Looks like the Addams Family mansion from the outside and appears horribly dilapidated in places, so given the poor reviews I was expecting the worst. The lobby is less run down than the building, the staff generally friendly and the rooms tired but clean and usable. Breakfast also was better than anticipated.
In essence, the Caledonian is a perfectly serviceable old-school overnight hotel; dated, run-down (in which respects it perfectly reflects the town that surrounds it) and noisy (unlike the town that surrounds it, which is about as likely and welcoming as a crypt after 6pm), and if a room was £50 that would be OK-ish. Price would reflect the offering. That's the problem; perhaps because it has a seeming monopoly on hotel accom, the room rate of £100 for a twin is appalling VFM. I've stayed in better places in Scotland, in 2021, for just over half of that.
If I lived in Ullapool, I'd try to open a hotel with a restaurant. With the growing popularity of the NC500, the ferry port, and other local business that seemingly don't want to re-open and make the most of the opportunities as the pandemic recedes, I reckon an enthusiastic new entrepreneur could do very nicely; the competition is weak.More
- Free Wifi
- Free parking