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Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Arduaine B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 March 2014

We spent a short break at this hotel and found it most enjoyable, very friendly staff with beautiful surroundings and the meals were very good and a great variety,
An ideal starting place if you wish to tour this area

Room Tip: Upper rooms have access via a stairway, but great views.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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GlasgowHugh, Owner at Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2014

Thanks for your review and we are glad you enjoyed a break away here. There are plenty of interesting things to do locally so we hope you make the trip back again sometime soon.
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

We recently stopped here for a meal. What a great venue.

Really enjoyed the location, food and service.

I think this will be a regular haunt on our 2 or 3 visits to the area a year.

A hidden gem whether you're looking to eat or sleep.

Highly Recommended!!!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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GlasgowHugh, Owner at Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2014

Many thanks for your review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your meal. We do hope you will come back and see us again soon and enjoy a stay here next time!
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We booked a last minute stay for a Saturday evening in the Cedar wing of the hotel. We were limited to the choice of room as we had our dog accompanying us.. To the cost of an additional £8.50. The room was functional but somewhat basic and the two single beds that had been joined together were far from comfortable. Other reviews of this hotel comment on the lack of hot water however this was not our experience.. in fact the valve on the shower was not functioning correctly and the water was so hot It was impossible to stand under the shower for fear of scalding! The complimentary home made shortbread was either half baked or had been lying around the room for sometime! A gourmet tasting menu night was running in the hotel the evening of our stay and our only dining option was therefore the Chartroom II bistro. The pizza oven wasn't functioning and therefore menu choices were very limited and a little overpriced for what was on offer and it was clear "standard" guests were not a priority. Post dinner drinks in the lounge were pleasant until those guests from the gourmet night were ushered in to take their post dinner coffee and mints and there was a vibe that the non-gourmet guests should do the decent thing and "move along".
Staff in the bistro were very helpful and reception staff welcoming. Although they showed us to our room they didn't not explain the location and layout of the facilities in the hotel.
Paucity was the name of the game when it came to breakfast portions with only one rasher of bacon, one sausage, one mushroom and one tomato with a choice of egg being offered as the "full cooked breakfast" option accompanied by only one slice of toast each and no offer of more.
The hotel is situated in a stunning location with great views over Loch Melfort and could offer a fabulous stay if a few simple hospitality basics are followed!
On returning home we noticed a significantly cheaper online deal was available so potential guests should check other websites first before booking directly with the hotel.

Room Tip: Choose main building rooms over the cedar wing
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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GlasgowHugh, Owner at Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2014

Thank you for posting a review and we are sorry that your stay was not as perfect as is should have been. We will take your comments on board and use to help with our staff training.We do not normally allow any other guests to stay during a gourmet night and it is clear from your comments that this is a policy we should continue with in future.

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Booked this last minute after reading some nice reviews, 2 nights stay B & B and we ate their restaurant both nights. The surroundings were stunning, views from room and lounge area excellant, very nice for relaxing. Had walk round the gardens and enjoyed the lovely viewpoint. Hotel staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, in particular when I left some belongings including my bank card the hotel got them returned to me at home promptly, which was greatly appreciated. The atmosphere in the restaurant was relaxed but elegant and the quality of the food was first class, as was the service received from James 1 and James 2. Next time we will try staying in the Cedar Wing which looked lovely.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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GlasgowHugh, Owner at Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2014

Many thanks for posting a lovely review amd we are so glad you had a special anniversary weekend. We look forward to welcoming you back here again soon.
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Reviewed 11 March 2014 via mobile

I was given a groupon voucher to visit the Loch Melfort hotel. My girlfriend and I stayed for 2 nights over the second weekend in March.

When being shown to the room, the views from the private balcony were breathtakingly beautiful and we had our own private field of highland cows 20 yards from the window. The room was very comfortable and had all the basic requirements. The shower, however, never seemed to get any hot water. The signs in the bathroom ask you to run the water for 2 minutes but even after 10 there was none to be seen.

We booked in to the restaurant for dinner the first night and were asked to sit in the lounge for a drink first and to order. The drinks were extremely overpriced with a single jack daniels costing over £6! The food was also at the higher end of the price scale, my steak costing £30! I also had the pheasant starter which was one of the most dissapointing dishes I have ever been presented with in a restaurant. For the high high price, I was presented with 6 pieces of very dry, very small crumbs of meat, one tenth of a carrot, one tenth of an onion and a pint of veg stock. I understand the restaurant is AA red rosette but as someone who has worked the red rossette restaurants before, it was very overpriced for the quality. Needless to say we went In to Oban the next day and had dinner in town which was a third of the price and more satisfying!

The service was ok from staff, however during dinner we sat for over 10 minutes with our plates in front of us empty. When there were no more than 8 tables In I found this strange as the dining room staff opted to tidy and set empty tables instead of providing service to the customers present. We ended up getting up walking out without as much as a "how was your meal" or a "thank you".

In summary, we enjoyed the hotel within the room but when it came down to other parts of the hotel it didnt cater to what we would have expected ie a reasonably priced, filling, satisfying dinner and a comfortable welcoming bar area to relax in. Had the rooms been part of a hotel with a more affordable, laid back atmosphere then we would return but in future we will be going somewhere we feel more comfortable and less pressured to act 'posher' and higher class than whats natural.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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GlasgowHugh, Owner at Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2014

Many thanks for writing a review and I am sorry that you felt your stay on this occassion did not meet our normally excellent levels of service and satisfaction.
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Stayed on a last minute two night trip and after a scenic and fun journey from Ayrshire arrived at the hotel. As previous reviews the motel style building doesn't look great from the back on arrival. We were a little early for our check-in but we decided to nip in to the hotel for a look and were warmly welcomed and checked in and shown to our room in the Cedar Wing (the motel style building). On entering the room on the ground floor the first thing that strikes you is the amazing view out of the patio doors on to the water and the 3 Highland Cows grazing in their field.The room was clean and a good size with two chairs at the patio doors so that you can sit and stare at the view . The bathroom was clean and the level access shower had plenty of room and was modern. There is a small tv in the room with 10 channels.

We booked dinner on the first night and we were told to be in the lounge half an hour before dinner. The lounge was like a big living room with a lovely wooden fireplace. A polite and friendly young guy presented us with a menu and took our drink order to start our evening. The menu had an a la carte and bistro options. The a la carte menu was quite expensive with most main courses around about £25 we opted for a couple of options from the Bistro menu which were around the £10 mark so very reasonable. We were invited to the dining room just as our starter was ready. The dining room is simple and clean with big glass windows that look on to the water. The food was excellent. The only slight issue with dinner was how quiet the dining room was and the music could have been slighter louder just to ensure you didn't feel that you were listening to everyone's conversation.There was only about 4/5 tables at dinner so perhaps when it is busier the general conversation noise would be enough. But this is only a small gripe and didn't deter from a lovely evening. The other plus side from dinner was how reasonably priced drinks were. A real plus that we didn't discover till checking out an paying the bill.

We had a great nights sleep in a large bed which was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. We put the extra heater on in our room on the first night which was stored in the cupboard and provided a nice bit of extra heat on a wild and windy night. The next morning we had breakfast which was a simple continental with cereal fruit and croissants, We ordered some cooked breakfast and this was freshly made and tasty. The only slight down to breakfast that we entered the dining room just after 8am and nobody was about to serve and no bowls were available for Cereal. Just a very minor oversight as nobody had noticed us arrive for breakfast. After breakfast we had a nice walk down to the water. Luckily we had our wellies as the weather had been very wet and the path was very muddy.

After a good day visiting Oban and the Sea Life sanctuary we came back to the hotel and the room was well made up again and fresh toiletries and towels had been provided. After another good sleep we had another nice breakfast. After spending a couple of hours enjoying the view from the room we left this lovely hotel.

Overall a very relaxing and peaceful stay, only one note to be aware of is the water is from a private supply so was slightly brown in colour but tasted great.

Room Tip: All rooms in Cedar Wing face the Water.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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GlasgowHugh, Owner at Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2014

Many thanks for your very comprehensive review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back here again soon.

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We recently stayed on a Itison deal, DB&B. We bought the deal as it said you can take your dog, which we did. We were staying in the motel like accomodation part of the hotel, called the Cedar Wing, which was a good sized room with patio doors that opened out facing towards a beautiful view (as well as some Highland cattle!). Room had the usual tea & coffee making facilities, tv with 8 channels and bathroom wih shower. The hotel provided extra towels for the dog and some dog biscuits and charge an extra £8.50 for the extra cleaning involved after you leave which is fair enough. The main part of the hotel is very nice, lovely sitting room with real fire and dining room with gorgeous views. The staff serving were all mostly fairly youngish and were helpful, friendly and well mannered. We had our meal from the Winter Bistro menu and it was really enjoyeable, well cooked. I have taken a star off as the room was cold even with the extra heater that was in the room on, the bathroom in particular was cold during the night! Having stayed in other hotels that allow dogs into the bar area is a definite plus for us, but unfortunately not allowed at this hotel and the rule about putting them in the car when you are in the main part of the hotel and not being allowed to leave them in the room when you go for dinner in the hotel is reason enough for us not to go back I'm afraid. We weren't informed about this proviso when booking and wouldn't have booked had we known, but that's our own bug bear and no doubt other people won't see this as a problem. But, all in, thanks to the staff for a nice stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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GlasgowHugh, Owner at Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2014

Many thanks for your lovely review and it is a shame that you either did not read on our website or were not informed correctly about where dogs can and can't go. All dogs are welcome in bedrooms but not in public areas. We have had too many issues with other guests not liking dogs or having allergies to allow total access unfortunately.

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Address: Arduaine, Arduaine PA34 4XG, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Arduaine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Arduaine
Price Range: £82 - £157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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The finest location on the West coast of Scotland awaits visitors to experience this hotel and it's award-winning restaurant, the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or short break at any time of the year... as long as you can put up with the amazing views, the fantastic food, the log fire in the lounge and the selection of malt whiskys! ... more   less 
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