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“Lovely stay in Lamlash Arran”
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Glenisle Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lamlash
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“Lovely stay in Lamlash Arran”
Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

I stayed for an Easter Break. I was rather worried before going, due to part of the island being snowbound with no electricity. I needn't have worried because there was no snow in Lamlash and anyway they told me that should the worst happen-they have their own generator. I had a relaxing stay in a single room with an ensuite and plenty of fabulous food in the restaurant. The library with its own open fire was lovely and cosy, but it can get busy at times.
My mobile phone had no reception (Tesco)
I don't know which provider works best for Arran? However I used the hotel wifi (free) and so emailed friends and family. Overall I enjoyed my break and would go back.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Winchcombe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This small but very friendly hotel is a perfect place to stay if you wish to explore Arran. The accommodation is of a very high standard and evening food is good too ( a butternut squash and chickpea curry for example). The lounge areas are welcoming and cosy (we visited during an exceptionally cold March) and in the summer it would be lovely to eat outside on the terrace. Above all though we had the impression that the staff genuinely wanted to ensure that we enjoyed ourselves.

Room Tip: We didn't have a sea or garden view but it would have been nice and worth enquiring about.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

The hotel is ideally situated in the middle of Lamlash with fab views across the bay to Holy Isle. Open fires and a good bar, well stocked with local brews and whiskey, add to the ambiance. Food is above average - though more bistro than fine dining. Bar/lounge areas are comfortable, welcoming and most important relaxing. The staff work hard looking after their guests needs and provide a high standard of service. The rooms are well appointed, decorated and spacious. Little extras like a pair of binoculars in our bedroom showed thought and attention to detail. However, there was a toilet waiting to be installed, sat in the lounge next to a chair - it really should not have been there. The best though was the breakfast. Best breakfast I have had in a hotel for a very long time. Most important - it was piping hot. Highly recommend this hotel even though it is quite expensive for what it is.

Room Tip: We had a standard room and I have had superior rooms which have not been as good as this. Our room h...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The Glenisle hotel is situated in Lamlash on the Island of Arran, easy to find sat overlooking the beautiful bay in Lamlash and Holy Isle.

The hotel is a bar and bistro, is very well presented inside, has a relaxed vibe to it, open fires, a great snug room (overlooking the bay) and very welcoming staff.

The food they serve is excellent, a small, but perfectly executed menu with just enough pizazz to bring excitement to their great range of locally sourced ingredients.

Also, breakfast has a couple of treats such as their own take on porridge (which includes cream and whiskey! And is rather good.....), a freshly cooked selection and locally made jams.

The rooms are nicely decorated, well kept and clean with plenty of information on things to do in a handy information folder.

The bar stocks local ales (the Arran Brewary, which are excellent) and a range of Arran whiskeys (distilled on the island). They are knowledgable about these and have tasting notes for a quick peruse when required!

The staff were excellent and made our holiday even more enjoyable, with advice about where to go, where to hike (and what to drink!)

All in all, this hotel is a good enough reason by itself to vist Arran. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Were here last year & loved it ,so decided to return for a long weekend in Feb. Weather was unimportant as we just wanted somewhere we knew would be relaxing. Had booked a superior room but on arrival were offered an upgrade to the premier room, the wonderful Room at the Top of the hotel ! Fantastic ! The view from the bath of the Holy Isle & Lamlash Bay with its ever changing light is truly wonderful. The decor throughout Glenisle is pleasant & restful with lots of nooks & crannies in which to dine or just relax. Dinner / breakfast very good (Glenisle Special Porridge is a must!!!). Owners / staff efficient, very helpful & friendly. Lamlash is a very attractive village with lots of good walks in the area ranging from a stroll to v. difficult. If you don't want to drive about there is a very good bus service that covers the entire island. Glenisle is an excellent base from which to explore Arran

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

This was our second visit to Glenisle with the sole porpose of relaxation. We were given an excellent valentines deal with dinner included. We stayed in room 14 which is well worth the extra as the view is stunning and the roll top bath is an added bonus!
breaksfast was delicious but the evening meal was even better, compliments to the chef.
Would not contemplate staying anywere other then the Glenisle for future visits to the island. The owners have got it spot on at this hotel, the atmosphere and attention to detail is second to none! thanks for a wonderful stay!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

We'd eaten at this small hotel twice before, and enjoyed it, so thought we'd stay when we needed to be on Arran for one night. Overall, it was pleasant. The standard room we had was nice, at the back of the hotel, was adequate in size, tastefully decorated, and one window had a view of the hills. The staff were obliging. The menu wasn't extensive, and several of us - we were joined by friends for dinner - had the fish and chips. None of us enjoyed the very fat chips. The tartare sauce came in a small dish, but the waiter delivered tomato ketchup still in its plastic bottle. Not very classy. Breakfast next day was OK, but had neither the range of choices nor the classy presentation that I experienced a week before in a B&B on Arran that charged a third of the price. I'm not sure what makes a hotel a 'boutique' one, but I'd describe this one as a good small hotel that needs to take a bit more care with the details in order to fully justify the price charged.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Property: Glenisle Hotel
Address: Shore Road, Lamlash KA27 8LY, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Isle of Arran > Lamlash
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lamlash
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Glenisle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming, ancient island inn is now an award-winning boutique hotel. Nestled in the charming village of Lamlash the hotel boasts one of the most beautiful locations on the Isle of Arran; looking across Lamlash Bay toward the Holy Isle which rises 1,000 feet out of the sea. The Glenisle was honoured at the 2011 Scottish Hotel Awards, scooping up a Gold Medal for hospitality as well as the prestigious Rising Star Small Hotel award. Once you have experienced Arran from the comfort of the Glenisle Hotel you might find yourself, like so many others, coming back year after year for a regular break which both relaxes and revitalises. ... more   less 
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