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“Really good service but in desperate need of a makeover” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Royal Marine
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Dunoon
Scotland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Really good service but in desperate need of a makeover”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2009

We chose the hotel as a trip down memory lane, having spent easters as a child in the nearby caravan park, and having very fond memories of the wee shop and the ferries.
Our stay didnt start off too well however, my husband being very fussy about where he stays and the dawning realisation that the website gave a too good impression of the hotel standard, not forgetting that trekking up three flights of stairs with all of our luggage to the ' family' rooms didnt help.
The room was very clean, no complaints there but the decor and the bathroom were very very dated.
Dinner the first night was not great, an opinion shared by other guests. The prawn cocktail was accompanied by dried curled up bread and the venison tasted like boiled cardboard. I wasnt too impressed either when the bottle of wine we ordered arrived at the table already open. Our window table kept our young son entertained tho watching the cars come on and off the ferries.
The next day we slept in for breakfast however the chef kindly cooked us our own breakfast ( havent ever experienced that service at another hotel), and there was a nice touch of a wee easter egg for everyone.
Dinner the second night was much better, maybe the night before had been chefs night off.
Overall the service was friendly and we got the impression that the staff would do anything to make your stay better. The bar downstairs has clearly had a revamp and was very pleasant. Moreover we have travelled often with our children at various stages and it was the first time we have ever been given a baby bath, changing mat and sheets and blankets for the cot ( usually hotels seem totally oblivious to the fact that you cant put a quilt on a baby).

Overall a good impression but if you are used to a pretty good standard of hotel then be aware of the decor before you book.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Yateley
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2009

The Royal Marine has great views, competent management and helpful staff combined with clean, comfortable rooms and fine food. You could not ask for more in a hotel. The convenient location right by the Western Ferries terminal makes the hotel easy to get to and it is a great location for motoring around the Argyll & Bute area and further afield. The "Ghillies" bar and restaurant is atmospheric and the comprehensive menu offers great value, as does the hotel's accommodation prices. All in all, a fine place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AJBYateley
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2009

We stayed for a weekend to see friends in the area. To be greeted by the owners upon arrival was the start of a brilliant time in this lovely hotel. Staff attention to detail was brilliant and the breakfasts wonderful - even the chef came out to ensure we had enjoyed the meal. The room with a wonderful sea view and of the ferry comings and goings was excellent and totally soundproof.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Silversurfer020
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North East England
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2009

We had a winter weekend break with some friends, and the hotel staff were wonderful. Our room had a view over the loch to the rolling hills beyond, and one can watch the ferries as they ply their way across the water.
The building is interesting, lovely Victorian stained glass, and good quality furnishings so it has a very welcoming feel.
There's a cosy log fire in the bar, and the food was really good. There's a bar called Ghillies which is obviously popular for bar meals. The restaurant food was excellent, I particularly enjoyed breakfast; generous servings, very fresh ingredients and friendly service.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank LittleHev
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argyll
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2008

Two frienda and myself decided to hold a joint 70th Birthday party. Dunoon was deemed a suitable venue and we went into the Marine and met Shirley the owner. We told her of our plans to provtde a meal and entertainment for around 70 people. Shirley was most helpful and we discussed everything from menu down to what flowers we would have on the tables. She recommended Billy to play [he was fab] and we booked. Last Saturday we all arrived and were greeted by friendly scottish staff. We gathered in the bar before the meal and despite being booked for 7.30 they were tolerant and waited until we were ready. Dining room looked magnificent and the meal was faultless with fast unobtrusive service. The evening went too fast and again staff were tolerant not harassing us to go to bed. Next day hearty breakfast was speedily served before all going our different ways. A good time was had by all and I overheard several people planning to go back for a weekend through the winter. Jean B

  • Liked — friendly service.
  • Disliked — bedroom at top without lift
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank jeanniemacArgyll
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Additional Information about Royal Marine

Property: Royal Marine
Address: Hunters Quay, Dunoon PA23 8HJ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Cowal Peninsula > Dunoon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Dunoon
#4 Business Hotel in Dunoon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Marine 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Also Known As:
Royal Marine Hotel Dunoon
Royal Marine Dunoon, Scotland

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