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Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Just home from a fantastic weekend away with a group of friends who regularly meet up at different hotels in Scotland - we all agreed we'd return here in a heartbeat.

I don't believe we were in a renovated section of the hotel [?]. Our rooms were classic style, comfortable and generously spacious, well equipped with all the standard amenities, nothing remarkable, though fresh milk available for in room teas and coffees was much appreciated. We slept late both mornings, which we blamed on the absence of noise from other rooms / housekeeping - which generally provides your morning alarm in hotels.

Nice spa across the carpark. Lovely and warm, with a spacious pool, sauna, and turkish, and a temperamental cosy wee jacuzzi. Hotel apparently full yet so much to do here we pretty much had this to ourselves.

We ate in both the Rafters bar and the main restaurant. Yes the bar is ready for its refurb, its verging on wellworn holiday park clubhouse - but fingers crossed it retains its lovely convivial atmosphere. Food here was fine [several dishes wee bit heavy on the oil] - service was excellent. On the second night we ate in the main restaurant. Between us we ate our way through the menu and everything got a thumbs up. The deserts were exceptional and our apologies, chef, for sending so many back half eaten - they were delicious but it just didn't seem the thang to request doggy bags here!

Wine was good and reasonably priced - other bar prices OUCH!

The two standout aspects of this place are the setting, which is just jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Lingering over coffees in the breakfast room we oggled over the picture perfect Christmas card - a frosted panorama glistening in the winter sun with a wispy mist winding ooer the loch, and upwards beyond to a majestic snow capped Ben Lomond. So good I came over all poetic. I'm guessing its equally gorgeous in each season's distinctive dressing]

... and the staff - attentive, warm, extremely accommodating and with great banter - all made for great hospitality here.

Room Tip: Make a point of requesting a loch view. Triple rooms are generous but at the back & no gown or slippers for the tripplers
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2013

Dear guest

Thank you for taking the time to post such a wonderful review following your recent stay with us here at Forest Hills. I have apssed on your lovely comments about the staff to them and David our chef was very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food in both our restaurants.
The redecoration of both the bistro and the hotel restaurant is now complete and has been enjoyed over this festive period by many of our guests.
Kind regards
Morag

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Really nice Hotel. Staff really friendly. Our room is enormous, never had a hotel room so big. Lovely and clean, double aspect, super king bed
, very quiet and usual Macdonalds bathroom but there's nothing wrong with that. The meal we had last night was one of the best I've had, perfect. Best of all the water temp at the pool was not Baltic as some pools are. One complaint! The road from Aberfoyle to Hotel badly needs some attention, pot holes were atrocious and road surface very bad.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2013

Dear Guest
Many thanks for your positive comments . We have always had a passionate approach to hospitality and so it is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Forest Hills. I have passed on your kind remarks to all of the staff and we are happy to have been of service to you.
We are hopeful after speaking to the local council that some of the road will be repaired in Spring 2014!
Kind regards
Morag

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Had a lovely night here,staff very friendly and service very good.Very nice clean room and food was fantastic.Unfortunatley left my kindle behind but it was returned to me asap so thank you very much,would definatley stay again...

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2013

Dear Guest
Thank you for your wonderful review of the hotel after your recent visit. Providing high levels of service along with delicious meals is our primary aim. I am also pleased that we managed to locate your Kindle and that it was safely returned to you!
Kind rgerads
Morag

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Our daughter organised a late booking for us at Macdonalds Forest Hills Hotel to allow us a bit of time to ourselves and I'm glad we chose here over the other options available.
It's only 75 minutes drive from home, however once you arrive on the shores of Loch Ard, you realise just how secluded and remote the place is.
If you need to have your mobile working as a security blanket for contact with the outside world, then forget it. There was no reception for neither our mobiles (very happy about that) however the staff did inform us that O2 coverage is possibly if a bit sporadic. Free WiFi is however available for those needing the contact with outside civilisation.
The warm welcome was evident from walking through the front door. The reception staff handed our room key after welcoming us and outlining the services available from the dining options, the health club services and activities in the local area.
The food was exceptional and served by waiting staff who ensured you were treated as a valued guest. Nothing was too much of a bother for them to deal with.
Our room was a 'Classic` and I believe they are due for refurbishment in the future. The room was clean, of a good size, adequately heated and had a view of the loch.
The health club was a welcome attraction due to the weather, with the good sized pool with a nice sauna and steamroom well used after a good walk for a couple of hours in drizzle.
The bar prices in the Rafters Bar above the health club were a bit steep for that type of place, however the captive audience means its a take it or leave it option.
It was a chill-out weekend we were looking for and we certainly got what we wanted. If you want to drop out of the madness of life for a day or two, then I can recommend you will get the peace and quiet you want here.
Will certainly return here again, a bit of sun and warm weather would be nice, however its not necessary.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2013

Dear Guest

Thank you for posting such a positive review following your visit to Forest Hills. The hotel does indeed offer the opportunity to get away from it all, you feel a million miles from home yet it is easily accesible from anywhere in central Scotland.
I have also passed your kind comments onto the team who were happy to have been of service to you.
Kind regards
Morag

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Had a very pleasant stay here. Nice room with balcony and great views over the loch. Staff were very attentive and service a breakfast and dinner was prompt and efficient, food was a good standard too.

Some public areas need a little refurb but overall it is a comfortable base for a break. Good leisure facilities with decent sized swimming pool.

Would certainly come back again.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2013

Dear Guest
Many thanks for the positive comments that you have given our hotel and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. I have passed on your kind remarks to all of the staff and we are happy to have been of service to you. I am also pleased to report that both the lounges and Garden restaurant have been fully refurbihjed and look lovely, hopefully you will visit again to see these improvements.
Kind regards
Morag

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