken breast with salad and minted yoghurt, my mum enjoyed the homemade lasagne (and she makes her own so can be very critical) my son had a good thick burger with cheese and bacon and the chips were magic! Surprisingly good! Wouldn't hesitate to go back if out that way again.

Stayed July 2014
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Willmatt321, Owner at Lochinvar Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to right a review. We are pleased that you had a good meal and that you found it reasonably priced. We aim to provide accommodation and food/beverages to a good standard at a fair price and it is pleasing when you get comments to that effect.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

While walking the Southern Upland Way in early May, myself & girlfriend stayed here after a long day of walking.

We had a new looking room with modern bathroom, very clean and comfy with excellent big comfy bed. Ideal for rinsing away a lot of miles of dirt and dust from the road. The owner/manager (sorry didn't catch his name) also let us use the laundry facilities free of charge to give our walking clothes a well-needed clean.

Had dinner in the bar which was tasty and was a great portion size, even managing to fill a couple of very hungry walkers. Breakfast the next morning was equally good and again a very decent portion.

Would definitely recommend this hotel, room was as spacious as some of the rooms in the 5* hotel I work in!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Willmatt321, Owner at Lochinvar Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Thanks for your review and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the Lochinvar. We are glad that you noticed that we have been busy upgrading the facilities, infact we have almost finished now and all the rooms are at the standard that you experienced, albeit some have baths. It has taken about 3 years to pull it all together but are very pleased with the final refurb, the building interior has seen quiite a transformation which seems to be being appreciated by our guests..
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london
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We were walking the Southern Upland Way, at the end of one of the days we needed accommodation. We had a tent, we thought a campsite was nearer, however after long day decided to stay in Dalry. Rather than another 3 miles. The Clachan inn and a couple of other B and B in the village were fully.
We thought from the outside the Lochinvar hotel looked good, however we were to be proved mistaken as we entered. We had no choice but to stay, it was for two nights. Sam, the manager and owner was friendly pleasent and helpful, but he is not cut out to run a hotel. He appears to be running the hotel mainly by himself.
As we entered we felt the place had not seen a good deep clean for some time. It appeared dated and worn. Having seen the web site comparing this with reality do not be fooled by it. The room itself was large, but dust was in most places, the bathroom need to be ripped out and replaced, but I could have forgiven this had it been cleaned to the standard of most hotels. There was plenty of hot water and heating. We were the only people staying here. The views from our room were stunning. Breakfast was good but not as appetising as we wondered how clean the kitchen was. There was a bar, some of the locals attended. The bar was quite pleasant. The toilets to the bar were disgusting. This hotel has such potential but sadly we would not stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Woodbridge, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 19, 2013

From the outside the hotel looks good.

However,once inside it was cold and grubby. The light didn't in the bathroom didn't work. Fawlty Towers looks 5 star compared to this place.
I am astounded that in this day and age that there are places like this still trading.
A tent would be better. My friend summed it up by saying if you were to compare it to sleeping under a tree it might be good.
Go to the Clachan round the corner great food and fantastic pint.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Recently stayed here with friends,dont know where to begin, ensuite room - bedroom furniture,wardrobe and chest of drawers so dirty couldn't use for my clothes,bathroom looked like it was in the process of being redecorated,plasterboard walls and electric sockets hanging loose,shower only supplied hot water for a short time,then nothing.radiator also not working.Hotel on the inside looks run down and in need of some TLC,public bar uninspiring and populated by a motely crew,beer had to be sent back as undrinkable,guy behind bar not interested.communal bathroom on first floor,should have a health warning on door.Fryup breakfast apart from cereal was all that was on offer,same guy that was serving in bar,taking orders.
Could'nt leave this hotel fast enough,never again
If ever an establishment need a visit from the Hotel Inspector,this is it .

Room Tip: Would'nt recommend any rooms
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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scotland
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed here over 2 nights as we were walking the Southern Upland way. The hotel itself is tired and showing signs of wear and tear. We booked 2 rooms a single and a twin and found the walls to be dirty no shower in the twin only a grubby bath and after long days walking a shower would have been good. Having a feel for the hotel we decided not to eat in the hotel after the state of the place.
TOP TIP- Eat in the Clachan Inn just round the corner puts the Lochinvar to shame you can also rent rooms (unfortunately fully booked or we would have moved).
After the second days walking we were picked up by the owner Sam and driven back from our pick up point. Sam informed us that because of a large party of foreign guests arriving that evening he had moved all our belongings into a family room to allow our rooms to be used for the other guests! Unacceptable behaviour to move personal belongings without consent never experienced anything like it.

We again ate like kings in the Clachan Inn totally bewildered with the actions of the so called manger Sam. Breakfast was uninspiring value fry up from local supermarket would have shown it up.

Over all this hotel is run down and in need of a major revamp. The owner was polite and helpful but to move personal belongings whilst you are out with the hotel is unprofessional and totally unacceptable. Stay clear of this place and book into the Clachan Inn and save yourself the ordeal we had to face.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Lochivar while we were backpacking the Southern Upland Way. Though we did not have a reservation we were delighted that there was a room available. Our room was very large and en suite. The gent running the place, Sam, was beyond hospitable to us and the staff in the pub really made us feel at home and well cared for. The bed was comfortable and the shower was hot (which was quite a relief after a few days of tent camping and no shower). What really pushed this over the top for me was the fact that Sam let us make use of his washing machine and dryer (having only brought 3 sets of clothing this was absolutely incredible and a huge morale booster for us). We would absolutely stay here again should the opportunity arise.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Lochinvar Hotel
Address: 3 Main Street, St. John's Town of Dalry DG7 3UP, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > St. John's Town of Dalry
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in St. John's Town of Dalry
Number of rooms: 15

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