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The Colonsay

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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3.9 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
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Breakfast buffet
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CummingDubai wrote a review May 2022
Aberdeen, United Kingdom488 contributions236 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is set in a lovely location on the island overlooking fields to the harbour and the Hills of Jura across the sea. The hotel has a number of rooms where guests can sit in on the ground floor. The room was spacious and the bed extremely comfortable and had lovely Egyptian linen bedding. Room had only one desk chair despite being large enough to accommodate one or more tub chairs or similar. View from room was excellent.
We ate dinner on the first evening but found the menu somewhat limiting. That said the food was excellent, well prepared and very tasty. Wine was nice and reasonably priced, which is more than can be said for beer prices in the bar.
Breakfast is where the hotel fell down badly. There is no typed menu and the waiter has to list all the options to the guests every time. Most guests we spoke to shared the same disbelief that they haven't a typed menu. Made mistake of ordering porridge for breakfast only to be served a bowl of oats and hot milk. When I complained it was removed and no alternative offered. Th cooked breakfast took ages to arrive and was the poorest we got anywhere in our stay in our isles trip, despite this hotel being the most expensive by some way.
The staff we dealt with from the receptionist, through the waitresses and the bar staff were all very pleasant but you got impression that a lot of them were quite inexperienced and needed guidance. A little training, a printed breakfast menu and a more extensive dinner menu would go a long way to improving the service which would be expected of an establishment charging the room rates the Colonsay is.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Views over the fields to sea offer best views.
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Andrew B wrote a review Apr 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited with my wife for the last week in April.
Arrived very stressed from work but left the hotel five days later with our batteries fully recharged and ready to go again.
VERY Covid safe environment with truly amazing management and staff. The chef and his team knocked it out of the park every time with amazing quality food in good size portions every morning and evening.
House keeping kept all of the lounge areas spotless and the log fires topped and I fell asleep more than once reading my book in front of the fire.
The management team of David and Erica know their stuff and nothing is to much trouble.
Mike, Violet and Freddy thanks for everything and the gin tasting advice.
Colonsay Hotel and all the staff you are awesome and we will be back again soon to see you all soon as the service and value for money you provide are second to none.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jim M wrote a review Aug 2021
Seattle, Washington183 contributions115 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Colonsay hotel, which is only 300 metres from the ferry port. The staff were superb throughout our stay and our room was comfortable, with tea//coffee facilities and free biscuits! The best part is the restaurant, which serves excellent dinners and breakfasts in a dining room with ceiling to floor views over the port to the isle of Jura. We loved the seafood and meat dishes, but they also had a good selection of vegetarian dishes, and had a good selection of wines at reasonable prices
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Leave the car on the mainland and hire bikes from the hotel to see the island. Easy to cycle to...
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Marilyn M wrote a review Sept 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Taking into account that this is the only hotel (and a small hotel at that) on a remote island, we were greatly impressed with the comfort and quality. The building itself is attractively old; the interior (including bathrooms) has been stylishly modernised & refurbished. The bed/bedding was excellent. Delightful features of this hotel include the convenient location, island/harbour views and the choice of comfortable public spaces, indoor and outdoor, to relax in. Breakfasts and dinners were delicious, great choice of dishes, and the service was always friendly. It felt like home away from home. We would love to stay there again! Two nights was simply not enough ...
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Date of stay: September 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TheresaNewport wrote a review Jul 2022
Newport50 contributions192 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked last autumn for 3 nights in April this year for my daughter and son in law to have a rare and much needed treat whilst I cared for their children.
Significant and very sad circumstances meant that I had to cancel the booking more than one month prior to the arrival date. I sent an email explaining this and asking to change the booking to a date a couple of months later. I was told that I could pay a 40% deposit again but that I would not get any refund for my booking in April. I went on to quote the terms and conditions on the website which say:

Where the booking permits, any change to the arrival date, departure date or room type of the reservation is subject to the hotel's availability at the time the change is requested and may result in a possible rate change and a possible admin charge.

My email stating this was ignored completely.
I went on to check availability of the room I had booked at the time my daughter was due to stay there. It was supposed to be the best room. The room was booked out again so The Colonsay estate had my money and booked the room for someone else yet wouldn’t return a penny to me.
I have visited the Colonsay Hotel myself last year but not stayed there. I found the beer to be very expensive and the hotel lacking in direction from staff. I hoped that would be better this year. Sadly, I didn’t get to find out as I wasn’t going to pay again given the circumstances. I understand that the locals would have liked to buy out the hotel as a community but a price could not be agreed on.
There are many holiday cottages on Colonsay. Do look for the privately run ones rather than the many owned and let by the owners of Colonsay hotel. Perhaps you will help the local community on Colonsay to prosper and thrive.
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Date of stay: April 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Just don’t go!
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Gary T wrote a review Jan 2024
Dunblane, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been visiting the Colonsay Hotel for a number of years & it had been one of our favourite places to stay & visit. However, the new ownership and management arrangement appeared to be poor and not of the standard nor quality that the hotel has previously been known for. Very sad. On arrival, the hotel was found to have lost its reception office and we experienced a somewhat impersonal welcome. For a western island hotel this just doesn’t work. Food was good when we stayed there in late October but the the main dining room was not available and all guests were put into the lounge annex. The beautiful art work that adorned the walls of the hotel had been removed and now photographs of places not on Colonsay put up in place. Bizarre when the island is so photogenic and with such rich heritage. On our last night, staff locked up the entire hotel including the bar at 10pm while we were still sat in the lounge with our unfinished drinks. They then left the building with the log fires still going. Sadly our bedroom wasn’t cleaned nor bed made during our stay & dirty cups, spoons and bins were not cleaned away. For the price band that the hotel charges this is simply not acceptable. The staff, when present, were pleasant, although a couple of them appeared vey inexperienced and possibly still to be fully trained. Again, for a country hotel with such a rich history , enviable location and long standing customers, expected to pay premium rates, the new management and operational arrangements need significant review and attention. We would like to visit and stay again but will need to think carefully about our recent experience and the value for money aspect that the hotel provides.
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Date of stay: October 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Adam Smith wrote a review Aug 2020
Oxford, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had three meals here while staying on this beautiful island -- two families with none of us altogether. The food was superb and the staff very warm and helpful. They let us store bags even though we hadn't been staying. Their Covid policy is sensible and reassuring and we always felt welcome. The hotel has a simple but stylish feel with painted wooden floors, comfy armchairs and cosy log burners.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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AyrshireHolidayman wrote a review Sept 2020
Ayrshire108 contributions127 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This has to be one of the best small hotels in Scotland. A short drive up a straight road from the ferry terminal takes you to this hotel witha great view to the sea.
The staff, decor, furnishings, food are all great, even in these strange Covid times!
The dining room looks a little bare and quite noisy due to the lack of any soft furnishings, but I'm guessing that they have had to strip out curtains, cushions etc due to the pandemic. Meals were all good, well presented, served by lovely friendly staff.
Given a good spell of weather, there's nothing better than sitting in The Colonsay's garden with a drink mid-afternoon, or, if the weather's a bit more inclement (this is west-Scotland, remember!) by the log burner in the lounge. It would be ideal in the winter! The acid test is always to consider whether I'd return to Colonsay and this hotel. Well, the answer on both counts is a resounding "yes!" Now, where's next year's calendar??!!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: ask for a sea view
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Edward wrote a review Jun 2023
Augusta, Georgia15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed here for one night while we visited the Isle of Colonsay; we wish we could have stayed longer but the limited ferry schedule constrained us. Since this is the only hotel on the island, it doesn't exactly have much competition, but it provides a good experience nonetheless. In addition to a hotel, it's a pub, lounge, and restaurant, and there are tables and chairs set up in the grassy yard. The location is excellent; it's up a slight hill from the ferry terminal, which gives the dining area (and some rooms, presumably) a great view over the bay, and it's within 3 miles of most of the points of interest on the island (e.g. Kiloran Bay, The Strand/Oronsay). Dinner at the restaurant was amazing, and the pub features several varieties of gin made on the island. The full Scottish breakfast was also delicious. The rooms can be a little small, but that's understandable given the age of the building, and they have clean, modern bathrooms. The staff were accommodating of our request to store our luggage at the hotel both before and after our stay, and also let us check out slightly late, since we arrived on a morning ferry and departed on an evening one.
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Date of stay: June 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KateC wrote a review Jul 2021
6 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We first came here 36 years ago for our honeymoon and wondered whether we would find the same magic. We were not disappointed. Staff were all exceptionally welcoming and friendly. Our dog-friendly room was cosy and very well equipped. Sitting areas were abundant and comfortable and the modern dining room had lovely views and very good, gastro-pub food featuring local ingredients. The bar is the island pub so guests get to feel part of the community. We enjoyed a ceilidh band and Euro 2020 on TV on successive nights. Another highlight was a visit to Colonsay House - a very good café and stunning gardens, all for £3. We were left wondering why we had waited so long to revisit.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Rooms at the front have sea views. Some rooms are dog-friendly.
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Fabiano V asked a question Feb 2018
Colchester, United Kingdom733 contributions43 helpful votes
Hi, do this hotel diner room accept customer who are not booked stay in? Thanks.
Alec B wrote a tip 21 Apr
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go and see."
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Ian D wrote a tip Sept 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t buy coffee "
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Jane wrote a tip Jul 2023
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid the rooms above the bar area."
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Ian Anderson wrote a tip Jul 2023
Shanghai, China163 contributions85 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The hotel has no signage. Look out for first big white building on right up the hill from ferry. Car park is on the left opposite the hotel"
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Jonathan P wrote a tip Jun 2023
Leicester, United Kingdom18 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If eating out at the nearby Pantry restaurant, book early!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Colonsay
Which popular attractions are close to The Colonsay?
Nearby attractions include Kiloran Beach (2.3 miles), Colonsay House Gardens (1.7 miles), and The Old Waiting Room Gallery (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Colonsay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Colonsay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Colonsay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Colonsay?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Colonsay Pantry, Colonsay House Gardens Cafe, and Colonsay Hotel Restaurant.
Is The Colonsay located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the centre of Isle of Colonsay.
Are pets allowed at The Colonsay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Colonsay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.
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