We travelled by car from the Midlands and timed our arrival so that it was after the advised checkin time by about 45 mins . We were advised that ,as it is being refurbished there would be a delay. Invited to wait in the bar ( no free drink there then!) and had our room keys at 1700. On arriving in the room we were disappointed as we had paid a premium for a " scenic View" . The view was quite limited so we embarked on a quest for another room. Initially there was some difficulty but in the end we did get a room change. The room we were allocated was superb on the second floor and was partially refurbished, comfy bed, reupholstered chairs , we have to assume the TV;s were to be replaced soon. Tea and coffee was in copious amounts and the water was hot all the time. Great Views from our windows.
OK so now food. We were worried due to the amount we had paid £74 per person plus scenic supplement for three nights half board, with good evening entertainment every evening. Bargain....Food was of good quality and in sufficient amounts. The breakfasts were standard with porridge and kippers ( soft and juicy!) full bacon/sausage/egg/beans and tomatoes and a hash brown Toast and so on . Evening meal was good as well, the starters were small but the fact it was a three course meal with tea or coffee you did not need a large amount. The trout I had one evening was as well cooked as I have had anywhere , there was some frozen veg Puds were good as well . So overall food better than expected. Service was swift and sure with busy staff bringing hot food without delay. Only quibble was the short time slot for food. One hour for dinner is quite limiting. 6.30-7.30 pm.
Bar staff were obliging however banter was limited.No local draught or bottled beers , a pity.but I suppose it is all controlled centrally.
The ground floor has been refurbished and overall a clean but dark ground floor . The position is good but there is not a lot to do in Tarbet except the Loch Cruises , of which we enjoyed , especially the story about the Haggis factory.
Our best day out was on the train from the local station to Cruachan , see seperate report .
Overall well satisfied just wish there was time for a good refurb of the furniture and sort the creaky floors..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated within one of Scotland’s largest national parks, the Tarbet has had a rich history as a resting place for travellers for over 400 years. The present building dates back 250 years and was built in the Baronial style. The exterior has recently been redecorated and the hotel presents an impressive first impression even today. There are a total of 69 rooms arranged over two floors, some of which offer spectacular views. The surrounding scenery is second to none, as the hotel looks out over Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond from its location on the banks of the Loch itself. Admire the beautifully decorated restaurant where some tables overlook the loch and take advantage of the spacious entertainment lounge with bar. The Tarbet also has the benefit of a comfortable residents’ lounge with board games and books to help you relax and unwind. The perfect end to a great day’s sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tarbet Hotel
- Bay Tarbet Hotel Scotland