There are positives and negatives with this hotel. First the positives:
In the height of summer, we paid £75 for a very nice double room (No.8) with a lovely view & hearty breakfast. This is very reasonable indeed for this expensive part of Scotland.
However, the bathroom of room 8 reminded me of one in a hospital or other institution. Clean but too clinical & after the lovely surprise of room 8 being rather charming (4 poster bed, good size) the bathroom was very much low budget.
We arrived on a grey rainy day and I found the 'welcome' a bit gruff and the shabby 'reception' area a bit off putting which added to a feeling of gloom having just arrived from gorgeous but much more expensive Tighnabruich.
It doesn't help that the hotel is located close to an ugly bus depot on one side and even uglier social housing type flats on the other. Yes, the view from the hotel is amazing, just don't look at the buildings on either side.
There is also an assumption that you will eat in the hotel restaurant. We neither booked evening meal nor gave the impression that we would eat in the restaurant especially as it seemed rather charmless & low on atmosphere so we chose to drive in search of a restaurant with more of a romantic atmosphere & found it in a beautiful (Stonefield?) Castle hotel restaurant about 20 minutes drive away.
Next day on checking out we were quizzed about where we had eated as the owner notied we hadn't eaten in the restaurant & received something of a rebuke She was rather rudely quite dismissive of our choice of restaurant, even though we had been delighted with the food & amazing panoramic views from the Castle. Yes it was a pricey meal but it seems the food at The Grey Gull is expensive too and the restaurant is certainly not a romantic setting.
There isn't a hotel bar as such but there is a narrow seating area partitioned off from the restaurant with dark brown chairs in a horseshoe arrangement & you can order drinks there. We gather it had been full whilst we were out with people (presumably locals?) watching a football match which would have been quite intrusive if we had been trying to enjoy a quiet meal.
Depends what you're looking for in a hotel. We found the hotel public areas just a bit shabby & lacking the amenities we're used to & there's not much in the rather grey & shabby town centre that we could find on a rainy evening. Had the room not been so charming with such a lovely view I would have written it off completely but again it was very reasonable for the area.
- Also Known As:
- Grey Gull Hotel Ardrishaig
- Grey Gull Ardrishaig
- Grey Gull Inn Ardrishaig, Argyll And Bute