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Dowans Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
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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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
Jasonspivey Wimbledon, England
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wimbledon, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked the hotel for a surprise birthday for a good friend. I've stayed in a significant number of boutique hotels around the world and can say this hotel is up there with many of the best. The decor is beautiful, with every detail taken care of. Clearly they are going through and extensive refurbishment project - I am pleased... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent one night here with my sister after we finished a skiing mini break. I was most impressed. It is really a top notch hotel. Beautiful interior, fabulous newly landscaped outdoor area for when the better weather comes, our bedroom and en suite were perfect, roomy and decked out to a very high spec. Menus varied and delicious, service... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked an overnight stay at the Dowans Hotel as a special treat for my mother's 90th birthday. It proved to be an inspired choice: The warm and friendly welcome from the Murray family, the atmosphere, quality of cuisine and high standard of accommodation made for a memorable break. They are 2 years into a 3 year upgrading and refurbishment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Last visited this hotel some 5 years ago. What a difference! The renovation is excellent, the owners really friendly, the staff really helpful. We fancied a different new year, with a quiet meal and relaxed evening/ New years day. We got that and more. An excellent evening meal, great quiz and really friendly atmosphere. If you fancy a quiet break,... More 

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely words. We had such a good time with everyone at Hogmanay and a pleasant night can never be bettered when you have such lovely people staying. We hope to welcome you back at some point soon! We will aim to have even more gins for you to try! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

My wife and I returned here for Hogmanay and New Year after a lovely time last year;this year was every bit as good. The hotel building itself is lovely and the work already carried out has only complemented and enhanced that. The new lounge bar is a triumph. Our room and its en-suite have been beautifully refurbished while the food... More 

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay and with such lovely words. It was lovely to see you both again and let's just hope that it isn't next year before you grace us with your presence! More 

Elgin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We recently had our family Christmas dinner at the Dowans hotel, the Christmas meal was first class and the potion sizes were good, all the staff were friendly and helpful. the hotel was recently taken over bye a family and have made some very good changes to the hotel and grounds, they are still updating the hotel so I can... More 

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

We thank you so much for taking the time to review your Christmas meal with us. It is an endless aim of ours to provide a service (and everything involved in it) that people will enjoy and remember. We hope that you will return in order to enjoy more of what we can offer. More 

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7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Very friendly welcome made us feel right at home, food was excellent, service first class, table settings so pretty. Would not hesitate to go again and would recommend it to friends and family. We didnt stay on this occasion so cant comment on the rooms.

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your evening with us. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with everybody that came to join us and we always hope that we have made our guest's stay (no matter how long) the best that we can. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the coming months! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

First re-visit since renovation started and very impressed. Lots of work on outside areas and entrance which really enhance the hotel . New outside sitting area looking over to the Spey a real bonus . We were shown one of the revamped rooms Benromach and decor quite stunning with a fantastic bathroom . The old lounge is being turned into... More 

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and it was lovely to see you again on Hogmanay. Hope to welcome you back sometime soon! More 

Aberlour, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Hearing it had new owners I decided to take my partner out for her birthday. Everything was ok up until the food part. Starters were incredibly over priced but they weren't the worst but everything fell apart at the main course. We both had steaks which came out on a plate full of water and everything else was tasteless and... More 

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are very disappointed that you didn't enjoy your meal with ourselves. However, We did do a check back with yourselves, which is our normal practice, to clarify if everything was fine with your food. We just wish that you had said something then to allow us the opportunity to address any issue that you... More 

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Stayed for one night on a business visit. The Murray's are very welcoming and so helpful. Feels like a city boutique hotel with a really homely feel - that's hard to pull off! Service excellent and with some renovations still to be completed will certainly be back. I had the Glenlivet room which was a very high standard. Recommend!

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We'll look forward to welcoming you back on another business trip soon! More 

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