I largely agree with Tom W (below) in that it is a budget hotel in a lovely location, spoiled by being in need of a major refurb. The double room was small and basic with only one bedside table and a small stool doubling as a table on the other side. It was clean but tatty! Just one curtain was badly hung across the window (don't staff do maintenance, like replace a few curtain hooks?) giving a spartan view of the lovely loch scenery. The bed was hard and the bed cover was scorched and the window needed replacing. Trip advisor showed this hotel under Loch Lomond but it is actually on the banks on Loch Long, with Lomand a short distance away. The menu published near reception didn't appeal to us so we looked at the bar meals which looked OK but a little on the expensive side so we opted for Fish n Chips from the nearby village shop (which weren't the best and tasted a little of the scented soaps being sold in the same shop - but this is nothing to do with the hotel!), There was a good array of whiskies in the bar but the seats and sofas were not as comfortable as they looked but the beers seemed to concentrate on a selection of lagers at the expense of any decent real ale. I wasn't made aware of the fact that there was a lift (but I found it, though it wasn't labelled) and judging by other people hauling suitcases up the stairs, they too had not been aware of the lift facility. A lot of the staff seemed to be immigrant workers with a few basic problems due to language. Breakfast was OK but nothing special and service here could have been improved. We were asked if wanted more toast - and yet it never came. I can't say that enjoyed back to back Sammy Davis Jr music from a ghetto blaster throughout breakfast. There was some ambiguity on the menu about having either black pudding or haggis with the breakfast and when we enquired were told we could have both - but only the haggis arrived.
This hotel is ok for a budget night out but I'm glad we didn't choose to stay on for several nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magnificently situated at the very foot of the ‘Arrochar Alps’ on the shores of Loch Long, the Arrochar Hotel is only two miles from Loch Lomond and is ideal for a relaxing break or great to discover some of Europe’s finest scenery. A warm welcome awaits guests. Step into the former coaching inn and soak up the peace and tranquillity for which the Scottish Highlands are famous. Guests can relax with a fine malt whisky in the lounge bar, before dining in the restaurant with magnificent Loch Views The nearby harbour at Balmaha is ideal for sailing and water sports and there is a championship golf course at Loch Lomond. Walking and hiking are also popular activities in the area. ... more less
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