HOTEL REVIEWS

National Club Golfer— Reviewed 23rd October 2014 Dan Murphy - National Club Golfer Magazine (October 2014) Can there be a better Friday night commute than the CalMac ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick when you are staying at the Douglas Hotel?

…The rooms in this stylish, boutique hotel are spacious, while the bar specialises in local whiskies and ales. In the bistro, you can choose from mains like Slow Cooked Lamb Stew and Arran Beer Battered Pollok…

The Extra— Reviewed 22nd May 2014 Gregor Hollerin - The Extra (May 2014) "… an old favourite for southsiders, and it’s easy to see why…Arran offers the feel of being away without much of the expense. A beautifully presented, classic building that has a relaxed, comfortable and modern boutique feel… Absolutely no complaints when it came to my stay at the Douglas"

Made in Scotland Magazine— Reviewed 26th March 2014 Made in Scotland Magazine.co.uk/ (April Issue 2014) …the hotel team go to great lengths to ensure that guests feel relaxed and welcomed..focus on customer care

The Douglas Bar offers a relaxed and informal dining option..as well as the wonderful larder, it often comes as a surprise to find that there are seven golf courses on Arran – one for each day of the week! Why not book and stay and experience hospitality at The Douglas for yourself?

The Irish Independant— Reviewed 25th May 2013 Ciaran Byrne – The Irish Independent (May 2013) From the window of the Douglas hotel in the little port of Brodick, you can see the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry ease into its berth after crossing from the mainland in glorious evening sunshine…

It’s a near perfect picture. From the super cool hotel’s outdoor terrace, guests sip cold beer and stare out at the shimmering blue waters.. … the Douglas, a laid-back, boutique hotel restored beautifully by it’s owner – an exiled Arran islander… …With its plush rooms, huge ceilings and swish dining room offering seasonal Scottish cooking, the Douglas is an ideal base.

i-on Magazine— Reviewed 18th October 2012 Catherine Walker - i-on Magazine (October 2012) "Arran is stunning and thanks to the resurrection of The Douglas you can enjoy an island escape combined with luxurious, modern hospitality” “Absolutely modern and luxurious in the vein of the best boutique hotels” “ Views from the sea-facing rooms are breathtaking with Goatfell peak in the distance”

welcometoscotland.com— Reviewed 28th September 2012 This stylish boutique haven is all smooth fabrics and tasteful colours, with most bedrooms offering sweeping views of Arran’s famous mountains. The hotel restaurant was definitely worth staying in for. ‘Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards’ - "Gold Guide to Scotland Best Hotels" 2012— Reviewed 01st August 2012 "’Punchy, design-led boutique hotel … Food is flavoursome and delicious and the bar’s a hit too."

Scottish Field— Reviewed 01st August 2012 Wendy and Stewart Dunn, Scottish Field (August 2012)

Reader Review ""The immaculate modern decor was matched by the well trained and charming staff, and no comfort was spared in our garden room …" "Dinner in the bistro was a pleasure, served by knowledgeable staff."

The Scots Magazine— Reviewed 01st August 2012 Garry Fraser, Scots Magazine (August 2012) “Spanking new in every aspect. The bedroom was splendour personified.”

“If I had known how good the food was going to be, I would have missed out the pre-dinner snifter and headed straight to the dining room …. The moules were delicious … but what followed out-muscled the mussels: Chateaubriand Espatada (a Portuguese delicacy) takes the form of skewered meat hanging on a hook, letting the juices flow. It was mouthwatering.”

“The Douglas is definitely worth a visit. Only a stone’s throw from the harbour where the excellent and efficient Calmac ferry docks regularly, the staff are smart, efficient, friendly and helpful and give you the perfect welcome to this wonderful island. The mountains are only 15 minutes’ drive away.”

The Scotsman— Reviewed 26th July 2012 Gaby Souter, The Scotsman (July 2012) “Definitely worth the CalMac Journey”

“Our pan-fried scallops (had) equal measures of sweet, salty and peppery. Great…The Tuscan spiced chicken had bags of flavour." "Bear hugs to the pastry chef…A trio of starry desserts…the hot lemon souffle, with a quenell of fuschia blackcurrant sorbet on the side, was splendid. Spiced coffee and milk chocolate mousse put the ding! in the pudding."

BAR REVIEWS

The Sunday Herald - Bar Stool— Reviewed 01st July 2012 Andy Gemmell, The Sunday Herald (July 2012)

“Great blend of classic and modern.” “The staff were excellent." "…a great wee bar menu with lots of sharing platters and lovely nibbles…prices were great for the ambience and service." "It is quite rare to get a standard as high as this in touristy desitinations"

Homes and Interiors— Reviewed 01st March 2012 Emma Langman, Homes & Interiors Scotland (March 2012) “Transformed into a chic and contemporary island getaway, perfect for a weekend retreat…. a luxurious, elegant cocoon with 21 comfortable bedrooms”

The Daily Record— Reviewed 04th February 2012 Melanie Harvey, Daily Record, February 2012 "Restored to its former glory" "Just the right combination of modern and classic" "Fabulous dinner in a warm and stylish restaurant … the dining room serves wonderful food, the waiters were knowledgeable and friendly."

Press and Journal— Reviewed 28th January 2012 Shona Gossip, Press & Journal, January 2012 "Dinners were delicious … quite possibly the best pudding I have had." "Each of the 21 luxury rooms has been decorated in contemporary, simple tones but It is easy to see the amount of tender loving care that has gone into the work."

Scotland The Best— Reviewed 18th January 2012 Scotland the Best, 2012 "Has raised the game in Arran immeasurably … the new place to go on this or any other island." "Seems to up the ante for all other hotels on the island… the New Arran it."

The Michelin Guide, 2012— Reviewed 15th January 2012 Spacious, light-filled bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style… classical French dishes with slight modern twists.

The Sun— Reviewed 14th January 2012 Steven Castelluccia, The Sun (January 2012) “The luxurious Douglas Hotel makes any visit to Arran complete.”

“A hugely impressive 21-room boutique bolthole. The interiors are chic with a warm, luxurious feel — we felt relaxed seconds after stepping through the door. … The staff couldn’t have been friendlier.”

“The main dinner event, a mouth-watering Chateaubriand steak, hung on a skewer so the juices of the perfectly cooked meat could mix with a Café de Paris butter and ooze down to the plate.”

“There’s something special in watching the last ferry of the evening pull out of port as you sip a whisky in the hotel’s cosy bar.”

Scotland on Sunday— Reviewed 01st January 2012 Fiona Leith, Scotland on Sunday (January 2012) ‘”The service was exceptional. “ “Arran Aromatics toiletries are a gorgeous treat and there’s a plasma screen TV should you tire of the breathtaking views.” “We could hardly fault a menu that included Lamlash mussels in wine, cream and garlic, Arran beer-battered haddock with pea puree, and Scottish sirloin with peppered Arran blue cheese cream (their factory and shop are a stroll away).” “The candlit restaurant was bustling with locals, attracted to the sophisticated service from a young but worldly staff.”

Lorne Gardner, Daily Mail, November 2011— Reviewed 24th November 2011 It is a forlorn challenge to find fault. The staff are delightful, a friendly face at every turn – and the hotel is the perfect base for exploring the stunning isle of Arran.

A £7million investment has transformed the Douglas into a stylish and classy boutique establishment …vibrant and modern. … Our room was spacious, warm and comfortable – the en-suite bathroom bigger than some of the hotel rooms I have occupied in the past. But it is the view that truly takes your breath away, with Brodick Bay laid out in front of you, the castle poking its head through the trees in the distance and Goat Fell offering a majestic backdrop. The dining experience really got the taste buds going. The Chateaubriand served on a skewer still has me licking my lips at the memory. It was cooked so perfectly that the steak knife was redundant – you could cut it with your finger.

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KA27 8AW

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2012 New Hotel of the Year and Bedroom Design Award
2013 Boutique Hotel of the Year & Good Food Award
2014 Regional Winner of the Boutique Hotel
2015 Receptionist of the Year (Kate Russell)
2016 Regional Winner for Bar Dining & Most Hospitable Hotel
2016 Food and Beverage Manager of the Year 2016 (Craig Lindsay)