We recently had a midweek break at the Dornoch Hotel
The hotel is in a great position overlooking the golf course and sea.
Like other reviewers we found the entrance hall full of character with a grand staircase. I agree some of the areas are a bit tired. But what can you expect from a hotel that can swallow up 4 coach loads of people plus 50 or 60 other guests. We had a sea view room which is worth the upgrade. Our room was clean and comfortable and the bathroom had recently had a fresh coat of paint.
We arrived 15mins. before the check in time but were told the room was ready but could not get the keys until 3pm. Like other arrivals we sat and watched the clock till 3. The receptionist said they were approachable at any time. I think she must have read other reviews.
The food was ok with choices each night, what you would expect when meals have to be cooked in bulk. The restaurant staff were polite but never smiled looking as if they were under strain All the time, they had straight sombre faces. The meals were served quickly sometimes they were on the point of running. I noticed sometimes they would stretch over people at one table to get to the one inside when there was room behind. On Thursday night on guest said to the waiter she did not like the meal and couldn’t eat it and didn’t want anything else. Friday had braised beef on the menu.
A lot of diners thought the meat was very tough; you had to actually saw into it with some force. Some must have had a tenderer piece and managed it. The man sitting next to me said he was frightened he would choke. A few diners sent it back and asked for another meal which they got.
Many plates were sent back with quite a lot of meat on them. No one came to ask about it or apologise. We were leaving on Friday along with many guests. My wife went to hand in the keys. She put them down on the counter, not too quietly since there was a heavy plastic key fob on them. The receptionist was sitting with his back to her. He did not turn round ok acknowledge her in any way.
After a couple of minutes she dropped them into the key box, again with a clatter and left.
Since a lot of guests would be leaving that morning somebody could have been at reception to ask if the stay had been enjoyable.
Can’t see us going back to Dornoch Hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Dornoch Hotel Scotland