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“Excellent Staff and Location”
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Dornoch Hotel
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Reviewed 28 April 2013

Just spent 2 nights dinner bed and breakfast at The Bay Dornoch Hotel which is in an absolutely stunning location, the hotel itself a beautiful old building however the rooms and decor are dated but spotlessly clean, the facilities especially in the bathroom are i'm afraid inadequate- no shower is not really acceptable in this day and age. The staff make this hotel, very friendly and helpful but the food was not to my taste - quite basic so we ate out the second night, nice bar area with entertainment at night if that's your thing and the bar prices are very reasonablke for a hotel, personally if i were to return i would book bed and breakfast only.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank marshall1965
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JamesMoutrie, General Manager at Dornoch Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2013

Dear Marshall1965

Thank you for taking the time to reveiw our hotel and your short break with us recently. We are installing new showers on a regular basis. We do have a special request available when requiring a shower - this can be placed when booking through Shearings. I have to agree with you regarding my staff, I am extremely lucky to have such an attentive and caring staff.
We hope to be able to welcome you back to Dornoch and the Dornoch Hotel in the future

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Reviewed 21 April 2013

stayed in april,on a trip with national coaches,with friends to celebrate a birthday.this hotel is lovely,the views and the scenery are second to none.rooms are nice,we had a seaview which was an added bonus,clean,plenty of room.had a slight problem after being given wrong room on arrival,however this was sorted immediately,the staff are lovely,very welcoming.the food is great,very fresh,and served efficiently without any fuss,and most importantly-with a smile.its just a short stroll in to the village,which has some basic,but very nice shops,and a couple of pubs,if you fancy a change..hotel entertainment is mostly good.and prices average..the beach is also a short walk away,and a golf course just a stones throw from the hotel..would definitely recomend this hotel,and would certainly stay again..

Room Tip: we paid a little extra for seaview-well worth the money..
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank wilkowitch
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JamesMoutrie, General Manager at Dornoch Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2013

Dear Wilkowitch

Thank you for your lovely review and we are all delighted you enjoyed your stay with us so much. We do apologise for the mix up on the night of arrival but are pleased that it didn't spoil your holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back to Dornoch in the future.

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Reviewed 15 April 2013 via mobile

Excellent hotel .......excellent views from the hotel as well. The staff were lovely. We had a bit of a problem with our rooms when we arrived just simple a mix up and the manager couldn't have been more helpful to sort it out. We celebrated a birthday and the restaurant staff were brilliant bringing the cake out and actually getting everyone to sing happy birthday...... The food was lovely. A good selection and served fresh and hot ..... Delicious. ...... Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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3  Thank durhamwitch
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JamesMoutrie, General Manager at Dornoch Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2013

Dear Durhamwitch
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are all so pleased that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. I am very lucky to have such a good staff and it is great to see that guests appreciate them too. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future (maybe for the next birthday?)

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Reviewed 15 April 2013

This was our second trip to Dornoch . The weather was very good and the hotel is welcoming in a lovely location near village and beaches. Also a good base for Highland tours etc.
It is,of course, an old grand hotel and is welcoming with easy parking and grand old public rooms and staircase. The staff are also welcoming and helpful and efficient. The meals reasonable and adequate considering the price paid for the holiday.
Unfortunately ,unless one pays for an upgraded room, the bedrooms are very tired. The room was warm and bed comfortable. Amateurish ( it could not have been done by a professional )attempts to fix plumbing and decorate spoil what was otherwise a good short visit.
We will possibly be there again some time as the hotel, apart from the above, is still a good value short break.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank AberdeenMatthew
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JamesMoutrie, General Manager at Dornoch Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2013

Dear AberdeenMatthew

Thank you for taking the time to write your review regarding your recent stay with us. We are constantly striving to upgrade the hotel and take on board your comments. We are glad to see your enjoyed the meals and that you found your stay value for money.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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Reviewed 14 April 2013

Just returned from a delightful stay at this friendly hotel.
The food was very good excellent menu great service
Walking distance into the town , enough to see and do also good bus service to Inverness
Sandy beach
VERY GOOD VALUE
Spotless throughout
We will make a return visit we have a friend in the area and have been to the highlands many times before

Room Tip: We found this hotel very quiet A lot of stairs ask for a room on 1st floor if you have mobility pr...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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JamesMoutrie, General Manager at Dornoch Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2013

Dear Barbarasbistro

Thank you for your great review following you recent stay with us. We pride ourselves on our warm friendly family atmosphere and its great to see you found this to be true. Its good to see you enjoying all aspects of the hotel and the area and I do feel we offer great value for money.
We hope to see you back soon for another visit

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Reviewed 30 March 2013

Had great week the hotel was very clean . The staff were great and friendly . The food was lovely . The trips were good to . Would recommend going here the beach is a nice sandy beach . Lovely walks . Would love to go back again .

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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JamesMoutrie, General Manager at Dornoch Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2013

Dear Rachelbeacher

Thank you for the review of you holiday last year. We are please tpo read you enjoyed your stay with us. I totally agree the beach in Dornoch is lovely and there are plenty lovely walks in the area. We hope to welcome you back to Dornoch in the near future

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Reviewed 30 January 2013 via mobile

Great value hotel wonderful manager average adequate food needs updating but ok. The hungarian night porter was arrogant. He also left hotel bad practice and fire risk also was asleep. Shearings guest saftey comes first

  • Stayed: July 2012
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5  Thank oaponabudget
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JamesMoutrie, General Manager at Dornoch Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and we have taken your comments very seriously. Rest assured the matters raised have been dealt with and appropriate action has been taken. At all times we take our guests safety first.

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Additional Information about Dornoch Hotel

Address: Grange Road, Dornoch IV25 3LF, Scotland (Formerly Bay Dornoch Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Price Range: £58 - £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dornoch Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in its own grounds overlooking the Royal Dornoch Golf Course and the beautiful sandy beaches of the Dornoch Firth this is a truly grand and impressive building. The exterior of the hotel has recently undergone tasteful redecoration and on the inside you will be greeted by a fine sweeping staircase and a warm Highland welcome. From the relaxing Sun Lounge you can admire the superb views and watch the world go by or enjoy a drink in the wood-panelled Links Lounge Bar. For the more energetic, there is a (seasonal) pitch and putt golf course in the hotel grounds where you can enjoy a round to build up your appetite for dinner. The Four Seasons and Links Restaurants within the hotel offer great dining options. This is an excellent base to visit the remote scenery of the area and to explore the lochs, moorland terrain and charm of Scotland’s far north. ... more   less 
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