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Machrie Hotel & Golf Links
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Port Ellen
Reviewed 31 May 2010

If you are a golfer then at the machrie you are in heaven, unique wonderfully conditioned links course at your doorstep. Food and service is of good quality. However, hotel and cottages need serious capital investment in order bring up to modern standard. The place is slowly falling down, Graham Ferguson Lacey does not appear to want to put a penny in and the high standard of lodgings and golf available on the mainland at machriehanish, machriehanish dunes and campbeltown will eventually sink this enterprise.

  • Stayed: May 2010
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Reviewed 29 May 2010

Where do I start? Wallpaper peeling off of the walls. The stair carpet was totally threadbare. The mattress was probably one of the worst we have slept on. For £120 per night this hotel does not represent value for money. Have to admit that the breakfast was good.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2010

We stayed in a standard self catering lodge for 4 days in early May, and were a bit concerned having read some grim reviews onTripadvisor. We did however enjoy our stay, although there were some faults
On the plus side the cottages are rented by the day, enabling us to have a long weekend without having to pay for two weeks rental. They also allow dogs at no extra cost- another reason for our choice. The chalets were built in the 70's , and I don't think much has been done to them since, but the bedrooms- both with twin beds- were spacious, with ample storage space for clothes etc. The living room was large, with a dining table and comfortable 3 piece suite. The views from the windows across the machair were wonderful, and the night storage heating efficient so we were always warm. The shower was powerful, and there was always plenty of hot water. Yes , the water is brown, but this is not dirt, but coloured by the peat it comes from, so is perfectly OK for washing.The water in fact is so soft it was lovely- you would pay a fortune for treatments with water like this from posh spas!
On the downside the kitchen was tiny, and the units on the verge of collapse.The floor sagged in places, making us worry we were going to fall through on standing on it. Some of the double glazing units had faults allowing condensation, so it was like looking through frosted glass, obscuring the wonderful view. Our TV was a 12" portable- very small, but it did work, All the furnishings and equipment were stuck in a 70's timewharp, but they did the job
Situated close to Port Ellen the Machrie is convenient for visiting the south of the island, and not far from Bowmore and the north
We can't comment on the rooms at the hotel, but the reception area and bars were cosy, and the food in the restaurant varied and enjoyable. All our requests were dealt with promptly and efficiently by the staff here.
All in all, don't expect luxury and you won't be disappointed. A good place to stay to explore what is a really beautiful island

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Levoyageur
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Reviewed 28 March 2010

Very acceptable, was very close to where we were staying so went for convenience. Had read reviews that had made me a bit reticent but it was fine. Nothing special but food was well cooked and I imagine that there would be more choice in season. Service was very good and friendly.

Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

I won a trip to the Whisky Coast via Visitscotland.com. Part of the "winning prize" was 2 nights at the Machrie Hotel. What a disaster. We had spent the first two nights on the Isle of Arran at the Auchrannie Hotel -Brilliant beautiful hotel with great food and wonderful staff. The next two nights of the prize were at the Harbour Inn on Islay. Again another wonderful hotel with great food and excellent accommodation. The porch area at the Machrie was dirty and both hanging baskets outside the front door were well and truly dead. A good start! The receptionist just gave us the key and told us our room was upstairs on the right-no help with luggage or in giving us any details of the hotel.We went into the room-oh dear- how dated. Like walking back into the 1970's. Heavy pine furniture which has stain marks and damp patches on them. Carpets were stained, peeling wallpaper, a nasty damp, musty smell and damp patches on the ceiling. The best was yet to come when we went into the bathroom, We read a notice on the bathroom wall that the water was not drinkable and when we looked down the loo the water was brown! We flushed the loo and again the water was brown. We tested the tap and the water and large black bits coming out -the shower water was the same. Wallpaper was peeling and there was black mould around the shower area. We looked around downstairs-the lounge area had cobwebs hanging off the ceiling and generally looked like very outdated. We called the agents of VisitScotland.com who told us there was nothing they could do as this was part of the prize-some end to the break!! We called other hotels on the island but they were fully booked. We then called the ferry company who were excellent in bringing our ferry departure forward by a day to the next morning. We had no option but to stay the night.-needless to say we did not eat here and left very early next morning. I would most certainly NOT recommend this hotel to anyone. It has a three star award form the tourist board-NOT deserved at all. It has a very bad reflection on VisitScotland. booking us into this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2009

To be honest, my husband and i didn't stay here (thanks to the tips from tripadvisor) but we did come here for dinner one night. The bar service is rather aprupt, and they do look fairly disinterested...but i must say it has one of the most wonderful selections of single malts - some rare - in existence. The dinner (we ordered at the bar too, seems a habit here) was very average. the service was decent, but the food quite unremarkable and a tad overpriced.
the property is a lovely one, in the line of very old world style British clubs, and i do wish they would fix things fast!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2009

Staff were really helpful and friendly on reception and in the Golf Shop. I was a bit taken aback at the price given it was off season, wet and deserted, but I'm glad I spent the £55 for a round of golf. The course is maginficent with stunning views and constant variety. Definitely one of the main highlights on a trip to Islay.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Address: Port Ellen PA42 7AN, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Port Ellen
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Port Ellen
Price Range: £74 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Machrie Hotel And Golf Links
Machrie Hotel Port Ellen
Machrie Hotel Links
Machrie Hotel & Golf Links Islay/Port Ellen

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