We had a one night stay at the hotel in February and did enjoy our stay there. It is right opposite the ferry terminal - as we were catching the morning sailing to Belfast it was ideal for us.
The hotel had lots of parking and looked very smart from the outside. Inside we were also impressed - it has a faded grandeur - like an old country house with a lot of character.
We stayed in room 82 on the second floor. The lift was out of order so we had to drag our bags up some very steep stairs which was a bit of a struggle.
The room itself was very pleasant - large, bright and airy. There were 2 single beds and a small campbed for our 3 year old son. The television was quite old - no satellite channels, but the room was clean, comfortable and cozy. The bathroom was bright, white and modern and there were tea and coffee making facilities with delicious biscuits supplied.
The hotel has got a pool - we had a swim and were a bit disappointed. The pool area and changing rooms are a bit dark, very old fashioned and the temperature of the water was rather cool. The changing rooms are also very cramped. There were not enough towels in the pool area - we actually had to share - and when we tried to call reception to tell them, the phone in the pool area did not work. The laundry basket in the ladies changing rooms was also full of damp dirty towels.
We had pre-dinner drinks in the bar area - very nicely decorated like a cabin in a ship, and dinner in the restaurant. The restaurant is very nice - linen tablecloths, silver cutlery and a piano but no pianist while we were there. Food was good - a set menu but 3 or 4 choices for each course. They also had a children's 3 course menu with a number of choices for each course. Service was good and we enjoyed the meal. Tea/coffee and melt in your mouth fudge was served in the lounge area where they also had a plentiful supply of board games for all ages.
The hotel also has its own curling rink. There is a really lovely little bar with a viewing area - during our stay we were able to watch a curling match - very interesting and good fun.
Our one night, dinner bed and breakfast cost £84.50 per person. The cost for our 3 year old was £5.00 - this included the food which was, I thought, very reasonable. It is not a cheap hotel, but the room was very nice, beds were comfy and the food and service was good. The only bad thing is the swimming area. We would however definitely stay here again, and would recommend it to anyone.
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- Traditional town centre hotel ... more less
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- North West Castle Hotel Stranraer, Scotland