I’d booked this for a Friday evening in July and had asked for a room with a sea view. This was duly provided at a price of £124 including breakfast. The welcome from the receptionist could have been warmer, and this coupled with the absence of a lift and a demand for the balance of the room cost upfront, made for rather a negative initial impression.
At the price charged I was hoping for a stunning room, but I think most of the price must have been on the basis of the view, as the third floor room was nothing special. As steep (though you have to take into account that this is a Victorian building) and rather threadbare climb to the room, which itself had no feeling of luxury. The furniture was fairly basic and cheap looking, and though the bed was comfy enough, it was quite small by modern standards. The décor was rather Spartan – plain walls painted pure white. There was no phone, so it was not possible to call room service or book a restaurant table other than by using your mobile to phone the hotel’s outside phone. The bathroom, though a decent size, was rather old fashioned, having a shower curtain over the bath and its walls being wholly covered in plain white six inch tiles. The overall impression of the room was that it required some investment to bring it up to modern standards.
On a more positive note, though we did not have high hopes for the restaurant, we were persuaded to give it a try partly on the basis of positive reviews on Trip Advisor and partly because we could not be bothered going out. It turned out to be a good decision, as the food was lovely and the service excellent. There was a good choice of dishes and the price of food and a decent bottle of wine were very reasonable indeed, given the quality. Breakfast, too, was good, with the hot courses being prepared to order, which I always prefer as it means they are normally served hot.
Overall, I’d say this hotel is worth considering if you are staying in Rothesay, though it does seem that you are paying a premium for the view, as the rooms (on the basis of this stay, at least) are not necessarily of the standard that you might expect at that price point. It’s certainly worth considering eating here, though, as the food was of a good standard and good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the centre of the town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, our newly refurbished and modern hotel has wonderful views of the Clyde Coast and overlooks the beautiful Esplanade Gardens. It boasts excellent cuisine and caters for everyone from families to wedding parties. The hotel consists of 20 fully en-suite rooms, each stylishly decorated, with TV and drinks facilities. Enjoy an informal meal in our bistro cafe or an evening in our fully licensed bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Rothesay
- The Victoria Hotel Rothesay, Isle Of Bute