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Royal Golf Hotel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Certificate of Excellence
Peebles, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Simply The Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

My wife and I stayed over the weekend from 20th September to the 23rd September 2013. When we arrived Siobhan at the front desk was very pleasent indeed after we checked in , she showed us to our room and helped carry our luggage. Downside no lift. Food was excellent and the staff were very helpfull and courteous. The Royal Golf Hotel is in an excellent location. The view from some of the rooms overlooking the Golf Course and The Dornoch Firth are excellent. We will be back

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking The Dornoch Firth.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank VandMPeeb
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting your complimentary review following your recent stay here at The Royal Golf Hotel. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and that Siobhan helped you upon arrival with your luggage and showed you to your room. I am sorry we have no lift - but we do our best to carry bags and assist as much as we can.
We are very fortunate with our location, literally a few yards from the first tee of the world renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Course and overlooking Dornoch Firth and the beach.
I hope you will visit us again before long.

Kind Regards,
Robert Ratcliffe
Director and General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Spent a wonderful 2 days exploring this area of Scotland - Dornoch is a lovely wee village to stroll. Golf is challenging, but after a day of visiting Dunrobin Castle (a must see), playing 18 holes, - the best place to stay is the Royal Golf. Great shower and a big comfy bed! Siobhan, at the hotel's front desk put us in a spectacular room with a view to die for then we had the pleasure of having Vicky and Carmen on the staff take care of us for breakfast, lunch and dinner - nice young women. Thank you ladies!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tami K
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Dear Tami,

Many thanks for posting your most complimentary review on tripadvisor following your recent stay at The Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch. I am delighted that my team of young ladies looked after you so well. ( Just in case anyone is wondering, there are other staff who work here) !
I will ensure the girls are made aware of your kind comments. I am glad you found the bed to be so comfy and the new showers doing their job ! I hope you will visit us again sometime in the not too distant future.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manager
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59 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

The Royal Golf Hotel is simply in a class by itself in terms of service, style, food & location to base a highlands golf adventure. The first tee of the Royal Dornoch Golf course is only a pitching wedge away from the front door of the hotel. The breakfast room is one of the classiest places I've enjoyed breakfast. The dining from in the evening served the best beef filet & duck breast I've ever sampled. If here is any negative to be said it is that golf clubs any luggage need to be lugged up stairs, but the help at the hotel was more than willing to lend a helping hand for those who needed it.

Room Tip: Ask for a room over looking the golf course.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank johnnyjumpstart
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Dear Johnny,

Many thanks for your most complimentary remarks following your stay here recently. Due to the close proximity of the first tee to the hotel reception, and our splendid location over-looking the world famous golf course and Dornoch beach beyond, it would be understandable if a visiting golfer believed he or she had arrived in heaven ! We are flattered by your kind comments regarding your stay. Worth mentioning that we do have a very good golf club storage room on the ground floor to save you lugging your clubs upstairs. I am sorry if you were not made aware of this facility. Sadly we don't have an elevator, but we are more than willing to carry luggage/suitcases up to bedrooms.
Once again many thanks for your valued feedback.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manager
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Newburgh, New York
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80 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

My group of six golfers enjoyed a fabulous dinner here. We had drinks and ordered in the comfortable seating area overlooking the first tee. Our table was also nicely situated with a view. We agreed that this was probably our best meal of the trip, and we had plenty of wonderful meals! We would rush back, for sure!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Wendy48254
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
Dear Wendy,

Thank you for taking the time to post your most complimentary review on tripadvisor following your recent meal at The Royal Golf Hotel. I am delighted to read that this was your most enjoyable meal during your trip.This is indeed a high tribute to my kitchen team and restaurant staff. Please do rush back !

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manager
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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

Loved this hotel. Old style luxury and attentive friendly staff. Views all around we're beautiful and many rooms have sea views across the gold course. Restaurant was pleasant and extremely good food. Service was still good even though there was a large party at the far end of the room. The bar was comfortable and choice of single malt whisky was impressive. Rooms were comfortable and clean.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Alan S
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Dear Alan,

Many thanks for posting your most complimentary review following your recent stay here. I am delighted that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. It is always a pleasure to respond to such positive remarks and the team takes enormous encouragement from guests kind comments.
I hope to welcome you back to The Royal Golf Hotel in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manager
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Basel, Switzerland
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73 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

This is a bit late.....w e stayed here on the 15th August. Room was quite adequate, great shower and lovely fluffy towels. We ate in the restaurant and I had on f the best steaks ever! It was fabulous. Cameron looked after s in the bar and introduced us to the most fabulous whiskey! It was a one night stay, my partner played the 2nd course and it was great. Really a fab stay. Lovely staff.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lisa P
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Dear Lisa,

It's never too late ! It was only a couple of weeks ago that you stayed with us.
Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a lovely review. We all do really appreciate your kind remarks. I am delighted you enjoyed your steak and I will of course mention to Cameron that you have recognised his hospitality and whisky knowledge. Next time you visit us, your partner ought to play the main attraction - The Championship Course, however the Struie is a fine course in its own right.
Once again, many thanks and we hope to see you in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director and General Manager
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

4th Night of our trip and another lovely place.

Lovely room with stunning views over the course & our to the sea.

Friendly staff.

Although we were not there for the golf, If was nice sitting watching them while enjoying a malt or 2.

Food was good, (Lovely fish & chips)

Nice selection of malts.

Barman was good value too.

Nice breakfast with good selection. poached eggs were spot on.

\would recommend to golfers & on golfers.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank shane m
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managerroyalgolf, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel, responded to this review, 2 September 2013
Dear Shane,

Many thanks for taking the time to post your kind review following you stay here recently.

I am really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. The barman you mention would have been my esteemed colleague, Cameron, who I shall thank on your behalf for providing such a good service and recommending some nice malt whiskies.

Once again, many thanks for staying with us, and hope to see you again before long.

Kind Regards,

Robert Ratcliffe
Director & General Manager
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Additional Information about Royal Golf Hotel

Property: Royal Golf Hotel
Address: The First Tee Grange Road, Dornoch IV25 3LG, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Golf Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Golf Hotel, is perfectly situated overlooking the first tee of Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course, the 6th best golf course in the world as judged by Golf Digest. All 22 bedrooms are en-suite and furnished to a high standard, most having superb views across the golf course and the Dornoch Firth beyond. Free WiFi internet access. The Conservatory Restaurant serves locally sourced,fresh seasonal food in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. ... more   less 
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