I’ve stayed at the Ardlui twice before and found it pleasant enough. It’s only small, but very clean and it’s one of those places which feels as though it’s a home from home. It has a pleasant atmosphere. For a night or two’s stay on Loch Lomond, it’s decent.
The menu isn’t particularly large, but caters perfectly for my own tastes and the portion sizes are reasonable. If you’re drinking there avoid the whisky, though. You’ll know what I mean when you see the price. I’ve even been in four star hotels where it’s been little more than half the price the Ardlui charge. Luckily, the rest of the alcohol is reasonably priced though.
I can’t believe they still have mortice locks on the room doors...! I hate these antiquated things! No joke, I was on my knees in the corridor trying to carefully thread the key in the lock and then having to repeat the process once I got into the room!
My only real complaint about the place is the size of the rooms. I’ve been in four different rooms as I’ve always gone with family (I’ve personally had the same room twice!) and found all of them to be generally very small and the dark wallpaper on some of the walls doesn’t help them either. The bathrooms are generally okay size-wise but most I’ve seen do seem to be dated and now in need of a change. On the positive side, I have no complaints about the cleanliness in the rooms or bathrooms. The beds are comfortable and the pillows are just the way I like them. Once the non-residents pub closes downstairs, it goes quiet and the A82 is surprisingly quiet in the middle of the night too.
The decor in the public areas are looking their age though. Whilst clean enough, it could do with a minor makeover, especially in the Breakfast room.
I’ll happily stay there again sometime in the future, but the prices are starting to get a little steep for what you get.
The best thing about the Ardlui are the log cabins on the Marina. They are absolutely superb with stunning views and include a sauna! Again, the prices are becoming eyewatering for them though, even out of peak season. We would have certainly stayed in them again by now if it wasn't for the price.
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