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Macdonald Highlands Hotel

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Aviemore Highlands, Aviemore PH22 1PN, Scotland
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Ranked #6 of 11 hotels in Aviemore
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
Audrey M Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Highland Hotel in a group of 8 golfers and had a lovely stay. The rooms have recently been refurbished and tastefully decorated. We were on a dbb deal with 2 rounds of golf at Spey Valley. The food was first class and we were luck enough to play golf in fantastic conditions. I would definitely recommend... More

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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I stayed at the MacDonald Highland Lodge with five friends for Thunder in the Glens. I was under the impression it was a 4* hotel! the first room I was given the wifi wouldn't work. I had to stand in the corridor outside the room. I finally got allocated a different room where I got wifi but no phone signal.... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
6 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to visit here for my brothers birthday. Last time we visited it wasn't great but we decided to give the place a chance and we liked the leisure facilities . We checked in and got to our room which was a bit small but good enough. We went to use the leisure facilities. With our last visit the... More

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Leeds
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65 reviews 65 reviews
27 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is only fair to start this review by saying that most of the staff did their best to resolve our issue and the poor rating has been given as the room should not have been passed by housekeeping in the first place. If we hadn't had the issue with the room then I'd have probably have gone for Average... More

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General M, Manager at Macdonald Highlands Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on trip advisor. I am sorry to hear that you had an issue with your room. Following further investigation manintenace have found a leaking pipe from the shower. This has now been resolved. Please be assured this is not our normal standard of service here at the Highlands Hotel, normally... More

Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always pick a Macdonald if possible but I am afraid the Highland Hotel in Aviemore was a disappointment. Every department of this 4star hotel seemed to be lacking in staff. First evening one very pleasant lady trying hard to cope alone at the bar. Breakfast on second morning there was a long queue of guests waiting to be served breakfast.....the... More

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General M, Manager at Macdonald Highlands Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on trip advisor. I am sorry you felt that there was a lack of staff. We continually review our rotas to ensure that the staffing levels are correct for the number of customers on resort. I will certainly feed this back to the department managers to ensure that this is... More

Boston, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
6 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This complex is amazing. The area is breathtaking with scenic views everywhere you look. It sounds silly, but I really enjoyed looking out the window early in the morning to see some of the wild bunnies hopping around. It was so peaceful and lushly green. The rooms and bathrooms are not huge, but were clean and neat. DO follow the... More

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General M, Manager at Macdonald Highlands Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on trip advisor. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay on the Resort. The scenery truly is wonderful here. The views from Craigellachie at the back of the Resort are amazing. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Operations Manager More

Gem Lake, MN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights on a recent trip through the Highlands and had a great time for our group. The kids loved the pool, and the play structure near the pool was top notch. I don't think there should be an extra charge for that, but we still loved it. Parents, don't be afraid to climb up there... More

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General M, Manager at Macdonald Highlands Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on trip advisor. I am pleased to hear the children all enjoyed the new children's activities centre. The new supervised play is a fantastic addition to the resort. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your dining experience in Giovanni's. I have passed your comments onto the Manager and he will certainly... More

Dumfries, Scotland, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have regularly stayed at the MacDonald Highland Hotel in Aviemore, and have always enjoyed dining in the Aspects restaurant. On my last two visits the bar has been raised even higher. The whole experience can now be truly be classed as "Fine Dining".

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General M, Manager at Macdonald Highlands Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a positive review on trip advisor. I am pleased to hear that all our hard work has paid off and you have noticed a difference. All the staff and management look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Operations Manager More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having a timeshare with Macdonalds at Dalfaber I have developed a love for Aviemore, and so decided to book a night away with my partner. Having stayed in the Academy before and being slightly dissapointed in the building as a whole I was interested to see the condition of the Highland Hotel...and what a contrast! We had a double room... More

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General M, Manager at Macdonald Highlands Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on trip advisor. I am pleased to hear that you were impressed with the newly refurbished Highlands Hotel. The Academy and the Inn will close in January and reopen in April as four star hotels with similar standards to the Highlands. We look forward to welcoming you back to the... More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy enough to find, room was nice and spacious. Four year old son loved the swimming pool and the activity centre. Breakfast was excellent, as was the food in the Italian restaurant, though quite busy. Only a few minor attention to details ie no cutlery on the table, water and glasses not replenished in the room, but all the staff... More

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General M, Manager at Macdonald Highlands Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on trip advisor. I am pleased to read that your son enjoyed the children's activity centre. The new activity centre is a great addition to the resort. This week all the children have been enjoying a fairy tale theme in the supervised play areas. I do hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you... More

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Address: Aviemore Highlands, Aviemore PH22 1PN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Aviemore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Highlands Hotel 4*
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Relax in style and complete comfort at the 4-star Macdonald Highlands Hotel. With 151 luxury rooms-with-a-view and its own signature restaurant, Aspects, boasting spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, the Highlands Hotel is ideal for discerning business and leisure travelers. For relaxation there's direct access to the Leisure Arena, a TV lounge with comfy sofas and a DVD player, and the cozy Laggan whiskey bar. ... more   less 
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