The 18th century Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in Luss on Loch Lomond, opened in August 2012 after a £3 million renovation.
The popularity of the comfort, the facilities and services and the location of the hotel has been demonstrated by a sell-out success in its first Christmas in operation.
And this didn’t come by courtesy of Santa Claus,. It came from a good idea, committed investment, hard work and an admirable service ethos.
The growing trend for increasing numbers of us to eat out on Christmas Day saw almost 100 guests served not just turkey with all the trimmings, but an innovative menu that offered a choice of the best locally sourced food.
When The Taste of the Nation survey issued its findings last year, it highlighted the growing trend for today’s consumers to eat out as never before. Despite continued economic challenges, the average UK consumer eats out about 198 times a year and Christmas is clearly part of that pattern for many.
A recent report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) seems to support this trend, showing that working on Christmas Day in the UK has increased by 78% over the last eight years, with significant numbers of those – around 14,000 people – employed in the hospitality and catering sector.
Alastair Borland, General Manager of the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, says: ‘We couldn’t have asked for a better response to mark our first Christmas, having only opened the hotel in late summer.
‘The increase in bookings made to dine out on Christmas Day could be down to a desire to enjoy the luxury of dining out while at the same time benefiting from the comfort of homely surroundings. That’s exactly what we’re able to provide at the Loch Lomond Arms. Our restaurant areas include open fires and tastefully subdued interiors, creating an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation.
‘Eating out also gives everyone the chance to take time out from what can be a hectic few months in the run up to Christmas, including the stress of having to prepare a large meal. Once guests have had their Christmas dinner with us, they have the option to relax in the bar or head home.
‘I think it’s this element of flexibility that appeals to guests and probably helps make for a more restful day overall, allowing everyone simply enjoy the celebration.’
Surrounded by the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and in the picture postcard village of Luss – the hotel provides 14 exquisitely designed en-suite bedrooms and a traditionally styled bar and restaurant. This serves up some of the best freshly prepared food in the area.
The Inchconnachan Suite, situated in the hotel gardens, caters for up to 200 guests, has its own kitchens and a state-of the-art projector screen and microphone links, allowing this to be a multipurpose venue for a range of events.
Only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and even closer to Glasgow International Airport, the hotel has quickly cemented a reputation that can take many within the industry years to attain, both with the local market and with those from further afield.
There are several whisky distilleries and a local brewery within easy reach of the hotel and the nearby Lomond Shores centre offers more opportunities for shopaholics.
The Loch Lomond Arms room rates, including a full Scottish breakfast, currently start from £80 single occupancy and £120 based on two sharing – and always check the website for seasonal offers.
It is as important for the village of Luss as it is for the Luss Estates, which owns the hotel, that this clear sighted venture is a commercial success and becomes a stable part of what the village and the area has to offer to visitors.
On this performance in its early days, the picture is looking very good indeed.