The old film/show saying we have ways of making you talk whilst shining a light on someone. What's the connection you say. Well the bathroom in room 220 depicts this perfectly. It is 2am you need the loo and go into the bathroom, take a seat and there in front of you is a street light that is lighting up the room. This phrase then pops to my mind later that morning when discussing the lack of blinds, or quality blinds in the bathroom. The bedroom had blackout blinds but a plain blind for the bathroom. In addition the double glazed windows offer no noise reduction whatsoever. Whenever a lorry or tractor passed by the hotel it sounded like as if you were standing on the pavement as it went past. Even though the hotel is in a remote area the road it sits on is a link road and does carry larger lorries frequently. Tie this in with an uncomfortable bed, lump pillows and you have the recipe for a bad nights sleep.
The room itself is big enough for a bigger bed, preferably newer one and maybe secondary glazing is needed too. Hotel layout is good enough and the bar and restaurant areas were nicely decorated and comfortable. Breakfast was ok for a cooked one, service was quick, polite and efficient. Toast and coffee was always hot and if you wanted anymore toast, coffee, milk etc just ask and they would bring it promptly. As there were only two waiting staff this is commendable for their attitude and work ethic.
Bar area is small but well stocked, although apparently there aren't too many gin varieties on offer. The card room is a good place to sit if you just want to have a chat and drink.
Evening food was what I would expect from a Wetherspoons, ok but nothing too special. Shame as I think bigger hotels should have decent food and not too much on the pre-cooked and packaged variety. I may be wrong but it seems it was that sort of product.
The hotel has an electric car charging point and there is also a public one over the road. Parking is opposite the hotel across the main road. Staff were excellent, Ryan on reception, Charlie in the bar and all the others that worked there whilst we had three days there.
As a base it is good, Loch Lomond is 50 minutes away, Falls of Falloch, 20 minutes and Oban is only 1 hour away. The train station is a few minutes walk and there is a small Londis store 1 minute away. I don't think the hotel is looking for 5 star travellers but with its location it should be doing better.
Crianlarich is a very small village and takes around 5 minutes to walk the whole lenght of it but it is very pretty and has what look like communal/community veg patches in handmade beds from railway sleepers, nice touch. less