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Royal Hotel Stornoway
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Stornoway
Liverpool
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“Restaurant Review”
Reviewed 18 October 2010

We didn't stay at the hotel as it was full so were booked into the Hebridean Guest House a five minute walk away for a 2 night stay, but had dinner in the restaurant at the Royal on both evenings as it had been recommended.

The bar / restaurant was comfortable and welcoming, the staff were friendly and moved tables to accommodate the whole group. The decor while not extraordinary were what you would expect in a bar / restaurant, but when it came to the meals....they were superb.

The menu was varied, the prices very reasonable and the portions erred on the side of large! Being a family group of 8, I think it was the only location on our tour where the varying tastes of the individuals were fully covered by the fare available...which is why we came back the second evening!

The meals were beautifully prepared and presented and were delicious. To the point where my sister was tempted to kidnap the chef and smuggle him / her back to Australia in her suitcase!

I personally ordered dishes I have never tried before. I can be picky about food and have a whole range of dislikes which can make ordering in a restaurant a bit of an ordeal. My only complaint was we had to move on with the tour or I could easily have worked my way through the entire menu!

Wholely recommend the restaurant for excellent value meals.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2010

In the past few years I have stayed at the Royal many times during my trips to the isle of lewis. I like the cosy feel of the hotel, the friendly staff and good choice of food on offer! The bar is a nice place to sit back and relax after a hard days work, the is no TV which is a good thing as local pubs show the football if you cant miss that match while away! The breakfast team do a good job in the morning with the crofters breakfast, you cant start the day properly without it. An all round good place to stay, although I was there for business I would certainly go for leisure. Recommended.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Scotland
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

Reasonable hotel but room and bathroom was cramped. Who would think that the absence of double glazing on the front facing rooms would lead to us being unable to sleep until 3.30am due to the constant circulation of cars with "souped up" engines for several hours. Having had little sleep we went for breakfast and was equally disappointed. Would consider somewhere else on our next visit. Was meant to be a peaceful experience but sadly didnt turn out as we had wanted.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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South Ayrshire
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

On checking in I was given room 19. This room had no shower, no desk and not even a chair to sit on. This despite the booking confirmation stating that there was a shower. I immediately went back to reception but as the hotel was full they could not move me. (Fair enough I was moved the following day). How they can charge £97-00 per night for a room with such poor facilities beggars belief. I ended up sitting on the bed to use my laptop and lying on the bed to watch the television and even then the TV was fixed to the wall at right angles to the bed - very difficult to watch in comfort. To anyone staying here, I would recommend that you specify in great detail the facilities that you expect for your money in this very dated hotel.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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Edinburgh
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 4 July 2010

Booked over the phone and was impressed by very polite, helpful and informative receptionist. Turning up at the hotel late on a Monday afternoon, wasn't dissapointed. Hotel is clean, comfortable and well-run. HS1 cafe and boathouse restaurant offer a choice of atmosphere. Had booked a single room but was given a double (more space and larger telly (great as football was on that night). Room was fresh, spotless and difficult to fault (unless you suffer from an aversion to woodchip). Furniture and fittings older but in character with building, bed and linen clean and comfortable. Free wireless access. Very enjoyable stay rounded off by a great cooked breakfast and even better service in a very quiet boathouse restaurant.

Only quibble (an issue for some guests?) - room 35 on the second floor was very close to the cafe extractor flue which ran 'til after midnight and meant window could not be opened unless I wanted noise and cooking smells. However, with window closed, room was airy enough and still had a good night's sleep.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Grimsby
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Reviewed 18 June 2010

As others have said, a little dated in terms of decor but none the worse for that. It's not expensive and has a charm all of its own.

The friendly staff more than make up for any minor shortcomings in respect of the slight outdated presentation of the accommodation, and we found the bed comfortable and breakfast very substantial.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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birmingham
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561 reviews
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Reviewed 16 June 2010

The hotel, like others have stated, is a little ‘olde worlde’ it has seen better days, saying that the staff could not be more helpful , the room i had was spotlessly clean. The best feature about this hotel, apart from the location, is the food , they serve the most amazing food !!
Having been here for a week I have tried the menu every night and it’s not disappointed. Everything they serve has been cooked well and tastes great. They have a great range and you can tell its home cooked, not micro waved or boil in the bag !
I often find that a good evening service is let down by the breakfast service, but not here, the breakfast is delicious, a great selection and once again great service
Also free wifi

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Royal Hotel Stornoway

Property: Royal Hotel Stornoway
Address: 81 Cromwell Street | Stornoway, Isle of lewis, Stornoway HS1 2DG, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Outer Hebrides > Lewis and Harris > Isle of Lewis > Stornoway
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Stornoway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Royal Hotel Stornoway 2*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stornoway's most historic hotel, the Royal nestles in the heart of Stornoway, beside the marina, where you can relax, enjoy the hotel's cosy character and enjoy dining in our Boatshed Restaurant or in HS1, the town's 1st cafe bar.If on business, you'll probably appreciate free wireless internet access available throughout the hotel.What matters so much more than bricks and mortar, though, is the warmth of the welcome and the friendly, easy service you'll receive - for the Hebrides has a great tradition of hospitality.While the Royal Hotel enjoys a delightful view over the colourful, bustling harbour to the splendour of Lews Castle and its grounds. The town centre is only around 200 metres walk. ... more   less 
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Stornoway Royal Hotel
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