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Dreadnought Hotel
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Callander
Reviewed September 29, 2010

Having stayed at this hotel for many many years and indeed frequently many times during a 12 month period I rate this hotel as homely and welcoming. Current financial climate has dictated a few changes to the tradition that has been renowned in this hotel. Entertainment has been cut and the traditional 'scottish evening' complete with haggis tasting free for even non- residents has taken its tole. Breakfast is basic I agree and feel even a portion of baked beans would help to swell the offerings. However, the staff are most accomodating and if they can do anything to assist your stay they WILL go out of there way to help. Dont believe all the negatives but just try for your self . It may not be the Ritz but they never said they were - just a friendly home from home.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2010

We went to this hotel to destress and did just that. We found the staff very pleasant and helpful nothing was a bother to them. The food was excellent and well presented. THe extra supplement for the al le carte was a bit over the top though. They had entertainment on but we had early night and good book. Next day when we were looking for somewhere for lunch we could not fine somewhere suitable as we only wanted a pint and plate of soup. So decided to go back to hotel where the bar man was very helpful and like the day before got us an ice cooler for our wine and lovely hot rolls for our soup. All in all it was a very pleasant stay

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

Stayed here for two nights, B&B last week - good value for money.
Location was excellent, bus stop right outside of the hotel with buses taking you to Stirling, Edinburgh, Oban and many more.

Staff were friendly and polite, no complaints.

We had a double room with a shower (I specifically requested the shower through 'Booking.com'). Good size, room and shower in need of decorating but clean and had all we required (minus a hair dryer).

Breakfast was boring though. Three choices of cereal, two bowls of fruit and a cooked breakfast (serveral items on the menu weren't available). Cooked breakfast was greasy and to be avoided.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

This is a 1 STAR Hotel and you get what you pay for rooms are clean and tidy .Ok the Hotel needs a revamp but if your only staying 1 or 2 nights you have to be realistic carpets are tired and the hotel could go a lick of paint .Theres NO SMELL and the staff were pleasant and helpful otherwise the rooms were clean and tidy NOT all have showers but they do have a bath if not a shower.This hotel is on the main route to OBAN so some rooms can have traffic noise keep the windows closed and live with it .Otherwise this Hotel is what it is a ..........1 star * with great potential to see some of the best,views ,walks,cycling routes and scenery in Scotland .

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Reviewed September 7, 2010

This Hotel is known locally as the DREADFUL HOTEL. Book here at your peril. If you have the a tremendous immune system and a preference to showering with a bottle of Domestos Bleach then this is the place for you. A weird smell haunts the entire hotel. Kim and Aggie are needed on a blue light emergency here!!! Anyone who says they have enjoyed their say is obviously troubled by their cataracts and can't see the dirt and grime everywhere. This was supposed to be a relaxing break for an elderly relative and a chance for her to reminise about a holiday in this hotel in years gone by - her memory was assissted by the fact that the place had changed very little over the years. Can't believe this place is owned by the same folks as Carnoustie Resort - this hotel is defo the poor relative. Shame as the local residents state it is a necessary evil for the towns economy as it accommodates coach parties visiting the area who support local businesses. Never again!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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OHIML, General Manager at Dreadnought Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2010

I was very disappointed to read your comments and would like to apologise to your family for any disappointment you may have felt during your stay. There can be no excuse for poor cleanliness and please be assured this will be addressed with the team. I do believe the Dreadnought offer good value for the location and standard of accommodation when compared to our competitors in the area and whilst the company does indeed own the Carnoustie Golf & Spa Hotel and I’m sure you can appreciate the differences one can expect from the standards, facilities and price paid for a four star property such as the Carnoustie Hotel. If you are returning to the area please contact me directly in order that I can personally oversee your reservation details.

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Reviewed August 18, 2010

The tired decor, mold and overwhelming sense of ennui that greets the weary traveller to the backwater that is the Dreadnought Hotel, Callander is surely enough to bring dark thoughts to even the most upbeat of holiday-maker.

I would have reviewed the breakfast, but unfortunately the stench of the old lady perfume that greets the visitor to the dining hall is more than enough to turn the stomach. I should add for balance that one of my travelling companions remarked that the breakfast was very good, however he was drunk.

All in all, unless you are a keen Mycologist interested in potentially making a discovery new to science I would strongly suggest that you avoid this dire establishment.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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OHIML, General Manager at Dreadnought Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2010

Sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us . We are hoping to get some refurb soon and hope you will come back to stay with us again .

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Reviewed August 13, 2010

I first experienced the dreadnought 8 years ago shortly after my 20th birthday, i was in callander for the day and popped in for lunch, the food was excellent and i really loved it, i always think of the dreadnought when people mention callander. I got the opportunity to go for a weekend with my mum this year so was looking forward to see if the food was still as excellent. We stayed for 2 nights dinner bed and breakfast.

We arrived on aug 6th and were checked in by a very friendly man called Lindsay, we had originally booked a double room and wished for a twin room, this was changed for us straight away with no hassle. Lindsay then booked us in for dinner and when we asked where to park our car we were shown the space to park it within the hotel grounds which had cctv and was free of charge.

Our room was spotlessly clean we had tea making facilities and fresh towels both days, there was no shower and this is all i could fault the dreadnought on, there was however a good sized bath and plenty of hot water.

All the meals we had were excellent, there was a good variety of food and when we were there noone complained about the food, everyone we noticed had clean plates. the staff were very helpfull and attentive and anything extra we asked for for example extra tea toast napkins water etc was brought with no fuss.

On the Friday night we used the hotel bar where they had a singer called john davidson who was taking requests and singing a variety of songs he was really good with the crowd and the bar was packed, the bar staff were really nice and we enjoyed our night in the hotel.

All in all an excellent place to relax and unwind in the lovely surroundings of callander,, would definately return again and would say to anyone reading this you will have a nice break.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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OHIML, General Manager at Dreadnought Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2010

Thank you for taking the time to post your review and for your kind comments; it was a delight to read how much you enjoyed your time with us. I will ensure your comments are shared with the team here at the Dreadnought as they will be thrilled to hear that their hard work and efforts have been recognised by you, our most valued guests. I will also ensure that all those team members mentioned by name are added to our ‘Special Mentions’ list, which is circulated in our employee staff newsletter each month. Thank you again for your very kind comments and for taking the time to post your review; your time and words are both genuinely appreciated and we all very much look forward to welcoming you back to The Dreadnought again in the future.

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Address: Leny Road, Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK17 8AN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Callander
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Callander
Hotel Class:2 star — Dreadnought Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This place is temporarily closed. It will reopen in March 1, 2018 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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