Lovely location, lovely building from the outside, but am afraid our experience was not so lovely.
As you enter the reception/boot room you are greeted with a sign in large letter BOOTS OFF! please would not go amiss. Then it was boots on again as we were told that our bags had been delivered and were in the shed outside.
the receptionist while not rude seemed to have a rather "can`t be bothered attitude" .
The rest of the building whilst reasonably clean is rather dated. I thought YHs were being updated. This one is is need of at least a lick of paint.
My room had bunk beds in it which would not have been out of place in "Porridge". Again while reasonably clean it smelled musty, possibley because it was next to a shower which at some time looked as if it had leaked causing the skirting in the room to rot. It had been covered in a bit of gloss paint though??
In a hostel you get basic, that is expected and is not a problem. But we would have expected a slightly warmer welcome at least and better information. At £31.50 for the night it was not a lot to pay although later in our WHW walk we stayed in a B andB for £29 and had a totally different experience, and another hostel, with a postive experience.
In short it needs a bit of an upgrade in the internal appearance and attitude.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rowardennan Lodge is set on the banks of Loch Lomond at the base of Ben Lomond. The West Highland Way passes directly past its front door making it an ideal stop along the way. The youth hostel is accessible by car and on foot as well as via the Loch Lomond Waterbus which operates direct from the hostel. Wi-Fi during your stay: We do our best to deliver a free Wi-Fi service but apologise that connectivity, particularly in our rural locations, can be intermittent due to the level of our current broadband provision along with high usage when the youth hostel is busy. Please be assured we are endeavouring to improve where we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rowardennan Hotel Rowardennan
- Rowardennan Lodge SYHA Scotland