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“A Warm welcome even in the deep snow !” 5 of 5 stars
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International Starters Restaurant & Rooms
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   131 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RL, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #19 of 34 Aviemore B&B and Inns
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“A Warm welcome even in the deep snow !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2010

We have stayed at Aviemore IS on a number of occasions now, great for a last minute getaway from the busy streets of Scotland's Capital. We have eaten on too many occasions to count at IS in Edinburgh's Leith, so it was fantastic to enjoy very different surroundings with the same attention to detail when it comes to serving food.

Fraser (owner, manager) is always on hand to make sure we are being looked after and the rest of the staff were great, you can tell the place is family run, not something you get to experience on many occasions.

The Room was very pleasant and clean, we had a few drinks in the bar area before enjoying a lovely meal in the restaurant which was busy but not rushed.

Thoroughly enjoyable and will return again in the future.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Glasgow
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

We stayed in the hotel for one night. The staff were friendly and attentive. The room (number 11) was small and at the back of the hotel, which was fine. However, the standard of housekeeping was poor. There were cobwebs hanging from the ceiling, dust in the air (until we opened the window), a few strands of hair in the shower and lots of visible dust and hair in the corners of the bathroom. This is very off putting and it makes you wonder what else hasn't been cleaned properly. Although, I can advise that the toilet, wash basin and bed linen were clean.
The main attraction of the hotel (to us) is its location on Grampian Road, which is handy for visiting pubs and other places of interest.
Breakfast is included in the price and it was fine.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

This was our second visit to International Starters and we were delighted with the service we recieved. It is only a couple of hours from the capital and feels like a great escape from city life. Great concept for food where you get many more choices rather than one big plateful. There is nothing worse than when you see the person next to you eating something that you wished you had tried - this way you can have more of the menu without being greedy!! We stayed in room 1 which was at the front of the hotel and was very comfortable and private. The room was very well maintained and clean. Modern and well equipped without being fussy. The staff were very warm and welcoming and treated us like an old friend that was returning. Nothing was too much trouble during our evening meal or breakfast the following morning and the food was great! We were able to enjoy the relaxed surroundings of the bar long into the night. Even if you don't stay it's a must for food!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

my husband and myself were meeting our family who were already in aviemore, we booked through latebooking staff were cheerful room clean, however when we used loo the noise was horrendous, and it went on for about 2 or three minutes, also big disappointment in shower it was just a trickle main aim was try and get wet, believe me it wasnt easy. Final night we arrived back about 9.45pm hoping for a nightcap but the restaurant and bar were all locked up "due to a technical fault".

Probably would use again but would definitely check plumbing before stopping!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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edinburgh
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

My husband and I stayed at International restaurant and rooms for a weekend getaway in September. When we arrived the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We stayed in Room 1 at the front of the building which was very quiet, clean and private. Fraser, the manager, went out of his way to make sure we had a lovely stay. We ate in the restaurant at night and thoroughly enjoyed everything we tried. The restaurant was great value too! Breakfast was very tasty and set you up for the day. I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Aviemore.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

We stayed overnight at the hotel to take full adavntage of the snow in Aviemore. Our room was clean and adequate, although the bathroom was small and the plumbing was obviously in need of an overhaul - the water pressure was poor, the shower failed to drain properly and when you flushed the toilet the sink gurgled. The window in the bedroom had a venetian blind which proved totally useless at keeping any light at bay. The breakfast was tiny and very limited. But the worst thing was the service - the members of staff both on reception and the waiting staff were sullen and moody. We were made to feel quite uncomfortable, as if we were disturbing them and intruding on their time. Even the simple task of what we would like for breakfast was muttered, like being served by a stroppy teenager. not one of the staff smiled at any time. A shame - the hotel itself is fine, but the management desperately need to train their staff in customer care.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

My husband and I really enjoyed our 2 night stay. The staff were all very pleasant, polite and attentive. We had a nicely decorated, bright, airy room at the front of the property. The bathroom was very clean and modern. The breakfast was cooked to order and very tasty, although there was a limited choice of continental breakfast options.

This is a great location for enjoying the sights, restaurants and bars. Roo's Leap always proves a winning choice for a great burger. The Indian restaurant gets really busy so best to go early. You'll find a good choice of live music venues such as Cairngorm hotel, great accordian and fiddle duo on a Saturday night. The Rothiemurcus Estate offers a great choice of outdoor activities, walks etc, there's a lovely farm shop and restaurant with fab home-made cakes, which is definitely worth a visit. We would definitely go back to this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about International Starters Restaurant & Rooms

Address: 131 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Aviemore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Aviemore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — International Starters Restaurant & Rooms 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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