We managed to get the last room, a rather expensive one with a lovely view over the water, in one of the last hotels or B&Bs with anything available on a lovely summer weekend - yes, I KNOW we should have booked in advance, but we didn't!
The hotel looks very smart superficially, but when we looked a little closer it was quite shoddy. Our bathroom had warped, painted wood where others would have tiles, and an absolutely shockingly dangerous step right across the middle of the bathroom just asking you to trip on it in middle-of-the-night bathroom visits! On the plus side, the bed was extremely comfortable, as were the two nice arm chairs placed where we could enjoy our view.
The real negative, though, was the appalling service in the restaurant for both dinner and breakfast. Nothing wrong with the people - pleasant and friendly enough, when they got around to you, but they just took forever to do so. They didn't seem to be short-staffed, as there weren't that many people in the dining room on either occasion, but perhaps the waitresses were helping out in the kitchen or something - whatever the cause, we waited and waited and waited for every step of the meal, from getting a menu to getting the bill to sign. Dinner took nearly three hours from being seated to finally giving up waiting for a dessert menu to be offered, and leaving the table, still filled with all our used crockery from the main course. That is just not on! It's one thing to linger over a meal when you choose to, quite another to be simply ignored when you need something as simple as your table cleared.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Putechan Hotel is a former Duke of Argyll’s hunting lodge dating from 1872. It lies on the western edge of Kintyre facing the dramatic Atlantic Ocean with stunning views of the Isles of Islay, Jura and Gigha, together with incredible sunsets. It is surrounded by rugged grounds with an amazing pebble beach, strewn with giant rocks for our customers to enjoy. Take a walk along the beach or perhaps a BBQ while looking out for the dolphins and minke whales. The hotel, now under new ownership, has been extensively refurbished and extended, and can now offer a variety of bedrooms to suit different tastes and pockets; from the bridal suite with roll-top window bath looking out to Jura and Islay and balcony facing the ocean, our 1st floor premier rooms with balconies, ground floor doubles with sea views and a linked disabled room. We can also offer more budget accommodation in our rear facing rooms and ‘bunk rooms’. We also have a fully refurbished and extended Venue catering for a variety of events from weddings (up to 120 seated). Attached to the south wing is the sensational ‘Rock Room’ with one whole wall formed by a massive rock with French doors to the rear and front with stunning views over the ocean. The room seats around twenty and could be used for meetings, smaller intimate weddings, yoga/fitness work-outs, business meetings, or an exhibition hall for local artists. Tell us what event you want to run and we will make sure it is one to remember. The south-facing courtyard is a natural sun-trap and looks over onto the private beach. With practically no light pollution, and clever outdoor lighting systems the Putechan enjoys fantastic stargazing on a cloudless night. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Putechan Hotel Campbeltown, Argyll And Bute