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The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant

Main Street, Achiltibuie IV26 2YQ Scotland
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The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant is renowned as an oasis of civilisation tucked away in the ruggedly beautiful, wild and untouched landscape of the Western Scottish Highlands. The hotel is a favourite destination for food lovers, outdoor adventurers and for those looking for peace, tranquillity and fresh air. There are 12 bedrooms comfortable bedrooms with 8 enjoying wonderful sea-views across to the Summer Isles. Food is prepared using local ingredients where possible and it is heavily influenced by the coastal surroundings. In the evening, guests have the choice of dining in the restaurant or bar. The restaurant is smart but relaxed and looks out towards the Summer Isles. Eating in the bar is a more informal experience with the opportunity to meet the local community and enjoy a fine range of ales. The bar is dog-friendly.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Bottled water
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, German, Hungarian
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John-traveller2015 wrote a review 17 Jun
Andover, United Kingdom44 contributions23 helpful votes
This hotel advertises itself as luxury and fails to deliver. Whilst the view from our room was stunning the room was poorly maintained and rather tired. The furniture and fittings were ordinary and in my view fell far short of luxury. The room was, we were told, last decorated in 2018. I regret to say in a poor way. Ceilings were a mix of different finishes, none of which looked very nice, paint splashes on the radiators, holes in the woodwork and walls filled as though in a DIY fashion etc. Cleaning was also not as good as one would hope. No dust but a number of marks that could have been removed with a wet cloth - I have photos as evidence. We have stayed in 6 different hotels on this road trip and Sumner Isles was about middle of the pack in terms of price but the poorest room we had by some distance. The restaurant food was usually excellent. However on our last night no vegetables were served with the main meal - so all we had on our plates were two small pieces of venison (to my taste a little over-cooked). We were not warned of this before we ordered and no price adjustment was made for only providing half a meal. The manager explained they were a chef down, hence the reduced plate of food. I fail to understand a process that thinks it is acceptable to deliver half a meal to your guests. Lots of slip ups in how the service is delivered in the hotel, the manager for instance seemed incapable of pouring wine without getting drips on the table cloth. She had no idea how to serve a gin and tonic - nobody puts all the tonic in the glass without first asking the guest if this is what they want. When gently challenged about the above and a number of other issues the manager apologised and then gave us a series of well practiced responses - eg we take customer service seriously, I fully back all my staff etc etc but really did not have any answers to the issues. I had hoped the hotel would do the decent thing and offer me a modest discount on my bill. Needless to say their customer care regime does not actually extend to real customer care. Whilst much of the above is negative - there is a lot wrong with this hotel - I should record that the view from our room was stunning, the location of the hotel wonderful. One or two of the staff were truly excellent. I regret badly let down by the manager and owners.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for a more recently decorated room perhaps. But not sure that will deliver a luxury room??
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Yoda19 wrote a review 12 Jun
London32 contributions26 helpful votes
Stayed for 1 night as part of a Scottish road trip, and would thoroughly recommend. It tied in with out route for the NC500, and what a great location. Lovely welcoming staff who were out to help with bags before we could get out of the car. Service was excellent throughout, even the newer members of staff. Our room was upgraded to a 2 bed suite - essentially a 2 bedroom house, which was nice. The final highlight was the food. Had a great dinner of freshly caught local fish, and their wine list to accompany it is great. Would love to be back here some day.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Simon Cotton, Owner at The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 5 days ago
Hello Yoda19. Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay. I will pass on your comments to the team who are working hard and learning fast! Best wishes. Simon Cotton
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Carole W wrote a review 08 Jun
Blackpool. Lancashire454 contributions263 helpful votes
Our room was facing the water and go had an uninterrupted view of the islands. However it was outside the main building where we dined. The quality of food was excellent but the portions were minuscule. We did complain about this and were told that the staff were new and had forgotten to tell us there were additional daily vegetables if required. (We were given a reduction for this error) The staff were very new and needed more supervision. What really annoyed me, was that at each entrance to the hotel drive was a cattle grid. The only way to walk through these was up a few steep steps and for someone with a mobility problem this was quite impossible. I can understand the need for the cattle grids but there should be some way to walk safely from the site.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Simon Cotton, Owner at The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Carole W. Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed the "stunning views". We are now three weeks into the new season and the team is getting into good shape having gone from a standing start to a full hotel. I recognise that there have been a few "bumps" but the team is enthusiastic and keen to learn. We are providing lots of training and making every effort to support, supervise and develop. There was no need to be annoyed as both entrances entrances have hand gates within 5m of the cattle grids. Best wishes. Simon Cotton
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NigelEngland wrote a review 08 Jun
England93 contributions72 helpful votes
This is an amazing hotel / more like a country club with the best sea view. Considering it’s only 3 weeks since lockdown ended they have a great team - with Katy, Nieve and Simon being stars. Lovely food - perhaps more flexibility in the dining options between the bistro and main dining room would help them and as soon as they can the bar needs to open.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Simon Cotton, Owner at The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 1 week ago
Dear NigelEngland, Many thanks for your kind words. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay at The Summer Isles Hotel. I share your views on the bar. Right now, it must remain a bistro only as it is such a small space. I can't wait until the hustle and bustle of pre-COVID days! Best wishes. Simon Cotton
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DorothyandAlan wrote a review 07 Jun
Edinburgh, United Kingdom60 contributions23 helpful votes
We have wanted to come to the Summer Isles for a couple of years and it did not disappoint! We were lucky to get a couple of nights booked over the most perfect weekend weather wise. The owners were simply lovely and we spent our first evening in the bistro restaurant chatting to Simon and Dido over dinner which was absolutely fabulous. The next evening we ate in the main restaurant and again the food was so so good, we couldnt fault it. There is such a lovely atmosphere here, the staff are just the best and have a genuine interest in you and how your day has been. They have a book full of local walks and we spent the day discovering wonderful beaches and taking so many pictures it was ridiculous , this area is a feast for the eyes. We will be back, it is undoubtedly a slice of heaven. Well done to all the staff at the Summer Isles hotel you are doing an amazing job and your service commitment is self evident , thank you!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Simon Cotton, Owner at The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Dorothy and Alan, Thank you for your lovely review. As I write, the glorious weather continuous which is such a treat. Sampling the menu is a big perk of the job (!) and it was a pleasure to spend an evening with you both. I am glad to report that the team is really "getting into it's stride" which bodes well for the busy season ahead. I hope to see you both again in the not too distant future. Best wishes. Simon
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Achnahaird Bay (6.2 km), Achiltibuie Artists' Gallery (0.5 km), and Loch Bad A' Ghaill (5.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant?
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 Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include SALT Seafood Kitchen, Am Fuaran Bar, and Achiltibuie Piping School Café.
Is The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Achiltibuie.
Are pets allowed at The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, and Hungarian.
Does The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.