Traditional Scottish hospitality in the Trossachs. Great locally sourced food, open log fires and friendly service… these are just a few of the things that make The Winnock Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western so inviting. The location isn’t bad either, just 3 miles from Loch Lomond and surrounded by gorgeous Trossachs countryside that will help you find some inner calm. Dating back to the 18th century, this extended former Coaching Inn stands on a pretty village green in Drymen. It’s perfectly placed for an array of outdoor activities, including cycling, golf, and bird-watching and walking the West Highland Way. It’s also less than 20 miles from the big-hitting attractions of Glasgow. Our 73 bedrooms are all equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Many of our rooms also have private balconies or four-poster beds, giving you an extra dose of luxury during your stay. For a quiet drink or relaxing meal, head to our cozy lounges, historic restaurant or public bar. When you want to share the good times with family, friends or colleagues, come and join in the fun of our live entertainment evenings. At our famous Ceilidh and Scottish nights, you can dance into the wee small hours, and if you’re a fan of whodunnits, why not put your sleuthing skills to the test at one of our legendary Murder Mystery nights? It’d be a crime not to!
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We needed a break from Covid so headed over here for a couple of nights and enjoyed the 50% off meals. Very nice hotel with friendly staff. Room was very comfortable too. Enjoyed a very inexpensive dinner both nights and breakfast was excellent too. My hubby was happy to be able to enjoy a draft beer in our room. Really refreshed us before heading back to Covid reality, thank you!
Fantastic frendly family hotel. Nothing was a problem. Felt very comfortable and relaxed. Fantastic great for value steak dinner, Homemade chips were amazing. Cooked breakfast was okay. Would highly recommend for a private getaway. Pub , spar shop across the road. Everything you need for a quiet few nights away. Will definitely be back
Had a really enjoyable stay at this hotel, the room was clean and felt safe (and tea making facilities were provided which is always a bonus), as did the restaurant and reception areas. The decor throughout was lovely (the tartan carpets were gorgeous), and the atmosphere was relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable. The village is a nice peaceful location, and as i was part of a coach party, we were able to head out for the day on several occasions to the nearby beauty spots. All in all, i had a really enjoyable stay.
Room was fine, very well cleaned. Location is great, right on the square a few yards from Scotland's 'oldest inn'. Useful when walking West Highland Way. We ere put close to the one door in and and out of the breakfast room - lot of people passing to and fro, one of the waitresses shouting often. Didn't catch Covid-19!
Due to Covid was closed due to only serving their own customers However looks lovely and cosy and wee will be back Set In A gorgeous village the building looks old and full of history However modern inside..
We stayed here as part of a Robinsons coach trip. Our room was spacious, nice big bed with good quality linen. The bathroom was also a good size with a bath and loads of hot water, The towels were excellent , the largest I've had in a hotel. Rooms are not serviced due to covid but you can have change of towels if need be. The heated towel rail did a good job of drying the towels each night. Breakfast was reasonable but the service was very hit and miss. The waiting staff either all asked what you wanted or non of them did. Sometimes we got the hot food all at once and at other times some people had a long wait. The food and service at night was different. The food was exceptional. Plenty of choice, wonderful quality and all served piping hot. We all enjoyed every meal. Space was at a premium in the bar area due to them serving pub meals but we stayed in the dining room on comfy settees. No entertainment due to covid but all in all a very enjoyable stay.
This was a nice hotel, although you would expect that based on the price. The room was a good size and had a modern shower. The food (breakfast and dinner) wasn't the best in the restaurant so it lost a star.
I stayed here one night on the West Highland Way. The shower was rubbish - comes out in spurts rather a continuous flow, which is annoying! But the bed was comfy, rooms warm and clean so no complaints. The older rooms in the main building are bigger with baths - so worth asking for those if you like a bit more space and a tub. The food was very good. Hotel restaurant had a lot of choice for veggies, huge portions, tasty and good value.
Went to the winnock hotel for a family birthday meal highly recommend the Cullen skink and the ptarmigan burger were fantastic the staff was very friendly and great service nothing was to much bother to them definitely go again the place was very clean with lots of hand sanitizer on all the corridors and in the rooms x
Pretty good. Welcomed on arrival and made aware of covid rule changes and safety measures well enough. Room was perfect for one however the window in the room wouldn't shut. Although the heating was on so it didn't get too cold in the night, but could hear outside noise. Breakfast was very nice. Would recommend for a short stay.
First time staying here. Staff friendly and helpful. Booked room only for 2nights. Didn't eat here so cannot comment on food. If looking for somewhere to eat Skoosh down the street Tearoom, takeaway and have cute little teapots. Drymen Inn is good for food. The Clachan Inn has amazing food. The room itself was clean. Quite dated and roasting hot, kept window open to help that. Drymen is lovely wee place. Conic Hill nice to walk. Balloch near by to visit the aquarium, birds of prey and would recommend to do the Tree Zone great fun!
We stayed for one night and felt the right approach had been instilled from the start. The room was just right. Evening meal was top class as was breakfast. The staff were friendly and attentive. The team should be proud.
Hotel clean and comfortable, great food has measures in place for social distancing but a big but in bar social distancing and mask wearing very poor by some. In fact it is a disgrace, makes one think are they from another planet. Simple solution follow the guidelines or no service
Hotel great, really clean and food lovely, but social distancing..... sitting here having watched a crowd of 10 eventually being broken up after taking over 3 tables and moving chairs. People walking about all over the place wirh no masks on. Sick of everyone blaming young people, these range from mid thirties to about 70!!
Due to extreme circumstances (our campervan windscreen being smashed in by a brick whilst we were sleeping inside) the police had to find us a hotel to stay in overnight until we could get the van fixed. A room was given to us straight away and the receptionist Caryann was immediately warm and welcoming and just who we needed to lift our spirits. In the morning we had to have a late checkout due to having to ring insurance companies and what not, and Caryann again stressed that she was more worried about us getting everything sorted rather than outstaying our room. The room was lovely and felt very safe and secure which was the complete opposite of what we felt earlier on in the night. Cant recommend enough simply down to the amazing and caring staff!
Arrived quite late after all day driving to a very busy mismatch of a restaurant/ check-in area. We were given keys to our room, which we had booked for 4 adults. Upon entering our very dated room we saw that there were only 3 single beds. When we addressed the issue to the receptionist, she checked that we were correct and we had booked the room for 4 people, which we were. She offered to put an extra bed in the room and when I questioned the lack of space, she said that she couldn't do anything about it. We had to manage with the 3 beds as we still hadn't eaten and the restaurant/ bar was full with no social distancing in place. The beds were very uncomfortable, I don't think that we will be back again.
The hotel from the outside looked lovely and welcoming but that's where it ended. The hotel was very outdated miss match the bar area and breakfast area was very dull with no atmosphere and very quiet,I bit of background music would definitely help. Also don't expect your room to be cleaned daily, we stayed four nights the room was not cleaned or refresh at any point, we put the sign in the door for it to be cleaned still didn't work, they just put clean towels on the floor in front of the bedroom door in the corridor which meant anyone could take or use or touch them have they not heard of covid19 werid, we had a room with a balcony which was pointless because it was a view of the car park and could of done with a clean and the windows were very dirty. The room it self was very dusty and outdated it was like stepping back in time, very surface hade dust on it, the toilet seat was broken and the heated towel rail didn't work and the shower was pointless it was made for small people I hade to bend my legs to use it, also the rooms do not come with an iron. The worst thing about my stay was the bed it was the worst bed in history springs everywhere it felt like laying on springs it was the worst night sleep every, the basically the room had no good parts it was all bad. All the staff were friendly and helpful which was nice the breakfast was OK nothing special it was definitely cheap food, and don't be fooled not everything on the menu is included in the bed and breakfast price, would definitely not recommend this hotel, its nothing special I know it's a cheap hotel with only three stars but you expect your room to be cleaned on a daily basis.
The rooms feel really overpriced and not value for money. Our room was dated and needed some TLC we stayed in 31. Wallpaper peeling up around by the doors and marks all over the walls, the bathroom is in need of modernising. The grout is missing in lots of places and a few cracked and damaged tiles, the riser rail for the shower also damaged. For a best western you expect more. We ate at the on site restaurant, the food was good enough and the staff excellent. Definitely worth walking 100m to the Drymen Inn for dinner. Breakfast menu is limited if you've paid for in in your room rate and you have to order from the small section. Overall great staff but the rooms need a lot of attention and modernising for the £125 price tag.
Lovely hotel, with lovely friendly staff. Evening menu was lovely and food was gorgeous. Relaxing place to stay. Only one downside the bed in room 71 needs renewing as springs had gone and made not as an uncomfortable night sleep as I'd hoped for.
We stayed here for a couple of nights. The location is great, Drymen is a pretty little village and quiet. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Room was clean. Breakfast was tasty! Only negative, our bed was very hard, this could just be down to our opinion though.
We stayed 2 nights, clean comfortable room. Ideal location. No problems with parking.. Although the hotel was busy the staff were brilliant, breakfast was lovely, we stayed to for dinner both nights, and I must say the homemade pie was stunning, my son wanted to leave a review for his fudge cheesecake dessert, he said it was the best thing he'd ever tasted (I didn't take offence!!) Definitely recommend.
Stayed here on a sunday nite when it was my birthday nice wee double room clean and just what we needed staff at reception were very nice had a drink at the bar as well which was fine defo be bak in the near future
Pros first excellent friendly staff, our room had a balcony, nice peaceful sleep comfortable bed. Cons balcony had not been cleaned there was empty beer cans left from previous guests no soap or shower gel we did wonder if bathroom had been cleaned so we clean surfaces and handles ourselves.we ate in hotel first night we had the macaroni portion size was very small we did wonder if maybe they only had one portion left and split it,the cooked breakfast first morning was very good not so the continental breakfast second morning which included half a cherry tomato
Came here for a quick get-away in the summer to see Loch Lomond with my family. First impression of the hotel from the outside was the lack of directions to the car park, but the hotel itself was pretty. We got in and the first member of staff we met was friendly, got to my room and the bathroom was rather nice. However this is where the pleasantries end. First impression of the room (32), was that it was small, dingy and smelt of must. The paintwork is chipped and dirty and the carpet is dirty. There was no shampoo or conditioner provided in the bathroom, as is standard with any hotel I've ever stayed in. There was not enough hangers in the wardrobe despite the fact I'd only packed for 3 days. The bed was extremely uncomfortable, springs just stabbing me all over, which made my chronic pain almost unbearable after the first night there. The toilet space is too small too, I had to sit sideways on it. Next was the food: decent food, appalling service. The staff were running round like headless chickens, with one member bossing the rest around causing confusion and delays. We waited 45mins to an hour for anything including breakfast, despite there being very few tables in. Me and my sister also ordered two different drinks, a banana milkshake and an apple and mango juice. Staff came out as said they didn't have either so we had strawberry milkshake and apple and raspberry juice instead. Ten minutes later a different member of staff came out with the two drinks we originally ordered, but at this point we'd already drank the one's we were given. They also ran out of very basic things such as tea. The disabled access in the hotel is absolutely appauling, the views are terrible/non existant, and the decor is untastful and not thought out. Also worth mentioning that we had 3 different rooms but they were all singles. Room 18 was the biggest with an ok view, ok bathroom and a terrible bed, room 32 was the smallest, ok view, good bathroom and a terrible bed, and room 36 was small, terrible bathroom, terrible view and terrible bed. However, if you do fancy a trip to Faulty Towers, this is the place.
Lovely sized room with good sized ensuite (still putting throws on the bed despite covid and black mould on grouting in the shower!) with balcony. Food and drinks being served in the bar/conservatory area only by 5/6 staff but getting service difficult and they were not over stretched - no system/allocation of jobs! This was the same experience in the breakfast room. Someone needs to be in charge making sure everything is running smoothly! And don't let the staff gang up against guests - I and the whole breakfast room saw and heard this at breakfast - not very professional! Great location for starting our week long tour of the West Coast.
Stayed here on a weekend coach holiday. The room was smallish but fine for a couple if nights. We were on the ground floor but the traffic was no problem. A good hospitality tray. The meals were fantastic and a good choice. The staff were very pleasant. Would definately stay there again. All precautions were taken regarding Covid 19.
I really wanted to feel that this was a five star place. I've given a 5 star due to the staff, their attitudes towards customers and the hotel surroundings. It's a gorgeous place. I certainly would return and recommend to others. HOWEVER, The room (529) was sad and neglected. Our shower was a trickle shower - very poor. Interior decor in the rooms very 70-80's and quite drab. Extremely dated decor throughout . It is possible to have modern interior facilities yet respecting the age and historic exterior of the building. The staff were amazing and food excellent. I'd certainly come again. Sometimes, a bit of investment in the rights areas can create a hotel of Brilliance. Still a 5 star rating from me !
Visited the Winnock for dinner, first meal out since lockdown, had booked in advance, as advised. Were met at entrance & asked to use hand sanitiser. Were directed to conservatory following guidance on the floor. Tables well spaced out. Met by lovely waitress who explained how track & trace worked. Paper with instructions/app on table. We couldn't get app to scan so had to register manually...problem was my phone rather than anything else. Were then given paper menu when app failed. Order taken and menus then disposed of. Food arrived in good time and was delicious. Service overall was excellent and prices very reasonable. On leaving were directed to the exit by staff, exiting by a different door, one way system in place. Were confident that The Winnock have done an excellent job of minimising any issues around Covid & social distancing and will be returning soon.
Had a lovely couple of nights at the winnock hotel. Brilliant location. Comfortable Clean room, friendly helpful staff. Great food both days. The hotel had a nice welcoming atmosphere. Felt safe with all the COVID measures in place. Will definitely stay again.
stayed for 2 nights and i must say cleanliness was 100%, covid guidelines were exceptional i felt very safe. The derogatory comments made by bikergirl68 and Carl im assuming they are a couple! Was disgraceful they should be ashamed of themselves saying that about anyone, i remember the lady they are talking about and her customer service skills were exceptional, i was made feel very welcome by her and would have no hesitation in returning to Winnock again.
The staff were very welcoming and seemed to be constantly cleaning which was very reassuring. My room was nicely decorated and again nice and clean. I liked that you could opt for a take away breakfast which suited me rather than a fry up but did have dinner there on my second night and i can highly recommend the macaroni cheese. All the staff I met were so pleasant and helpful.
Dont know how people could disrespect the hard working staff in the Winnock Hotel. They not only are doing a great job but are new to the government's restrictions. Get a life and concentrate on your self maybe you need a job
Have been to winnock many times for food so was happy to see it back open. I found many changes in place to keep everyone safe and follow the new guidelines..everyone had masks on and when not serving food they were cleaning... the food was delicious keep up the good work
Went into the hotel... Brill,,Staff all smart ...Kilts and ALL......Had a table booked for 6;30 on Saturday night .....Was taken to the conservatory to be seated ....LOUD Indian music blaring... asked the waitress to change it "We can only get 2 stations IN here both RADIO 4"... Ordered food and drink .... served ......40 mins to clear table of plates ...Waitress to busy (talking to staff, looking out of window ,tapping screen in front of her and taking the odd order from other table,s ).... 4 Other staff in and out but NO-ONE bothered to see if OUR or ANY other table wanted ANYTHING else .....Eventually got waitress to get our bill ... After she had taken the table in front of us there desert order... by writing it on her HAND ..... No desserts, no coffee, no service ,no acknowledgment when we left..And no response from hotel when we emailed them TWICE .....Come on WINNOCK ....
Excellent accommodation with friendly and curteous staff. Accommodation excellent and food great. We had evening meal and breakfast which were excellent. We had a family room and a double room for our party of 6. Could not fault a thing and we would be happy to return. Rates extremely reasonable.
Have stayed here twice in the past 18 months, using a North Wales coach firm. Each holiday was a success, and the location is perfect for exploring the Trossachs. There's no swimming pool or leisure facilities, but the hotel is not there for that reason. It provides an excellent base for touring southern Scotland and I found the food, accommodation and most importantly the hospitality of the staff to be of a high standard, and a credit to Scotland. This year's visit to this welcoming hotel has been prevented so far this year due to the coronavirus emergency. I do hope the hotel survives the current difficulties and will continue to offer its good-value Scottish breaks. I can't wait to get back there.
I have been visiting the Winnock Hotel for 50 years to have afternoon tea. It has been a favorite of ours since we lived in Scotland and each timeweI go home for a visit it is the first stop on our itineraryy
Lovely warm comfortable hotel, excellent food and choice & good fun entertainment over the weekend. Will definitely return .We traveled with parrys coach trips & had a very enjoyable time at winnock hotel .
What a lovely time with our great Scottish family. lovely old hotel with roaring wood fire. Lovely food and friendly staff. A big big thank you to Tracey for sorting us out at breakfast. We were running late and Tracey made us feel like royalty getting the staff to make us up a table in a private room. Thank you once again Tracey. Hope to see you soon. From the Billson FAMILY.
Very welcoming staff, nice hotel, clean, tidy and warm. Room 78 was excellent, It was overlooking the car park, but this was not a problem. Breakfast was good, and bar lunch prices where as expected. I would recommend a stay without any hesitation.
My journey north by foot on the West Highland Way started a little late, as the trains from Bristol delivered me to Milngavie at sundown. So after 5 hours night-time walking in the driving rain, the Winnock Hotel was a warm, dry and welcome rest stop. A little off the official trail but well kept and comfortable with a bar serving locally produced beers by an open fire. A comfortable night's sleep and the full Scottish breakfast was a great start to a bright new day on the trail. Recommend.
A mature couple, mid 60's, we have just returned from a super weekend celebrating Burns Night at the Winnock Hotel, January 2020. We travelled with Tyrers Coach Tours, arriving Friday evening, staying for 3 nights, We were given room 39 which was on the front of the hotel overlooking the green. The room was very pleasant, clean and spacious. The bathroom had a bath with shower over, plenty of hot water and lovely big soft towels over an electric towel rail, perfect. We had plenty of tea and coffee in the room, hairdryer for my wife, loads of storage space, great. The food was excellent, especially the lamb on Burns Night and the beef pie on Sunday. All food was hot, served well and tasty. We had a free bar 19.30 -22.30 each night and made full use of it! The bar staff were fantastic, working like Trojans, we never had to wait for a drink, well done! All the staff were great, we were made to feel really welcome, thank you! This is a really good hotel, we loved our stay and would recommend to all.
Stayed on the 11th of jan with my mum for the murder mystery night, would highly recommend the murder mystery! The actors where 5/5 on the entertainment scale and involved the guests. The hotel was welcoming, friendly and full of charm. We had a family room which was very spacious and clean. The dinner and breakfast was to a great standard with the friendly staff being very attentive. Would highly recommend and would definitely go back.
Room 68 should only be available for staff or coach drivers, not paying guests unless a very significant discount given. Breakfast poor but main meal food quality good. Service at meals poor. Rooms clean. Room 1 very good standard room.
We stayed at the Winnock as part of the Parrys Christmas Scotland tour between Dec 23 and Dec 27, 2019. The hotel is very clean with large well-furnished bedrooms. The food was cruise ship standard with a good choice. All the staff were great and the bar prices very reasonable. You would have to go around with a magnifying glass to find fault with this hotel.
My family and I had a great meal on Christmas Day, food and service was excellent. From the minute we walked through the door to the minute we left, the service was both efficient and pleasant. Well done to Kirsten, the duty manage, Liam our waiter, and Chris and Russell at the bar. My mum was on pass from hospital for Christmas Day and was in a wheelchair, the staff were fantastic and made her Christmas. In fact they made all our Christmas. I just came off night shift and dreaded the thought of cooking whilst looking after my mum. But going to the Winnock where they cooked an exceptional meal and nothing was too much trouble. You are an amazing team, sorry if I didn't mention everyone but my list could go on, you work great together and both food and service fantastic. Well done guys, i can't thank you all enough.
Fantastic Christmas night at this hotel. Rooms were great. Food was first class and all the staff were friendly and helpful. The music and entertainment were superb. Will definitely be returning here again.
Came here for a Turkey and Tinsel weekend and what can I say The holes was excellent the food was excellent the staff where excellent and look after us to a high standard The room Was very clean and will maintain and I would return any time to this hotel
Stayed at the Winnock hotel for 4 nights . Property was warm and welcoming with real fires. Beautifully decorated for the festive period. Fair to say that some parts are in need of renovation however this didn't detract from our enjoyment. Our first room was a little small for our requirements so requested, and was granted a move. Can't thank Stuart and Lorna for their assistance in this matter. We were made to feel that our happiness, whilst we were staying, was of the upmost importance to them. We stayed on a half board basis. Wonderful porridge at breakfast and good quality fried breakfast. More than enough to set us up for the day. Loved the evening meals, good variety, quality and quantity. No negative comments! Staff were all so welcoming and helpful. Credit to the hotel. Would highly recommend this hotel to anybody wanting to stay in this locality.
We recommend this murder mystery night to friends who had not been before, to say it surpassed their expectations is an understatement. We laughed and danced all night, the continuation after breakfast, was done with all the same enthusiasm from the five actors. The hotel meal was enjoyed by all eight of us, and we left with such a good feel factor that we will certainly be back. Thanks to Winnock hotel and their friendly staff.
Attended the murder mystery night and it was excellent, I wasn't sure what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed the evening, a great laugh too. The meal was good and there was music in the hotel bar afterwards. Overall a great night away.
As you will have guessed the room was fine - but the restaurant service at the Winnock Hotel fell very far short of the standards you find in other hotels in its class. The basic problem was a "management" issue - there appeared to be a complete lack of anyone with the "nouse" to get the restaurant servive organised. The service was consistently bad and, on one occasion when we ask "what had happened to the soup" the "manager" informed us (quite curtly & dismissively) that "its only been 28 minutes since you placed the order"........which, conveniently, ignored the 10 plus minutes we had waited for the order to be taken. The whole process at each meal was unnecessarily protracted and the service was "without grace" - one waitress even chewed gum throughout service. It is appropriate the mention one older lady who served at breakfast 3 days a week - she WAS cheery, helpful and all that you usually find in this type of "family" hotel - but you sense that she won't survive long.......as she didn't fit the culture. Otherwise the food wasn't bad - but the lack of any fresh fruit, yogurt or continental elements on offer at breakfast didn't suit my wife. This is my 1000th Trip Advisor review and its disappointing that it has to be so negative but the overall impression of the Winnock Hotel was very poor. Incidentally we won't return on a "room only" basis since there are limited "eating" options within walking distance. A final "PS", the soup did arrive - 55 minutes after the order was placed
What a wonderful place to spend the night after our first day of walking the highland way. We had a lovely warm welcome from the reception staff. They seemed to appreciate the fact we were walkers and nothing was too much hassle. The room was spotless with tea and coffee making facilities. We didn't eat here at night, because of a pre-arranged promise, but when we returned to the hotel, the bar was busy with customers and the food looked delicious. The breakfast was spot on. All you can eat continental and the traditional cooked options. Just what we needed to fuel our legs for a big day heading to Rowardenan.
This place was OK. Nothing special. I appreciated that towel warmer for drying items. The mattress was not great. Staff at the front desk were friendly and helpful. Tiny fans are available from the front desk if you need to move the stuffy air around, ventilation was limited.
After a recent trip to Scotland on a combined package trip with the Edinburgh Tattoo we stayed here for 4 nights and it was amazing , nothing was to much trouble , my wife was a vegan and she was accommodated brilliantly even if our coach company “Parry's” were useless, I would recommend most definitely,rooms were clean and well looked after and the food and entertainment was great . I would like to say a massive THANKYOU to all the staff
Excellent value. Firstly what an entertaining night. Excellent 3 course dinner with a welcoming prosecco. Hotel is very nice with lovely staff. Very comfortable beds in nice room. Drink making facilities in room. Would reccommend.
Plastic, plastic, plastic. It is disappointing in 2019 to find s hotel still using unnecessary single use plastic despite all that's known about the harm it can cause. Not just plastic tumblers in the bedrooms but plastic tumblers each sealed inside a plastic bag. How about replacing them with glass? Plastic tablecloths on top of the regular ones. Is the money saved on laundry bills significantly greater than the cost of the plastic tablecloths? What about the cost to the environment?
If fancy is what you want - look elsewhere. Rooms clean but basic, what makes this place is it's staff and food. We stayed Saturday 21st September for 1 night. From checkin onwards staff were great, we had a lovely 3 course meal in restaurant then went into lounge for some live music. Breakfast was buffet cereals, continental etc with hot breakfast made for you. Served piping hot & delicious! Good selection from full English, kippers etc. Lovely area for enjoying the beautiful scenery's
The noise from the kitchen exhaust fan was the least of the issues with this place. On our second night, we found that our room was over a function room with a very heavily-amplified karaoke performer. We were still trying to rest from our trans-Atlantic flight. Our room shook from the sound. After two phone calls to the manager they finally shut down around 10:15 PM. Shower was binary - either full on hot or full cold. Food was mediocre at best.
If you're looking for a luxurious experience the winnock hotel is not for you, however if you are looking for good food, cosy atmosphere, friendly guys in kilts and the experience of a building deep in history - then book a room... we originally started off in room in the old building. This is drenched in history and has many of the original features which we found quaint. We had paid for a refurbed room so Laura moved us to room 70. Laura was really helpful and had a smile and chat with us. The balcony gave a lovely view of the sunset and the wooden rocking chairs were worth paying for the upgrade. Unfortunately the tv in the bathroom didn't work which was disappointing considering the bath took ages to fill... so I didn't get to watch dancing on ice in the bath as I'd planned. The weather was pleasant during our stay - but I could also imagine being in the bar area, on a winters night, next to the fire with a glass of wine. The guy behind the bar was talkative, attentive to the guests around him and it was genuinely an enjoyable experience. The food was lovely with great portions and everyone eating seemed to be enjoying their meals. The waitress in the restaurant rolled her eyes when I requested gravy for my steak pie.... who has steak pie without gravy?????? But her attitude was indeed in the minority. We went to Balmaha, which is close by car. Nothing beats Scotland's landscape when the sun shines. It was glorious. The village has a few pleasant pubs in the close vicinity and all walks of life pass through here - a great atmosphere. There is ample parking around the hotel and the village shop is open until 10. We booked my daughter on a horseriding trek recommended by the hotel-it was fantastic. The village was spotlessly clean, with flowerbeds and hanging baskets - just so pretty. You feel like you're in a world far away and not just a few miles outside Glasgow - will definitely be back.
Very friendly, helpful, efficient staff made our stay enjoyable, Food, service, entertainment -- all good. Room was clean and comfortable. Nice atmosphere in reception and bar. Location in town square --beautiful shops, flowers along street -- nice walk through town. Even a library just outside the hotel. Loved our stay here. Would come again.
Had a really good time here last night. The Hotel is a lovely example of a friendly informal welcoming country Restaurant/Pub/Hotel. The rooms and public areas reflect this perfectly - with mixed decor, mixed groups and events, which simply adds to the bustle and charm here. The staff were particularly approachable and created an atmosphere of being pleased to meet and serve their guests, showing interest in all as the evening progressed - the event was well thought out with music afterwards. The "actors" were fab! Their enthusiasm and humour was a tonic - Thank You :) Special mention to Tracy for her attention and to the Guy on reception who checked us in so pleasantly and upgraded our room - which was beautifully decorated and very clean and comfortable.
First off when you arrive in Drymen the main hotel is the Winnock , you drive and park right outside the hotel on narrow road you walk in and the atmosphere hits you, history here lives.The wall here must have seen so many things and the building and rooms experienced things that are untold. The lovely receptionist gave us our keys and then the quest to find our room. The strange thing about this hotel was it doesn't seem that big from the outside but as you trekk to find your room you realise just how massive the place is, you go through corridor after corridor all( numbered) to find your room, all creecky floorboards and the decor makes you believe the myth that the pace is haunted, in fact if it wasn't mentioned I would have guessed it would conjure up such a tale. We got to our rooms and were pleasantly surprised they were more modern than the hallways and very spacious, this is a big hotel folks. Coming downstairs you have what seemed like a ball room and across from that the sumptuous breakfast room. You queue in the morning and you are seated once you give your room number, the most polite waitress comes and takes your order and I must tell you the full breakfast is outstanding, I have never eaten haggis before this trip and must say I'm a fan Big fan, overall a very pleasant stay there is much history here and literature is readily available at reception if you choose to find out. Nice place to stay.
We stayed for only one night on our tour and were well pleased with this hotel. A nice ambience and a welcoming traditional décor. It's clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. Dinner and breakfast were delicious, well cooked and well presented. The only disappointment was the bed which was very hard and thoroughly uncomfortable, which is a pity as otherwise I would have rated this hotel as excellent. We'll certainly return there if we are in that area.
Such a pretty spot, with just a few minutes drive to Loch Lomond and an ideal base for exploring further afield. We visited Balloch with the Lomond Shores Tourist attraction, Luss, Inveraray and even travelled to Edinburgh from there. The food could not be faulted and the Staff were always friendly and helpful. When our relatives visited us there, on Sunday afternoon, the chef made warm fresh scones and cakes for 10 of us, even though they were preparing a lot of main meals, which looked appetising and well presented and they had to prepare for coach party meals later.
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