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“Hotel tired.........staff tireless !”
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Taychreggan Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kilchrenan
The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Hotel tired.........staff tireless !”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

Travelled from Holland to celebrate my husbands birthday in Bonnie Scotland.

What a birthday start! It took 4 and a half hours to reach this hotel instead of 2 - an accident just outside Inveraray - major detour round Loch Lomond road with various traffic jams.
We arrived at 5pm frazzled and famished & informed Fiona other guests travelling this route may be late - a welcome refreshment at this point would have been appreciated?
Other hotels provide this facility ordinarily, but with the remoteness and circumstances a wee extra would be nice on arrival.

We were informed the BA captain guest speaker would commence at 6.30pm and drinks and canapés would be served there..........so we thought........we shall refrain from tea etc now and freshen - we had booked our 7 course dinner immediately after.

Oops big mistake - no canapés were served - apparently a problem in the kitchen - we were famished after the 1hr 15min talk...........off to the dining room.........run........don't forget we hadn't eaten due to circumstances for hours and my husbands birthday.

Dinner - we were given canapés, then our 7 course.......WOW. The food was amazing - chapeau!
Far exceeded our expectations. We all work or have worked in aviation for many years and experienced dining in some of the best restaurants worldwide - great chef!
Breakfast was equally high quality and presentation.

Unfortunately the menu was exactly the same on our 2nd night and the only other option was the bar apparently. A very bleak looking bar I'm afraid. No loch views, extremely low tables for dining - not particularly fitting such a hotel. The food was equally good and well presented however the overall ambiance was lacking.

Room - we had been informed there were no loch views available and paid the extra for a feature room. It was indeed large however tired and not particularly well set out. The tea/ coffee facilities were in the old style wardrobe and no plug point meant placing the kettle on the floor to use - our friends had similar! No plug points near a mirror proved rather a challenge using the hair dryer for myself. The seating area overlooked another room window so not particularly inviting.
The bathroom was brand new, spacious and well equipped and the bed extremely comfortable - we slept well.
However there was no - do not disturb sign - and I was rather surprised to return to a tuck down service having been done - nice but........I like to be prepared.
And to our surprise there were several loch view rooms empty.

The hotel is quite tired looking and the public areas need some extra TLC - bit bare. I feel the pool table area would make a wonderful bar and informal dining - great views there and next to the lounge etc as a flow route. Another guest was rather annoyed sitting in the bar at the other end of the hotel trying to get service - Nathalie was apparently doing the dishes.

I found the staff, particularly David, Nathalie and the chef excellent and very hard working - thank you.
The overall hotel experience I felt average and with a few extra details could be excellent. I was extremely disappointed my husbands birthday wasn't acknowledged once throughout our stay.

With certain adjustments and the same chef and staff I would love to return.
Ps the various Wellington boots for guest use was a lovely touch and practical.

Room Tip: Loch view room.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2014

My partner and I stayed here on a whim after spotting a groupon deal that made it too good an offer to miss. We throughly enjoyed our stay and were made very welcome by Fiona and Nathalie. The food and recommended wines were just wonderful and as self proclaimed foodies we don't say that lightly.

This place is an eccentric little country hotel though and a few things that people who are more used to big city hotels should consider:

1. This is not a big hotel and there are only a few staff who multitask all of the roles that would normally be filled by a large army of staff. Don't expect everything to be served instantly. Go with the flow of the west, slow and steady.

2. It's an old country house. Therefore it isn't the modern city hotel many people are expecting. The junior suite we stayed in was just stunning. The decor matched the feeling of the house perfectly. However like all old houses hot water can take a little time to come through the pipes, run the tap for 5 minutes or so. Similarly some of the doors rattle and sound travels through the house so be considerate of others right to relax in peace before turning your music up to 11.

3. The food is amazing and they are very gracious to accomodate anything you need or want to avoid (not that we did). Dinner is at a set time however (7pm for canapés and 7:30 for dinner) and a set menu so as long as you don't expect to choose when and what you're eating then you're on to a good thing.

I really couldn't recommend this hotel highly enough for relaxing get aways. The walks nearby are fantastic for getting back to nature and by the end of your first night any of that uptight city awkward feeling will have dropped away and you'll feel right at home.

We'll be back Fiona and Nathalie and looking forward to it already!

Room Tip: All of the junior suites looked lovely. Ask for one with a view of the loch and you won't be dis...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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glasgow , scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Well taychreggan delivered again ! We had another lovely stay . The drive to the hotel is beautiful . The rooms are modern and lovely views down the loch . The atmosphere in this hotel is lovely , it's peaceful but friendly and the staff are charming . Natalie and Fiona are great hosts . The food is outstandingly good , 6 courses of fab flavours and a great breakfast . The hotel is spotlessly clean and you just cannot beat it for a for a stay in a classy , friendly hotel in a breathtaking location with incredible food . We will be back soon !

  • Stayed March 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Hotel good, though starting to show early signs of tiredness. Food very good, though dinner expensive and a fixed menu may not be to everyone's taste. Lovely view across Lock Awe. Hotel 7 miles along a single track road so definitely need a car if visiting.

Room Tip: Lock views a must
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2014

Decided on a long weekend mini tour of Argyll, Lochgilphead, Loch Melfort, Oban, Connel, Port Appin and finally arriving at Taychreggan Hotel on Loch Awe.
Location is so breathtaking. Hotel has a fantastic atmosphere. Fiona and staff are so very helpful. And the meal although a set meal and a tad pricey is worth every single penny!
Don't expect modern up to date furniture but our bedroom had great character, four poster bed, large bathroom was cosy and charming.
Lovely little personal touches, menu for that evening, canapés in the lounge or bar, sherry in bedroom, Molten Brown toiletries.
Only problem was......we were there only 1 night.....wish it had been longer. Lovely stay thank you.

Room Tip: Room 3 was lovely, four poster and cute little view to the Loch. One thing beware when having a show...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 March 2014

We stayed in the Taychreggan Hotel on a Groupon deal - excellent value for money for £159 for two nights this included breakfast, the room was beautiful - 4 poster bed with canopy, the bathroom was huge with a victorian bath tub, lovely shower and molten and brown toiletries. view from our window Loch Awe, perfect to wake up too. We ate from the bar menu one night and the meal was lovely too and ordered room service.
The staff were very helpful and catered to our every needs. I would highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: We stayed in a Junior Suite with a fourposter bed with a Loch Awe view perfect for waking up too. Ve...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

After having read previous reviews my boyfriend and I were really excited about our stay here. However, we felt a little disappointed as we didn't feel like it met our expectations. Despite having had an issue before hand (confirmation email of a stay of one night instead of two) we were not concerned, but on arrival we found another mistake....they had booked us in for dinner on a different night to what we had asked....

Our room however was a stunning junior suite with amazing views, lovely bathroom and huge really comfortable bed. We weren't disappointed with the room until we noticed toe nail clippings on the carpet by the bed.

Later that evening we went down to dinner and were greeted in the bar, which compared to the lovely lounge, was an ugly room. Later we went through to the restaurant. Although the food was superb the restaurant itself lacked character and charm...another disappointing room!

The following day at breakfast we waited at least 10-15mins for anyone to arrive to take our order, although lovely and friendly once she arrived it would have been nice not to have waited so long. Luckily, following on from this we went on the target shooting activity which we could not fault, the man in charge was extremely friendly and experienced and the activity was great value for money as both my boyfriend and I took part.

That evening we ate somewhere else. On return to the hotel we wanted to get some drinks but could not find any staff to serve us...the ONE and only member of staff who seemed to be there was busy serving dinner for the other guests. We eventually gave up and went to our room.

The next morning we had the same experience at breakfast and then finally on check out found that they had not discounted us like they had said they would for pre-booking dinner and were not very apologetic for this!

On leaving we realised that all these little 'mistakes' had actually added up and made for a disappointing stay....it wasn't terrible of course, but we would not stay here again as we did not feel it was value for money.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Taychreggan Hotel
Address: By Taynuilt, Kilchrenan PA35 1HQ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Kilchrenan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kilchrenan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Taychreggan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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