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Douglas Arms Hotel
Ranked #7 of 9 Banchory B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 17, 2012

My parents stayed here last weekend when they attended a wedding locally to save driving back to Aberdeen. After seeing/using their room whilst getting ready myself for the wedding I think I would have paid the cost to take a taxi back into Aberdeen!

The room was tiny and the bathroom even smaller, probably one of the smallest I have ever seen! The double bed dominated the room with about a foot to move around beside the window and not much more at the bottom where the bathroom was situated. They’d have been better putting the TV onto the wall to give you a bit more room to move about in. The “wardrobe” was some hanging canvas carriers with minimal room to actually hang things up properly. As already said the bathroom was tiny as it was built into the eaves of the roof and you’d struggle to swing a kitten let alone a cat – I got dressed in the room rather than the bathroom after the shower because there was more room. The rooms are right on top of the bar/function room so it was a wee bit on the noisy side although turning the TV up a bit more helped drown the noise out.

The three of us ate in the hotel that night and the food was very nice (it looked all home cooked) and for 3 main courses came in at £30 although some of the other dishes were a bit on the pricey side so it could have been a lot higher. My parents commented that they did enjoy the breakfast the next morning – all freshly cooked for you.

On the plus side, the hotel did have free wifi although I couldn't pick up a signal in the bedroom.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

Bit run down, depressing rooms, narrow spring mattresses, worn out blanket. On the positive side good food, nice breakfast end friendly staff.
Banchory itself is not an very picturesque place.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

My husband, baby son and I stayed here a couple of weeks ago as part of a wedding party, and I have mixed feelings about it! I think the hotel itself is quaint, the food is fantastic and the private bar and outside decking is really lovely. Buuuut....I really think the rooms need a huge redecoration and upgrade. We had a family room, but no cot was made available, we had to take our own. The power point on the wall was faulty and intermittant, and the windows were thick with condensation. However, it was a lovely wedding, staff were really lovely, breakfast was yummy and we slept like babies so it wasn't all bad....give it a shot! :)

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank MrsPlod2010
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

The new winter menu is now available. I have been twice recently and had the medallions of beef both times - it is sooooo good! So go along to the pub and sit yourself down in front of the roaring fire and sample the new winter menu.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mollyandsocks
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

Absolute dive, rooms dirty, not a bit like the pictures on the website.

Room Tip: Dont waste your money
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Had an early tea on Saturday evening, as usual the bar staff were pleasant and fast. The fish and chips are great...along with the onion rings! The decking at the back is great for a sunny afternoons drinking. I have eaten here a few times this year and always enjoyed it so it gets the thumbs up from me. Perhaps the toilets could be improved a bit but its not a reason to avoid the place by any means.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank TEGK1972
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Reviewed June 6, 2011

I had the pleasure of staying at the Douglas Arms along with my wife and family during May of 2011, The rooms were very comfortable, clean and spacious walls are thin but this is more than made up for by the hospitality from all persons conected with this Hotel. The owners and staff were amazing nothing is to much trouble and always a smile.

Thank you for a great stay look forward to coming back

Room Tip: dont sleep over bar if early night required
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Douglas Arms Hotel

Address: 22 High Street, Banchory AB31 5SR, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Banchory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Banchory
Price Range: $99 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Douglas Arms Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small family-run hotel who pride ourselves on high standards of product and service. Our rooms are clean and modern all with flat screen TVs and DVD players. Our menu changes seasonally and we have a rotation of real ales on which we pride ourselves. ... more   less 
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