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Royal Golf Hotel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 13, 2014

Beautifully located overlooking The Royal Dornoch links and Dornoch Firth this traditional coastal hotel has recently been sympathetically refurbished. Our bedroom comfortable with commanding views over the first hole albeit no wifi reception and you'd have to be in excess of 8 feet tall to open the windows! In fairness management very sympathetic to former criticism and promised future signal booster. Staff very friendly and helpful. Dinner excellent (Western Ross salmon and scallops followed by pear tarte tartin) if somewhat pricey. Breakfast disappointing with eggs patently pre cooked. All in all a very enjoyable visit given flexible budget constraints.

Room Tip: If you prefer splendid view and don't require reliable wifi 209 / 210 will fit the bill
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank 323RobinB
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2014

Dear Robin,
Thank you very much for your review posted on Tripadvisor, following your stay here last Wednesday.
I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Dornoch and the Royal Golf Hotel. Your room 209 certainly does afford terrific views up the first fairway of the world famous golf course and across Dornoch Firth beyond. The window in your room was newly installed last winter and deliberately designed to allow the very best uninterrupted view of the golf course which it undoubtedly does. To keep matters in perspective, I feel compelled to point out a couple of things for the benefit of future guests who may wish to stay here. I am just over 6 feet tall and am able to open the window in your room without the use of step ladders. A bit of a stretch admittedly. For vertically challenged guests we would be more than happy to offer assistance opening the window should this be required. With this glorious weather just now it is good to open the windows.
Eggs at breakfast time have always been cooked to order (yes, even scrambled and poached). My chef would be seriously insulted if I accused him of pre-cooking eggs to be quite honest. Not only that he would probably want to sack the breakfast cook !
Finally I would like to thank you for highlighting the WiFi issue. As a result of your comments during your stay I have purchased an additional access point and am just waiting for a sparky to install power to the corridor adjacent to your room. Hopefully tomorrow ! This should resolve problems with weak signal in the few rooms along your corridor.
Once again Robin, many thanks for your constructive feedback. I don't agree with all of it as you have probably gathered - except the WiFi. We enjoyed having you as our guests and hope you will visit us again in the not too distant future.

Kind Regards,

Robert
Robert Ratcliffe
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

The whole experience here continues to be excellent.Great rooms, service and attention to detail.

Thanks to Cameron, Gail and all the team for making this an excellent stay.

We look forward to returning.

A golfers paradise with the incomparable links course 50 yds away.

Room Tip: Rooms to the East side are best
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Foxyrobin
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2014

Dear Foxyrobin,

Many thanks for taking the time to post your review following your recent stay here at The Royal Golf Hotel.
I am sure Cameron, Gail and the team will be delighted with your kind comments.

I hope we will have an opportunity to welcome you back to Dornoch in the not too distant future.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manger

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

We drove up and parked just metres away from the front door and could not believe the view and the location of this wonderful property. The Royal Dornoch Golf Club (one of the ten best in the world) was steps away. Our room had a wonderful view of the first and eighteenth holes and of the sea - just breathtaking. We enjoyed a pint in the lovely lounge and an excellent dinner another night in the solarium which also looked over the course and the sea. The breakfast - included in the room price - was also excellent. And, it was only a three minute walk into the wonderful little town of Dornoch. The hotel has a drying room for your clubs (a must in Scotland). All in all, a great hotel and a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ESJEdmonton
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2014

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your wonderful review following your very recent stay here at the Royal Golf Hotel. Naturally I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay and I hope you may get an opportunity to visit us again in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
General Manager

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

The 'smallish' hotel's front door is literally about 100 yds from the 1st tee of the Championship Course at Royal Dornoch. Most rooms overlook the course and the North Sea. Although an old building, the hotel has been updated satisfying all modern needs with excellent showers in bathrooms and a very good wi-fi. The breakfast was very good, the bar area looked good. We did not have dinner at the hotel but were told that the food is very good.

Room Tip: Ask for ground floor room overlooking golf course - they are quiet with fantastic views of course an...
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Dhanan
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managerroyalgolf, Owner at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2014

Dear Dhanan,

Thank you very much for posting your very complimentary review following your recent stay at The Royal Golf Hotel. Naturally I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Dornoch and the hotel. We do actually believe that it is the shortest walk anywhere in the world from the hotel front door to the first tee of a Championship golf course and is roughly 60 yards (I have just paced it out - needed a breath of fresh air) or a 'stones throw' to be more precise !
It is a shame you did not have the opportunity to dine with us but perhaps there will be next time ? Thank you again.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manager.

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Reviewed May 23, 2014

From the first time Cameron Ferguson greets you upon arrival until you give the key back to Gail at the front desk the service at the Royal Golf Hotel is impeccable. When I complimented Cameron on the level of service exhibited by the staff, he seemed to know that the philosophy of taking care of the guests was being well implemented. We selected the hotel on a recent stay because it is literally a few steps from the first tee at Royal Dornoch and so you can imagine our surprise when we realized we stumbled upon the best possible hotel in the area. The rooms are what one would expect and need for a comfortable stay and the restaurant served some of the best meals we have consumed in Scotland. The bar area is about as Scottish as it gets and there are comfortable lounge chairs to sit on why sampling the huge variety of Highland Single Malts. They simply cannot earn enough praise from me and if I had brought a service award medallion to provide to Cameron I would have done so. I didn't have it with me, and so when I return in the near future I will gladly present it to him.

Room Tip: If you are solo and there just to play golf, a single room is sufficient. Upgrade to a suite if you...
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Brian F
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2014

Dear Brian,

What can I say other than you to thank you sincerely for taking the time to post such a hugely complimentary review following your recent stay with us.
Your remarks are high praise indeed and I am sure Cameron and the team will take enormous encouragement and delight from your kind comments. It is a pleasure to receive good reviews and naturally I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the hotel and Dornoch.
We all look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manager.

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Reviewed May 20, 2014

If on a golf tour you want great golf courses (one of the worlds greatest within 50 yards of front door), comfortable rooms at sensible prices and great food and a good bar. All are here plus a fantastic staff at the front desk, in the restaurant and bar. we were a group of 16 and the food was excellent all able to order from the whole menu every night. We had a brilliant time and the staff were all amazing. I cannot recommend this hotel high enough. will definitely go back and take another golf tour here.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank JohnLBath
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2014

Dear John,

Many thanks for posting such a wonderful review following your very recent stay at The Royal Golf Hotel Dornoch. I am delighted to hear you all enjoyed yourselves and that the team looked after your party so well. Your comments and feedback are high praise for which we are all extremely grateful and appreciatative.
I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in hopefully the not too distant future.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manager

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Reviewed May 17, 2014

Once again another fantastic stay at the Royal Golf Hotel in Dornoch. The staff as friendly and helpful as ever. nothing is too much trouble. The food is absolutely
amazing and excellent service. Not long back but already looking forward to our
next stay later on this year. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Kim J
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Dear Kim,

Thank you so much for posting such a complimentary review following your recent stay at The Royal Golf Hotel. Naturally I am delighted that you had such a good time and the team looked after you so well. Hope to see you on your next visit later in the year. Thank you again and for recommending us.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manager

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Address: The First Tee Grange Road, Dornoch IV25 3LG, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
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
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Price Range: $156 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Golf Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Golf Hotel, is perfectly situated overlooking the first tee of Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course, the 6th best golf course in the world as judged by Golf Digest. All 22 bedrooms are en-suite and furnished to a high standard, most having superb views across the golf course and the Dornoch Firth beyond. Free WiFi internet access. The Conservatory Restaurant serves locally sourced,fresh seasonal food in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. ... more   less 
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