We took advantage of the hotel's midweek break offer which includes bed, breakfast, a £20 per person evening meal allowance on the first night and the ferry crossing for both passengers and a car. All this came to about £260 and is even less over the winter months, an excellent deal. The hotel itself bears the Best Western name but is locally owned and managed. It is situated with nice views across the Firth of Clyde to the Mull of Kintyre in the village of Blackwaterfoot which is tiny. Don't go there is you want nightlife, in fact it is probably best if you avoid Arran altogether if nightlife is your thing. Otherwise it is as good a place as any to act as a base for discovering the island.
The staff are lovely, very chatty and helpful. The manager is very visible and very keen that you should be enjoying your stay. And enjoy it we did. The room was perfectly nice and spacious, there were plenty of electrical sockets to plug your mobile phone chargers into (other hotel chains take note) and wifi, which was surprisingly quick, was available for free in all rooms (other hotel chains take note again). Our bed had a mattress that was a bit on the lumpy side but otherwise we were perfectly comfortable and, being at the front of the hotel, got the view of Kintyre from our window.
The food was good. Breakfast was a buffet with a decent selection whilst the evening meal was excellent. It is nothing too fancy but nicely done and the portions are generous - beware of overdoing the starters! Prices are reasonable too for both food and drink despite this appearing to be the only venue in the vicinity that is open in the evening.
There is a pool which is open to the public, a tiny gym and a billiard room. We didn't sample the delights of these facilities but they looked fine.
When we return to Arran this hotel will definitely be the top of the priority list.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Blackwaterfoot
- Blackwaterfoot Best Western
- Best Western Kinloch Hotel Blackwaterfoot, Isle Of Arran, United Kingdom