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Cairnbaan Hotel

Lock 5, approx halfway along Crinan Canal, Cairnbaan PA31 8SJ Scotland
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If you’re looking for a quiet hotel in Cairnbaan, look no further than Cairnbaan Hotel.

Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, and Cairnbaan Hotel makes getting online easy as free wifi is available.

You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the hotel, including room service. In addition, guests can enjoy free breakfast during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

If you’re looking for a pub, consider a visit to Dining at Cairnbaan Hotel, which is not far from Cairnbaan Hotel.

The staff at Cairnbaan Hotel looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
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alasdair wrote a review 14 Oct
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
Don’t the let the tired exterior detract you from a visit. Menu is extensive and of high quality - salads, burgers, curry all excellent. Good kids menu. Good selection of beers. Catered for a family lunch of 7. Good COVID protocols in place. Friendly and professional staff.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Stephanie058 wrote a review Sep 2021
South East London451 contributions205 helpful votes
We have been staying here for over twenty years. This recent one will be our last. Having watched the hotel start out as a comfortable, stylish boutique type hotel, it has become more and more neglected over time and it has had its last chance with us. On arrival at a usual check in time for guests we had to search for someone to help us. The guy behind the bar, who we assume was the manager, then reluctantly came out to give us the key to our room. We felt as if we had disturbed him and there were no pleasant welcomes. Our room was tatty and tired, and the hot water tap didn't work properly letting out only a dribble and the top coming off if you turned it too far. There were no tea or coffee making facilities and we we were told this was because of covid restrictions - it didn't seem to be problem in any other of the other hotels we stayed in. They simply required us to wash out our own cups. The mattresses on the beds were rock hard. At breakfast the first morning there was no porridge, no muesli, and no fresh fruit; a far fling from the breakfasts which were once served here. The food at dinner was probably the most satisfactory part except that the young staff, who did their best to serve efficiently were run off their feet, and not supervised properly. There were also very few, if any, healthy options on the menu. Sadly we will need to find somewhere else next year for our annual visit and reunion in Achnamara. It is just is not worth the money.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Andy wrote a review Sep 2021
Glasgow, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Initial impression’s last!! I walked through the front door”NAME PLEASE” from the Gent behind reception who blurted his line out without even looking up! Here we go? (I thought)!! “ WHEN DO YOU WANT TO EAT?” Eating out wasn’t an option it seems? I had to eat in the hotel according to this guy!! There was no” will you be dining with us this evening Sir?? “ A quick look around on my way to my room I thought it’s a bit old fashioned but for one night it’ll do. On opening the room door I was greeted with the smell of dampness the room whilst a bit tatty looked clean but there was no escaping the damp smell!! Backed up with the small dehumidifier on the window sill! Dinner time! I entered the bar and was told by the reception/bar man sit there please I was then brought a menu and served a drink by a nervous looking waiter. I was then forgotten about for half an hour. Yes I could have grabbed their attention however I wanted to see just how long it would take. The saving grace and the reason for the second star was the food was delicious so my compliments to the Chef. However, this hotel needs a substantial makeover starting with the rooms. The staff need Customer service training. I get the hotel business has had a tough time with Covid-19 however courtesy costs nothing. I suspect though that a refurb may cost thousands though. As I said at the start First Impressions last and if I had been treated like a valued customer from the get-go I may have looked passed the other stuff? I can’t see me returning to this hotel anytime soon👎
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Food was good
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SJB2430 wrote a review Sep 2021
Howden, United Kingdom22 contributions23 helpful votes
This hotel has to be one of the worst I have had the misfortune to stay at. Cold and unwelcoming with a very tired and dated interior. The room was shocking with holes in the wall, a smell of damp and a very uncomfortable bed. With a velux roof window and a side window with a view over a roof only added to the dowdiness. Breakfast was tasteless but plentiful although the service was unattentive. Whilst I note many great reviews for this hotel I can only surmise some people are easily pleased. The 3 stars it has are extremely generous but perhaps on its next review this will be amended. On checkout again unwelcoming we weren’t asked if we enjoyed our stay and perhaps this is a policy to avoid criticisms? Thankfully we only had to endure its austerity for 2 nights and would certainly look elsewhere if we ever go back to this area.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
DarrenP73 wrote a review Sep 2021
Yorkshire, United Kingdom82 contributions38 helpful votes
We checked out this morning after a two night stay and quite literally the biggest dump I’ve ever stayed in for two nights, on check in we even checked ALL hotels & B&Bs around and the entire town was full for miles as we were going to pay and check out and find another hotel for two nights as it was so disgustingly bad! It wasn’t just our bedroom that was tired looking and looked like a youth hostel, the entire hotel was rancid, all public areas were tired looking and very dated! We were in bedroom number 10 and walking up the staircase to the bedroom it’s the worst damp smell I’ve ever smelt. In the bedroom at the window was the biggest smashed in hole where someone had obviously punched the wall and it hadn’t even been rectified for the guests checking in, the bedroom chairs were very dirty and smelt awful, I put a suitcase on them and never even sat on them. Stay away and find another hotel to stay in, this really is the pits! The staff were very lacking in any customer facing rolls and didn’t seem to care in their roles either. On the plus side the breakfast was very good that I had. Please see the video and photos (they don’t lie)
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Find another hotel to stay in
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US$122 - US$131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cairnbaan Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Cairnbaan Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Kilmartin Glen (7.0 km), Kilmartin Museum (8.0 km), and Crinan Canal (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cairnbaan Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Cairnbaan Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Cairnbaan Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cairnbaan Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Smiddy Bistro, Kilmartin Museum Cafe, and Rumblin Tum.
Is Cairnbaan Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Cairnbaan.
Are pets allowed at Cairnbaan Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Cairnbaan Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Dunadd Fort (7.1 km), Nether Largie South Cairn (7.0 km), and Achnabreck Cup and Ring Marks (2.6 km).
Is Cairnbaan Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.