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The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro

Bridge of Awe A85 Near Taynuilt, Oban, Taynuilt PA35 1HT Scotland
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We have now fully refurbished and added extensive facilities for Weddings making the Hotel a wonderful destination venue. Having been closed for 10 months for Major renovations we re-opened end October 2016 with what could be described now as one of the nicest Hotels in North Argyll. Free WiFi is excellent throughout the Hotel and each bedroom has a 43 inch wall mounted TV for comfortable viewing from bed. The warm, welcome, friendly hospitality continues from the owners and friendly local staff team in this family owned and operated country Hotel & Bistro. The tranquil rural setting is in seven and a half acres of landscaped gardens in the shadows of Ben Cruachan at the mouth of the historic Brander Pass in a sun drenched south facing wee Glen. The Hotel has 21 rooms all en-suite compiling a combination of singles in doubles, kingsize and a two roomed family room with a three bedroom Chalet in the front garden area. The superior downstairs rooms have french doors with a terrace to sit on weather permitting and direct access to our gardens and grounds, fresh espresso pod coffee machine, toweling robes and comfortable space. The Hotels internal renovation and refurbishment program is complete and there will be further additions of building with the added facilities of a 30 seat conference room, new reception entrance and 10 additional ensuite bedrooms late Winter early Spring 2016/17 as business permits, with minimal disruption to guests as it shall be completed in a cordoned off area. The exterior of the lodge has now a colonial veranda framing the approach elevation protecting guests from the Scottish weather those few times it is at its worst :-) and has extended car parking lit at night. Our Menu offers freshly prepared and locally sourced food where possible and portions are generous with a more homely nature, wholesome and hearty.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Breakfast in the room
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Special diet menus
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, Dutch
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Gordon S wrote a review 21 Sep
Glasgow, United Kingdom219 contributions167 helpful votes
Lovely setting, rooms clean and tidy, main areas also very clean and well presented by a small team due to COVID and Brexit situation. Food was very tasty, and portions more than ample. Breakfast supplies of bread for toast and juices started to run out at 09,00 but were refilled after we pointed it out. Particular thanks to Ellie who was well organised, very helpful and has the drive and personality to go far in the hospitality industry. Carlos also deserves a mention for his great customer relations skills.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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June R wrote a review 21 Sep
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Room and en-suite clean and comfortable, was nice having a private terrace to sit out. Food overpriced. Staff really friendly and helpful, but mostly did not wear masks properly and served my meal wearing no mask.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Cliff NR17 wrote a review 20 Sep
Norfolk, United Kingdom8 contributions8 helpful votes
We have just had 4 nights at the Brander Lodge (room2), and were a little worried by a few negative reviews. I have to say that we were very happy at Brander Lodge. There is a staff shortage but the young waiting staff could not have been more welcoming. The chef went out of his way make us welcome and served us when the bar was unstaffed. He explained about the staffing shortages post Brexit and Covid. He struggled to get deliveries and as a consequence could only maintain a limited menu. Having said that, we ate something different every evening and it was very good quality and served promptly. Breakfast was very enjoyable. In short you could order whatever variation of cooked breakfast you wanted. Everything was piping hot, well presented and very tasty. There was also a selection of pastries, fruit yogurts and cereals. The only negative was the lack of soundproofing between rooms. The walls truly are paper thin and you can clearly hear every bathroom noise your neighbours above and next door make. In summary, the location is beautiful, the staff are very friendly and welcoming. The food is very good, but somewhat at the mercy of current national supply chain difficulties. The rooms are well presented and very clean. Thank you Brander Lodge staff for a memorable stay.
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Date of stay: September 2021
jackiequer0 wrote a review 7 Sep
Spain20 contributions4 helpful votes
We booked for two nights but reluctantly stayed the second night. They were very short staffed. We had an evening meal on the first night. I had the sausage and mash and the mash was lumpy. Although the breakfast was really tasty the organisation was poor. We had to ask for coffee as there was none left on both mornings and this was only at 8.45. The table where you prepared the coffee was full of spills and dirty cups. There was no teaspoons and you had to go searching on other tables fir things. The room was comfortable and warm but you could hear everything from the surrounding rooms. The staff were mostly helpful . For nearly £300 + the price of the evening meal their standards need to improve a lot.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TravelWell wrote a review Aug 2021
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Had the pleasure of staying at this lovely and tranquil hotel for two nights. The challenges affecting hotels, bars and restaurants are well documented. Smaller teams, supplier challenges and so on putting immense pressure on those there to look after the guests. So reflecting on this i want to summarise slightly differently. The hotel is on a journey. Was I looked after well? Yes! Carlos and the small team literally couldn’t do enough! Did I feel cared for? Absolutely! Did I enjoy some good food and a proper Scottish breakfast? Yes I did! It so easy to pick the negative but it serves little purpose and in fact just demoralises a team that cares. The hotel is rising and will see full sunshine. Thank you Carlos, a true hospitality man supported by his wife Pip.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$110 - US$163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandArgyll and ButeTaynuilt
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro
Which popular attractions are close to The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro?
Nearby attractions include Finn Falconry (2.9 km) and Inverawe Smokehouse (2.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kilchrenan Inn, The Robin's Nest Tea Room, and Inverawe Smokehouse.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St Conan's Kirk (8.3 km).
Is The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.