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“Lovely Location, Hotel perfect from outside but avoid a stay to avoid disappointment”
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Bay Tarbet Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tarbet
Reviewed June 21, 2010

Location is tranquil and stunning but not much to do other than be by the loch unless you have a car.

Hotel perfect from outside but inside it is dated with peeling wallpaper and generally tired looking. Room good size with double and single bed but was not clean the ceiling had damp patches and peeling paint. The windows looked like they had not been cleaned for many many years. The bathroom was disgraceful to the extent that we could not use the rubber bath mat as it was so dirty and the toilet brush was so bad that I did ask for it to be replaced. The way the toilet was positioned so you had to sit on it sideways not good for my husband who has not long had an opperation to his leg and foot so this room would not be suitable for disabled people. There was not place to put your wash bags in the bathroom so as everywhere was so unclean when we finished with it each day we put it in the bath. Each time we returned to our room the cleaning staff had put it back on top of the toilet cistern and toilet seat this might be fine at home when you know your own cleanliness but not when you see how dirty this bathroom was.

We had booked through Sheerings for an 8 day coach trip paying over £800 for the two of us we spent 4 days of this travelling (2 there and 2 back) of the 4 days left the driver took 48 hours break so not much time to travel anywhere too far away and nothing to do locally. A couple of buses run per day but as this is a half board trip you are limited to when you return. We were told not to book a cab as it would cost upwards of £30 each way to visit anywhere worth going to and we were told we might not even get a cab to come out this far.

Loch Lomand is a lovely place to visit but stay somewhere else and make sure you have good transport arranged preferably a car.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2010

staff were friendly very good meals rooms were clean and tidy soft drinks were dear

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

Went on a shearings holiday with my husband and had a very enjoyable time. As in previous reviews this is not a 5* hotel. Yes, the hotel does need refurbishing but as far as location, service & cleanliness goes we certainly had value for money. We found the staff to be very efficient and the choice of meals were varied and of excellent quality.
The entertainment was not brilliant (mainly geared towards the older person) but have to say that even pensioners were moaning about the 'acts'. Nice touch of young children showing their skills at scottish dancing and bag pipe playing.
The floorboards do creak, the shower is intermittent and the radiators make a noise but don't let this put you off as the good points far outweigh the bad points and we will certainly be going back again!!!

  • Stayed: May 2010
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

This has got to be the most discussing hotel we have ever stayed in our list of the problems would be never ending it is a fantastic building in the most unbelievable location right on the edge of the loch once in side you see what over development has done room 108 should only be used as a storage unit (if we had been of a big build we would not have been able to even use the toilet ) there is nothing wrong with food when bought its how its cooked it was just dreadful even the toast cold cardboard i feel sorry for foreign visitors and what an impression it makes

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

dont usually do reviews, but after reading all the bad reviews on this hotel thought i should state a few points!!
this hotel is in a perfect location for exploring loch lomond. the staff very friendly and helpfull. food was good, typical english breakfast, and evening meal was good 4 choices to choose from starter, main and dessert . nice hotel bar with entertainment, not the best but seen worse.
in general the hotel could do with a good refurbishment, beds not the comfyest and creaking floor boards but at the end of the day you get what you pay for if you want 5 star luxury go down to cameron house hotel and pay a fortune!! for a weekend break at a budget price which includes breakfast and dinner this hotel is fine.
hope this review helps!!!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2010

Just enjoyed a 3 night break at the Tarbet - food, service and entertainment were excellent. Very pleasant and efficient staff. Bedrooms could do with a bit of refurbishment but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Worth paying extra for scenic view.

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Reviewed May 23, 2010

My son and I stayed at the hotel for four nights, on a self-drive break. My son is blind, and we were given a room with a walk-in shower, near a lift, as we had requested. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable; the food was excellent, with a good choice at mealtimes; and the staff were unfailingly courteous, friendly and helpful. We will certainly return!

  • Stayed: May 2010
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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: $116 - $146 (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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