Im a coach driver, and I found the hotel top notch. Service was great and food was lovely. Very friendly staff. Only issue I had was I couldn,t sample any of the drinks behind the bar.More
Im a coach driver, and I found the hotel top notch. Service was great and food was lovely. Very friendly staff. Only issue I had was I couldn,t sample any of the drinks behind the bar.MoreShow less
Delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us here, and look forward to welcoming you back again soon, perhaps without the bus to allow you to sample a little more of our good Islay spirit! A real pleasure to have yourself and your group here with us.
this hotel is better than external appearancesw would suggest . it is much cheaper than bridgend or port charlotte and externally ther would appear to be no comparison but inside the superior rooms are large well appointed warm cosy with nice fluffy towels . admittedly th efood is bar meals only in winter but i had a nice home made pie and my mother said the gammon was excellent. the breaskfast was outstanding with excellent scrambled egg and black pudding for 55 a night per room b and b who couyld complain , if the downstairs public rooms were smartened up a bit could definitely give the competition a run fpr its money
After a couple of days up and down cycling into strong head winds, I decided I deserved a warm hotel, a hot bath, a good feed, a couple of beers and not to have to stray off the premises. So the Port Charlotte youth hostel was blown out and I kept straight on at Bowmore ( a really straight road to Port Ellen) in the headwind, and rewarded myself with a night at the White Hart.....just the job !!!! The room was warm and comfortable, the bath was nice and hot, the food in the bar tasty and filling and the beer very drinkable indeed. Good breakfast next morning and only a couple of hundred metres to the ferry. Staff all very friendly and enthusiastic, if not quite silver service but hey, I wasn't in a hurry so the food came at a pace I was happy with. The beer came especially at a pace I liked. get a room on the upper floors of the hotel and you'd have to be pretty fussy to complain at this place.
We arrived in Port Ellen, disappointed with the hotel we had booked, we were looking for A - something to eat (not easy to find on a Sunday night) and B - alternative accommodation to our original hotel.
We walked into the pub attached to the hotel to enquire about food, and were directed next door into the hotel's lounge bar (much better!) We were immediately greeted by friendly staff and an inviting log fire.
We enquired about the availability of rooms at the hotel and were shown a lovely room by Philip, who couldn't have done more to help. We decided to book and were really pleased we did. The room we eventually got was even better than the one we had been shown. It was clean, had a great view, and lots of character - just what we were looking for!
Breakfast was cooked to order and was very good. We ate in the bar a couple of evenings, typical pub food, very good but not gourmet. Excellent service.
A lovely, old fashioned hotel, with young, friendly staff.
Ruth and Anthony, Brighton.
Reviewers' experiences of the White Hart seem to depend entirely on whether their rooms were directly above the bar or not - maybe something to ask when making a reservation! Mine was on the second floor, so I was absolutely fine. Yes, the (large, old) hotel is in need of redecoration, but it was clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. I had a 'cabin' room (bunk beds, shared bathroom) that was a decent size and was very clean and comfortable. Easy to find from the Port Ellen ferry, and three of the finest distilleries in the world are within an hour's walk (I'd recommend walking if you're going to sample their products). Also just over the road from a very handy shop.
I didn't sample the restaurant (I had stuffed myself silly at the Old Kiln Cafe in Ardbeg), but the breakfast was top-notch and I speak as someone who has eaten cooked breakfasts in cheap hotels all over the UK. Fantastic black pudding, not overcooked for a change!
This is a Victorian merchant hotel, and one of the friendliest hotels I have recently stayed in. If it is at all idiosyncratic then it is in a way that suits me. The young staff are enthuisiastic and engaging - no problem with early booking in etc. Quick to help and advise... with laundry, and car hire. The rooms are clean, not sumptiously outfitted (but who wants that after a days exploring? - you need hot water, a warm room and an open bar.) - and well heated. The kettle could have been better, but no hotel gets everything right all of the time. The manager deals with any gripe immediately. It is in the week day evenings that the place comes into its own - with a crowded bar lit by an open fire, and a bar menu, at bar menu prices, which we found remarkable. We had lamb and venison steaks cooked to perfection. Best to get down early, to find a table near the fire... the large adjacent dining room is just as well appointed, but not as cosy. Our only reservation was with the cooked breakfasts - we've eaten much better, but when they get that cracked this will be a sought after hotel. Not that it isn't already, of course - the ladies in the Bowmore Tourist Info Office pointed out that when they phoned for vacancies for clients, they were rarely able to get them in! I do sympathise with the reviewers who found themselves above the bar, but bars do tend to be boisterous places - maybe anyone wanting complete peace and quiet should stay in one of the island's many B & Bs. We were in rooms at the top floor front for 5 happy days , and didn't hear a thing - maybe they are the rooms to ask for. I am thinking of setting a section of a novel on the island - in which case I shall look forward to returning specifically to this largish.