I will come back to the hotel in general in a moment but first i have to say that, as someone with a reasonable appetite, I have often commented on how hotels etc could perhaps push the boat out with an additional sausage or rasher of bacon at breakfast.
I am no hotelier but i do understand the basic principles of waste and cross-subsidy, and as such have wondered why a hotel could not perhaps offer an "upgrade" option.
Ta-daaaa. Whilst the 'standard' size breakfast would no doubt be fine for many visitors, there is an option to have a larger version for just a few pounds more - thus those with smaller appetites are not wasting food or being over-charged, whilst folk such as myself are more than happy to accept the upgrade option.
The hotel could not really be better situation for Aviemore, being on the main road, directly opposite a train station (there was no noise disturbance) and having adequate car-parking.
The hotel exterior and interior has character - this is NOT your typical characterless lump of corporate friendly brick and glass. Now i am not going to say it is the most plush or luxurious of hotels BUT it is the sort of place you can walk into and instantly feel comfortable.
The hotel has an adjoining restaurant and then bar - seemingly popular with both visitors and locals alike (which i feel suggests something). There was a minor irritation that, having initially sat in the bar, we had to move into the restaurant area in order to eat a 'proper' meal rather than a bar snack but that was hardly the end of the world.
Our meals were chosen from an expansive menu, were of good home-cooked style and service was astoundingly quick given how busy the place was.
The room itself, again was not luxurious, but was pleasantly adorned and decorated tastefully, it was clean and not claustrophobically small - although the bath was not meant for anyone of 6ft2.
Hotel reception and restaurant staff were pleasant and engaging - overall a great place we shall delight in revisiting.
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