This distinctive and landmark building has had a major revamp after it fell into dereliction and was an embarrassment to the island. It would seem that no cost has been cut from the budget in creating a beautiful hotel. It is now marketed as a boutique hotel and it fits that category well.
My wife and I booked a double room on the second floor which had two outlooks. One to the front onto the pier and the other to the access drive. Our Queen bed allowed my wife to report on the comings and goings of the Calmac ferries. Many of the front rooms overlook the bay and an outlook of the big mountain, Goatfell.
Our bathroom was enormous and would have been the size of a double bedroom in another hotel. Sadly the lighting was quite inadequate when the window blind was down which was a necessity because there was a back driveway. State of the art plumbing was sadly without instructions on how to use it.
There was a most welcome tea tray with home made shortcake biscuits but only one dressing robe, no Arran aromatheric hand cream/body lotion, no shower caps and a room door which was so hard to open we thought we were locked in.
Our dinner was extremely tasty and the choice from the menu was perfectly adequate. If we had been staying longer we might have strayed away to other eating establishments as it seemed to be a fixed menu rather than ever changing. The staff were courteous although no-one checked that our meal was satisfactory and my dinner roll created crumbs which were not cleared up between courses.
The hotel, for all its lavish embellishments lacks character however hard the mainly Scottish staff endeavour to keep guests happy. We have been visiting Arran for many years and desperately want this hotel to succeed and with a light touch on the daily disciplines this would change this good hotel into an excellent one. It won't take much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Hotel with beautiful panoramic views over Brodick bay and Goatfell, a stone's throw away from the ferry terminal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Douglas Hotel Brodick, Isle Of Arran