We booked in on a Groupon offer and upgraded to a deluxe suite. A suite it was but deluxe, well not in our eyes. It was a lovely room with side elevation view of the sea ( room 9 ). It was clean and tidy and spacious. The double wardrobe was in a small alcove in the entrance hall and the bedroom door opened onto it. The bathroom was directly facing as you entered the room. This was the biggest disappointment . There was a very tiny round stainless steel handbasin which the door opened onto. It was not fit for purpose. The toilet seat was wonky and needed re fitting. The bath was old and repaired in a couple of places. The side panel to the bath was coming away. The shower rail containing the shower head was loose and needed re fixing to the wall.The extractor fan, which to us as man and wife is an important fitment, was not working. This was pointed out to the staff showing us into the room. An enquiry was made and it was reported back that it had been previously reported and a new fan was on order ( Had still not arrived 5 days later and yes, they were obtainable on the island ). After a few hours we realised the the towel radiator in the bathroom was not working. Reported it to reception. It was bled but it was not air locked so a plumber was informed. He would be attending later that day. ( Still no plumber after 5 days and still not working ). The room was lovely and warm with underfloor heating as well as a radiator. The bathroom was very cold. We left the door open for some warmth to get in. The hotel is ideally located, right on the shingle beach, with wonderful panoramic picture windows overlooking Padda Island, Aris Aig and the Mull of Kintyre. We saw three sea otters feeding and playing as well as the seals. The dining room was really really cold and the heating system ( if working )? needed boosting for winter use. ( I think that is why the owners had their meals in the bar, it was much warmer ). Breakfast was a real disappointment with no cereals, yogurts, choice of fruit juices or fresh fruit, unless paid for extra. The breakfast menu was limited to continental, full Scottish, Kipper, accompaniments of fruit juice, toast, tea/coffee, jams/marmalade. A slight disappointment in the first instance. THE FOOD, EITHER BREAKFAST OR EVENING MEALS COULD NOT BE FAULTED. It was well cooked, good quality, very tasty and always hot. Evening meal prices were reasonable, twenty pounds for a 10oz sirloin steak with chips and veg. Value for money and delicious is the sea bass meal for about £8.95p. Prices were the same in dining room and bar. The staff were really nice and friendly and knew how to treat their guests. Dear owners, please please rectify these small and annoying little faults and get 99% for and 1 % against. We would say it would make the difference to our 50 - 50. ( When we were leaving, a couple who had arrived the previous night, room 10, were reporting that their radiator in their bathroom was not working ).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kildonan Hotel Isle Of Arran