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“Small, friendly and quirky hotel”
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Crown Hotel
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Portpatrick
Certificate of Excellence
Paisley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
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“Small, friendly and quirky hotel”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

The Crown Hotel is a charming and welcoming hotel in the heart of Portpatrick. You enter through the public bar where you can enjoy a pint and some good pub food. Reception is a table behind the bar area. On first impressions it is an old fashioned pub which is definitely in need of some redecoration and refurbishment.

We asked for a room overlooking the harbour and were given room 6 on the second floor. The room must be one of the smallest we have ever stayed in with a single wardrobe, bedside cabinet, drawer unit, small double bed, wall mounted TV and nowhere to put your luggage. Manoeuvering around the room was not helped by the camsile ceiling. It was clean and had an excellent modern bathroom with a great shower. There was plenty of hot water after we had asked for it to be turned on.

As we stayed on a Friday there was entertainment in the busy, warm, friendly bar which is frequented by families, locals and tourists. In the morning we were served a tasty hot breakfast with a good choice. The poached smoked haddock was particularly good.

If you are looking for a small, friendly and quirky hotel then the Crown is the best in the area.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Returned to The Crown for the third time. Every time we've been well looked after, well fed, great atmosphere. Nothing is too much trouble, great breakfast, delicious dinner, warm fire. Very enjoyable. Pretty village and harbour.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Edenbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

It was a joy to return to the Crown and find the warm welcome as strong as ever, on arrival the staff were naturally friendly and efficient, but without hurrying us along, although we were slightly late arriving. The breakfast menu deserves a chapter all on its own, with a mouthwatering choice, it was tempting to stay a few more days to try the whole range. Cooked beautifully of course. Eating in the evening was great fun, I really enjoyed trying the different seafood courses on the menu. Sitting around the fire in the bar, with old friends, perfect!

Room Tip: If you have a preference then I'm sure they would try to fit your requirements! Just ask.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

this is a small hotel in a fantastic old scotish fishing village setting, I had been working in prestwick and drove down to stranraer to visit part of scotland id never been to, a local told me I should stay in portpatrick and so there I went, its the prettiest fishing village i honestly have ever been to , It hasnt changed in 300 years and id totally recomend you go there before you die ! anyway the crown, its a lovely old inn right on the front and has a small bar and eating area, the night i stayed there there was a folk band playing in the bar , started with two and ended up with 6 of them making the most amazing noise and scotish folk music not normaly my choice of music, this happens once a week and the atmosphere was fantastic, the place was full of locals as well as the odd foriegner,(me), and you couldnt feel more welcome, I ate in the bar and the food was good and reasonable price, beer great and will definately go back, didnt stay here ,(was full) ,so cant comment on the hotel part but for scotish hospitality in a lovely setting you cant beat it. totally recommend ...the hotel was full so I stayed at a b and b not far away which was nice and is owned by the crowns sister !

Room Tip: walk left from the port , and up the hill, there is ruined castle that norman wisdom wandered about...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Portsmouth, UK
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

We had driven for 9 miles in heavy snow before arriving in PortPatrick. Although, the kitchens were closed the staff had kept aside some soup, and sandwiches for our arrival. The rooms were very small, and basic, but clean.....the full Scottish Breakfast the next morning, was AMAZING! We had a beautiful walk around Portpatrick harbour the next morning.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Bailieborough, Ireland
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

I had just spent 2 weeks away from my family back home in Ireland and was trying to get back home via Stranraer in the middle of the biggest gale in living memory in scotland. I had just had my 10am ferry cancelled and was told it wouldn't sail until 4am the following morning and I was very despondant :(

I popped down to Stranraer library and logged onto their wifi (after becoming a temporary member - they were very helpful) and found that The Crown was listed as specialist sea-food resteraunt and the pictures looked fabulous - so a phoned and booked a room.

The trip from Stranraer is about 20 mins and you arrive in a "proper" hotel and pub. It is all comfy corners and roaring fires with a lovely looking dining conservatory at the rear. The room I had was very quaint, being the attic room, and was all odd corners, but still with plenty of room and with a large on-suite.

The whole hotel/pub is charming in style and decor and is made so by the staff, whom were all very friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The were personable without being familiar and were efficient too - an excellent standard of service.

The food was very good too, with my Moule Mariniere starter being enough for two (and I am not a small eater!). But the quality was up their with the quantity with freash fish being the speciality of the house.

Finally, being a Manchester chap and not being able to get good Bitter (Ale) in my part of Ireland, I was dying to try the handpulled pumps. I was not dissapointed. The beer was perfect and a good choice, expertly pulled by the friendly bar staff.

All in all, what started as a disaster of day, turned into a wholey pleasurable experience. If you are sailing to/from Stranraer, or are just in the area, this is the hotel to head for. Very reasonable price too, I paid more in a travellodge two days before with nothing like the service or charm.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

Spent three great nights at the Crown Hotel in Portpatrick over Hogmany 2011. Food was delicious, staff were very nice and friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Would definately recommend this hotel and will definately be back.

Room Tip: Higher rooms have little noise and have a good sea view.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Crown Hotel
Address: 9 North Crescent, Portpatrick DG9 8SX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Portpatrick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Portpatrick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Crown Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Crown is centrally situated in probably the most picturesque village in Dumfries & Galloway. Sitting yards from the water's edge, we offer unspoilt views across the Portpatrick Harbour and the Irish Sea. We have twelve individual en suite rooms, all well presented with tea/coffee facilities and over forty channels on our LCD TVs. AA awarded seafood & extensive bar menu in our Conservatory restaurant. Seafront terrace dining. ... more   less 
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