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North West Castle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Stranraer
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Stayed 2 nights and had 2 rooms. Both rooms were big and clean, one with a view of the sea. Staff were great. Plenty of parking, and walking distance to Tesco and Morrisons.
Had one evening meal which was pretty good. We wanted to eat in the Restaurant, but had to settle for the bar menu. We were told at the bar since we didn't book rooms with the dinner package, we would pay £26 a person if we were to dine in the restaurant.
Breakfast was very nice, freshly cooked to order. Plenty of staff.

Room 11
We had a lack of wall plugs in our room, (room 11) found it hard to plug in any devices and still have use of the TV and kettle. Our room was above the dining room and we were woken up both mornings by the swinging door from the kitchen into the dining room. Staff must be used to the noise as there is no attempt to close the door without it banging shut. WIFI strength isn't very good, but it was free. The toilet in our room is in an awkward position. Any tall person will have trouble sitting on the toilet as there is no leg room.

If we were in the area again, would would not stay in Stranraer. We found Port Patrick to be nicer, having more pubs/restaurants with sea views.

Room Tip: room 11 is big, but lacks wall plugs, and you may get kitchen noise
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely stay. Our room was spacious and clean and the beds and bedding very comfortable. I particularly liked the fact that there was a separate seating area and ample information about the hotel and surrounding sights. The bathroom was clean and spacious with plenty of space for paraphernalia. The staff were pleasant and helpful at all times; although bread rolls would have been nice with dinner. The hotel is a little dated in places, there are parts which are quite musty smelling and the outside could do with a freshen up. Although this is to be expected from an older hotel it was a little off putting to others in our party that decided to book elsewhere, which was a shame as I would recommend the hotel to anyone, albeit with that proviso. All in all a throughly enjoyable stay.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

Some people would call this hotel dated, but we stayed in this old hotel for just one night and loved it.
Yes the lift is a bit slow and the showers don't blast your flesh from your bones but the pictures hung around and the decor and furniture make this a lovely centrally located hotel.
It is dead opposite the train station with lots of parking and a short walk from the small castle in the center.

Room Tip: ask for a front of the hotel high floor room for a great sea sunset view
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Perfectly situated for the railway station. Family run hotel with family values. Somewhat tired in appearance but welcoming friendly staff and lovely meals. Enjoyed swimming in the hotel pool and learning about the history of the place especially curling. The train journey from Kilmarnock to Stranraer was beautiful.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

I am sure that when it was built it was a great hotel, the problem is that it was never updated.
People on the reception were really nice, couldn't fault them in everything. When you get your room key, instead of the card key, you start to have an idea what you will find in the room.
And you won't be disappointed, a proper 80`s room with furniture, smell and mattress that insist to share their coils with your ribs.
Expensive, dated, the only positive was the staff

Stayed: June 2016, travelled solo
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Address: Portrodie, Stranraer DG9 8EH, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Stranraer
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Stranraer
Price Range: $134 - $181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — North West Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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