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“Superb Birthday Meal”
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The Taynuilt
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Taynuilt
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Superb Birthday Meal”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

What an excellent birthday celebration from start to finish. We were greeted with smiles and efficient service in the hotel bar whilst ordering drinks and choosing our meals. We were definitely not disappointed with our choices.....for starters, we ordered Seafood Chowder, Soup of the Day and The Queenies, all absolutely superb. For mains, we chose the Meat Pie and the Meat of the Day (haunch of Venison), again all absolutely stunning. We ordered wine to match each course, each one recommended by the waiter (who we suspect was the manager), excellent recommendations. Unfortunately, we didn't manage dessert as the portions of the starters and mains were so big!!

Full to brimming, we retired to the bar for an after dinner tipple on the comfy sofas, excellent knowledge on the large whiskey selection from the bar maid.

We didn't stay at the hotel, we only ate there (and popped in for drinks throughout the week as we were staying locally) so we cannot comment on the accommodation etc; however, for food and drinks, the place was superb. There is also a village bar adjacent to the hotel bar with a bit more of a casual feel. If you are in the area, we definitely recommend calling in.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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John M, General Manager at The Taynuilt, responded to this review, 16 July 2016
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David Lapsley
General Manager and Sommelier
Taynuilt Hotel and Restaurant
Best "Informal Dining" Argyll & Lomond 2016 (Scottish Hotel Awards)
2 AA Rosette Restaurant
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Macduff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

We stayed here for 1 night, while enroute to Glasgow. This hotel is an absolute gem. The whole hotel is full of character, from the slightly slopping floors to the age of the building. Our room was absolutely brilliant - big and spotless which is perfect. But the best bit for us was the food - it was fantastic. Variety, quantity, quality and service was all next to none. We will be back Taynuilt Hotel that you can guarantee.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Macleod1076908
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John M, General Manager at The Taynuilt, responded to this review, 16 July 2016
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David

David Lapsley
General Manager and Sommelier
Taynuilt Hotel and Restaurant
Best "Informal Dining" Argyll & Lomond 2016 (Scottish Hotel Awards)
2 AA Rosette Restaurant
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here with a few others for a wedding that was taking place on Loch Awe. We needed to check in early to get ready for the wedding and when we called ahead, they were really accommodating. Our room wasn't being used the previous night, so we could get straight in, and our friends room was put at the top of their priority list for cleaning so that they could get in quickly too. By the time we arrived, all our rooms were ready and we were greeted by the manager, who has recently taken over, and was very friendly and helpful in sorting out taxis for us to get to and from the wedding venue.

When we got back late that night, we had a few night caps in the bar, and had a great chat with the manager (now serving as bar tender) whilst he showed us a few of their best whiskies!

Breakfast the next morning was great, with a full Scottish included in the price of the room. All in all, a really nice stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Fillingthepages
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Jonnyboy316, General Manager at The Taynuilt, responded to this review, 8 November 2015
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David Lapsley
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Wiltshire, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

We have been staying at friends' in Taynuilt for the last few days and decided to go to the hotel for our last night supper. We were greeted enthusiastically by the manager (I think) and given a lovely little table in the bar area. The hotel has undergone a major refurbishment in recent times and the bar and eating areas are very comfortable with a friendly and cosy ambience. All staff are very friendly, interesting and interested. We had a really super meal, garlic mushrooms to start which were out of this world and then local queenie scallops ( presented in shells) with buttery mash and fresh salad - heavenly- and the other main was venison medallion with pepper and whiskey sauce with chips, onion rings, toms on the vine. Superb! We didn't have room for pud but the menus said that the hotel chefs made their own ice cream and I couldn't help but notice the generous portions served to a neighbouring table that was hoping down well and looked delicious. All in all a very enjoyable meal and we will definitely be going back in our return, which I hope will be in the summer. Thankyou Taynuilt Hotel and well done on refurbishment - very impressive.

Room Tip: We just popped on for a meal
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Louisa W
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Jonnyboy316, General Manager at The Taynuilt, responded to this review, 8 November 2015
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Have just stayed here for three nights. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. The room was very clean and comfortable. You really can't ask any more than that. I hope I have the chance to stay here again. Thank you for a great stay Taynuilt hotel.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Jonnyboy316, General Manager at The Taynuilt, responded to this review, 8 November 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2014

We have stayed in this hotel several times over the years, as my parents live in Taynuilt. Our latest stay is since the new owner has taken over.

Firstly, we were greeted promptly by a friendly lady who showed the 4 of us to our room. (2ad + 2kids aged 2 and 6). The room was freshly decorated to a high standard, very spacious, and the beds were absolutely so comfortable, the best I have slept in bar none, and I have travelled a lot.

On my way down to the lounge about 7pm a different member of staff asked me to sign a form. Explaining that the woman who checked us in forgot to get me to sign it. It stated that within an hour of checking in, I should report anything that was not in working order, and that if I did not do so and they found something not to be working when I left, by signing the form, it would give them permission to charge my credit card.

If I had been asked to sign the form upon checking in, and if my kids were not already in their pj's, I would have cancelled my stay immediately. Plenty of well established b&b's and hotels manage not to dole out such rude forms. For all the times that you are going to get someone trashing a hotel room, it is really worth alienating the good potential return customers? Furthermore, I am sure the owner can charge a credit card for damage without having to have a further form signed. Anyway I signed the form under duress and was seething for a while afterwards.

Dinner started at 6pm and there was no children's menu, so we ate in Oban. We visited the bar, where there was a musician and singer, he was great, it was good and lively and the log fire was roaring. No problem getting served in good time.

Breakfast the next day was very high quality and tasty. Extremely delicious veggie breakfast, with some sort of mushroom and potato stew on the side. Sounds odd but it was delicious!

We had a good stay, but that form, I just don't agree with it!

Room Tip: Room 11 is 2 floors up, so no noise from the bar.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Jonnyboy316, General Manager at The Taynuilt, responded to this review, 8 November 2015
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David Lapsley
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Taynuilt Hotel & Restaurant
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Staying in Taynuilt for a week and this is my adopted local. From day 1 the bar staff have been really friendly and we joined in quiz night on Monday and couldn't have been made to felt more welcome, unless they had of had some Yorkshire questions :-)
The food is excellent, well presented, staff are attentive and could not do enough to help. I could not have felt more comfortable if I had been on my sofa at home.
Just perfect, thank you.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Jonnyboy316, General Manager at The Taynuilt, responded to this review, 8 November 2015
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David Lapsley
General Manager & Sommelier
Taynuilt Hotel & Restaurant
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Property: The Taynuilt
Address: Taynuilt PA35 1JN, Scotland (Formerly Taynuilt Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Taynuilt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Taynuilt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Taynuilt 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taynuilt is ideally situated on the ancient "road to the isles", close to Oban and the ferries to the Inner Hebrides & beyond. Taynuilt Hotel has for centuries been a staging post for travellers along this route. Nestling at the foot of Ben Cruachan, between Loch Etive & Loch Awe, in an area of outstanding natural beauty and steeped in history, Taynuilt Hotel, with modern facilities, fine hospitality & superb food is a perfect choice. ... more   less 
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