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The Colonsay
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Reviewed July 11, 2007

The Colonsay has apparently had a makeover. It is great and I thought the accommodation good quality (had the same room as the disatisfied person below). This is an island 15m from the mainland so a few omissions that you'd expect in a high end metropolitan hotel are more than made up for by character and friendliness. The bed was very comfortable and the facilities absolutely fine. If you need a TV that much perhaps Colonsay is not for you.

The hotel has the feel of a New England shaker style - sort of minimalist (such a refreshing change from tartan carpets and tartan music) but informal and mildly untidy around the edges. This is very relaxing. The bar is used by everyone and has a quiz on Thurs eve in summer (Wed in winter to accommodate the ferry timetable). Bar lunches are good and the local brew is good (though all the locals drink Fosters). Dinner is also excellent though they run out of popular items as the evening goes on so eat early for max choice. I was particularly impressed by the wine list. Short but comprehensive - whites other than sauvignon blanc and chardonnay (such a failing in so many otherwise good restaurants) included an excellent new world riesling and also viognier and reds similarly well chosen.

The management will give you a lift around the island though it is small enough to walk end to end in a day - or hitch a lift. Go to see Oronsay Priory (a much more worthwhile experience than Iona if you are interested in history rather than religion) - the hotel puts the tide times on their noticeboard so you know when you can go (it is a mile across a strand only uncovered at low water). Walk to Colonsay House and gardens and Killoran Bay. Fantastic golden beach with hardly anyone there and sunny when we visited.

We loved it. You should visit. You can leave your car and your cares behind.

PS the ferry timetable is complicated so read it carefully...

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2007

We have just returned from a wonderful weekend staying in the hotel on Colonsay. The staff were friendly and very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The food was very good, and the whole experience was as relaxing and restorative as it gets.

We stayed in the same room, called Balnahard, as the previous reviewer, but we found it very much to our liking – it does have a CD/radio now - but we didn’t use it being quite happy with the peace and quiet. The other ‘exceptional’ room, called Ardskenish, is much bigger, does have TV and DVD and the bathroom there is certainly more sedate but we were very happy with the appearance and facilities of the room we were in – very comfortable bed, beautiful views down to the harbour and extremely clean – as is the whole hotel.

The weather was superb – Colonsay has seldom looked so beautiful. Even if the weather had been less than perfect, though, the hotel had plenty of books and magazines available to while away some happy hours between the great meals in front of one of the log fires. We could recommend the hotel and its lovely staff to anyone.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2007

The “exceptional” room we booked was very ordinary - the room was small, the furniture was basic and there were no facilities like TV, radio or CD player. The bathroom decor was awful (brass taps and 1980’s styling) and the shower just produced a trickle of water. Also, the claim of a sea view was rather far-fetched as the hotel is half a mile from the sea.

Breakfast was also disappointing and didn’t live up to their claims of freshly squeezed orange juice and homemade muesli, not to mention the extortionate price of £5.50 extra for a bowl of porridge!

Not worth the money.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2006

Can highly recommend The Colonsay Hotel after a recent visit to the island.The atmosphere is informal without being overly familiar and the restaurant fare was first-class too.The room was excellent and there is also a resident's library(with a TV for those who can't do without one for a few days!).Run by a small friendly team who understand the true meaning of customer service.Full marks to all concerned!

  • Stayed: March 2006, traveled on business
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2  Thank LesRootiers
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Address: Scalasaig, PA61 7YP, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Colonsay
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Isle of Colonsay
Price Range: $123 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Colonsay 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Delightful small hotel on idyllic island with deep sofas, log fires, lively bar with Colonsay brewed ales and relaxed restaurant using locally sourced produce with emphasis on seafood. ... more   less 
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