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Dark Island Hotel
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Hotel is in a nice setting with a beach within walking distance. Room was pleasant enough, we were there for 2 nights on a coach trip. Staff were very friendly, food was just average, nothing special, the bar/lounge was comfortable. The shower didn't work properly. The old-fashioned TV on the wall wasn't in a comfortable position for watching it, only about 3 channels on the TV! But the hotel is quite nice for a short stay, the staff were very good.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank irishalice54
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

After looking at the notes and scores on here i was concernede about the hotel . But how wrong were the comments . Rooms were very clean and tidy . Food was very good and reasonably priced . The bar staff were exceptional and made the stay so good . Thanks to Yaiza and Daniel for looking after us . Cheers from kevin & phil

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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4  Thank annpolley142
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Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

Nice hotel, we liked it. Nice lounge bar, where we ate. The menu's the same if you're in the bar or restaurant. Fairly extensive menu, predominantly pub grub with some local specials there too. We loved the venison chilli. Bar staff were good. Very reasonably priced whiskey's.
As it was a Sunday and the community school next door was closed we assumed the pool was off limits, so strolled to the beach behind the hotel instead - passing beside the huge wind turbine, which is remarkably quiet. Seals were seen swimming just off shore :-)
The room was a good size, with an en suite bathroom. No decor issues but definitely not a modern hotel...chunky wooden furniture was present but that fits the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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3  Thank Stephy12WestLothian
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

After reading reviews for this hotel, and having booked it as a last resort when everywhere else was full, I wasn't looking forward to it.
However, it seems to me, everyone else who has written reviews is over dramatic or expecting some sort of boutique hotel on Uist!
We arrived at 9:45pm and everywhere had stopped selling food, so being starving we asked the reception for ideas. The lady on reception gave us directions to a local Chinese take away, recommended their specials and then let us take the food back to our rooms.
Our rooms were two of their "economy singles", one of which actually ended up being a large twin room. Although both rooms were basic, and the single was very small, they were cosy and clean and both had en suites and televisions.
The breakfasts at the hotel were lovely; the food was great and the staff were very helpful. We also ate in the hotel one evening and it was very busy and the food was good.
As well as being central to both north and south Uist, the location of this hotel was great; right on a beach and right next to a local school where you could use the pool facilities.

Overall, I would stay in the Dark Island again; if you're looking for a basic stopover, with comfy beds, en suites, helpful staff and good breakfasts, then it's or you. If you're going to the outer Hebrides with the idea of staying in a fancy upmarket room, then don't, perhaps a posh b&b is more your thing!

Room Tip: Despite the warnings of avoiding the slanted roof rooms, I was in one and it was fine!
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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5  Thank hollyjaane
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

No body on a very depressing looking reception when we arrived. Someone finally came gave us a key. When we entered the room it smelt of cigaret smoke. Went back and told it was a smoking room. The question begs why give it to no smokers? We were given keys. To 26. First impressions fine. The bathroom badley needs updating. The problems started when we went to bed. The bed was that hard and lumpy we could not sleep the pillows were that flat you might as well not have them and the noise from the water pipes upto twelve o'clock and from five forty five onwards was awful as for meals we ordered. In the bar and it came within ten minutes so not cooked to order! My chips were Luke warm and probably left over from lunch scampi okay. My husbands steak pie was fine. Breakfast I had poached eggs and tomatoes the eggs were hardly cooked and swam in water. My husband had full Scottish which was okay not the best he'd had. When we had a moan when checking out no apologies just the message would be passed on!! We wait to see.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Linda J
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