Booked this hotel last minute for a short break for myself and my husband so had to take a twin room rather than a double. The Inn is actually part of the MacDonald Highland Resort and has two other hotels (Highland Hotel and Four Seasons ) on site which appear to be more up market and are more expensive to stay in.
The rooms are quite small with dated furniture but they are clean and adequate because you spend little actual time in them anyway. We did, however, find the room too hot and that's without the heating on!
There are two restaurants on site-Aspects at the Highland Hotel and Giovanni's (Italian ) which is based in the Inn itself.
We ate at both and found the food and service to be of a very high standard. It really does seem to taste better when it is so well presented. We stayed dinner, bed and breakfast. We could choose anything from the menu but certain choices incurred an additional premium. I think it was £2 for a starter and dessert and £4 for a main which was well worth the extra but all the food (even those on standard menu) was excellent and very good value for money too.
When we ate at Giovanni's,the waitress had trouble opening the wine we had ordered. The first bottle, the cork broke off in he bottle and she had trouble opening the replacement, (in fact another customer ended up opening it for her). As a result we waited a few minutes for our wine. We were not troubled by this but the waitress still apologised several times and then we were not charged for the wine as recompense. Now that's what I call good service! A little different to what we received at The Arrochar in Argyll & Bute a few days later (see my review entitled "Not Impressed" posted a few days ago).
The Resort obviously caters for skiers and walkers but would suit families as there are bars, gym, shops, a cinema and a swimming pool and spa on site. We used the pool, which is large and warm. It has a slide and wave machine for the children and a jacuzzi but I can't comment on the spa or gym facilitues as we were not ther long enough to try them. You can walk down to the shops and facilities in Aviemore as it is only a couple of minutes by car.
I would recommend a trip up the Cairngorms on the furnicular, (the largest in Europe) as the view at the top is stunning (between the thick mist that comes and goes extremely quickly-one second thick mist through which you can see nothing and the next clear skies and unobstructed views). I still managed to get some good photos. It is very cold on the viewing platform, minus 1 when we were there, so wear warm clothes. There is also a shop and restaurant. The Cairngorms are very scenic as are the whole Highlands but I would advise a visit in summer if possible because the hillsides are covered in mist and clouds on dull days which restricts the views somewhat..
We went to the Loch Ness Visitor Centre and the exhibition gives you a history of the Loch and "Nessie" legend. Again, the Loch itself is beautiful, even on a dull day and you can take a cruise on the Loch if you wish.
So, all-in-all we enjoyed our stay. The Inn is comfortable if basic and a good base from which to explore the area. You could stay at one of the other hotels if you want higher standards but for a couple of days the Inn is fine and you can use all the facilities without having to pay the Hotel's prices.
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