Both locals and tourists alike have fond memories of time spent at The Douglas Hotel, which has played host to generations of guests over the years.
It originally provided accommodation for acquaintances of the Duke of Hamilton, the laird of Brodick Castle. And later, it was the base for prospective Submarine Commanding Officers while completing their rigorous training on the Royal Navy’s gruelling Perisher Course.
The original two and a half storey residence was built in 1782 and is typical of a sizeable dwelling from that period. It later became the local doctor’s home and medical practice up until 1852 when it was converted into a hotel.
A red sandstone (quarried on Arran) and slate-roofed extension was then added to the front of the original house in 1858 and the grounds were landscaped.
The first manager of the hotel, a successful hotelier by the name of Peter Macdonald, was brought to the island from Glasgow by the Marquis of Douglas, and he became a well-respected member of the community. This coincided with the removal of the island’s ferry port from below Brodick Castle at the other side of Brodick Bay to its current location on the pier, so encouraging a brisk tourist trade.
A dining room/function suite wing to the west was subsequently attached to the building, matching the red sandstone and slate, and mimicking the eaves and chimneys of the original structure. In truth, The Douglas as it is today would never have been possible were it not for the enigmatic Sean Henry. After taking over the hotel in 2010, his investment, drive and vision literally transformed the business, creating jobs for young islanders and providing the essential ingredients for a pleasant stay: attentive service, gorgeous rooms with lovely views, and a talented Kitchen Brigade.
In loving memory of Sean Henry 1966 – 2019.
2023 Prestige Hotel Awards - Highly Recommended - Scotland's Best 4 Star Hotel (West)
2022 Prestige Hotel Awards - Highly Recommended - Scotland's Best Boutique Hotel
2020 Prestige Hotel Awards - Winner - Scotland's Best Boutique Hotel
2020 Prestige Hotel Awards - Runner Up - Best Hotel Team
2019 Prestige Hotel Awards - Winner - Best Couples Hotel
2018 Prestige Hotel Awards - Winner - Best Boutique Hotel
2017 Prestige Hotel Awards - Winner - Independent Hotel Of The Year
2016 Scottish Thistle Awards - Regional Winner - Most Hospitable Hotel Central South West
2016 Scottish Hotel Awards - Food and Beverage Manager of the Year 2016
2015 Scottish Hotel Awards - Receptionist of the Year 2015
2014 Scottish Hotel Awards - Regional Winner of best Boutique Hotel
2013 Scottish Hotel Awards - Boutique Hotel of the Year & Good Food Award
2012 Scottish Hotel Awards - New Hotel of the Year
2012 Scottish Hotel Awards - Bedroom Design Award
2012 Scottish Hotel Awards - Gold Laurel, Outstanding Achievement for Restoration