Wonderful place. A management and service team dedicated to delighting their customers, food to die for, one of the most picturesque locations in the Northern Hemisphere and great value to boot!
I had some work to do on the island and decided to take my wife for a short stay; I didn't fancy staying in the Client's normal choice of hostelry and found the Glenisle through Tripadvisor; the wonders of the Web!.
I stay in many hotels that are pleasant, OK, well, underwhelming really. Not the Glenisle! From the minute you arrive the welcome is perfect, warm but not gushing, honest, not forced. The hotel is in a wonderful Victorian building, recently re-furbished, decorated by someone who has taken the palette from the sea right across the road from the hotel. A 10 out of 10 for decor and presentation. Oodles of tea and coffee, home-made shortbread to go with your first refreshing cup of tea - the shortbread is so good, I bought a load for my colleagues!
The jewel in Glenisle's crown is either the wonderful public areas (bar and library) with their roaring log fires and the smell of burning peat or the outstanding restaurant; a small, perfect menu full of local produce and perfectly cooked and presented. A memorable meal -the best I've had in Scotland - cooked by an alumni of that other great Scottish eatery Rogano's of Glasgow.
I plan to return as soon as I can. I seldom award hotels 10 from 10 but this team's commitment to delighting their guests is such a fantastic success; it's almost as if the management team had sat down to design the perfect guest experience and then disguise it to make it look like pure serendipity. Wonderful
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Glenisle Hotel Lamlash, Isle Of Arran