by UK Flower Girl
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
September 29, 2004
The hotel itself was situated on the harbour at Portree. It’s a white-washed building facing colourful pink and blue buildings. The mountains rise out of the loch to form a spectacular backdrop. We were on the main floor/sub-floor and had a partially blocked view of the street and harbour out of the front of the hotel. Our room was done in a pink motif with flowers we both could have done without. There was a tiny black-and-white television in the corner of the room, which didn’t matter much to us since we don’t watch it much, it was just humorous. In general, it was a little dismal and dated, but sufficient as we wouldn’t be spending much time there.
We made our dinner reservations upon check-in. We were also treated with a welcome drink by the young woman behind the desk. I chose sherry and my husband had a dram of some cheap scotch.
Parking at the hotel can be tricky if it is busy, since there are limited spaces available for the entire harbour area. If there are no places out front, you have to continue down to the end of the front area to the car park at the end. It was tight, so we backed the car in the corner space, hoping we would be able to get out in the morning.
Dinner was an unexpected delight. The hotel employs two professional chefs. I had an excellent salad of hot smoked chicken breast with apricot and apple chutney as a starter. For dinner, I ordered the Seared Filet of Marinated Salmon set on a Spring Onion Mash in a Pool of White Wine and Chive Sauce. I couldn’t resist the Gingerbread Crème Brulee with shortbread for dessert. The three-course meal outright would have been £24 per person.
Sitting next to us at dinner were two American women from New York and Kansas. We enjoyed a nice conversation over dinner with these two friendly women and exchanged some travel tips. They were doing their entire holiday by public transportation, supplemented with hired local drivers for sightseeing.
Overall, the hotel met my expectations for a three-star hotel even though their website still touts it as a four-star. Dinner almost made up for the room being dismal. The hotel staff was professional and friendly.
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