Have stayed in this hotel on a couple of occasions, both for one night and both as stopovers on the way to/from the islands.
On both ocasions we stayed in the Cedar wing and i am surprised by how negative some of the reviews are. Yes it looks a bit motel like from the car park and the stairs and balcony for the upper level have seen better days and are a little rickety though perfectly safe, but once you open the door into the room all that is forgotten. The rooms are adequate in interior appearance but certainly not stunning, but the view out the glass frontage is absolutely stunning and i dont think you will get a better view from any hotel room in Scotland. Add to that there is patio access onto private a balcony or patio depending what level you are on with seating and it makes a very pleasent place to while away the hours. And the main purpose of a hotel is somewhere to sleep - the beds were very comfortable indeed.
On our first visit we did not arrive until half ten at night and had already eaten, however the lady on reception still asked if she could get us anything to eat. This was very impressive as i wouldnt dream of asking for food at that time as it is well above the call of duty for a smallish country hotel.
The second visit was part of a tour of the islands for our Honeymoon, so we visited the restaurant. Again this is an unusual experience and we were a bit apprehensive about being asked to come to the lounge half an hour before our booked seating time, it turned out this was very relaxing to have a drink while selecting our meal then being left to flick through the large variety of books, chat and soak up the view while our meal was cooked. The food and service was very good - we went for the fixed menus of 4 courses which had some quite unusual food and we always enjoy trying new things. Service was extremely friendly the only blip was when my wife asked for a small white wine and the waitress returned with a large red - however as we have a sense of humour and didnt want to waste the wine we just kept quiet about it and drank up!
Breakfast on both our stays was fine in quality but perhaps a little slow to arrive however with the view out the front window you wont be in any rush. I cant remember the check out time but it was relatively late and there was time to stroll down the 100 yards in front of the hotel to the shore which is a lovely rocky bay and laze around for a while before returning and checking out.
As for price, there are a few comments below about this hotel being a bit on the expensive side. I would agree the headline rate appears quite steep but not too bad with respect to comparable hotels across Scotland. As someone who grew up in a tourist dependent location, i am sympathetic to the fact that most visitors seem to see businesses on a busy summer day and multiply the likely takings by 365, concluding the owner is raking it in. In reality the season in remote locations in Scotland is extremely short and perhaps only 20% of the year is truly profitable for these businesses. I think that is why across the country hotels and b and bs can seem expensive, when compared to inner city locations where trade is more or less constant throughout the year.
All in all a very pleasant stay with owners and staff who make you feel welcome and a location you are unlikely to forget. Highly recommended.
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- The finest location on the West coast of Scotland awaits visitors to experience this hotel and it's award-winning restaurant, the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or short break at any time of the year... as long as you can put up with the amazing views, the fantastic food, the log fire in the lounge and the selection of malt whiskys! ... more less
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