The Hotel is in a good location - easy walking distance from the ferry terminal. We were in room Rubh Dubh (?), a small double with a small ensuite but adequate for us. Clean and comfortable with lovely views of the sea. The Hotel was spacious downstairs, with a couple of lounges, and a bar, to relax in. The restaurant had a lovely outlook to the sea, and the service from the group of young staff was excellent. Our only reservation was that the menu was 'limited', if you were going to eat any more than 2/3 nights, and the beer was expensive. Nevertheless, we had a great time exploring this lovely island on both bike and foot and were lucky to have two full dry days. The beaches at Killoran and Balnahard are stunning.
Lovely hotel on Colonsay, within walking distance of the ferry port. Great room with comfortable bed, and really good food from a restaurant with views over the water. Friendly staff and good amenities, including a bar and outside seating. Highly recommend.
Have to agree with BizLiz on mixed feelings. Some aspects v good, others could do better. We booked in Jan looking for 3 nights in late May and could only get a small double room at the back of the hotel 'facing the hill' - Dun Eibhinn. Thought it looked ok on website, with v cosy double and bathroom with bath - and it was a tad cheaper than others anyway. Disappointed when we got into it as there was hardly space to put a case down, never mind try and unpack (2 hangers in wardrobe). How you can get a dog in there, I don't know! My photo shows the view out and you could hardly see the hill for the ugly roofs of adjacent buildings. It didn't spoil the holiday as we were mainly out in daylight and the lounges are lovely and comfortable with good views and one was v quiet The bedrooms don't have TV either and we had no chairs for sitting. Other bedrooms I'm sure are nice as they are mainly to the front and have views and a bit more space and if we return we'd definitely opt for one of those. Breakfast was good, but lacking in choice after 3 days - just porridge/yogurt with granola/berries/honey and any variation of a full Scottish - and the scrambled egg was overdone. Everything had to be asked for, as there was nothing on your table. Nevertheless, service was friendly and helpful with a variety of young staff, but we weren't sure who actually was managing the place. See separate review of the restaurant which we used twice for dinner and once for lunch as the menu didn't change. What we had to eat was v good. We ate at the Pantry (also reviewed that) one night which was v good too and we saw most of the hotel guests in there that night. I'd say 3 nights here is plenty- and a lovely time can be had. The garden and surroundings are super.…
Having recently returned from a trip to Colonsay. Easy access to hotel from port. The hotel is extremely comfortable with plenty of areas to relax in with cosy woodburners.Our bedroom was very cosy and comfortable with ensuite bathroom. Rooms were spotlessly clean and benefited for not having tv. However what let this hotel down was its below average breakfast. Breakfast table bare no milk for tea/coffee,no butter/jams for toast no menu so unsure what was available. It just seemed disorganised, having to ask on several occasions for above items. Staff were pleasant but considering cost of hotel felt a bit let down by the breakfast.
Just back from a wonderful four night stay. Lovely welcoming staff. We stayed in Balnahard which was spacious and had an excellent shower. It also gave an excellent view over the garden and harbour. The menu was somewhat limited but all the food was very good. The staff worked exceptionally hard . A lovely unstuffy atmosphere in a beautiful setting.
The hotel is set in a lovely location on the island overlooking fields to the harbour and the Hills of Jura across the sea. The hotel has a number of rooms where guests can sit in on the ground floor. The room was spacious and the bed extremely comfortable and had lovely Egyptian linen bedding. Room had only one desk chair despite being large enough to accommodate one or more tub chairs or similar. View from room was excellent. We ate dinner on the first evening but found the menu somewhat limiting. That said the food was excellent, well prepared and very tasty. Wine was nice and reasonably priced, which is more than can be said for beer prices in the bar. Breakfast is where the hotel fell down badly. There is no typed menu and the waiter has to list all the options to the guests every time. Most guests we spoke to shared the same disbelief that they haven't a typed menu. Made mistake of ordering porridge for breakfast only to be served a bowl of oats and hot milk. When I complained it was removed and no alternative offered. Th cooked breakfast took ages to arrive and was the poorest we got anywhere in our stay in our isles trip, despite this hotel being the most expensive by some way. The staff we dealt with from the receptionist, through the waitresses and the bar staff were all very pleasant but you got impression that a lot of them were quite inexperienced and needed guidance. A little training, a printed breakfast menu and a more extensive dinner menu would go a long way to improving the service which would be expected of an establishment charging the room rates the Colonsay is.…
We booked a room in the "outhouse" bothy. It was damp and poorly heated, even the beds were damp. The shower block and shared kitchen are probably fine in summer, but again, not heated well enough for a spring visit. A big disappointment given it's not cheap. The backpacker's hostel is much more comfortable- pay the extra and go there instead.
If we could give this hotel 10 stars we would! The Colonsay is charming, cosy, well-run and in a gorgeous situation on the island. We love the decor, lots of pretty fabrics and paintings and other personal touches. The guest areas are very comfortable and we enjoyed reading and playing Scrabble by the open fires in the lounge. It’s managed superbly by David and his team, who are professional, friendly and thoughtful. The manager went out of his way to help me with a computer issue for which I was most grateful. There are wonderful views of the shimmering sea and Paps of Jura from the spacious dining room. Breakfasts are generous and delicious, and we enjoyed our dinners very much as well. A fabulous stay, we look forward to going back soon.
What a lovely hotel. Little living rooms all over the place. Log fires and great views. Apart from walking we spent most of our time in here. Mind you there’s not much else to do. Bar was disappointing because it literally had no draught beer apart from Tennants, which as you know is dishwater by another name. Great wine though. Not bad value overall for a captive audience. The staff were lovely and really helpful. Food was great also with a good menu and quality selections. Service was also spot on. Breakfast was nice apart from the missing Scottish bits. So I suppose it was an English breakfast. The room was the highlight. Strangely named Pigs Paradise. Far from being anything to do with pigs. But whatever the review I would still give it 5 out of 5.
I've just spent three days at this hotel with my daughter. To say it is comfortable is a complete understatement. Our twin room was compact but warm and inviting. Everything worked well for us - good shower, tea making facilities, plenty of sockets for charging mobiles etc. If anything it was a relief not to have a TV (some reviewers have mentioned as something lacking!). The public areas downstairs are amazing - two or three rooms with blazing wood burning stoves and comfy sofas. After a hard day's walking it was glorious to relax in one or other of these areas. An earlier reviewer mentioned the wooden floors - they are so practical given that mostly visitors are outdoor types with dirty shoes. I liked them a lot! Bedrooms and stairs are all beautifully carpetted. As far as the catering goes, the high spot for me was waiting for the boat to unload my freshly caught haddock so that I could have the freshest of fresh fish and chips with some amazing tartare sauce, chips and mushy peas. The vegetarian options were a bit of a disappointment for the veggie among us - only two of the main courses were veggie and, as the menu didn't change over the three days we were there, it meant that one of the dishes had to be repeated (no hardship as it happened, but a bigger choice would have been welcome). Similar slight criticism for the limited choice of deserts which didn't change over the three nights. However, the Eton Mess is a Tour de Force! I long for the days of serve-yourself-breakfast counters, but in these Covid days, they don't happen. However, I enjoyed the breakfasts - plentiful tea and coffee, beautiful full Scottish breakfast, and absolutely gorgeous poached eggs on avocado on muffins. The restaurant faces out over the harbour and and the sea and is just wonderful. Staff were all very friendly and efficient and lovely and I'm longing to get back.…