Before I start this review, let me say that overall we enjoyed our stay and would gladly return. We do, however, feel that some of the reviewers have failed to point out some of the more negative points.
Firstly, when arriving, you are confronted by the original house and to the left the “Cedar Wing”, painted in an unappealing dark brown colour. Think 60’s American Motel and the vision is about right. The hotel literature does admit it was originally built as a “Motor Inn”. While it may look dated, the view from the rooms out to the isles is still as good as ever. During our stay there were also highland cattle grazing in the field between the hotel and the foreshore. (Rock and pebble beach accessed by overgrown muddy path)
We stayed in the Cedar Wing, where the room had a dated appearance. It was however, well decorated and clean. The bathroom had been modernised in the recent past, so no complaints there. What was unforgiveable at the price charged, was the mattresses on the beds. They may not date back quite as far as when the Cedar Wing was built, but they were worn out, hollow in the middle and you could feel the springs. All in all very uncomfortable and not what you expect from a hotel of this standard.
We did have a few housekeeping issues, but these were quickly sorted out. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, although there was some forgetfulness at breakfast. “ May we have the tea we ordered 10 minutes ago......please” A special mention has to go to, I think it’s Angela, who was normally on reception. She was always very helpful with any requests you may have.
There have been mixed reports about the food, although most have loved it. Our rate included Dinner, so we had the Table d’hote menu. Most of the dishes had clearly been pre-prepared, which is not surprising given the number of guests eating in the restaurant. As “Harry” from Falkirk said in an earlier review, you had the impression the chef had not tasted some of the dishes, because they were clearly lacking in flavour and balance. The desserts, which were chosen from standard menu were generally very good. I can particularly recommend the soufflé. It has to be remembered that two AA Rosettes is not gourmet dining and overall we found the food quite acceptable.
As others have mentioned, when booking we were not warned about reserving a table for dinner and there was no note about this in the confirmation e-mail.
Hoteliers will often say “Why did you not raise these points during your stay”. The simple answer is that you do not want to spoil an otherwise enjoyable stay, by risking an aggressive response.
If you are paying full price, you may consider Loch Melfort Hotel over-priced. I see a double room is currently discounted on Laterooms for £78. That’s a bargain, but ask about the mattresses!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Loch Melfort
- Loch Melfort Hotel And Restaurant Arduaine, Scotland - Argyll And Bute