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Dowans Hotel

Dowans Road, Aberlour AB38 9LS, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Aberlour
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
TwoEnt Kinross, United Kingdom
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kinross, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived at the Dowans after quite a long and tiring journey on the Saturday night, the place itself is in a lovely location and the views are beautiful. The hospitality leaves to the imagination.... the place has huge potential and with a lot of money spent on it and professionalism could be a 5 star country house. Don't get... More

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Craigellachie, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I have just returned this evening (17/8/14) from having our dinner in Bistro 57. We both had a fantastic time, the staff were very friendly and helpful as they have always been on the other occasions we have dined at the Dowans. The food too was great and of and excellent standard. I would certainly recommend a... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here with a couple of friends as we toured some of the region's many whisky distilleries. The hotel was great. A family-run place, it's recently been modernised and while not all of the work is complete, you can see what a difference it's making. The rooms are lovely - spacious and modern but with plenty of character. A good... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are truly delighted that you enjoyed yourselves and really appreciate the kind words. We hope that you make it back here one day but in the meantime we wish you well on your new adventure. More

Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

As part of the wedding party who stayed here last weekend, I left the Dowans Hotel with a few mixed feelings. On arrival to the hotel, my family made our way to Reception passing electricians, workmen and water hoses cleaning the patio area. It was clear the hotel was still being renovated which in itself is not a problem, I... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

We thought long and hard before responding to this review as, in essence, we are responding to the same issues that we have already responded on and ultimately we may just have to accept that we cannot ameliorate your opinion of us. Yes, we are a family business and yes we are all extremely passionate about it and the service... More

1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I begin by saying we had made reservations months ago and the owners were aware we were a wedding party and being part of the bridal party I am very disappointed. This hotel has been redecorated to a very high standard, but there is no point if the owners have no concept of hospitality! To be painting doorways and halls... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

As all other guests, you are entirely entitled to your opinion. However, your 'opinion' that we need a lesson in hospitality is not only rude but also entirely unfounded; demonstrated by our previous reviewers who would tend to disagree. It should firstly be clarified that the wedding was not being held here hence our advertising as a wedding venue is... More

Grantown On spey Scotland
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129 reviews 129 reviews
31 hotel reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What a find. Four of us had lunch today. Food was excellent as was service. Will certainly be back for dinner. Nice to see a family business doing well. They have done a beautiful job of the make over so far. Cannot wait to book and try dinner with friends in one of the booths.

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Darwin, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We arrived in the afternoon and were welcomed very warmly by everyone. Even though they are renovating they still managed to make us feel special. We had one of the renovated rooms and wow is the word that comes to mind. It was very comfortable with nice touches like warmed floor in bathroom and nice toiletries. Did not have dinner... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and we very much look forward to welcoming you back here again. More

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The location of Dowan's is perfect for checking out Speyside and surrounding areas. There is literally a distillery just a few meters down the road. The owner's are in the midst of upgrading and updating the rooms and decor, but we never felt as though we were in the way. Once the transformation is complete this will be "the place"... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I stayed for 2 nights and could not have been made more welcome. Yes - its a work in progress as the family are steadily and tastefully renovating the premises, so workmen were about in the day, but don't let that put you off. The room were nicely appointed, spotlessly clean and the effort the family made to make sure... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My parents and I stayed here after touring part of the Malt Whisky trail in Dufftown. The Dowans sits on the top of the hill near the end of town providing a great view of the valley near the Spey River. You can walk down the hill to meet up with a great path to walk the Spey River, go... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words and we are very happy to hear that yourself and your parents enjoyed your time here with us. We enjoyed meeting the three of you and hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Scotland! More

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Address: Dowans Road, Aberlour AB38 9LS, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Moray > Aberlour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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Set high above the picturesque Spey Valley, overlooking the village of Aberlour and the River Spey below, The Dowans Hotel offers a rare opportunity for guests to relax and enjoy the elegance of a fine Highland hotel. Built over 100 years ago, now converted to a first class hotel. ... more   less 
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