Our welcome felt all-too-much like Faulty Towers! A grim central European barked at us: 'Before I give you the key, I will tell you the rules.'! He later turned out to be helpful and polite, but his manner was unfortunate and spoiled our first impression.
The rooms are small, though well-furnished. The bathrooms are literally built into fitted wardrobes. Anyone with a BMI of more than 24 would find difficulty in getting inside and closing the doors! They were well-fitted-out, though, and couldn't have been cleaner.
The low point was the restaurant. Both at breakfast and dinner there was canned music / radio played much too loudly. (I particularly resented Radio 2 at breakfast!). Breakfast was served in a bizarre order I've met before in Scotland, so perhaps it's a local custom: first the toast is brought to the table; then the coffee; finally the hot food, so that by the time you've eaten your eggs and bacon, toast and coffee are stone cold!
The location is lovely, overlooking the harbour. But this hotel has a lot of work to do to justify its price and communicate a sense of welcoming hospitality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Waterfront Hotel is situated directly on the harbour in the scenic village of Portpatrick and has 14 high quality en-suite bedrooms, many with sea view which provides the perfect venue to experience first class food and hospitality in this stunning corner of Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland. The hotel can comfortably provide accommodation for up to 30 persons and has a selection of rooms including two family rooms as well as two annex facilities which can be booked to provide private accommodation including lounge and garden areas, these annex amenities also have private access to the main street and are excellent for small groups or families. Our menus, which are changed regularly, are complemented by a carefully chosen selection of house and specialty wines. Our elegant restaurant serves an exciting and innovative selection of dishes to suit all tastes - vegetarian dishes are also catered for. Bar meals are also available and our popular Terrace area is the perfect way to ‘people watch’ and take in the stunning views of the harbour and across the Irish Sea whilst enjoying a drink or some delicious seafood. We also offer very attractive seasonal breaks including midweek packages and weekend breaks and for that romantic occasion or getaway, we provide all the little extras that will make your time with us memorable. Just let us know when you make your reservation and we will take care of the rest. The area has many activities to offer - fishing, walking, golf, tennis, riding to name but a few - you may well extend your time in Portpatrick to fit them all in or you may just wish to check in, unwind and enjoy everything that the hotel has to offer. The hotel can also provide hospitality facilities for small corporate functions and parties and is the perfect size host small scale conferences, meetings, seminars, corporate hospitality and training events as well as board meetings. The hotel can be booked exclusively and local area provides many activities to create team-building events and leadership programmes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Waterfront Hotel Portpatrick, Scotland