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St. Columba Hotel

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#1 of 2 hotels in Isle of Iona
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Situated next to Iona Abbey with stunning panoramic views across the Sound of Iona to the mountains of Mull. All food prepared from scratch in our own kitchens making use of fresh garden produce from our own gardens. Free broadband wireless internet. A warm welcome and friendly service.
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Free internet
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Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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LA89 wrote a review Sept 2020
Isle of Iona, United Kingdom142 contributions41 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were lucky enough to enjoy a week recently on iona in September where the weather was kind to us most of the week, along with the brilliant sunshine we were also fortunate to dine at the Columba hotel. This was not by any means my first experience of the hotel & the excellent service but it was a first for my dining companions and I am happy to say was as good as expected.

We all felt that the hotel has put in place good Covid management protocols with a separate entrance for the residents and one for those only dining with a one way system that works very well. There was also plenty of space between the tables there was a plentiful supply of sanitiser, with all the staff wearing masks. all the staff were as usual friendly and attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes.

The meal itself was totally fantastic and consisted of local fresh produce balanced with fresh vegetables from their extensive organic vegetable garden

For starter I had the Langoustine ceviche which was so tasty i wanted to ask for a second serving, the rest enjoyed the haggis Bon Bon’s wrapped in Parma ham served with a tasty whiskey sauce.

For main the others all opted for the fillet steak with a bearnaise sauce which were all cooked to different degrees, while I on the other hand enjoyed some lovely trout with a braised leek and potatoes.

Desert did not disappoint either - I opted for two scoops of tablet ice cream which is made on the Isle of Mull and is a firm favourite. While I tucked into this the others enjoyed a light and refreshing cucumber yoghurt and pana cotta washed down by a huge pot of fresh coffee which was the prefect end to the meal.

All this was washed down by a bottle of the Chamuyo Malbec from western Argentina.

So all I can say is that if you happen to be on Iona don’t miss the opportunity to dine at the Columba you won’t be disappointed.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ben M wrote a review Sept 2020
London, United Kingdom51 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here for a work trip recently. Iona is very remote, and very small. Expectations should factor that in.

LOCATION: Off the ferry and towards the Abbey, St Columba sits next to it's own farm store (the larder) with a large grounds encompassing a beer garden and it's own vegetable patches. It overlooks the sea.

ROOMS: Rooms are cosy, beds are comfortable. They're all quite small, but that's to be expected. Rooms are cleaned to a high standard. Tea and coffee is Clipper (coffee is powder, which is a shame) and there is internet, although the hotel pre-warn you that it's slow and unreliable - they are not wrong. Bearing in mind there's only a couple of spots you'll get phone reception on the island, that's to be expected. Water pressure in the shower is poor, due to the private water system they're on. It's usable, just don't expect a power shower.

HOTEL: The staff are lovely - considerate, warm and funny, and always happy to go the extra mile to offer advice on where to go and how to get the most out of your trip. We stayed for four days and met so many locals that the hotel helped introduce us to. The food is incredibly good. The dinner menu is quite pricey, and quite limited, but what is offered is of a very high standard. There's nothing quite like eating a monkfish that was caught that afternoon!

All in all, a wonderful experience and a delightful place to stay.
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Date of stay: September 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Catlady wrote a review Aug 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely hotel, close to the Abbey. I felt welcomed as soon as I entered the building, being greeted with a friendly face. I had a single sea view room which was spotless and very comfortable, with everything I needed. The bathroom was fitted with an excellent shower cubicle and had plenty of room for toiletries, and also had an electric towel rail. I had dinner and breakfast on my one night stay, and both were first class, with good choice of menu and prompt service. The chefs at this establishment are obviously imaginative and talented. I slept well and found the ambience to be tranquil and just what I needed. All the staff I encountered seemed well trained and very helpful. I will look forward to returning!
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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MigsEarWigs wrote a review Jun 2021
London, United Kingdom118 contributions235 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Checked in, was given a sea view single room (Room 10) but unfortunately it was small and right above the reception area and I could hear chatter between guests and staff and a phone ringing so asked to move. This was actioned and I was given room 14 in the Abbey Wing which was nicer. Views are great from the hotel and its location next to the Abbey superb. I nipped out at 8.55pm to attend the 9pm daily service. The guest lounge is very nice. Staff are pleasant. The small young waitress is quite new and has a great attitude and approach to her work.

The only negatives related to dining. The balance of food given for meals in the restaurant was odd. For example I had a dinner of lamb which had lots of lamb but hardly any veg, and when given bread I received approx half a slice. When I chose smoked salmon and scrambled eggs off the menu for breakfast, that was all I was given, ie no toast or a tomato even to go with it so I had to ask separately for toast when it should be obvious that it needs serving with toast. The waitresses also have a habit of bringing your main course out before you've finished your starter. One guy had not even started his breakfast porridge when his full English/Scottish arrived! That was funny. We smiled. The restaurant is pricey for dinner too, and most bottled beers are £5.95 each.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Avoid rooms right over reception
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Paul C wrote a review Oct 2021
Hopwas, United Kingdom11 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
That describes both the island of Iona and the St Columba Hotel. I spent five nights at the hotel in a single room. (My travelling companion also had a single room). It is not a grand hotel, but feels very homely. My room was clean, well maintained, well equipped, with a firm comfortable bed and a view over the Iona Sound to the Ross of Mull, with Jura beyond and even a glimpse of Ireland on a clear day.

The hotel's location could not be bettered. The main public rooms (the dining room and the lounge) face east across the Sound towards the cliffs of Mull and Ben More, with shipping to add interest. A stunning and ever-changing view. There are large and attractive hotel grounds to sit in, enjoying the same view.

It's a 10-15 minute walk from the ferry (although the hotel will transport you and your luggage on arrival and departure if you ask). The Abbey is almost next door. The north of the island, with views to Staffa and even Skye, is a 20-30 minutes' walk. The golf course and beach to the west can be reached in under and hour, and St Columba's bay in the south takes around 90 minutes.

The food is very well cooked and presented. Lots of choice for breakfast. No buffet (because of Covid) but helpful and friendly waiting staff. Lunch, tea and dinner are also available. I would have preferred more variety (as I was there for five meals) and more vegetables, but the food was tasty and wholesome.

I hope to return to the island and, if I do, I will be staying at the St Columba. I might add that our trip was postponed three times because of Covid, but the hotel was really sympathetic and accommodating despite the changes.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask for a sea view. More expensive, but worth it.
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Clareveal wrote a review Jun 2023
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our stay. They were especially accommodating to our two dogs providing towels, bowls, poo bags and even a little treat. They were allowed to stay in the room while we ate or they could be with us in a special dog area. We have big boisterous dogs but were never made to feel like they were a problem. A massive thank you to all the staff for a great stay.
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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csjameel wrote a review Sept 2021
Largs, United Kingdom16 contributions10 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Went for an overnight stay with the family. Quite expensive for what it is. Island and hotel location is superb, that’s where it ends. Menu that evening was limited to say the least. If you liked seafood you were on to a winner, if not, well let’s say the waiting staff wouldn’t go out of their way to accommodate. Breakfast on Sunday was great, cooked scrambled egg not microwaved. Drinks extremely expensive, justified apparently because the measures were 35ml. Hotel needs to do more to accommodate what surely is a wider range of travelling people due to the stay at home message due to COVID-19.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Dot Stewart, General Manager at St. Columba Hotel
Responded 26 Sept 2021
Thank you for complimenting our brekkie and location along with taking the time to write about your experience. We really do value all feedback given especially when it has been such a challenging year for all, holidays are precious. With regards to the menu our local fisherman does give us much inspiration, with the use of fresh produce. There are normally some alternative options on the island for dining however sadly this year they have been closed. It is disappointing to read that our team wouldn't go out of the way to accommodate your request as we really do enjoy doing everything we can to make a guests stay as enjoyable as possible. We often have an evening special along with the local lamb dish, flat iron steak and veggie/vegan options. I am sorry you didn't see us as value for money, our prices are in line with the costs of running an island hotel. You are right we have been fortunate to have a slightly wider range of guests come visit and we have also had a lot of wonderful feedback. Perhaps you will give us another chance on another occasion. Kindest regards St Columba Hotel
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KilburnTowers wrote a review Jul 2021
London, United Kingdom132 contributions57 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My initial reaction on seeing the plywood doors and creeky floorboards was that this was a bit of a relic from the 70s. The sun lounge especially had that old seaside feel, especially with many guest seemingly content just to sit there and read!

However, this place was full of happiness. The staff were lovely. Even through their face masks, you could see their smiles. Nothing was too much. The food was absolutely terrific (breakfast and dinner). Even the lack of TVs to watch the football (and having to get by on the iPlayer) didn’t detract - though the owner still made good by offering us a bottle of wine as an apology for the glitchy wifi.

I would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone seeking an accommodation where they leave feeling happy!

Thank you!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MajorSteve wrote a review May 2022
Prestonpans, United Kingdom46 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have nothing but praise for this lovely hotel on the beautiful island of Iona. From the friendly welcome for two drowned rats (it was teeming with rain when we landed on Iona!) to the helpfulness on departure, the staff were kind, attentive and interested in us as people, not just numbers of guests. Whilst the rooms are relatively simple compared to hotels of comparable costs, the facilities were sufficient for our needs. Food and service were excellent, and if any minor issues arose, they were settled quickly and cheerfully. The location, on the hill above the Sound and beside the Abbey offered excellent views and easy access to all parts of the island. We loved our stay at St Columba and would certainly consider returning.
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Date of stay: May 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Philip W wrote a review Apr 2022
Hendersonville, North Carolina5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Iona is a special location that has incredible scenery regardless of the Scottish weather, and the St. Columba Hotel is easy the best place to stay. The service is attentive and friendly and the dining room offers cuisine worthy of a much larger establishment. Their food is locally sourced as much a possible and their own garden is one of the sources.The reception staff will help you with ways to explore the island, visit the Abbey, and find excellent local crafts.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Answer from Rick J
Hi there, yes we do, our family rooms have a double bed and a single bed in them, but we can also add a fold-down bed to some of them if required. If you’d like to book one of these rooms or you have any further questions then please call us on 01681700304. Many thanks. Rick
Maureen M asked a question Apr 2016
Shipley, United Kingdom4 contributions
do the rooms have hairdryers?
Answer from Rick Johnston
Isle of Iona, United Kingdom6 contributions
Hi Maureen, Yes, we have hairdryers in all our bedrooms. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any further questions. Best wishes, Dot Stewart General Manager St Columba Hotel
vanessatrench wrote a tip Feb 2024
Birmingham, United Kingdom12 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just go"
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The W wrote a tip Sept 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't bother going there "
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World traveler wrote a tip Aug 2023
86 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Easy walk to Martyr’s Bay, services at the Abbey at 9 am and 9 pm daily."
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Catherine S wrote a tip Aug 2023
26 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Hotel are happy to collect and deliver luggage to the ferry."
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Patricia C wrote a tip Aug 2023
Edinburgh, United Kingdom25 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Betterv to book ahead."
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PRICE RANGE
£172 - £227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
st columba hotel, hotel st columba
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandThe HebridesIsle of Iona
NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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Frequently Asked Questions about St. Columba Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to St. Columba Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Iona Abbey and Nunnery (0.1 miles), St. Columba's Bay (2.2 miles), and St. Oran's Chapel (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at St. Columba Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at St. Columba Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to St. Columba Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ninth Wave Restaurant, The Creel Seafood Bar, and Restaurant at The Argyll Hotel.
Is St. Columba Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Isle of Iona.
Are pets allowed at St. Columba Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to St. Columba Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iona Abbey and Nunnery (0.1 miles) and Marble Quarry (1.9 miles).
Does St. Columba Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is St. Columba Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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