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“Not quite a 4* but nearly there!”

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The Dumbuck House Hotel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Dumbarton
Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

We paid £35 room only and for that it was a lovely stay. Stayed one night as we were passing through. Room was large and decorated in quite an extravagant way. Stately but modern. Large bathroom with bath and separate shower unit. Walk in closet. Large black out curtains which aided a lovely sleep. Large flat screen tv mounted on the wall an a iPod unit by bed. Down sides to the room- a Half used shampoo bottle and soap were the only complimentary toiletries and the bath was dusty. Also soap rings on the wall unit. There was no light bulb in one of the lamps in the bedroom.

We ate dinner in the restaurant. The food was very average. The prices for main courses were ok - between about £7-£12 but the food was very bland and didn't taste very much. We skipped dessert because of this. I would have expected better food in a 4* but then again I would have expected higher prices too!

All in all a nice stay!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank Juliaftinker
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Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

This is a review solely for food, so don't take into account the location and room etc.

This is the first time we have been back since the refurb. The decor is very nice however it is a bit smaller inside than it used to be. The dining room is very dark in some area's also. Forgot my torch!

We booked a table for 11people and arrived to find three separate tables which were for us. A little nudge to put the tables together would have be easy enough...especially when we booked 2 days prior to our visit.

The food itself was good with no complaints other than it being very average. We hade the "two can dine for £9.99" however the portions seemed a little smaller.

My main gripe was that we arrived at 7.15pm and never left till after 10pm. The courses took an age to arrive and the one poor waitress was serving the whole dining room, albeit maybe only another 2or3 tables other than ourselves. It took at least 5mins for everyone to get served food and by the time we started, it was going from hot to warm.

For a family who used to visit a couple of times a year all the way from Rosneath(45mins away), needless to say we will not be visiting again for some time.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Dumbuck Hotel. On arrival my first impression was good as the reception area was clean and tidy but also the receptionist was very polite and helpful. The rooms are very clean and tidy and everything you need for a comfortable stay. The restaurant served food of a very good standard and plenty of choice. Throughout my whole stay the staff were just very nice and polite and always had time for a quick chat. I would like to thank Laura and all her staff for making my stay very enjoyable indeed and would certainly recommend the Dumbuck Hotel to anyone visiting the area.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Shaun B
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We had gone to the Dumbuck hotel for a meal with some friends.
I knew the hotel had not long been renovated and I was looking forward to try it out.
The restaurant itself was very smart with nice tables and cofortble seats.
We all had a starter which was well presented and tasty. Then it all seemed to go wrong.
Ater our starter we waited about 40mins and the waiter came with our main course but it was not ours. They took them away and it was a further 30mins before our meal arrived. The fish was dryed out and the batter solid as if the base had been sitting on a hotplate. The meat was also overcooked and dry. Very dissapointed.
We did complain for which they apologised.
We will not be back.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank ian12784
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

I really can't believe the reviews I read about this hotel before I left and how negative lots of them were.

We were greeted by a friendly member of staff and we were checked in easily (Family group of 3 adults - 2 had a Groupon voucher other room booked via hotel.) We were all very impressed with our rooms - one double and one twin. The double room was very large and the twin was also a good size - both were decorated very nicely.

We ate every evening in the hotel restaurant - Food was Fantastic, not one complaint to be made. They offer two dine for £9.99 during the week - you can choose any two mains from the menu for £9.99 (Supplement for the steak and extra toppings on the pizza). We had starters, main course and desserts, bottle of wine and pint of beer - all for just over £60 for the three of us. We also had breakfast each morning which was equally as tasty.

The bar and restaurant both are very nicely decorated.

We totally enjoyed our two night break and wouldn't think twice about returning - was great from start to finish and the staff really made our stay.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Wendzd
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Stayed for two nights on a Groupon deal. Clean accommodation in a large, very pleasant room,one of the nicest we've stayed in. Breakfast was OK; didn't eat in the restaurant. We were interested in the" 2-for £9.99" offer but with no info about this in rooms or on the menu itself we decided to eat at the Crown Carvery a few hundred yards down the road (always excellent value and with decent beer).Unfortunately didn't sleep well because of voices well into the early hours from Reception area below our room, followed by music playing from 6.30 am non-stop throughout the day.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank rokers19
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Can only review accomodation as we didnt use the restaurant. The hotel is in need of a major refurb as it looked tired, dark and grubby, it also had a smell of damp. Apart from the bathroom bin which hadnt been emptied after the previous occupants and had a nappy in it, the room was clean and once the radiator warmed up we were as warm as toast. The staff were friendly and helpful. Wouldnt stay again, but only paid £35 for a double room so cant expect too much.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Kathryn D
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Address: Glasgow Road | West Dunbartonshire, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1EG, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > West Dunbartonshire > Dumbarton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Dumbarton
Price Range: $69 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Dumbuck House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just six miles from the shores of Loch Lomond and 20 minutes from the heart of Glasgow, The Dumbuck House Hotel is ideally located to suit guests looking to sample the best aspects of Scotland's most popular attractions. Steeped in history but with a contemporary touch, The Dumbuck boasts 19 en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, a large 200-seat capacity function hall and a smaller function hall and new outside patio area. At our family-run 18th century house hotel, the emphasis is always to make our guests feel welcome, comfortable and cared for. Our restaurant serves fresh, homemade food at family-friendly prices and we've pulled on the bountiful Scottish larder to showcase some of the amazing ingredients on our doorstep. We look forward to welcoming you to The Dumbuck. ... more   less 
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