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“OK for a stop over, but keep your expectations low!”
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Arrochar Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Arrochar
Reviewed May 31, 2013

We stopped here for one night to break up a long drive from camping in Jura back home to Manchester, it was the cheapest place we could find for 4 people + 2 dogs in the area. The hotel looks like it was once very grand but is in need of refurbishment now. Location is great, overlooking the loch but the rooms were shabby e.g. peeling/stained wallpaper, stained bath, TV screen with lines accross it. Perhaps we got a bad room because we were travelling with dogs though. The fire alarm went off twice in the early morning but there was no mention or apology at breakfast. Having been camping very basically for the previous 4 nights we were looking forward to a good breakfast but it was sparse and not very vegetarian friendly, lots missing from the menu that they didn't have. I would recommend the cooked breakfast on the Islay ferry over the breakfast we got at the Arrochar hotel! Looked like the hotel had recently been taken over as alot of the nitices still said Oxford hotel. On the plus side, the pottery down the road is worth a look, there is a nice walk up through very pretty woods to the railway station and the loch fyne restaurant ~20 minutes down the road is excellent!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed in Glasgow for a week, but by chance decided to stay a few more days at the Arrochar Hotel in Arrochar, what a wonderful hotel, the General Manager David & his wife Janet, who operates Room Sales & Marketing were extremely helpful & courteous, they couldn't do enough to make our stay more enjoyable, the hotel is actually located on the side of Loch Long, which has the most fantastic views of the loch & mountains of Argyll & Bute, at present the hotel is listed as 2 star, the room & bathroom was very clean, but is in the process of refurbishment and will be graded to 3 star in the new year, the food in the restaurant was simply "5 star" with a great selection of wines, spirits & beers. They provide entertainment most evening and the guests are most pleasant. Loch Lomond is also close-by from the hotel & to drive around the loch's and mountains is simply spectacular, we are hoping to return to the Arrochar Hotel for our Anniversary in September and possibly in the spring, what a lovely hotel - VALUE FOR MONEY!!!

Room Tip: If your looking for "value for money" good food, spectacular views of the Loch & Mount...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank jimmyD-S11
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This hotel is not clean, the room I got was horrible, it looked like the bath had not been cleaned in a year, I don't think that a clean shower curtain is too much of a big expense. Even when you enter the hotel, the carpet is dirty and The only plus I would have is the location.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank No83
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

I largely agree with Tom W (below) in that it is a budget hotel in a lovely location, spoiled by being in need of a major refurb. The double room was small and basic with only one bedside table and a small stool doubling as a table on the other side. It was clean but tatty! Just one curtain was badly hung across the window (don't staff do maintenance, like replace a few curtain hooks?) giving a spartan view of the lovely loch scenery. The bed was hard and the bed cover was scorched and the window needed replacing. Trip advisor showed this hotel under Loch Lomond but it is actually on the banks on Loch Long, with Lomand a short distance away. The menu published near reception didn't appeal to us so we looked at the bar meals which looked OK but a little on the expensive side so we opted for Fish n Chips from the nearby village shop (which weren't the best and tasted a little of the scented soaps being sold in the same shop - but this is nothing to do with the hotel!), There was a good array of whiskies in the bar but the seats and sofas were not as comfortable as they looked but the beers seemed to concentrate on a selection of lagers at the expense of any decent real ale. I wasn't made aware of the fact that there was a lift (but I found it, though it wasn't labelled) and judging by other people hauling suitcases up the stairs, they too had not been aware of the lift facility. A lot of the staff seemed to be immigrant workers with a few basic problems due to language. Breakfast was OK but nothing special and service here could have been improved. We were asked if wanted more toast - and yet it never came. I can't say that enjoyed back to back Sammy Davis Jr music from a ghetto blaster throughout breakfast. There was some ambiguity on the menu about having either black pudding or haggis with the breakfast and when we enquired were told we could have both - but only the haggis arrived.
This hotel is ok for a budget night out but I'm glad we didn't choose to stay on for several nights.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Lovely hotel in a super location. Booked one night and took advantage of dinner for an extra £10 not expecting too much. The meal was first class, all 3 courses consisted of beautiful tasty fresh food well presented. The service was excellent with the waiters being attentive and keen to please but not in your face all the time. You will be hard pushed to find better value anywhere. Check in staff were very pleasant and helpful

The single room though compact had all you need for a comfortable stay, comfortable bed, good shower and internet access, with stunning views of Loch Long with Ben Arthur in the background. The hotel seems to have undergone a refurbishment programme recently and all areas were clean and fresh despite other comments to the contrary on this site.

Great value comfortable hotel

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank willimac
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Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

Party of 20 pensioners booked for morning tea and cake. Staff did not know where wheel chair entrance was. They then served 1/4 of group then staff dissappeared for 15 min. Had to serve our self only to find everything cold. No plates, napkins or cutlery had to find staff to get them. Eventually staff arrived back with scones and then complained that they had to clear tables.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We booked here because the other places we tried were full. The reviews on Trip Advisor were mixed, so we arrived uncertain of what we would find.

Our first experience of the place typified everything about it. We drove up to find plentiful parking with marked bays, each the width of our car, which was fine so long as you had no intention of opening the doors.

The hotel is like that throughout. It offers good basic service but messes up the little details. Everything comes out feeling a little bit mean, which can make you miss the fact that it's actually a good basic hotel in a spectacular location.

Reception is hidden round the corner from the door but, once we'd steered away from the bar that dominates the reception area, we were given a friendly welcome. Our room was large, clean and airy but somewhat under-decorated, giving it a Spartan feel. The duvets on the twin beds were measured to the millimetre. An extra couple of inches of material would not have cost much and would have made them a lot more comfortable.

When we arrived, on a chilly evening, there was no heat on at all. Again, this was just careless. A radiator and an electric heater soon had us cosy, but most hotels heat rooms ahead of the guests arriving.

The bathroom was, again, fit for purpose but, again, why the petty meanness of providing only one small bar of soap for two people? I have never come across any other hotel that does this. There was only one tooth mug, too. The holder for a second had snapped off and never been replaced. The bath enamel was chipped, giving the whole place a rather run-down air, accentuated by the absence of a bulb in the room lobby light. But, the next day, when we returned from a day walking in the cold and damp, we discovered that the important things were fine: the bath filled quickly with wonderfully hot water.

Food in the splendid dining room was served reasonably quickly by very pleasant staff. We were seated by the window with a view that pretty well justified the price of the meal by itself. The set menus were good, without being great. We were surprised that there was no a la carte menu.

The £7 minimum charge for wi-fi is beyond a joke, but £5.50 for a packed lunch seemed reasonable and the cooked breakfast was a bargain.

The hotel is run by a management company on behalf of owners who seem to take little interest in it, which is a shame. This could be an exceptional place and the staff do their best. But the penny pinching (music in the dining room from a ghetto blaster presumably because the speakers mounted on the ceiling don't work, decor that was cutting edge in the sixties but now just looks uncomfortable) means that it seems to survive on coach parties of elderly visitors.

We'd visit again for the location and the lovely staff. But we can only give it three stars.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Tom W
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Address: Main Street, | Argyll & Bute, Arrochar, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G83 7AA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Arrochar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Arrochar
Price Range: $62 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Arrochar Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magnificently situated at the very foot of the ‘Arrochar Alps’ on the shores of Loch Long, the Arrochar Hotel is only two miles from Loch Lomond and is ideal for a relaxing break or great to discover some of Europe’s finest scenery. A warm welcome awaits guests. Step into the former coaching inn and soak up the peace and tranquillity for which the Scottish Highlands are famous. Guests can relax with a fine malt whisky in the lounge bar, before dining in the restaurant with magnificent Loch Views The nearby harbour at Balmaha is ideal for sailing and water sports and there is a championship golf course at Loch Lomond. Walking and hiking are also popular activities in the area. ... more   less 
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