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“Very good, if a bit soul-less” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Harbour Lights Hotel

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Harbour Lights Hotel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Ullapool
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very good, if a bit soul-less”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

I needed to find a B&B quickly whilst travelling to hospital with my daughter for treatment. It was high season, a lot of places I tried were full and I didn't expect that any place that had room would be particularly good. At first sight, the 'motel' style building that houses Harbour Lights seemed that my expectations would be met. However, I must say that this was deceptive - the style of the building and the lack of wi-fi in bedrooms was really the only disadvantage. Considering that this is really a factory-sized B&B, staff were very pleasant and very helpful and we were not made to feel just one of a number, despite the many people being fed and housed in the building. The rooms are very clean, reasonably large and reasonably furnished and -one of my bugbears about hotel rooms- the plug sockets were all working! Our bathroom had a bath with shower, which is always so good to find. There is a list of 'terms and conditions' in the room which is rather offputting to read, since it names the prices of fines and surcharges for various 'mis-doings' that are possible in the B&B world - smoking, leaving the room late on the morning of departure etc. (I wonder just how enforcable these would be in the event of someone doing something wrong and think it might appear more friendly just to ask people not to commit these sins!). Breakfasts were well cooked and served in a dining room with superb views. There was no problem in my taking a continental breakfast to the room for my daughter.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bonn, Germany
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

We checked in this hotel because of our original B&B wasn't reachable due to heavy rainfalls. The owner seemed stressed out was visible bothered by me bit understanding everything she said at first. The room was with two single beds (bad for use because we are a couple) and had no bathroom but a sink in the room and a separate "room" with a shower and a toilet. So far so good, they didn't know we are a couple and had no room left with a double bed. But the room itself had some issues: the beds were very high, not comfortable (springs hurt). The window was a single glass (I think it's normal) but it was very loud because our room was on the parking lot side. You could also hear every word spoken on the floor. Very annoying. The shower was so tiny you could barely spin in there. One of the worst things was that the shower just dropped a lot of water in the middle of the night (what woke me up) and then dropped single drops the whole night through. Well, I give one point for the nice woman who worked there, she was very friendly and the breakfast was completely ok too. But I don't want a room like this ever again.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Visited the hotel for a family reunion at the end of last month, a view to die for from the lounge, the owners were lovely and accommodated us very well considering it was a last minute arrangement. Breakfast fantastic. Wifi was a little intermittent but couldn't be helped as it's in the highlands! Overall, a very pleasant stay. Looking forward to my next visit!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank LHRHOPPER
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Vienna
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178 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

4 Points for:
1)Location on the edge of Ullapool, but that of course is reason to have a very impressive view
to Ullapool- particularly at night. For us it was the second time to come to Ullapool and we did not
regret staying at the Harbour Lights, Overnight,next day we went up to the Orknes´s.
2)Breakfast very good,
3)Service (only reception) ok.
Small rooms, poor shower, but they do not promise anything than B&B -and it was ok for an overnight stay.
In this priviledged location, with the marvellous view and the great meadow to the shore for us
it was a big surprice, that on this place it not a luxury 5 star hotel.
For us it was ok.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Aberlour, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

Booked 2 single rooms, got 2 doubles. Room clean with new furniture. Looks like some upgrade work has been undertaken. Friendly staff. Good breakfast. Quiet and clean. 5 minutes walk to the town. Cant fault it, would go back again. Cracking view at breakfast. Maybe some of the other room will also take in the sea view.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Webb1e
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aberdeen
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282 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Locally owned and run with friendly staff and great views fro the bedrooms facing the Loch. The rooms were clean, the breakfast was good value and the friendly service only added to The experience. The cost was reasonable compared to other comparable places in the area.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The hotel is very convenient for catching the ferry next morning and as such is an ideal and inexpensive stopover. The rooms are clean but the one that my wife and I stayed in was very small, nowhere to put things. The shower was also very small compared to most and a larger person would struggle. The room was very dated but clean and the staff we met were courteous. The breakfast was very organised and up to a good standard. There is a huge sitting room with many large sofas in it, why I am not sure because apart from visiting it to pick up wifi nobody appeared to be using it. Overall a good hotel but I would not want to be staying in it for more than a couple of nights due to its small rooms.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Harbour Lights Hotel

Property: Harbour Lights Hotel
Address: Garve Road, Ullapool IV26 2SX, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ullapool
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Ullapool
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbour Lights Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Hotel Harbour Lights
Harbour Lights Hotel Ullapool, Scotland

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