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“A very cool place to stay.”
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The Ceilidh Place
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Ullapool
Reviewed February 9, 2012

This is a great place to stay in Ullapool, with a combined bookshop, restaurant and hotel. The rooms are not enormous, but very nicely decorated and comfortable. For me, the best aspect of the hotel was the fabulous bar upstairs. Set in a beautiful room, the honesty bar is very comfortable and convenient. The only drawback in the ceilidh place was our bathroom which had only a bath and a detachable shower extension. Other than that, a thoroughly lovely place to stay!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Did a nice car run over to Ullapool today, so happy to see that The Ceilidh Place was open for business. Superb meal (the smoked haddock chowder is superb), can heartedly recommend this great place for a meal. Just what was needed on a cold but bright January day.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

What a great find. The mix of hotel, bookshop, art, restaurant and bar (with or without live music) was wonderful. Superb breakfast and good value evening meals. Even on a very busy (tall ships festival) weekend nothing was too much trouble. Lack of televisions and other mod cons all added to the pleasure. Our four boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves in a bunk room in the separate 'hostel' accommodation.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

Recently stayed here for a wedding held in the hotel. The place is simply fantastic. You have to be very clear what to expect though. This is a place to be with friends, go walking, paint, read books etc. In general to relax. There are no TVs. No computers. No spa. No pool. The bar and restaurant are simple. Rooms are very pleasant but several (including the one we stayed in) are not en-suite.

We found the food for the evening reception outclassed that served at weddings we had been to in far more expensive hotels. The breakfast was also tasty and ample. The staff are relaxed and informal and yet very pleasant and helpful. The residents day-lounge knocks the socks off any other similar room in far more lavish hotels. It is not a cheap place to stay, however it is a delightful place to spend a few days and forget the rest of the world.

PS As we were at a wedding, there was a large number of our friends who stayed in other assorted hotels in the town. Every single one of them who had stayed elsewhere regretted their decision.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

I decided to book a special night away for my wife and me, so I asked for the best room they had; I was offered a premium room, with a view of Loch Broom, and was quoted £154 for 2, for one night B&B!! That's nippy, so must be really good, I thought......... but it wasn't.

Our room was fairly small, with a windowless, unvented bathroom with no bath, and the Loch Broom view was marginal, sideways looking through some trees! The back yard was the principal vista. I asked for confirmation as we were shown to the room, and was promised that this was the room they always gave to the bride and groom. I guess they don't expect newlyweds to be spending much time looking at the view..........! And the radio in the next room woke us early, so I'm not sure the acoustics are good enough for newlyweds' privacy.

Right enough, the residents' daylounge is fantastic, but no good if you're only spending one night in the place, and it's no real compensation for the poor value of the room. Having been in other hotels in the same town, it seems that Ullapool has a high opinion of itself - it's all over-priced.

In the evening, the dinner food was under-par for the price - didn't fulfil the scrumptious descriptions and portions were small: we left a bit hungry.

To be fair, there is a lot going on, generally, and there's usually a lively buzz about the place. There's a few nice nooks to occupy and enjoy coffee, etc. But I reckon I could have found 2 nights elsewhere for my £210 bill.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

We went to the Ceilidh Place first for an afternoon coffee and later for an evening meal. The afternoon visit was to a place full of life and culture, people relaxing and enjoying a wet Sunday afternoon with coffee and wine.

The evening visit was to a place with untrained staff and average food. We waited 10 minutes to get the wine list, bread was an afterthought offered as the starters were being cleared away. The menu promised much but, based upon what we had, was barely average.

We would certainly go back to enjoy coffee and culture on a wet afternoon but not for the evening - they need to get a decent chef and some training for their staff.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

Ceilidh place is def different. A book shop and bar restaurant are bar of the hotel which also offers free wifi. The coverage is a bit hit and miss right enough. There is a large guest lounge with an honesty bar which is a nice touch.
Rooms have a selection of books chosen by locals which is a good idea but not sure how many would stay long enough to take advantage. Good for generating ideas though and you can always buy a copy in the book shop to take away.
Our room had bath only when we would have preferred a shower but it's a minor gripe... Just something to look out for.

Nice place. Hope to be back.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Additional Information about The Ceilidh Place

Address: 18 West Argyle Street, Ullapool IV26 2TY, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ullapool
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Ullapool
Price Range: $112 - $210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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