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Historical Traveler Reviews Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa Inveraray
Having recently returned from spending the Christmas Holiday period at Loch Fyne Hotel I feel I have to comment on the tremendous job all the staff did over this holiday. Their attention to detail was above and beyond what was required. They made every effort to make us comfortable and welcome, even down to making a snowman on Christmas Day The location is stunning. We shall certainly be returning.
Great place for a break
Stayed here for 4 days (three nights) between Xmas and New Year. We didn't get as much walking done as we had hoped, because the weather was pathetic. Thank goodness for the pool, sauna and jacuzzi.
We ate dinner in the hotel twice and everything was up to scratch, including - for me - a new way of serving venison. With chocolate oil. Superb.
Breakfast was good with the usual suspects included in a fried breakfast who's portion was as might be expected and which was perfectly well presented. The usual extras of cereals, fresh fruit, fruit juice, porridge and an endless supply of toast and coffee or tea means that no-one need feel short changed or leave the table hungry.
The staff were friendliness personified. Always helpful and ready with a cheery smile. It was absolutely no problem when we asked for some supplementary toiletries.
The decor isn't new - but then, where is? It does the job.
Housekeeping was very good and our room was spotless.
If they're looking to be the perfect professional (soulless) hotel, then they've missed the mark.
If they're looking to be an above average 3* hotel with leisure facilities, a good restaurant with friendly staff and to be a good place to spend a short break in the beautiful West of Scotland - then, bullseye!
Can't beat this hotel for location,views,good food and service.Room was large double with side view over gardens, spotlessly clean and well stocked welcome tray.Good choice of dinner and breakfast menus well served by efficent and friendly staff.Short walk to town centre along loch side makes this an ideal short break location. We manage to get a last minute deal which ment this was great value for money.Have since recommended to friends who returned with same glowing reports.
Superb. Everything wonderful. Rooms lovely and clean, good standard. Food superb, staff first rate. We will return
An hotel that played its part in history
The Loch Fyne Hotel at Inveraray, is very interesting. It is set in a stunning location with superb views of the loch. When entering the hotel for the first time, I was greeted with a friendly smile from a lady on reception who had very efficiently all my pre-booked details to hand.
The hotel reception area has a facinating picture in pride of place. It is a photograph of H.M. King George VI with other military officers, taken in 1940 they are standing 'smiling' outside the main entrance to the Loch Fyne Hotel. Apparently the building was the HQ for Combined Operations Training for the second world war. Other notable guests also included Mr Churchill, Gen Dwight Eisenhower, the King of Norway and Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
So then, anyone staying here, follows in good company!
The hotel has plenty of car park spaces, it is a ten minute walk away from Inveraray town centre. It is complete with the reassuring tarten carpets that can be found in so many Scottish hotels. The bedrooms are clean, modern and spacious. Food in the well-appointed dining room is very good at least it was consistent over my four day stay. The breakfasts are tasty with an excellent choice of starters. Loch Fyne kippers are also on the menu too - anyway - at least you don't need to catch them yourself .
The staff were attentive,helpful and friendly during my stay, the tip I left reflected this. The bar area is No Smoking, however, an area in the lobby is available for those who wish to smoke. Outside the hotel there are tables and chairs, ideal for a 'wee dram' and pipeful of tobacco on clement evenings. I could even hear the chap in the house next door practicing on the bagpipes, the tune, Highland Cathedral, I think.
The hotel group, it is part of, sometimes have special offers on. Some good deals can be found for certain dates in the year. It is a good base for motor-car touring the area. Mull of Kintyre, Oban and the Isle of Bute can all be easily reached. All in all my stay was enjoyable and trouble free. I would go back without any hesitation - if the price is right...of course.
Recently I celebrated my anniversary at Loch Fyne. the mini suite was fantastic, the housekeeping attention to detail was 1st class and the food and service second to none. I cannot praise this hotel enough. The management and staff went out of their way to ensure Alan & I had a great time and we would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.
Don't miss this place if you are travelling near Inveraray.
I have visited this hotel twice. Firstly when I took my mother and because we got the holiday for such a cheap price at the time - I couldn't really complain (via Easybreaks). The food was ok and the room was alright. However I returned with my husband and our room was tiny and had dampness and mould which was foul smelling. I have to be fair and advise that we were moved to 'an executive twin' room which was not what we had booked (double) but anything was better than staying in the first room. Overall the stay was ok but the so called entertainment was woeful. I was embarrassed being a Scot as the place was full of foreign visitors and a few were unhappy about the accomodation, the food and definately the guy with the guitar. I doubt I'll ever return!!!
Do not stay at this Hotel!
Contrary to their web site and brochure, this hotel has all the atmosphere of a run down Travelodge. The residents lounge is totally without atmosphere and any seating is the cheap variety previously used in their Bistro (now closed).
The bland double bedroom (allegedly 'superior') was grubby and the carpet and sofa were covered in fluff and crumbs.
The bathroom contained one postage stamp of soap and one thimble of shampoo between the two of us.
The bed was hard with sand paper sheets and no under sheet.
Dinner was comparable to a cheap Blackpool boarding house. The wine was brought to the table opened and plonked down without anybody asking if I would like to taste.
Breakfast comprised of ONE saugage, ONE rasher of bacon,ONE egg, all presented in a puddle of grease.
Believe me every angle has been looked at by the owners to cut costs, obviously to cater for the Wallace Arnold trips they handle.
The final nail in the coffin was having the water cut off in my room half way through a shower!
All of this for the pleasure of paying £160 for one night DBB.
I just cannot stress how bad this hotel is!!
Bless the staff
Staff are treated absolutely horribly! Just make sure you tip them directly, rather than the rude management. I actually saw a waitress brought to tears over something so trivial. Spoiled an otherwise perfect meal.
I have stayed at this hotel twicw and fully intend to stay there again. The views are spectacular. The food is wonderful (Prices are for full board DBB). It also has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jaccuzi. Looking over Loch Fyne while relaxing in the jaccuzi is really something. Highly recommended.