We recently spent a weekend here after reading the excellent reviews online. It is split into 2 buildings, one which is the Lodge and has the rooms, studios and Lodge Restaurant, then further round you come to the actual Marina with the Marina Restaurant and the luxury apartments. There is also a nice shop and spa here.
The location of Portavadie is a bit remote. If driving here there are some single track roads to navigate your way through and once there, you really need to do a bit of driving to get anywhere
unless content to stay at the Marina.
We stayed in one of the studios and were extremely impressed with our room. It was beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and had everything you could need. The small kitchen area had everything you would need for self catering during your stay. There were patio doors from the sitting area which led out to a small seating area overlooking the water and the ferry port, lovely to sit and watch the sunset. Only thing I would say is the room was VERY hot, we could not get it cooled at all so it was a bit uncomfortable during the night.
Things to do:
The Marina is also the ferry port to Tarbert, these depart once an hour and only take 25 mins so this can be a nice way to spend a day. You can also hire bikes from the Lodge at £10 a day, although we found some of these were not very well maintained.
Breakfast is served in the lodge and was included in our room price. This is a continental breakfast with cereals, pastries, fruit, yoghurt, breads etc. and was very nice.
As other reviewers mention, the Wi-Fi was terrible which was disappointing as we got very poor mobile reception pretty much everywhere, so working Wi-Fi would have been great.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay.
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