More about Macdonald Loch Rannoch Hotel
Great hotel for peace & quite and exploring lakes
Great rooms and well equiped. Toilet locks are a bit unusual as it is possible to accidently set the lock and close the door behind you thus locking yourself out- as we found to our cost at 5:30am one morning!.
Restaraunt ok but not as high a standard as i was led to expect and we did find the service very slow- 4 waiters for 6 tables and we still seemed to be waiting an age between courses- 20mins from ordering coffee to getting to the table seems unusually long.
Check in and out was very efficient and staff were friendly. Not a lot to do in the evening- even for the more adventorous who fancy an evening stroll along the B road in either way , occassionaly pausing to let the traffic pass as there is no causeway or path.
I'm not sure whether previous reviewers stayed at the same hotel as us. Certainly I would not say that my standards are outrageously high - this after all is a 3* hotel in a relatively remote part of Scotland. World class service and decor was therefore never to be expected. But this is a chain hotel and MacDonald hotels (I have stayed in several others) are generally of a reasonable standard. Whether you find our review helpful will depend on what you are looking for in a hotel and your expectations!!
The location is beautiful and the area very calm and peaceful. Although the hotel is set right on the road (the road is between it and the loch) it is not busy (it really is the road to nowhere - well to Rannoch Station at least). The hotel is part of a complex of holiday apartments and studios. Whoever agreed to the designs of the complex should be reprimanded - it is awful. The hotel itself is inoffensive but some of the other buildings around it look like something out of the Soviet era. On closer inspection the hotel itself and the leisure complex (pool/gym) are both a little tired looking. Perhaps in the early/mid 90s this was a good class of resort but it looks like it has been neglected for a few years and could do with a lick of paint and tidying up.
We booked an Executive Double room. Rather disapponting as the room was pretty basic - like a Travelodge but maybe a little more cheery. We had one window which, if you went right up to it could see the loch. But our view was dominated by the road, the car park below and some skips and storage for the building work going on next door. That said, we were in what looked to be a newer wing of the hotel - the older wing looked a bit tired and shabby (doors bashed, paintwork peeling, carpet worn away). Our bathroom door wouldn't stay shut - even when locked! The bathroom itself was fine though and looked like it was quite new - although like so many things wasn't finished particularly well (uneven grouting, loose door handle, bare wires trailing from the towel rail to the wall!). All in all I'd say the room was not worth the £90 per night we paid (and that was already a discounted rate!).
food was okay although again overpriced and nothing special. Breakfast was adequate and of a higher standard than other 3* hotels we have stayed in. We had one evening meal in the restaurant and one in the bar. We had no alternative - there was nowhere else to eat in the village while we were there (the other hotel - Dunalastair - was not accepting dinner bookings & the other options were unavailable!). The restaurant was in our view a complete rip off (and we live in London). £23 for 2 courses, £27 for 3 PLUS wine and if you are not specific when you order that you are happy with a jug of iced tap water you will pay for mineral water as well! To highlight what a rip of it was - for £23 I had soup (with a miniscule piece of bread) followed by chicken breast stuffed with black pudding. It was ok but nothing special. There were far too many waiting staff on duty - hovering around waiting for things to do and clearly with set tasks - eg. we waited about 20 mins to order desert as it appeared only one girl could take desert orders. The second night we ate in the bar which although smoky and not tremendously great surroundings was much more reasonably priced!
It was nice to have a pool and at 15m it was long enough to swim properly in. The sauna and steam room were also ok. It was too hot during our stay to use the gym - no air con in there! What let the leisure centre down were the tired grubby changing rooms - broken tiles, hair in the shower, grubby floor. More like a council run sports centre than 3* hotel!
Anyway all in all I would not recommend. If you want to come to this area, stay in a B&B and save your money for a hotel elsewhere. The hotel is very popular with families and older couples and i think targets itself to that audience.
Great Hotel for Relaxation
This is a beautiful hotel, lovely food both breakfast and dinner. Staff are extremely pleasant and helpful. The setting overlooking Loch Rannoch is outstanding. Very quiet and peaceful. Somewhere to go for relaxation.
Very quiet in the evenings, and drink is very expensive.
This hotel is based at loch rannoch, 15 miles out of pitlochry, but well worth the drive. Nearby attractions include Blair castle, killiecrankie and the house of Bruar. The hotel is only worth staying in if you've booked an executive view double overlooking the gorgeous loch. Onsite you have the pool facilities, gym , jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The food is above average but be warned the portions are small, so take a few snacks just incase, theres no shops for 15miles. Lovely hotel and far better than its neighbour the dunalistair which ive also stayed in, you have been told. Get there TODAY.
They should try harder
I really really want to like this hotel - but they don't make it easy. The location is good, and the view of Loch Rannoch is beautiful (although this would not be a good hotel to use as a base for sight seeing, as there is a long drive to get anywhere other than the loch).
I have stayed here on several occasions with two small children - and the pool facility is useful, although it needs some serious upgrading (the showers at the pool, in particular, are fairly disgusting).
The rooms which we have had have varied from acceptable to good (ditto the bathrooms). Breakfast is good. Dinner is not so good - they try to sell it as a fine dining experience, but the inexperienced and often inept staff mean that this doesn't really come off. The food is mediocre, and over priced.
Having said all of that, we do keep going back - largely for the view and the pool, and because there is really not much competition in this area.
If they improved the quality of (i) the service, (ii) dinner and (iii) the showers at the pool - this could be a really good hotel.
Great location if you like the outdoors, shame about the food
Booked a last minute room over the net. At the discounted price i reckon it was very good value for money. Its a big hotel - it was nearly empty when we got there. Very clean room with loch view, friendly staff (many from E Europe) and a smashing spot for a bit of hill walking.
all in all a good choice - only disappointment was food. there is not much of an alternative in the area but both the bar food and breakfast was not great (given the hotels rating and position in the market). Would avoid the restaurant on this experience.
rip off at macdonalds hotel
Never actually stayed at the hotel, but i have timeshare accommadation next to it. Went in for a drink, 1 pint of lager 1 Bacardi and tin of coke £9.80.
Just had the one drink for obivous reasons. Better off in the Stables bar behind Dunalister Hotel.For food try the Post Taste carry outs until 2000.
Food was good. I was staying on a DB&B basis. There wasn't many veggie options but it was good value for money.
The room was clean and a good size, although there isn't a hairdryer so take your own.
The drinks from the bar are quite expensive.
The pool is nice but it was full of kids when we where there.
Overall would recommend but only if getting it on a special deal.
You must visit the edradour distillery, a great experience.
Spent a couple of nights at this hotel in April 06- there is nothing wrong with it as such, just nothing to get excited about either!
We paid £150 per night for executive room (ie room with loch view) which included dinner and breakfast- which I suppose is not too bad value as the food is good. However you are really ripped off by drink prices in the grubby bar- nearly £10 for 2 drinks.
Good points- nice staff, great location, clean bedrooms, good food
Bad points-run down in places-in need of a face lift, especially pool/sauna etc which is grubby
If back in this area, would probably look elsewhere for alternative accommodation.
Loved the hotel and staff
My husband and I stayed at the hotel over two nights,we can not
speak highly enough of the staff,the food and the hotel was
super.We will be back!!!!!