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Tarbet Hotel

Main Street, Tarbet, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G83 7DE Scotland
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Situated within one of Scotland’s largest national parks, the Tarbet has had a rich history as a resting place for travellers for over 400 years. The present building dates back 250 years and was built in the Baronial style. The exterior has recently been redecorated and the hotel presents an impressive first impression even today. There are a total of 69 rooms arranged over two floors, some of which offer spectacular views. The surrounding scenery is second to none, as the hotel looks out over Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond from its location on the banks of the Loch itself. Admire the beautifully decorated restaurant where some tables overlook the loch and take advantage of the spacious entertainment lounge with bar. The Tarbet also has the benefit of a comfortable residents’ lounge with board games and books to help you relax and unwind. The perfect end to a great day’s sightseeing.
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Michael M wrote a review Yesterday
Cumbria, United Kingdom8 contributions12 helpful votes
Self Drive via Shearings 18-21-21. Several visits over the years and not disappointed with this self drive visit. Room spotlessly clean as was the overall hotel. Food was very good and plenty. Very efficient polite professional staff in every department. Suppose the main comment is was it value for money? We both believed it was and hopefully will visit again in the near future right on the Loch side making it a most pleasant base for touring, as the man said " Haste yee back, Thank you all staff in the Tarbet hotel Scotland.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Back of hotel but perfect silence, Very happy with Room.
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Craig10413 wrote a review Jun. 16
Rotherham, United Kingdom130 contributions66 helpful votes
This hotel gets 5 stars for its location and appearance however it is a little bit in need of a refurbishment indoors. The rooms are only average and the food is what you would expect and nothing to shout about. The staff are pleasant and efficient at breakfast time and the breakfast experience is good, providing a wide choice of food efficiently. However, the room we stayed in was overpowering and we were unable to turn the radiator off or indeed open the window which culminated in 2 broken nights sleep. All said, Tarbet is well worth a visit and there’s an excellent restaurant ( Slanj) within 5 minutes walk that provides outstanding food and service.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Tim M wrote a review Jun. 12
23 contributions11 helpful votes
My friends and I were really looking forward to having our first weekend away since before the pandemic. But we left really disappointed by our experience at the Tarbet hotel. It certainly is a gorgeous hotel to look at and the location is handy (despite there only being the hotel and a caravan site in the surrounding environs). One of the reception staff was pleasant & warm enough despite never asking how our experience was. We were a big group and the hotel staff accommodated us as well as a dog which was much appreciated. The wifi was also surprisingly good. I'm afraid that's where the positives end. Firstly, straight off the bat, I would like to share with you all just how truly awful the food was. The same "sweet and sour" sauce was used for the pork, pasta arrabiata (the chef has no inkling what arrabiata is) and the pies - in fact you could find celery and chickpeas in all three dishes. The "fruit salad" was nauseating, essentially fruit floating in murky liquid - the fruit were definitely off. The vegetables were annihilated and the veggy options were lacking. They somehow managed to mess up a simple pear & walnut salad as the walnuts were damp. The breakfast was a joke too (don't be fooled by previous comments saying they offered vegan sausages). I've worked in nursing homes and the food there was far far better. Absolutely shocking value for money. We were not able to get our meals cancelled and so despite having paid in advance we went to Luss for decent coffee and a sandwich. Very poor effort. Overall a truly appalling gastronomic experience. It's clear the Tarbet hotel is catering to bus loads of pensioners because the average age of the hotel was well up above 70. The walk to the "dining area" had a broken down slots machine and an old copier machine. The decor is bleak and dismal with old damp carpet smell that permeates the hotel. The public toilet offered Viagra which is apt given the average age of the clientele. The bar & bartender were pretty shambolic offering carlsberg or Guinness. The bartender periodically disappeared for 20 minutes or so at a time and ourselves and the other clients were left wondering how to get a drink. The floorboards are creaky and the people above you will definitely wake you up several through the night - that is if you are not woken up by the sound of passing traffic. Tarbet hotel is located on a main road. Some rooms were spacious & recently refurbished. Ours was not and our bathroom was painted highlighter green. Definitely not enough toilet paper to last 3 nights. Sink was moldy. TV had 6 stations and you had no chance of watching Roland Garros or the Euros. I hope you like watching Sky news whilst enjoying your pint. Please do yourselves a giant favour and book elsewhere. We've all been through a difficult 18 months and hospitality has been hit hard but that is no excuse for the service that Tarbet hotel is currently offering.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Charlotte H wrote a review Jun. 10
Maidenhead, United Kingdom11 contributions9 helpful votes
Great location overlooking the lake, its right next to where they di the cruises. Staff were lovely and polite, rooms were big and clean. The shower wasn't very powerful and took a while to warm up. Biggest let down was dinner. It was a set menu, first they bought out pork when I asked for chicken, the meal its self reminded me of school canteen food. Had a fruit cocktail for pudding this was mainly melon with the odd bit of strawberry and 1 grape. No meal checks were made, probably because they know they will get a negative response. Could not order drinks at the table, had to walk all the way back to the bar. Such a shame as the restaurant itself is lovely. Night entertainment was a female singer which pretty much ruined every song she sang. I wud stay here again for the location and room but would eat elsewhere.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Samantha R wrote a review Jun. 7
London, United Kingdom22 contributions11 helpful votes
Where to start with this place. Well it was truly awful. Having stayed at the Premier Inn in Dumbarton on the way up, we thought we’d treat ourselves to a nicer hotel on our way back down from the Highlands, giving us something to look forward to on our long trip back home. What a mistake. It was the worst part of our holiday. We got the key to our room, which was on the first floor. We took the lift up as we had heavy suitcases, and then found that we had to walk down a flight of stairs in order to get to the door of our room. Not a good start. Upon opening the door we were shocked as to how small it was. Then we noticed that there were grubby marks all over the walls and carpets, and that we were situated right on top of a busy road. The TV was fuzzy and barely had any stations, and was basically impossible to watch. The bathroom also had absolutely nothing in it but a tiny little bar of soap, and there are no plugs in the room at all to charge your phone, unless you unplugged the TV and the kettle. We left our suitcases anyway, and went down to Loch Lomond to see if we could soak up the last of the sun. Although the hotel is situated in what would seem to be a nice location, the access to the Loch is actually a caravan site and was full of people playing loud music, and wasn’t a particularly welcoming atmosphere. We decided then instead to go back to the hotel bar and get a drink. The barman seemed extremely unhappy and begrudgingly served us our drinks. Instead of sitting inside in the very dated and tired looking interior, we sat outside next to the busy road - which wasn’t particularly nice either. In the end we decided to just get an early night, and so went went back up to our room. Unfortunately we then discovered that the bed was extremely uncomfortable, and that there was no chance of sleeping until everyone else in our surrounding rooms has gone to bed, due to the paper-thin walls and creaky floors. In addition to this the room for some reason was extremely hot, but we couldn’t have the window open (the tiny fraction that it does open) due to the noise from the road. When we did eventually manage to get to sleep, we were then woken up at 4:35 am by the fire alarm going off. We started to scramble clothes together to get dressed and go outside, but after about 20 to 30 seconds, it inexplicably stopped. Everyone had woken up by this point and so the creaking, talking, coughing and sneezing and any sort of noise that the rooms next to us made was heard, therefore we didn’t get back to sleep for a long time after this. With a long drive ahead of us, we were becoming extremely frustrated by this point. We didn’t bother with breakfast in the morning as we are vegan (and it was £10 per person which is a ridiculous price for what they would have on offer anyway), and strongly suspected they wouldn’t be anything on the menu for us, so we made an early escape. The shower also went hot and cold, and the metal shower head tap/holder scalded the back of my arm when I accidentally touched it. The receptionist said absolutely nothing about the fire alarm on checking out, no apology, no ‘how was your stay’, nothing. So we left and plan to warn as many people about how awful this hotel is so that people don’t waste their money as we did. Please just stay in the Premier Inn. Just to add, I’ve stayed in many a three star hotel before, and the standards are drastically higher than what I saw at the Tarbet. I really feel it should be stripped of it’s stars, and be reclassified as a hostel.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Ronald Jackman, General Manager at Tarbet Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Samantha R Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are deeply sorry that you had a negative experience in our hotel and that we failed to meet expectations on your recent visit. We have implemented rigorous training to ensure every member of our hotel team is able to offer the standard of service that we are accustomed to sharing with our guests. We are also in the process of refreshing each of our rooms and working hard to rectify some of the teething issues caused by 15 months of closure during lockdown. If you would like to follow-up personally to discuss matters further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly through the hotel. We do hope you allow us another opportunity to share a more positive experience at one of our Coast & Country Hotels, so that we can show you how we have improved upon our early shortcomings. Best wishes,
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tarbet Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Tarbet Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Cobbler (2.5 km), Loch Lomond (5.3 km), and An Ceann Mor (5.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tarbet Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Tarbet Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Tarbet Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tarbet Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ben Arthurs Bothy, Village Inn, and Slanj Bar & Restaurant.
Is Tarbet Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Tarbet.
Does Tarbet Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Tarbet Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.