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Kildonan Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Kildonan B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 12, 2012

We arrived on a crisp clear day and Paris asked if we would like to upgrade to a suite for an extra £10 per night, We said OK and when we saw the room it was fantastic. The bed area was great and the sitting area with the sofa an TV on the wall was superb. The view out of our balcony right out to sea was great. we could sit and watch the seals in the morning before we went on our walks. We decided to have a meal in the first night and lo and behold we were the only guests. The food was excellent and was a good choice. we had a starter and main course each and coffee and could not finish our main. Breakfast was good. On the second night we ate in again and we had different choice from the first night. Again too much. The soup was superb with the hot bread and the steak and ale Pie was the best and fullest I have ever had. The breakfast next morning we had the continental which consisted of hot bread, grapes, cheese, cold meats and again ample. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. The staff were great in all areas of the hotel.

Room Tip: Go for the suites the views are spectacular
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

My fiancee and I stayed at the hotel for two nights. The double bedroom was ok and had a brilliant view looking across to the Ailsa Craig and Pladda. The food received was tasty for breakfast and dinner, the table service was not as good as it should be. The both of us thought it was lacking in atmosphere and Local workers asking "How you are? Whats your plans?" How was your stay?" some communication. The choice of unusual loud music for breakfast was no good either. The place has so much potential maybe its better in the summer.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Whilst staying at Auchrannie Lodges my wife and I called in at the Kildonan Hotel. Although we had been on Arran many times we had never visited this hotel situated on the south side of the island. On our first visit we sampled the Sunday Brunch Menu which was quite varied and very pleasant. On both occasions I had the Forest Fruit Pavlova, quite unnecessary but delicious and the coffee wasn't too bad either. The views out of the restaurant window look out onto Pladda Island and the big bonus on our first visit was watching seals and briefly dolphins swimming offshore. The waiter was very attentive and the food was excellent!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

My wife and I visited this hotel for a short break from the 1st to the 4th of December. It's location, on the southern tip of Arran, is stunning with fantastic views of the sea in all its majesty. The meals were great and the staff were friendly and helpful. This was our first trip to Arran and it was memorable. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the island.

Room Tip: Choose a suite
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

We went to this hotel as part of a family celebration, using a voucher. The hotel is very nice and the room we had was beautiful with a fabulous view.
The breakfast was very tasty . We had a meal here one night and it was one of the best kebabs and salad I have ever tasted.
The staff were friendly and the bar was perfect for us - there was even live music on which was created a good atmosphere.
We had a great time in the Kildonan hotel and on Arran and can not wait to go back.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

My partner took me to stay at the kildonan hotel for my birthday using a "voucher". When we eventually arrived, we were amazed by the view. What a lovely place to spend a relaxing weekend. The guy who greeted us was genuinely friendly and welcoming. Our room was just above the bar, with panoramic views of the sea and islands. Unlike other reviews, the bar being below our room, didn't create any noise problems for us. It was a lovely cosy little room.

We had dinner on the first night, which looked promising. However, the menu is very limited and very over priced. I understand that prices are higher in the islands, but this was pushing it too far. An Arran malt, for double the price that you would pay in a good whisky bar in Edinburgh???

I think that the owners have tried very hard to make this beautifully located hotel, an experience that will keep bringing people back. However, certain aspects are fall short of expectation. Ie, staff training, value for money, helpfulness of management.

It could be an amazing holiday experience with just a few tweaks and improvements, to make it the place that they aspire to.

We would definitely come back, especially for the breakfast!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We stayed at the hotel using one of those "vouchers"! What a lovely place. The room could have been any hotel in the UK but it had what you needed although, oddly, no hair-dryer. Fabulous location right on the shore with a lovely view from the restaurant. We saw seals and otters whilst having breakfast. Staff were all very pleasant and the food was very nice, but there are minor gripes. The dyed kipper for breakfast had a feeling of frozen bulk purchase about it and I had two of the best steaks I have ever eaten for my dinners but they did seem to be accompanied by oven chips. You will need a jumper in the restaurant though as there was quite a draft near the windows!!
Our room was right above the public bar entrance and car park, and whilst there was absolutely no noise from the bar, people standing outside, smoking or just leaving did tend to be quite intrusive.
Sorry this review seems a tiny bit negative but would we go again? Absolutely, no hesitation!

Room Tip: Get a room away from the car park and bar entrance.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kildonan | Isle of Arran, Kildonan KA27 8SE, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Isle of Arran > Kildonan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Kildonan
Price Range: $113 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kildonan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unwind and forget your troubles at our small, family run hotel. Built in the 17th Century, it is one of the 7th oldest licensed Inns in Scotland and historically a destination that families have aspired to visit for well over 100 years. Perched on the southern-most tip of Arran with panoramic views to die for, the hotel is located right on the seafront, the beach literally stone's throw away. Overlooking the Firth of Clyde we are right in the middle of a unique eco-system with a plethora of wildlife. We have seals basking daily on the rock jetties off-shore, otters feeding and playing on the rocks and gannets diving non-stop through the day. We are also fortunate to have occasional basking sharks and dolphins visiting in the summer months and an array of birds-of-prey including eagles, peregrines, buzzards and more... Pladda Island sits directly across the sound with its recognisable lighthouse and ever changing silhouette playing host to a large colony of seagulls and gannets. And of course the famous Ailsa Craig, 'Paddy's Milestone', a bird sanctuary now but is renowned for its granite which is still used for curling stones today. The interior is fully refurbished, still maintaining some the quaint characteristics of old, while the tasteful addition of extended bistro and lounge area with floor to ceiling windows allow residents and diners to gaze for miles over a cup of tea, breakfast or an evening meal. ... more   less 
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