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“much better than anticipated”
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Bay Tarbet Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tarbet
Reviewed September 8, 2008

We booked on-line with Shearings as self-drive guests. The rate was very reasonable so i booked first and read reviews after.
For the price we paid £30 per person per night including dinner and breakfast, you couldn't fault it. The location is at the junction of two A roads so we were expecting it to be a bit noisy. In fact it is one of the quietest places I've ever stayed in - the walls are about two feet thick and the rooms have proper stone built walls - no plasterboard flimsiness. The views across the loch are lovely - and the pleasure boat peir is right in front of the hotel.
The whole place is a bit dated, and the motto seemed to be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but having said that, everything that really mattered was fine, lovely comfy bed and pillows, crisp cotton sheets, curtains thick enough to make the room dark, sufficient lighting to read by, bags of hot water, radiators that belted out heat which we appreciated as we got drowned. All the essentials towels, plugs in the sink etc. Overall our room was a bit basic and all the angles were delightfully wonky - the floor sloped and it felt like an old building, but we had plenty of space, a high ceiling and big window with views down the loch.
No fancy toiletries - indeed none at all, and rather sixties look. Likewise the food. Very sixties menus - pnunes, canned grapefruit and cereals, full english, eggs cooked any way you like or kippers for breakfast. Three courses for dinner with choice of three or four things on each section, veggie option each day. Looked rather school dinnerish, but was actually much tastier than first appearances suggested and the service was incredibly quick. No hanging about - the food may have been pre-prepared and kept warm but you no sooner ordered it and it was steaming away in front of you. The bar was very reasonably priced, the staff cheerful and friendly.
For the money you couldn't beat it - breakfast alone is over a tenner in most places, and the location is great. If all you need is a good nights kip and a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day, you'll love it. And if you do go, don't miss lunch at the loch fyne oyster resturantn just over the mountain - fantasic!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2008

Spent 3 nights at this hotel self drive and although in need of refurbishment in the bathroom, couldn't fault anything else about the hotel. Clean, comfortable, friendly staff, good wholesome food. Had expected majority of guests to be OAPs but there was a good mixed crowd. The entertainment was better than expected and the residents there that weekend certainly made the most of it. Central position for many attractions and a great view overlooking the Loch.

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Reviewed August 27, 2008

Clean tidy rooms ,good hot food ,helpfull polite staff, good entertainment,great location ,great value for money .NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT . Verry happy

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank 1GUDHOL
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Reviewed July 29, 2008

We booked a deal through Shearings, its not the Ritz but it was good value with friendly, helpful staff. The location is good for visiting Loch Lomond.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed June 21, 2008

A BIG disapointment , it looked fine from the road , the reception a bit tired but acceptable . From there on it goes downhill , dingy , dirty corridors , tatty lift , and the rooms , yes definately 2 star on a good day , mine was not a good day. Old and decrepid furniture and bathrooms , the "shower" is a rubber tube connected to the bath taps in 1950´s pink . Would anyone pay 200 USD (99 pounds ) for that ? Well the manager informed me that I had a discounted tarrif as normal price is 300 dollars (150 pounds ) !!! Forget dinner if you arrive at 6 pm , the chef only cooks a quota and would not cook extra . Net --I moved out and asked for my money back.
THE ONLY BAD HOTEL IN A ONE MONTH TOUR OF SCOTLAND , so don´t despair the area has many wonderfull hotels and guest houses with good rooms for the same for 90 pounds or less for a double room .

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2008

We recently stayed for 2 nights and found the Hotel somewhat of an experience being it was our first time and we found not only the staff to be happy and cheerful and the meals good also. The surrounding area had plenty to offer in boat trip around the Loch as well as Arrochar etc we shall use this Hotel again

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1  Thank davesomer
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Reviewed April 22, 2008

Booked a Shearings bargain break at quite short notice. Only paid £25 per night for bed. breakfast and dinner and were very pleased with the hotel and food. Okay the hotel could do with a bit of a facelift and lick of paint but the rooms were comfortable and service good.
Beware, there is no internet access here and considering that they seem to get most of their bookings online this seems a little strange!
Great location for sightseeing in the area.
I would recommend the hotel and would visit again.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Thank treesnthings
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Additional Information about Bay Tarbet Hotel

Address: Main Street, Tarbet, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G83 7DE, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Tarbet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tarbet
Price Range: $119 - $162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Tarbet Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 68
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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