We had planned this night as our 1 luxury night of our road trip in Scotland - staying in a scottish castle! We opted for the four poster bed with exclusive use of hot tub, champagne and chocolates. Great deal for £140, so we thought. The sat nav took us to the distillery rather than the hotel itself. When I tried calling the land line it wasn't working. We started to think the place didn't exist, when we did get through we were told that the sat nav will do that and to continue down the same road. My first advise to the hotel owners is to state that on their website. Secondly, when we arrived we were told the card machine had broken the night before at a wedding and therefore we would have to pay cheque or cash. They could have advised that on the phone 10 minutes previously when we called. Once we arrived we were seen to our room and then came downstairs for a couple of drinks in the bar and some dinner. We were effecitvely the only guests staying apart from a few wedding guests from the previous night who we saw later on that evening. After dinner we went for a walk in the grounds, however we soon discovered that the owners (whether current or previous) had in fact sold off a lot of land and there wasn't really anywhere to walk to. We did however find the hot tub .... dusty, full of leaves and a broken branch! So when we enquired about the 'exclusive' (by that I mean walk down two flights of stairs, out the front door and round the side of the castle opposite the staff kitchen door!) use of the hot tub we were told they tried it last night for the bride and groom but it had tripped the electrics. I'm afraid to say that hot tub had not been touched in months. We managed to get a discount for the whole evening and gave back the champagne and chocolates as we were not bothered about our romantic night of luxury, however, we wish we had left and seeked alternative accommodation instead.
Decoration in the bedroom was tired especially the dated pink bathroom suite with pink carpet, food was average - chicken with haggis served with leaves and chips - rather an odd combination and breakfast was locally sourced from Morrisons.
A big disappointment compared with some of the delightful self catering and B&B's we had already stayed in for half the cost.
- Also Known As:
- Teaninich Castle Hotel Inverness, Scotland