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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Castle Arms Hotel

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Castle Arms Hotel
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Thurso
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Renfrew, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Mey suit you too?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

My wife and I stayed at this tastefully refurbished hotel for three nights. Our room, number 2, was very comfortable with a single and a double bed - the electric blankets were especially welcome. The modern ensuite bathroom was very well appointed with lovely towels and quality toiletries. We had dinner in the hotel on two nights - a really good menu including fish and vegetarian options and a well-priced wine list. Breakfast was a highlight with Jean, the co-owner, ensuring that we had everything that we needed.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

we stayed here for two nights on either side of a trip to Orkney to break the journey. we had a warm cosy pretty room and the breakfast was excellent. my husband said the black pudding was the best he has ever had. it is a quiet location so nothing much around it but its nice and close for the ferry. the staff are very friendly and would not think twice about staying here again

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank jill w
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

Had an overnight stay as part of the Britstop scheme. Made welcome and had a nice flat space to park in. Water available which was handy. Had a lovely meal in the restaurant in the evening. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Very handy for visiting the Castle of Mey and John O'Groats.

Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank thee6dux
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Bridge of Weir, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

Booked Castle Arms Hotel for tomorrow eve many weeks ago via booking .com as taking friends from Greece over to Orkney for w/end
Unfortunately our ferry ( Pentland) has been cancelled ( short notice) and we now have to go from Thurso.
After checking distances and looking at times of ferry we decided we now need to stay in Thurso.( would have had to leave Castle Arms before breakfast)
Booking.com very understanding & approached Castle Arms re cancellation but Castle Arms insisting on payment of 50%
Circumstances of cancellation are out of our control so we feel that this charge is unfair especially as 90% of hotels now offer free cancellation
Also an additional factor contributing to us cancelling was the fact that no food could be provided on arrival ( 9pm)
Have eaten at Castle Arms many times when bringing visitors up to the north but have never stayed there and probably wont now in the future

Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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5 Thank Davidvdh
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Bill R, Owner at Castle Arms Hotel, responded to this review, 2 October 2013
I consider this review to be grossly unfair and misleading particularly when most hotels have an even tougher cancellation policy than us and some even take a 50% non-refundable deposit for bookings made in advance. The fact is this person booked our most expensive room on August 12th through Booking.com and in doing so entered a contract whereby they had read and accepted our cancellation policy. When a room is reserved thorugh booking.com that room is removed from our inventory and "reserved" means reserved so nobody else can book it. To then cancel the day before arrival left us with our most expensive room empty when, had it not been reserved through booking.com we could have easily rented it several times over as demand remained high at that time. Why should we then be penalised just because this person could not face rising earlier to catch their ferry.? The tourist season is short and we cannot afford to lose out totally due to cancellations which are totally unnecessary. Perhaps if we charge a 50% upfront non-refundable deposit in future it might make guests realise that they shouldn't cancel at very short notice? We do make allowances for cancellations for good reason but feel this was a flimsy reason and our cancellation policy had to apply as accepted by the guest when booking.
Their arrival time was not made clear and we have been caught out many times by keeping our kitchen open for hours, paying staff then the guests turn up later than stated and say they have already eaten. We do not have 24 hour facilities. As far as the early start was concerned we offerred a continental breakfast and packed lunch but this was declined, and this person decided to stay elsewhere.
Every situation is different and we will continue to assess each cancellation on its own merits, but once again reiterate that our cancellation policy is very generous compared to most.
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

Stayed here for one evening whilst touring Scotland. Was a handy base on our way from Durness to Inverness whilst taking in the sights of the North. Great location to go see the wonderful Castle of Mey, although not much else in immediate vicinity from what I saw.

Good and quick communications via email prior to our stay which helped us decide on room choice and dinner options.

From what I can understand the hotel is now recently under new ownership over the last 6-12 months. Upon arrival the Hotel looked lovely from outside and looks likes it been freshly maintained in terms of the white exterior and signage.
Free on-site large car park to the side and back of hotel.

On entering the front door to reception, we were hit by the smell of aged flowers (Llilies).This smell always reminds me of a hospital for some reason, so not the best initial impression. Yeah, its nice to have fresh flowers but these were way past their lifespan.

Friendly enough welcome at reception from the member of staff who checked us in, although it looked as though the reception desk could be doing with a tidy up or some sort of better admin system. Just seemed to be paper everywhere and I do think they need to tighten up on this area.

Friendly staff took us up to and showed us room. Entered room to be met with a lovely cosy and inviting room, nicely finished with a nice feature papered wall. No immediate concerns over cleanliness and bathroom seemed fairly new/efurbished with nicely tiled shower etc.

We had dinner included in our room rate although there was some confusion about this with the foreign waitress staff when we were ordering. I think the option of the Dinner,Bed & Breakfast is a good idea as there doesn’t appear to be a lot of choice in the area anyway plus after a long day on the road it was perfect for us.
Overall the food was pretty good. I opted for the prawn cocktail followed by the steak. Was pleased to see they even had some French mustard at my request.
Cooked Scottish Breakfast was pretty big and certainly set me up for a full day ahead. Freshly made which did see some delay as I don’t think the catering facilities could cope with a family of four looking for cooked breakfast at same time as us.
There was little lounge bar area between restaurant and reception which I do feel could be more inviting which would maybe encourage the odd guest to sit and have a quiet drink or two.
I have nothing but respect to anyone who tries to make a living out the hotel industry so I hope the new owners can iron out some of the issues and take the Castle Arms hotel up a notch.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

we stayed there for two nights on a 15 day tour of Scotland. we had a beautiful room with a fantastic view. the staff were great and the food yummy. the weather was terrible, but being in a cosy place made it better. the hotel is close to Mey castle and to John O Groats. breakfast and dinner was really good and the staff very friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Linda12Kessler
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Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
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50 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

We were a group of six who had a lovely evening meal here while staying in Gills Bay prior to a trip to Orkney. The food was freshly cooked and very tasty. The young staff were very friendly and helpful. The dining room had a comfortable, pleasant ambience which made for a relaxing, enjoyable evening.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank irf20
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Property: Castle Arms Hotel
Address: Mey, Thurso KW14 8XH, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Thurso
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Thurso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Castle Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Hotel was originally a 19th. century coaching inn which has been updated and extended over the years. We took over the Hotel on 7th. September 2012 and have carried out extensive refurbishments over the winter months, beginning with totally new en-suites for each room which were completed by the end of February, 2013.We have added new furniture and lamps and will be redecorating every room and adding new beds and other furniture to present a higher standard than before.The exterior of the Hotel is currently being repainted and this work should be completed before the end of May, 2013. ... more   less 
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