We stayed at the Hotel for two nights. It may have just been one of those times when the planets line up to provide you the worst of times. It is true the view from the hotel is good, but being Scottish we know there are far more dramatic views around with hotels in better places. The wine list is good, slightly overpriced, but most establishments can provide a good wine list. The food is fine although the dishes can be hit and miss, excellent lobster followed by mediocre soup. You would expect such an establishment to get a soft boiled egg right.......nope !
Although secluded the hotel is obviously on local minibus lists when rather than a quiet contemplation of the view you are essentially joined by a range of people visiting for an afternoon coffee or pint or bottle of wine complete with frisbies and noise.
I suggest the food waste should be emptied more often. On arrival we parked on the wrong side of the hotel only to be greeted by a fishy pong from the bins. Not welcoming. Still there when we left.
It was pretty difficult to determine who was in charge. The staff work on two levels. They are attentive to the guests, but as soon as they get back to the confines of the bar and kitchen the volume gets up and the conversation erupts noisily. Not relaxing.
The staff party in the close staff quarters on the second night was probably the low point. Went on past 2.30 am. Probably typifies the view that the guests are not really that important. I eventually got up at 2.30 to ask to be allowed to get some sleep, to be met in the courtyard by someone who should have known better, essentially pissed, saying that they had just been across to ask them to quieten down. Oh yeah ! Definitely not cool.
Broken loo seats, leaking shower doors, no wifi, no one in charge, lack of resident space, we could go on.......
When you spend close on £1000 pounds for two nights for a not very good product it makes you stand back and think what an idiot and in the background you know that the owners may be having a wee snicker at you also.
Much much better places to go in Scotland, so,we will.
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- Also Known As:
- Monachyle Mhor Hotel Lochearnhead
- Monachyle Mhor Callander
- Monachyle Mhor Balquhidder, Scotland