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“Very Relaxing” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ariundle Centre
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Ariundle Centre
Queenstown, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very Relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Booked for one night, stayed for two in the end, so quiet and so relaxing! I probably wouldn't eat in the cafe again for dinner, but lunch was pretty good. Great area to unwind and hike. Very friendly owners! Twisty roads to get there!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

Just returned from two nights at the bunkhouse in Stronitan.

This was a toss-up b/w 'average' and 'very good'. Shame there isn't just a 'good' option. That said, a few very simple changes would make this an excellent destination.

I'm in a walking/climbing group of friends who have travelled around Scotland for 10 years+ bagging Munros, collecting Corbetts and grabbing the occasional Graham ... always enjoying the great outdoors ... so we know a thing or two about bunkhouses, nights away and hospitality.

Apart from a few issues over the bunkhouse booking (I'll say no more as it was not I that experienced that episode), all appeared well. We had a lovely meal in the tea room on arrival. My wife enjoyed a plate of mushroom & spinach pasta, I loved the beef stew and our girls split a main course cod. As per other comments, the service was slow, but we were not fussed by that. The service was warm and friendly.

The bunkhouse is set a short distance from the tearoom. The rooms are fine, but the walls are paper thin. You can hear every door close, every cough and flushing loo (I'll leave the rest to the imagination!). The blinds are as effective at keeping out the light as the walls are at sound insulation. At this time of year, when it is light at 4am - and then until gone 10pm - blinds that keep out the light would definitely help. And making that worse was the security light outside our room that was on all night. The room and en suite shower room were clean - and the beds were comfortable. We had a room with twin beds + a bunk bed - and it was bigger than many bunkhouses provide. Perfect for a family.

The most disappointing aspect was the kitchen and dining area - both too small for comfort. There were 20 of us - and we struggled for space. Cramped fridge space. A very small prep/cooking area - and a very tight squeeze for dining. Add to that a blocked sink that took a long time to get unblocked ...

We had a great weekend (we always do!) splitting into groups to tackle a variety of hills in the most spectacular midge-free conditions. We climbed the 98th/222 Corbetts, Beinn Resipol. The 2,772ft climb up from the campsite is a trek across beautiful countryside - though very boggy in places. The last ascent is pretty craggy but the views from the top are breathtaking - from Skye in the west to a snow-capped Ben Nevis in the east.

More weekends are planned ahead over the coming months. The group loves our weekends away. It is just a shame that some bunkhouses and hostels fall down in what we see as the real basics: delivering a good night's sleep and providing folk with a comfortable environment after a long day in Scotland's great outdoors.

The 'very good' could so easily have been 'excellent'.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

We had supper here while staying in B and B up the road. Very friendly staff, quite excellent food. Be prepared for a slowish event, dinner took its time, but we were on hols so who cares. We sat by the roaring fire with glass of wine in hand and chatting to the lovely Kate who has worked there for years and years. They dealt very competently with my gluten free requests.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank nmsNewcastle
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Peterborough, England
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161 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013

We stopped off here on a cold winters day and were immediately in heaven with its roaring fire,authentic spinning wheel props and ceili music. We were served immediately by a pleasant staff member and just to make you aware the iced lemon cake is just perfection! We looked out onto beautiful mountain views and local sheep. We really didnt want to head back out into the cold - could have easily snuggled up and nodded off in here :)

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank missacorah
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cumbria
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2012

We traveled as a group to kayak in this beautiful location, Ariundle Bunkhouse was great value option for us. the hosts made us very welcome we had opted for the bunk and breakfast option, which was great value at £26 per night. We Also had an evening meal on one night of our stay, sitting by the roaring log burner eating lasagna made for local wild venison was an excellent experience.

On a personal note if I had any negative comment to make it would be that the bunk house was a showing some wear and tear and would benefit from a good end of season freshen up. However some of the group had stayed in a similar style of accommodation earlier in the trip and were very glad to have better surroundings.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank malcolmbushnook
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

I visited the Ariundle Centre two years ago and had a lovely experience. I returned this year to find the lady behind the counter the most unhelpful person I have ever encountered. She claimed the coffee machine didn't work so I couldn't have a latte, I ordered tea and my friend ordered coffee with hot milk. The look she got would have frightened Hannibal Lecter. Twenty minutes later I returned to the counter to ask when the drinks were coming, there did not appear to be anyone else to serve. I was barked at and and told that the food and drinks were coming together. The roll I had ordered was burnt and no hot milk materialised. A lady came in after me and ordered a latte, which she recieved. The coffee machine seemed to have made a miraculous recovery.

Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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4 Thank 186518Solotraveller
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2010

Acting on a recommendation we ordered a full meal for seven-3 courses, choice of starters, venison casserole with all the trimmings, and catering size puddings! This was all beautifully home cooked and delivered 20 miles to our holiday accommodation. Superb food in generous quantities which actually lasted us for 2 evening meals - for £20 per head! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank algorrobbo
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Additional Information about Ariundle Centre

Property: Ariundle Centre
Address: Ariundle Centre, Strontian PH36 4JA, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Strontian
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Strontian
Number of rooms: 26
Also Known As:
Ariundle Centre Strontian, Scotland

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