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The Thistle Inn
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

I was concerned before staying at the Thistle because of the other reviews however i found the place to be clean, the room adequately sized and everything worked fine. It is a basic B&B and should be reviewed as such. Overall i had a good nights sleep and found the staff extremely helpful and accomodating. Would definately recommend to anyone looking for a simple overnight stay in the area.

Room Tip: A colleague mentioned the single/twin chalet is poor so ask for a double.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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Thank PurpleRonnieD
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Reviewed 29 October 2012 via mobile

My partner and i booked here last minute+wished we had checked the reviews first! The room was small+reeked of smoke,bed was hard with one flat pillow each.bathroom was the tiniest i have ever seen!towels were tiny to match.tv was also tiny+my partner had to jiggle the aerial wire to get even basic channels.place was really noisy.breakfast room was dingy+cold+breakfast nothing special.the only good thing about the stay was the gorgeous weather which enabled us to stay out of the 'chalet'!will never go back.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank maukatt
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Stayed one night which was more than enough, the only good thing I can say is that the room was clean. Other than that the place is terrible the room had way to much furniture in it . In the morning we were told to make our own toast but only after the lady had been to the shop to get some bread , no maramlade or jam available , she told us that if we wanted tea or coffee we were to make that yourselves also and in the corner of the breakfast room /bar was a jar of coffee a box of tea bag and a earn of hot water, cook breakfast was no better tasteless and no even cooked properly . No matter what we will never be staying again would sleep in the car before going here again .

Room Tip: There isn't a good one
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank littlebear63
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

We stayed here August. Looked at some reviews before we set off and must admit got a little concerned...we shouldn't have. When we arrived we where met by Sandra who showed us our room. Rooms where basic but spotlessly clean. We where there as two couples and booked last minute cheapy so to be honest we weren't expecting much, we could have booked other hotels but all for a lot more money. We visited close by Port Patrick which was a gorgeous place then returned to be met again by Sandra, who was doing her ironing in the bar...but who cares?, just shows that she worked like a wee trojan. Serving us a drink she made recommendations of where to go for a drink and somewhere to eat in Stranraer. Everyone was really friendly. We returned to The Thistle Inn around 10pm where a Karaoke was in full swing, great atmosphere. Sandra, (although not working at this point) still came to talk to us and even bought us a drink! We have never experienced this hospitality from any other "short break hotels" we have stayed at. If we ever drive to this area of the country again I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Sharon A
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Where do I begin ?

It was hardly the “ Welcome Inn “ On arrival even though the owner watched us parking along side the chalets she never spoke to see if we were booked in, and we had to go chasing after her to check in. We were given a room and then once we took our 15 year old border collie out of the car we were told that they did not accept dogs even though the web site advertised the Thistle as “ Pet Friendly “. On saying that the advert clearly states pet friendly we were told that the web site should have been updated as they did not now take pets. We were then told to move to another room with a green carpet where any dog hairs apparently did not show up so much and thus required less hoovering, if we wanted to stay. My wife told the owner that if it was a problem we would move on but we were told that on this occasion it was not a problem and she would get the web site altered for future bookings. We then went into the public bar of the Thistle which seemed to double up as the laundry / ironing room and were served by a barmaid who said that she had worked there for one year yet when I asked for a pint of draught keg beer she had to be coached from the only customer in the pub as to how to pour a pint pf beer. Next minute, in walked a family of five with a dog who had just travelled for five hours to stay there that evening. The mother of the family was carrying a young baby and was distraught to be told that they new nothing of the booking and they did not accept dogs, even though the mother had personally spoken to the owner informing her of the fact that she had a dog and that she did not require a travel-cot as she had her own. Time for a sharp exit we thought. We went off in search of food and returned to our chalet room later that night only to be kept awake all night with people arriving and leaving at all small hours of the morning. The poor woman next door had been sick and she did not no whether it was the drink she had in the Thistle’s bar or the Chinese after that had upset her but with paper thin walls between us we were left listening to her being violently sick. Any movement she made in her chalet or for that matter any movement any person in any of the chalets made seemed to vibrate right through to all of the chalets. People just walking to the toilet two doors away could be clearly heard. Once we got up for our breakfast we found that most of the guests had gone to catch early morning ferries and this had been the reason for cars leaving throughout the night. We were served breakfast in what was the disused lounge bar by a very pleasant lady. It was a kind of help yourself affair, there’s the toaster, there’s the jar of coffee, and we were presented with a good looking cooked breakfast. One criticism was the thin pink lint sausages seemed to be meat free and even the dog ( who was hiding in the car by this time ) turned his nose up at them.
Well some you win some you loose.
Q. If The Thistle Hotel ever decided to become pet friendly again would we return ?
A. Not in a hundred years.
Q. Do we ever wish we had done an about turn on arrival ?
A. You Bet we did.
We won’t be back.

Room Tip: Try a more friendly hostelry in Stranraer, on the sea front at The Marine Hotel were very accomodating
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Retired_early_27
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