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“National, bus trip , 3 nights in the Claymore Hotel.”
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Claymore Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Arrochar
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Im gunna be quick (just like the bus driver on the sightseeing tour). Free Bar, a long line to the very small bar, over worked under staffed bar, until the free bar shuts and then they smile a bit when you pay. Rooms need modernization, thankfully we paid extra for a very nice view. Meals, were 7/10.friendly restaurant.hot food. Not much to do outside, (unless you smoke) then you can go outside and dodge the midges,not the hotels fault,but they WILL get you...The Turns were ok dont expect a seat in the lounge though unless you get in early. The Drivers (who drove the buses here) were regulars, who i found out do the same run weekly seemed to have a lot of say around the hotel.they help out the bar staff, one helps in other ways too, i thought one was the manager up until the second day..complaisant is the word. Over-all a cheap and easy way to see a bit of Scotland.....pity about the midges...

Room Tip: pre book front view rooms if poss...or you may regret it.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gary W, General Manager at Claymore Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2012

Many thanks for your brisk review of your stay at the Claymore Hotel.
I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay but I'm puzzled that you mention midges at this time of year. Normally they are gone by mid September.
Hopefully you can return to the hotel another time and enjoy a midgie free stay.
Many thanks,
Gary Watson.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We went as part of a National Holidays package. The hotel is sited right on Loch Long, and the views are outstanding, but not from our room. It is possible to have a room with loch view at a small supplement, which is worth the cost. The food was edible, but a bit bland and seemed to be fresh from the freezer. The service was exemplory, and the quickest we have ever experienced. The vegetarian choices were uninspired. The bar has a good range and there was entertainment provided. Outside there are pleasant, flat walks along the loch. There are a few local shops including a pub and chip shop. There are also a couple of very pretty churches. It goes without saying..Take a camera!
What really lets the place down is the tired 1970s decor, especially in the bedrooms. Ours was en suite with a coloured suite, bath but no shower. The fitted wardrobes were a bit scarey as they seemed on the point of collapse. The television reception was good, and the hot drink facilities were up to the norm. Free soaps provided but no shampoo or bubble bath. The window looked out onto an enclosed yard with a deep layer of green something or other.
A nice enough hotel with excellent staff. The main building dates back to 1692, and the bedrooms look like 1962.

Room Tip: There is usually a small additional charge for a room with a loch view. We were quoted £4 per person...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank TonySt35
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Gary W, General Manager at Claymore Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2012

Many thanks for your review on trip adviser.
I'm glad to read that you enjoyed some aspects of the hotel especially the views and the surrounding area.
The hotel as you have mentioned is very old and we are always looking for ways to improve our guest's stay at the hotel.
We have a rolling program of redecoration for all rooms that is currently in progress.
Please be assured that the points you have raised will be looked at in depth.
I hope that you will return to the Claymore in the future.
Many thanks again..
Regards,
Gary Watson.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We spent five days at the Claymore Hotel from 8th to 12th October on a National Holiday all inclusive break. The Hotel is well run with friendly and very helpful staff. the twin room we had was dated and had a minute TV, but our big disappointment was the lack of a shower just the bath. I asked the manager if we could have a room with a shower he told us they were only 20 rooms with showers and were all occupied, Mm 20 out of 518 rooms poor ratio. He told me if I went to reception I could get a shower attachment to fit on the bath taps. We tried this but there was no place to hang the shower head So still had to sit in the bath. The dinning room was well equipped and pleasant decor to have your meals. The hotel belongs to the Bay Hotels which had at the time 4 coach parties to accommodate for at meal times which the staff run like clock work (no waiting for service at all) The breakfast was excellent with full fried breakfast and many more variants, plus Kippers, and toast and preserves. The evening meals were excellent with starters of soup, smoked salmon, garlic mushrooms, and many more on different days. You have the choice of 3 from the main course menu, and choice of 3 from the sweets all well presented and tasty. The evening entertainment was excellent with a large concert room, only grumble was that the bar was in another room and it was a balancing act to open the door when returning with drinks in your hand. I think the hotel mainly is used for coach parties holidays, but we had a great time and it was certainly value for money on the National Holiday all inclusive.

Room Tip: If you have special needs, I would suggest you let them know in advance.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank UKC0uple
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Gary W, General Manager at Claymore Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2012

Many thanks for your review on trip adviser.
Your review was very interesting to read especially when you mention the number of rooms in the hotel.
I'm afraid we don't have the luxury of being a Las Vegas size hotel with 518 bedrooms - we have a very conservative but not too insignificant 96 bedrooms, many which have stunning views over Loch Long.
The number of rooms with showers is 37 - slightly more than a third. We are trying to install more showers in the rooms but when this particular extension to the hotel was built baths were "de rigeur".
I only hope that you return to the Claymore Hotel to enjoy some more breathtaking scenery and scottish hospitality.
Many thanks,
Regards,
Gary Watson.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

An old hotel in need of an update to go with the stunning location which we did not have a view of from our back bedroom of hotel bedroom, we had a view of the grey untidy yard area. The decoration was poor and the bed was dreadful and lumpy, the springs had a life of their own.
The meals were basic, the breakfast was the best of the two meals we had with plenty of choice and a second serving of toast but the tea and coffee were cold and like dishwater. The service was good and friendly from the Hungarian waiter. The bar area was pleasant with a lovely view from the window. I know we were on a coach holiday one night break but even those deserve a little comfort. I would return to LochLong but would have to stay with a little bit extra.

Room Tip: Unable to give any advice other than maybe ask to see a room before first committing to book.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gary W, General Manager at Claymore Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2012

Many thanks for your review on trip adviser.
I'm so happy you enjoyed the views from the hotel which can be stunning but I'm also disappointed that we did not live up to your expectations with the food and the room - even if it was just for one night.
I so wish that you had spoken to the management at the time where we could have rectified all of the issues mentioned.
I hope that this does not deter you from sampling some more scottish hospitality in the future.
Many thanks,
Regards,
Gary Watson.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Sad tired hotel.

Service was mainly by polite, efficient hard working staff with English as a second language. The service was excellent.

The hotel is tired and a bit tatty.

My room was a double en suite was ok, not the biggest. The bathroom was tiny but it did have a shower some do not and I was told they were of little use due to size.

Beware the water is very very hot.

The food was a case of get em in get em out but that was ok.

Typical 3 course meal with choices, not the best ie Hake fish cakes with seasonal vegetables (cabbage, sweetcorn and peppers)

Breakfast selection very good inc. kippers, full english, the works

If on the National holidy package you need to have Carling or pay a £1 to upgrade to Grolsh, similar with other drinks.

Hotel location brilliant right at side of loch surrounded by hills (mountains? sorry Scotland)

If you turn left or right outside hotel you come to local bar and small shop, we preferred left.

Whole package was £79 for 3 days 2 breakfast / evening meal well worth it.

Room Tip: You can pay £8 for a room with a view of the loch. Not worth it you will be seeing it a plenty mo...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank alan l
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Gary W, General Manager at Claymore Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2012

Many thanks for your review on trip adviser.
I hope that you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to welcoming you back.
Many thanks,
Regards,
Gary Watson.

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We stayed at claymore hotel 8Th to 12th Oct, cant believe some of the pathetic moaners that write such rubbish about this hotel, if your going to moan then go to a 5star hotel and pick fault there, rant over. The staff are very friendly, never had one bad thing to say about them unlike some of the customers that they have to smile at, i'm thinking they need medals. Our room key went missing, the manager gave us another key no problem at all, as it turned out later it was found in another slot, so spec-savers are going to be busy soon lol. unfortunately whilst we were there i had bad toothache and needed a dentist, the management and staff tried all they could to contact a dentist at fort William (that's where we were going that day) then rang our driver to let me know witch dentist if any at all would see me. M&S Dentists at fort William did the trick, thanks. So we think everyone at the hotel are great, happy, smile, the lady that works, sings there (sorry, forgot your name) Please dont call her Jimmy Cranky as she will hunt me down lol. We had a great time , food was excellent, breakfast and dinner, a great selection waitress service, all good. The hotel is set next to loch long, wow, what a view when you come out on a morning and the national holiday drivers were great , full of information (just what you need on this type of trip). the entertainment on a night was good, if you didn't want to watch there was other places you could sit for a drink. So all in all, it was built in 1697 and when they get a roof put on and windows it will probably be very nice Sorry, its a 2/3 star hotel and its great, clean, friendly and it doesn't cost the earth if you want to pick fault, well there are lots of things you can find if you look for them, i have stayed in some 5star hotels in the past that dont give you the time of day. So Claymore/National Holidays Thanks we had a great time, toothache an all xxx

Room Tip: Read the information book in your room, our room only had a bath, but you can ask for a shower attac...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank allan s
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Gary W, General Manager at Claymore Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2012

Many thanks for your entertaining review of the hotel on trip advisor.
I WILL be supplying the staff with new glasses after not finding your key when you required it.(including myself).
I'm so glad that we were able to help you when you were in need of a dentist and happy that it didn't spoil your holiday.
The staff at the hotel will always go the extra mile for the guests and it's great to see that recognised here.
I only hope that you return to the Claymore Hotel to enjoy some more scottish hospitality!
Many thanks again,
kind regards,
Gary Watson.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We booked this hotel as part of a national holiday deal and read some other reviews with a little concern. Our concerns were put to rest though as there was nothing worthy of complaint. The hotel is a little dated but you get what you pay for remember this isn't the ritz and neither are you paying he price of five star accommodation. The national holiday drivers are excellent giving running commentary on the sights as you go by them. The entertainment provided here is for an older clientele though very good most night in particular the entertainment manager ELaine who sings most nights but is very good and has a varied repertoire. The food which seems to be a bone of content for some reviewers"...........is excellent in quality the choice is very good and varied with plenty of choice, I dont understand why some fealt there was not enough as asking for more was an obvious option which was never a problem better this than wasting good food at each serving. Breakfast was even better loads of quality product bacon sausage egg tomato hash brown etc etc as much as you could want and we have been to some top grade hotels and been on cruises that provide similar quality at breakfast time. The waiting staff are a mix of British and foreign (Hungarian) if those who criticised would have asked. Most of the foreign staff were educated to degree levels and provided premier class attention to detail nothing was ever a problem all questions met with a smile and a solution. Our package included drinks (four each per night) sufficient for most and should you need more bar prices were no higher that what we pay locally. As I said the hotel is a little dated but always clean fresh fluffy towels each day as warm as anyone could wish, we had a bath in our en suite and found the hot water in plenty full supply and very little noise to be heard from the other guests moving around in the corridors/room. All in all a bargain break for us both that we found very enjoyable and relaxing.

Room Tip: If you want more just ask. If you pay a little more you can have a room overlooking loch long.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gary W, General Manager at Claymore Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2012

Many thanks for your review on trip adviser.
Your in depth review is extremely accurate and precise.Thank you.
I hope you will visit the Claymore again in ther near future.
Regards,
Gary Watson.

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Address: Arrochar, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G83 7BB, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Arrochar
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Arrochar
Number of rooms: 96
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