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After taking a hiatus from writing for the past month, I was delighted to have the opportunity to have a complimentary stay in and review one of the most luxurious hotels on Loch Lomond. The Lodge on Loch Lomond, located in Luss, is a four star hotel directly on the shores of Loch Lomond with unparalleled views and a design paying homage to Scottish history with a modern edge. The restaurant and bar are open from morning until late, and room service is available throughout the day at a surcharge.
The hotel has a number of rooms, available to book both through comparison websites and directly through their website. The hotel has eight room types ranging from £124 to £214 per night during the week, the cost of which will increase by around 50% per evening over the weekend. The demand for rooms at the weekend are incredibly high, so if you’re planning to stay here then be sure to book far in advance. The hotel has a 8.4 rating on Booking.com, which I feel is overly critical based on the 4 star AA rating and what I observed during my stay.
The decor throughout the hotel is beautifully in keeping with the surroundings. The entire back wall of the restaurant and bar area is glass, allowing panoramic views of Loch Lomond and the munros surrounding it. Throughout the communal areas there are combinations of subtle coloured tartans, checked and stripes broken up by oversized chairs and sofas. There are hints to the Scottish history and design, such as the tartan carpets and lampshades and antler lampshades aside the beds.
The hotel is located in Luss, a small village located on the banks of Loch Lomond. It is around a forty minute drive from Glasgow city centre and airport, and provides a large car park for guests. The hotel overlooks the water, with a small stretch of pebble beach separating them. The town is just a five minute walk along the beach, with small shops, restaurants and other hotels. The nearest supermarket is in Balloch, so if you’re not travelling by car its advisable to factor in costs of purchasing everything from the hotel or to pack accordingly.
With 47 bedrooms and eight room types, the hotel offers everything from a standard double room, the Classic Graham, to a two bedroom suite, the Cuillin Suite. We stayed in a Deluxe Corbett, a large double room with a balcony overlooking the loch decorated in greys, blues and whites. The room featured his and hers sinks, a bath and a sauna as well as a sofa bed. The room was extremely spacious, with an abundance of floor and wardrobe space. The sauna was a very unique feature, perfect for those looking to hole up in their room. The room, and others, include access to the hotel’s leisure facilities which include a heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and steam room. Two glasses of champagne were delivered to our room a short while after check in which was a welcoming touch. A beautiful room, made all the better by the view from the large windows and balcony.
There were no issues with cleanliness throughout the entirety of the hotel. Everything in the room had been freshly laundered and cleaned upon arrival, and the restaurant and bar area were kept to a very high standard.
The Lodge on Loch Lomond is a perfect hotel not only for tourists, but for those commuting through from the surrounding areas for a short break. Just a short walk from Luss, where you can organise various water activities such as boat rides, kayaking and canoeing, you have the option to luxuriate in the hotel or go enjoy the Scottish countryside on your doorstep.