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Caladh Sona
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Reviewed 7 September 2010

Stayed for two nights at Caladh Sona. The location is excellent as just two mins away from the ferry terminal of Port Ellen. Received a warm welcome and our room was lovely and had an ensuite. The room had two single beds and plenty of storage (wardrobe and chest of drawers). Also has satelite TV and tea/coffe making facilities. The breakfast was excellent and the room overlooks the sea. The owners are very helpful and always on hand to give tips on where to visit and directions. Would definitely recommend.

Word of warning - do NOT go to the tandoori restaurant opposite - NOT GOOD!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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2  Thank famcam
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Reviewed 4 September 2010

We booked into this B and B having seen it recommended in The Rough Guide to Scotland's Highlands and Islands.

As per another review the welcome into the hotel was odd... We knocked on the (locked) door several times before a gentleman popped his head out of a upstairs window to ask what we were doing (we had rung ahead to say what time we would be arriving - as requested). Once inside, the B and B was very clean and neat. However, although having booked a "double room" the room was in fact a twin room with separate single beds. The landlady explained that there were no double beds in the hotel, and argued that this was actually a "double room" and we should have been clearer when we booked. Surely most people would take it for granted that a double room has a double bed and a room with two beds is a "twin room".

We had initially booked for three nights, but decided to check out after the first night. Had it not been for the twin beds, we would have undoubtedly stayed, as the hotel seemed very comfortable and very clean.

Would recommend Caladh Sona if you aren't fussed about having a double bed. If you are looking for a double room in Port Ellen, please check out our review of the White Hart Hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ruth076
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

we've stayed only one night, after we've booked out of a very expensive address in Bowmore, but wished we've booked this instead! very clean bedroom, we slept in the front room which was a bit small, but big enough for two people! the lady of the house was very pleasant, and breakfast was also very good! Well worth the money!
when we go back, we certainly stay at this address!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Marten1
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

We have just returned from a three day trip to Islay where we stayed with Rhona and Hamish Scott in Port Ellen for the duration of our visit.
Islay is a beautiful island but our holiday was really "made" for us with the wonderful hospitality we received from our hosts. Our accommodation was ideal with exceptional cleanliness throughout. We ate the most marvellous breakfasts ever - in the dining room overlooking a view you couldn't buy.
To top it all Caladh Sona is one minute from the ferry!
All in all a wonderful trip and we'll certainly go back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank dmw090
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Reviewed 6 August 2010

The Caladh Sona B&B was exactly what we were looking for. When we arrived, Rhona the owner, had arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the airport and take us to the B&B. Rhona greeted us at the door of the quaintly situated house (at the end of the main street of Port Ellen). Our room had a wood floor and simple but nice furniture. We had a private bathroom in our room, as some of the rooms have shared bathrooms. Rhona helped us navigate our way around the island with bus schedules and a place to rent bycicles. The smoked salmon breakfast was good enough to get 3 days in a row, and the full english breakfast was excellent as well. Sitting in the dining room you could look out the window and see the bay no more than 50 feet away. One of the days we sat out back in the garden and had a dram of Whisky in the cool Islay breeze. At night we could smell the peat fires burning and the malted barley in the air. If you come to Islay for the distilleries this place is perfect. A fantastic stay!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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