We had read trip advisor reviews on this hotel after we had booked & were prepared to be horrified; BUT we were pleasantly surprised! On arrival at the hotel, parking was a bit of a squeak & might be problematic in peak periods. The hotel itself looks quite grand (in a traditional manner) & appeared very clean from the moment we stepped through the door. The duty manager greeted us & informed us of the dining arrangements (we had booked dinner plus B&B). To our surprise there was also "big" bands booked for the two nights we were staying.
Our room was incredibly spacious & had a view out on to the high street & the river beyond. Everything was clean & tidy & well furnished. Our mattress was a bit soft & elderly, but I did get a good night's sleep despite this. My only complaint about the room is that there was no shower in the bathroom which made it quite difficult to wash my hair!
A good choice of food was on offer in the evening with a three-course meal available. Yes, some things had a surcharge (steak, for instance) but this was clearly mentioned on the menu. I found the food quality perfectly adequate for what we had paid & would describe it as traditional Scottish fare.
Our fellow guests were mainly elderly, but this made for a warm & friendly atmosphere during the evening's entertainment (a select trio from the Frank Curran "Big Band"). The staff were perfectly agreeable & always seemed happy to help.
Breakfast was simple (again traditional Scottish fare) & my partner found the Scottish cooked breakfast filling & delicious (I had toast & cereal).
The second night provided a four course menu for dinner, accompanied by the full strength Frank Curran "Big Band" this time. Space was made for dancing & I think everybody had a good time.
Overall, I think you have to read some of the more negative reviews with a pinch of salt. If you want carbon copy rooms with predictable facilities, go & stay at a Travelodge (or better still stay at home & leave the rest of us to enjoy life). I found very little to fault at the Dreadnought hotel for the price & star rating. Give it a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally built in the 17th Century by the Chieftain of the clan McNab as a hostelry for his fellow clasnmen travelling to the north, the Dreadnought has remained an important landmark as well as retaining a distinctive character of its own. From the wood panelled lounge bar to the architecturally listed stained glass windows, the Dreadnought has a very unique atmosphere. Centrally situated in the popular town of Callander, the 17th Century Dreadnought Hotel successfully combines the attractions of history with modern day comfort. Callander is the gateway to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, making it an ideal destination for a Scottish break. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dreadnought Hotel Callander, Scotland