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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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3 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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

largs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 2 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

scotland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights in July. We had originally booked in to the Academy hotel but were offered an upgrade for the Highland. The hotels are all in a resort area so it can be quite confusing when checking in. Check in is at 4pm but we arrived early the front of house team were on the ball... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to speak to me on departure during your stay. As I said we really appreciate all feedback good and bad as it allows us to monitor our operation and make changes where necessary. The issues we discussed have certainly been used constructively and have been discussed in depths by all departments concerned. On your... More

Leuven, Belgium
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had one night in this hotel. We got a large comfortable room, very clean, quiet, great and extensive breakfast, nice location (walking distance to the center of Aviemore), nice staff, ... one of the best hotels we stayed in during our trip.

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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 read that we were one of the best hotels you stayed in during your trip. I look forward to welcoming you back to the Resort in the near future. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Operations Manager More

Athens, Greece
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent Hotel in a gorgeous area.Everything was offered in abundance.Excellent accommodation, food, swimming pool area. The breakfast offered was really rich and the restaurant staff very gentle and helpful. An excellent Hotel to stay in Aviemore.

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a positive review on trip advisor and choosing to stay at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort. It is encouraging to read the positive comments on the resort. We are extremely passionate about the high levels of service we deliver and our continued approach to offering the finest ingredients in out menus. It is... More

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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had one night only here in May but it was a beautiful room but it was a small pity it overlooked the car park and entrance and below the window they were doing laundry and deliveries etc, staff were very friendly and there were lots of amenities within the complex. We also had a meal in the restaurant and... More

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

Thank you for your positive review on trip advisor. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed the food within the resort. We have a number of restaurants in the resort from Italian to Steak. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kindest regards Lindsey Randall Operations Manager 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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