Station Road, Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK17 8AN, Scotland
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The Wonderful "Dreadnought"
My partner, my 3 yr old daughter and I have just returned from a marvellous 4-day all inclusive break at the "Dreadnought". The value for money exceeded all our expectations, the food was excellent with numerous choices, and the room was clean, comfortable with an abundance of clean towels throughout our stay. The staff, many of whom are very young, were courteous, very helpful and polite and cheerful. The atmosphere in the bar during the evening entertainment was wonderful and we have made many friends. The "Scottish Night" was tremendous, with dancers, an extremely talented and cheerful piper and a very accomplished accordionist. We cannot rate the Dreadnought Hotel highly enough and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable and memorable short-break. We will be returning to Callander as soon as possible and have returned home with very great memories.
We booked 3 double rooms for 3 couples on a murder mystery night in the Dreadnought Hotel. Four of us arrived to book in and as soon as we opened the hotel doors the smell that hit us nearly knocked us off our feet! (Very old folks home). After checking in we went up to our rooms in the lift. The lift could only fit 4 people and it was one of those ones where after closing the door the walls go past you as it moves. Our room was tiny (and smelly) and the bed had ancient blankets on it. The bathroom was big and only had a bathtub with no shower or attachment to wash your hair. Our friends in the room next door found that they had a small shower room however, if you were over 5ft 10" you had to put your head through a hole in the ceiling!. The carpet had cigarette and iron burns on it. When they checked the bed (again old blankets) the sheets were completely covered in human hairs! We went downstairs, complained to the manager, got a refund (the manager only asked us what was wrong AFTER refunding our money) and checked out. As we were leaving the manager asked us if the other couple (who had not arrived yet) would be checking in. A big no was the answer. We knew the hotel was only 2 star and did not expect great things but we did expect basic hygiene. A weekend for 6 totally ruined.
great hotel and staff are really friendly. Why don't people complain to the hotel instead of leaving unhappy? We did and the problem was sorted in no time at all.
Keep up the good work everyone and we'll be back again soon
Just spent an all-inclusive weekend here and it was super. Staff were excellent,food was really nice and service excellent. Room clean, only disappointment was no shower which would have been a preference. Entertainment was not too bad though not really my kind of music but most people there enjoyed it and thats what its about. Would recommend a weekend break there to anyone thinking of getting away as i really don't think you can beat it for value.
Dreadnought= Dread nothing aptly named
If you want a four day break for under £100 this is the place for you, dinner bed and breakfast, and a free bar from 8pm till 11pm. An old hotel and it shows, but the staff and food are good, would visit again.
Sorry but I've got to say as a hotel owned by the Swallow group we were very disappointed in this hotel - especially after some of the positive reviews. We stayed for a 4 day break, dinner bed & breakfast.
We didn't try the lift - has that passed health & safety inspection?? We had quite a long dreary walk to the hotel room. In the corridor near our room there was an electric socket hanging from the wall with wires exposed- it was still hanging when we left! The room itself was bigger than expected with great view of the high street - however, the furniture could do with replacing - table and chairs, chest of drawers all had seen better days - the bed itself was okay - but the top cover had a big dirty mark on it - the carpet in the room had various dirty patches. The en suite had a bath - which suited us fine - however, a few large chips in bath, the toilet didn't flush properly and the toilet brush was disgusting - I wont go into detail. On a positive note - plenty of hot water.
Moving on to the meals - food itself was okay. Obviously a bit stingy at breakfast - no food laid out - table service only so obviously wanted to limit the amount of cereal, juice per person. The hearty breakfast consisted of one piece of bacon, one sausage, one egg, one quarter piece of fried bread and one half fried tomato - hardly hearty! They seemed to have a production line going at meal times - as soon as they brought your tea/coffee and toast - you didn't even have time to spread your toast when they were brining the rest of your breakfast! Then at dinner time - no sooner had you ate your last mouthful of starter than plate was whisked away and main course brought straight out - the same scenario when finished main course - sweet straight out - okay that's maybe very efficient service to some - but to us it was like harrassment & as if they were wanting us out of the dining room as soon as possible. When people are on holiday they should be allowed to enjoy their dinner and surely at least 5 minutes between courses to let each course settle in the stomach!! Most of the waiters were foreign and didn't understand simple requests. Also we were never asked once if we wanted wine or other drinks with our meal.
The entertainment was probably okay but didn't start until 9.00 p.m. Due to the speedy lunch we were usually through in the lounge by 7.45 p.m. - and it was a long wait until entertainemnt so most nights we just didn't bother - plus lounge was freezing & in need of a bit refurbishment - not many people in there either so not much atmosphere.
Outside the hotel round the back where we could park the car - there are some horrible looking hut things - which we think is where the foreign workers were staying - not very nice at all.
Adequate at best
We stayed here May 2006. This is an old Hotel that needs to update the rooms. I liked the old charm, but not crazy about the old rooms. Very plain, basic rooms. Little to no decor, a small desk & chair, bed, bathroom with no shower, just a tub. One of the two windows opened, but would not stay open. Sat the garbage can in it to keep it open. A very small 13"? TV mounted high on the wall.
The workers there were very nice. There's a very tiny little bar there. Good location to downtown & a lil convenience store next door.
good staff, pity about the building
We booked 2 rooms for a 'romantic valentine break' for two cupples via 'Easy Breaks'. It was advertised as a two nights dinner dances & breakfast for a romantic break.
Staff at reception were very good, pity about the rooms. Room 110 when you run the water in the basin sewage comes up the shower, the wardrobe is held together with metal repair plates and there iwere chunks out of the other furnishings. To add to the ambiance there was a loose manhole cover in the road directly outside the bedroom which sounded like the bells of Notra Dame everytime a vehicle passed on this busy road. When we complained the following day we were told they knew of the sewage problem for some time. They gave us a handfull of keys for empty rooms and told to pick any one we wanted. We settled for 225 to the back and apart from the tears in the chair upholstery and the black mold growing in the damp in the cieling it was a great improvment. When we returned the other keys the manager appeared surprised we were not checking out. The food was very good, not 'Fine Dining' but very tasty and served quickly by the staff. The first night entertainment of a Jazz band was a farse, 'The Band' were unforgetable and it appeared everyone was expected to get up and sing a song. I will not criticise as I could not do any better myself, but neighter would I be so cruel as to inflict such painful sounds on others. We went out and found better free entertainment in a pub along the road and had an enjoyable evening. Evening two was very different 14 peice 'Big Band' (Frank Curran Big Band) playing 'Glen Miller' style music which sounded great, and again dinner was very good.
The Dreadnaught is a few hundred years old and has changed hand many times over the last few years and is currently up for sale. Unfortunatly it shows, the whole place requires a serious make over and I personally would not even rate the accomodation as even 1 star. The staff try very hard under very difficult circumstances which I would think will only get worse until the hotel is closed down for some very serious TLC if not demolition. All I can say is I was glad I had not taken a new girl friend to the Dreadnaught as I think It would have resulted in getting stood up on the first night. Stay at the dreadnought at your own risk.
Absolutely terrible this hotel should close now! Cold food, a guest had to light the lounge fire. Dirty crockery, dirty room. give this place a miss!!
Jack wilson, Edinburgh
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