I booked the Glenurquhart on a LivingSocial deal that provided a double room for 2 nights, breakfast both mornings, afternoon tea and evening meal the night we arrived and a boat trip on our full day.
The deal we got (£150 all in) was well worth the money, especially considering the extras we got of dinner and boat trip. I'm not sure I would pay rack-rate for what we got.
The hotel itself is beautiful, very comfortable with attentive staff even tho sometimes it was difficult to get a hold of someone if you had any queries. The room we had (4) was very adequate, although somewhat cold in the low temperatures and with the single-glazing that the hotel offered it meant that we had the radiators burning 24/7, although the room was never comfortable enough to wear anything less than a t-shirt and jumper. This is an area they could really do with paying some attention to.
The food on offer was excellent. We had breakfast both mornings, and dinner in the first evening. The dinner, free with the deal we had but otherwise £25pp, was a sumptious 3-course affair. The soup to begin was tasty and thick, exactly what was needed with the weather. Both of us enjoyed it immensely. I then plumped for the chicken breast with haggis and whiskey sauce with clapshot.....VERY enjoyable and polished off with ease. The missus had the liver and onions which, as im not a lover of liver she doesn't get to enjoy as often as she'd like, she gave it a big thumbs up.
I finished with the chocolate cake and the missus with the apple cake. The chocolate cake was to die for and she helped me finish it off after getting a little bored with her apple cake and declaring it a bit of hit and miss (the hit was the shortcrust, the miss was the apple).
Away from the main meals, the breakfasts and afternoon tea we enjoyed were excellent and really worked a treat. I would have loved the recipe for the buttercream-topped cakes we ate on the first day, they were obviously home-made and delicious.
The room we were allocated was above our expectations on first inspection. A very comfy bed and fantastic view, although this was dampened somewhat by the fact the room was almost always cold, even when we turned up all the available heating full blast. Even the common rooms of the hotel (bar, lounge and dining area) were always bereft of heat, although our hosts tried their hardest to keep the wood-burning stoves in the communal areas burning.
Hot water was a little difficult to come by late at night, and the jets on our jacuzzi/bath were non-operational which was a bit of a disappointment although the hotel were very apologetic about it. We didn't expect it, so it didn't affect us too much.
All in all, this is a very nice hotel with very nice people in charge who will go out of their way to help. The place could do with some improvements (double glazing and more varied menu...something to match the Steadings Pub a mile further west on the A831 would be perfect imo) but worth what we paid for it. I'd be a little disappointed if we had paid the full rack-rate for out stay tho, i'd rather spend the money on a stay in Oban.
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