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Royal Golf Hotel

The First Tee Grange Road, Dornoch IV25 3LG Scotland
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#2 of 6 hotels in Dornoch
Travellers' Choice
Just 20 metres from Royal Dornoch's first tee (ranked 2nd best in the world by Golf Digest), The Royal Golf Hotel and Apartments are a golfer's paradise providing a warm Highland welcome and luxury accommodation. Our hotel's 22 four-star, en-suite bedrooms are individually styled, and overlook both the golf course and the Dornoch Firth. Free WiFi internet access. A moments walk away are the hotel's twelve Apartments, with each featuring a fully equipped and modern kitchen, comfortable lounge and contemporary dining area. All apartments feature two large double / twin bedrooms and two bathrooms, with every luxury expected from these superior apartments. The Conservatory restaurant serves a wide variety of delicious, seasonal and locally sourced dishes in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. 'Camerons' lounge bar is a popular 19th hole destination with its well-stocked bar and range of single malt whiskies.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Non-smoking hotel
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Mr weir wrote a review Nov 2020
5 contributions
Dornoch open once again was superb course was testing and accomadation looking onto first tee at the royal golf is golf nirvana. Restrictions aside due to covid19 we had single occupancy rooms magic as most of the party i was with snore like mad and i had 2 wonderful nights not listening to them.The staff in the dining room were super friendly and certainly enjoyed their job well done.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Ags wrote a review Oct 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom1315 contributions76 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night on our NC500 trip. On arrival, we had our temperature taken by the staff and all being fine, were allowed to enter. Our room was along a corridor and up the stairs on the first floor. The room was fine and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom had a lovely large shower. I realise it’s an old hotel but it definitely needs a facelift especially around the communal areas, walls etc. We decided to have dinner in the hotel but unfortunately hubby’s choice was not good. He chose the venison casserole which we would have expected to be tender, but unfortunately it was not so he asked them to replace with another meal. The young waiter said he would take it to the kitchen to ‘check’! Overall the stay was acceptable for one night.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
SRar wrote a review Sep 2020
25 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a lovely friendly welcome into the hotel and had a couple of drinks in the bar area which was lovely. Our room however was down a really tiny corridor along from the kitchen which meant we kept bumping into staff with no social distancing. Our room wasn’t overly clean (hairs in shower tray and gritty), paint was peeling off the wall etc and just looked generally tired. Getting past that, the toilet flushed by itself all night, the light shines heavily under the door so we put a towel down to stop this. There was also a lot of noise from staff and the kitchen so overall not a good sleep in this room.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Robert Ratcliffe, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel
Responded 8 Oct 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. I am pleased that were offered our usual warm highland welcome and enjoyed drinks in the bar. I am very sorry however if you felt your bedroom was not to your expectations. For the benefit of the tripadvisor community, I should just like to clarify a couple of points. The corridor to which you are referring is just over one metre wide which is not too narrow. This is an old building so inevitably a few areas are smaller than others. Most guests would say it gives the hotel character. Social distancing in a confined space or narrowish corridor is difficult and the mutual responsibility of both parties. The corridor then leads to the West Wing which comprises four bedrooms which I hasten to add are earmarked for a total refurbishment this winter including new carpets which ought to prevent the light shining in under the door! During these unusual times the restaurant closes at 8.45 pm and the bar at 10 pm so normally staff have left the building by 10.30 pm. I will however remind the team to be mindful of the bedroom in question. I have to say though, it would have been constructive if you had pointed out these shortcomings whilst you were staying with us to give me an opportunity to put things right. Thank you again for your feedback. Kind regards, Robert Ratcliffe Hotel Manager
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Charlie59_11 wrote a review Sep 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom248 contributions128 helpful votes
We stayed at the Royal Dornoch Hotel for one night on a family trip. Everything absolutely excellent. I had a great room (Ross Suite) with the most fantastic views over Royal Dornoch Golf Course and the beach. Fantastic! Friendly welcome on arrival. Room spotlessly clean and COVID-19 rules observed. Bar staff friendly and good service. The restaurant is 1st class - nice menu, lots of choice and meals freshly prepared at dinner & breakfast. Staff friendly and efficient. All first class and certainly highly recommended. Thank you to the hotel team.
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Date of stay: September 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from Robert Ratcliffe, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel
Responded 21 Sep 2020
Dear Charlie, Many thanks for taking the time out to review your recent stay at The Royal Golf Hotel. I hope you enjoyed your family trip. I am thrilled that you had such a wonderful stay and that we appear to have met (and hopefully exceeded) all your expectations. The team will be delighted and will take enormous encouragement, especially during these challenging times. I do hope you will visit us again at some point in the future. Kind regards, Robert Ratcliffe Hotel Manager
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Mark H wrote a review Sep 2020
Dornoch, United Kingdom4 contributions3 helpful votes
Visited the hotel over Friday and Saturday 18th and 19th. There was six of us and hotel staff were great and when we went to the bar the manager asked us to sit at separate tables so we would be adhering to covid guide lines. We noticed this woman who walked by and gave our group a very disparaging look and then she left a very bad review on this site stating that the hotel did not follow guidelines. This type of review can be very destructive in this environment as the hotel and its staff are trying their best to let patrons have a pleasant stay at the same time trying to keep patrons safe. If Mairi H does not feel safe coming out of her house and mixing with other people without leaving this type of review then she should stay in and be a keyboard warrior from the safety of her computer room. The staff were excellent and friendly and I would recommend anyone to visit.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
1 Helpful vote
Response from Robert Ratcliffe, General Manager at Royal Golf Hotel
Responded 21 Sep 2020
Dear Mark, Many thanks for your kind review following your weekend stay with your five golfing friends. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Dornoch, you certainly had fine weather which is a plus at any time but especially when golfing. I will pass on your comments to the team and hope we will have an opportunity to welcome you back in the not too distant future when hopefully the current situation will have improved. Kind regards, Robert Ratcliffe Hotel Manager
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US$120 - US$305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsCaithness and SutherlandDornoch
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Golf Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Royal Golf Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Dornoch Beach (0.3 km), Historylinks Museum (0.4 km), and Dornoch Cathedral (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Royal Golf Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Royal Golf Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Royal Golf Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Royal Golf Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Royal Golf Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Courtroom, Sutherland House, and Mara at Links House.
Is Royal Golf Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Dornoch.
Are any cleaning services offered at Royal Golf Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Royal Golf Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Royal Golf Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Royal Golf Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Janet Horne Memorial Stone (0.3 km).