We stayed here one night whilst touring Mull.
Location - Could hardly be better. Set in a commanding position above Tobermory providing stunning views of the bay and straights beyond from the front of the hotel. A short 2 or 3 minute downhill walk (steep) deposits you on the main street of Tobermory.
Service - Reception was efficient and friendly. The staff are young and do their job but you couldn't say they go out of their way or are particularly friendly.
Facilities - No lift so be prepared to negotiate some quite steep stairs (and a lot of them if you are staying higher than the 1st floor), Evening meals are served in the conservatory overlooking the bay - dogs are allowed (as they are in the rooms). The bar is also in the conservatory. Breakfast is served in what was obviously once the main dining room which also offers spectacular views. There is a magnificently Victorian lounge (with smaller side room) both boasting open fires - a great place to relax after dinner with a glass of Tobermory single malt.
Food etc - No complaints at all, The menu is not enormous but what they do they do well and it's all served quickly and efficiently. Moderate wine list and an impressive array of malts.
Room - We stayed in the Ghllie, a double room on the second floor. Clean, comfortable, fairly large and adequately furnished and decorated - fine for the price. The bathroom was large and well equipped. Water was hot and there was plenty of it. No problems with noise from other rooms. All in all no complaints at all - and then there is the view from the room which would make up for most things.
Dog friendliness - exceptional throughout the hotel (apart from at breakfast).
Overall - the hotel is clearly long past it's Victorian prime - but the owners seem to be making a fist of keeping it updated where it matters and making sure that staying here is an enjoyable experience. In my opinion the slightly shabby edges and air of faded glory enhance the character and atmosphere of the place no end.
If you want to stay in Tobermory I doubt you could do better.
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- Enjoy stunning views over Tobermory Harbour or across the bay and out to the Sound of Mull. If excellent food, friendly service and a great atmosphere are what you're looking for, then the Western Isles is for you. ... more less
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- Western Isles Hotel Tobermory, Isle Of Mull