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“Best on Islay by a long way”

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Port Charlotte Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
Sussex
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Best on Islay by a long way”
Reviewed July 9, 2005

Excellent staff, v friendly welcome- coffee, biscuits and a go at their own Islay blend of malt whisky. Room small but well decorated- good art which is also throughout the hotel, and really gives it a special edge.

Decent shower and well sized bathroom; tide gently lapped against the shore outside the bedroom and lulled us to sleep.

Really good food- but slightly better value in the bar - great Thai Red Curry and spectacular Spinach and Ricotta cannelloni.
Breakfast- V nice coffee- good fry up / excellent kippers- exceptionally tasty.

Lounge is small but well catered for with board games and a lovely old chess set that has clearly been around in the family for a while. Comfy sofas and (of course) an enourmous whisky list, though only Islay whisky- so no Talisker, Macallan, etc.

Cracking stay all told, and Port Charlotte is the most beatiful village on Islay- much more so than rather gray and depressing Bowmore.

PS. Bruichladdich is in walking distance and Mary there gives a fantastic tour...!

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Reviewed September 7, 2004

Beautiful location, beautiful decor, beautiful hotel but let down by the hospitality of the staff. After stopping at the Columba Hotel in Tarbert on the way to Islay were were treated royalty this hotel was a little dissapointing. If anything the staff were a little too snooty.

The bedrooms were a little on the small side but were well presented and have great views over look the loch. The conservatory was being re-decorated when we were there. Should be open if you go now. Also can see the Paps of Jura from the bedroom window. Complementary soft drinks in the room which was a nice touch.

Food in restaurant was of a high standard. Not too much on your plate but of a good standard (about £30 a head without drinks). The opposite was true for bar meals. Huge portions and a reasonable price.

The malt collection in the bar was very good, but was also well priced - cheapest shot at around £4, moving to the more serious malts at anything upto £30. Finally, the local Islay ales were very good in flavour, but a little flat and didn't keep their head for long.

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Reviewed March 23, 2004

Sea food platter-out of this world. Try their homemade ice cream-delicious

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Reviewed June 14, 2003

I've never stayed at the Port Charlotte, but stopped there for lunch recently and was very impressed. I had the Islay Beef Wraps, and they were incredible. Very simply done, just a few strips of the unique-flavoured Islay beef, with creme fraiche and a bit of home-made (not that bottled mush!) salsa. The flavour of the beef (fed on green grass, islay seaweed and mash from the whisky distilleries!) is gorgeous. My husband had the seafood platter, which was enormous... there must have been at least 20 large prawns, plus an oyster on the half-shell, a crab claw, smoked salmon, and a bit of marinated mackerel, and also came with bread and butter.Lovely lunch, with stunning views out the back windows to Loch Indaal.

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Property: Port Charlotte Hotel
Address: Main St, Port Charlotte PA48 7TU, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Port Charlotte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Charlotte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Port Charlotte Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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