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!
- 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