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Dowans Hotel

Aberlour AB38 9LS, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Aberlour
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have just stayed at the Dowans Hotel in Aberlour. We both had a wonderful time, beautiful room and the most delicious food. We usually stay at Craigellachie Hotel but wow the Dowans is stunning. The hosts were lovely and we cannot wait to return.

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Forfar, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had stayed at this hotel under its previous owners, what a change! a warm welcome and homely atmosphere. Recently the hotel has had a very tasteful makeover, but the bar has not been changed, it's still the old world bar with its views over the Spey, and a few! bottles of the amber liquid to brows and taste. It... More

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Munich, Germany
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

great setting and nice house with superb family running it the bar itself is worthwhile a visit, because of the great whiskey choices food was good as was breakfast prices where the highest on our trip although off season but the service and friendliness made well up for this

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your kind words. We look forward to having you stay with us again sometime in the future. More

Keith, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I have eaten there a few times now and it has been excellent every time, the food doesn't just look beautiful it tastes it too, the hotel itself has been decorated to a very high standard in keeping with the building, and the new owners are very friendly and inviting, well worth every penny, it's now my favourite place to... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Very high praise indeed which we sincerely are very grateful for and whilst you have set the bar high we will do everything in our power to hopefully ensure that your future visits are just as enjoyable! More

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Had a wonderful experience. Under renovation, but will be beautiful once complete. Great bar. You meet the whole family from check-in, and it makes it even more fun to be part of their dream. Location was perfect, I was happy to be a few blocks outside of the main drag.

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us as that makes all the effort put in by everyone here worthwhile. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to welcome you here again in the near future. More

Cle Elum, Washington
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I operate a small group tour company in Scotland and we run about a dozen tours a year. One of the things that really sets us apart, is the accommodations we choose to reflect the theme of each tour. When I found Dowans, I was very excited that we found something exceptional, but I was basically disappointed from the moment... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Though disappointed by it nevertheless we will just have to accept that our renovation of this wonderful old building did not suit your particular taste but will take comfort that we are going in the right direction from the positive feedback on it that we have had from the vast majority of the reviews received.... More

aberdeen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We are just back from a very enjoyable evening in the lovely family run Dowans Hotel. Our room had recently been totally refurbished to a very comfortable standard which included a wet room. The management and staff are all extremely helpful and hardworking. We had a very nice meal in the lovely restaurant, we most certainly be making another visit... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you here again. More

Dornoch, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Recently stayed at this excellent family run hotel with group of friends and can honestly say that the individual family members made our stay memorable from check-in to reluctant check-out. The hotel is being sympathetically and tastefully redecorated and upgraded with thus far impressive results. The Spe fine dining room is exquisite and the lovely surrounding enhanced the flavour of... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It was our pleasure to host your party and we look forward to seeing you here again one day. More

Charlotte, nc
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This charming country house hotel was built in the late 1800s situated up on a hill overlooking the River Spey. Although you drive up to the back side of the property, it will still impress you as it is being caringly restored & delight to stay at. We chose this property knowing that it was still undergoing renovation yet none... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Your kind words and description about our "project of love" in renovating this beautiful old building and bringing it back to the high standards that it enjoyed previously are greatly appreciated. Positivity is the best provider of energy! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Stayed at the Dowans with friends on Speyside whisky tour. What a charming and inviting place. The common areas (restaurant, bar, sitting area) have been redone with a designer's touch, very impressive indeed, as have most of the rooms. The collection of single malt whiskys at the bar was truly enjoyable. FInally, and most importantly, the family that owns and... More

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MurrayFamilyDowans, Owner at Dowans Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review. It is comments like yours that make us strive even more to provide each and every one of our guests a truly pleasurable experience whilst they are with us. More

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Also Known As:
Dowans Hotel Aberlour
Dowans Hotel Aberlour, Scotland
Address: Aberlour AB38 9LS, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Moray > Aberlour
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Aberlour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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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