I booked accommodation through the hotel's own website on 30 August. Got confirmation email etc. Turned up on 1 Sept to find the hotel is closed. I immediately assumed there was some sort of scam going on because I had to give credit card details to make the booking. I phoned my bank, no payment had been taken but I cancelled my card to be safe. In various shops in the town, we overheard locals and shop staff discussing the hotel. We went into Visit Scotland office to make them aware of our experience but it turns out they are well aware of it and that it is a regular occurance for people to book on websites, turn up to find hotel is closed and has been since a fire last year. Apparently, was supposed to re-open in March this year but the back of the hotel still has no roof. I have reported Dreadnought's website to Stirling Trading Standards and am much interested to hear what they say. Callendar is a tourist hub and Dreadnought is probably its biggest hotel. Scandalous that their website still takes bookings - and that these bookings require card payment details.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This place is temporarily closed. It will reopen in March 1, 2018 Originally built in the 17th Century by the Chieftain of the clan McNab as a hostelry for his fellow clasnmen travelling to the north, the Dreadnought has remained an important landmark as well as retaining a distinctive character of its own. From the wood panelled lounge bar to the architecturally listed stained glass windows, the Dreadnought has a very unique atmosphere. Centrally situated in the popular town of Callander, the 17th Century Dreadnought Hotel successfully combines the attractions of history with modern day comfort. Callander is the gateway to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, making it an ideal destination for a Scottish break. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dreadnought Hotel Callander, Scotland