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“Value for money, warm welcome from staff.” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bruce Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Newton Stewart
Certificate of Excellence
Kendal, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Value for money, warm welcome from staff.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

We booked a family room for 3 nights for £255 B&B this was excellent value for 4 of us and ideal with two adjoining rooms, a large double with sofa for sitting and relaxing and a twin with shared bathroom, tvs in both - cheaper than a holiday cottage and no washing up!. The staff were lovely, very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area.

If you are used to soulless modern facilities this is not a modern hotel-chain type establishment which has it's pluses and minuses! The breakfast is full english - or rather scottish as it included haggis ( but there is no continental option and the coffee is instant) there is also an option to take a packed lunch instead - great if you want an early start. The staff are locals with a wealth of local knowledge and the other guests friendly - this is the kind of hotel where a single person could eat in the bar/restaurant and not feel odd. However the hotel is looking rather dated in decor, if I was to get picky - the mattresses at the cheap end and the grout round the bath peeling, but at these room prices this was acceptable!

We ate in one night the food was good but quite expensive I thought for a family bar meal (mains £11-13 ish, puds £5) and the restaurant while fine for breakfasts and grabbing a quick meal early evening has the atmosphere if a tea rooms/cafe than hotel restaurant (no table cloths for example). The beer garden looked nice out the back of the hotel but is not easily accessed from the bar.

There are plenty of places to eat in the town - there are two takaways,(at least) plus many restaurants including a cantonese/chinese, an indian/pizza and a very nice small italian
down my the bridge over the river where we ate one night - this was take your own wine which is helpful with costs. Here the food was lovely and so was the atmosphere, and the prices very reasoanable (meal for 4 with 2 of us having puds and soft drinks just over £50). There is also a Sainsburys and Aldi and a Co-Op for lunch time picnics.
There is plenty to do near Newton Stewart - we went mountain biking Kiroktree and Glentool - the former was expecially good but the latter the route we wnated to do was half closed. There are lovely coastal beaches with rocky shores/pools, sand and shells depending on where you go. There are historic castles and a trip to the mull of galloway to see the sea birds. We saw Ospreys at Threve castle on the way home. Although a long drive out to Newton Stewart - it was worth it fro the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly welcome for tourists, the outdoor activities and the lack of crowds.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

We arrived late at the Bruce Hotel after coming from Northern Ireland on the ferry from Larne to Cairnryan. We had never been in this hotel before but thought it was absolutely superb. The room was well appointed and spacious and the staff were courteous and helpful. We had an excellent breakfast and left for our journey home to Yorkshire feeling very happy that we had spent a night in Newton Stewart.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Darlington, England
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41 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

I spent 3 nights here as part of a group of friends on a weekend away. The management and staff were all excellent, and couldn't do enough for us - it's a genuinely friendly and welcoming hotel. The bar is popular with local people and there can be a bit of noise at night from other guests, particularly in the rooms at the back. Mine was at the front and I had no issues with noisy guests; although there was some road noise and I did hear the pub up the road chucking out late on the Friday night. The breakfast was included in the room rate; portions were generous and cooked breakfast ingredients were of a good quality. We ate in one night - my dishes were a little disappointing and ordinary to be honest, although my friends enjoyed theirs, especially the lamb. Maybe I was unlucky with my choices. The rooms were clean and comfortable - a notch above basic, with a generous hospitality tray and complimentary toiletries, and the bedlinen was crisp and heavyweight - lovely! Other reviewers mention the beds being hard - it's true that mine was quite firm, but I like that, and I had three excellent nights' sleep in it. The decor was a bit tired but everywhere was clean and tidy. For the price, I thought the Bruce offered excellent value, and I would certainly use it again, and I absolutely cannot fault the staff, who were wonderful.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mnemosyne
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

Our room overlooked the builders yard at the back, it was quiet but needs refurbishing, the bed was the most uncomfortable I have ever slept on. Staff pleasant and breakfast was fine. Newton Stewart as a place is not great , I recommend anyone wanting to explore the Galloway forest should base themselves elsewhere like Kirkcudbright.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
126 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

On arrival at hotel do not be alarmed by the seemingly very narrow entrance to the rear car park - a careful, slow approach gets your car through safely. Rooms are on first and second floors. No lift. We had room at back with a view to the hills (once you had averted your eyes from the roof top of Jewsons and other bits of industrial looking buildings). Quiet. Rooms themselves are very tired and the mattress on the bed was the worst I have slept in for a long time - very hard due to lack of springs rather than deIiberate orthopaedic style. Not that we spend time watching TV in hotel rooms, but the tiny tiny size of the TV was quite funny. Take your binoculars if you want to view a film!! The tea tray is quite well stocked and a bottle of water provided. Pillows and duvet are very thin and tired. The bathroom was okay, but the flimsy shower curtain meant there was a fight with it when using the shower as it kept sticking to you. The bath was a disgrace - the inside of it was badly scratched and marked. Breakfast was okay. Bar is open to non residents which was not very nice when a large group of young men came in and proceeded to talk loudly using strong swear words, which were met with a vain attempt by the barman to ask them to keep it down as there were guests in the bar - they should have been asked to leave or maybe the manager needs to decide if the hotel accommodation and guests is a priority or whether it is a facility for drinking/events. Hotel is located in Newton Stewart which is a small town. There is very very limited scope for eating out. The positive side is that it is very well located for some excellent hiking and the sights of the Galloway Forest and coastline.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Newry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
268 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

Booked as a last minute as I has heading up to catch an early Cairnryan boat. This place was an excellent bolt hole. Old World old style hotel but oozing charm and all the staff believe in proper Scottish hospitality.
The most friendly hotel I've been at in a long time. A good get away from all the corporates. Lovely breakfast they served it a bit earlier for me too. Room was large and tastefully done a wee bit tired in decor but clean and the bed was lovely. The bathroom was fine too just with it being an old building took a wee while for the hot water to come through.
Would stay here again. It's saved on my Sat Nav will recomend and will return.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sparky-parrot
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

Me and my girlfriend took a romantic trip to see the stars on Valentine's day however disaster was afoot in the shape of a rain cloud so like typical glaswegians we turned to alcohol! The location is perfect for stargazers (hopefully better than us), hillwalkers and outdoor enthusiasts. We cant comment on the outdoor part due to weather conditions but the hotel was far too cosy and welcoming to care. Expect amazing and friendly staff (thanks to the barman for the hangover), spacious and comfortable rooms and amazing food. Will be revising our stargazing and returning here when the weather is friendlier! Barman and manager were especially helpful and good company. We wanted to have a romantic night with the stars but alas ended up with an equally amazing cosy night in!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank furstratedstargazer
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Property: Bruce Hotel
Address: 88 Queen Street, Newton Stewart DG8 6JL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Newton Stewart
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Newton Stewart
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bruce Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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