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Kingsmills Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Culcabock Road, Inverness IV2 3LP, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #10 of 34 hotels in Inverness
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“The Perfect Highland Hogmanay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Celebrating a traditional Scottish Hogmanay at the totally superb Kingsmills Hotel, perfectly situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands within a short distance of some of the greatest scenic wonders of the world, and only a 15 minute walk from Inverness city centre, is an experience of a lifetime that you will never forget! So amazing an experience that we have been spending Hogmanay here since December 2006, and are returning on 29th December this year! What makes it so unforgettable? The Kingsmills is an absolutely beautiful hotel, spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated, and extremely comfortable. The lounge area and reception has extremely comfy sofas decorated with traditional Scottish patterns, and the king size beds on the second floor are the cosiest we have ever slept in anywhere! There is also a very lovely (and spotlessly clean!) swimming pool and spa where you can enjoy an extremely pleasant, relaxing afternoon. The hotel also has the most delightful gardens with beautiful evergreen glades- a very pleasant place to walk, or even to enjoy a New Year's Day Segway safari! The location cannot be faulted- Inverness is the perfect base to explore the Highlands, offering easy access to Loch Ness and the Great Glen as well as the spectacularly wild western regions of Lochaber, Lochalsh and Wester Ross, which we greatly enjoyed touring around this time, and the hotel is easily accessible from the A82 and A9- roads along which most magnificent journeys will start! The hotel is also no more than 15 minutes walk from the Eastgate shopping centre and rail station in central Inverness.

Essential to any Hogmanay break at a hotel in the Highlands is good traditional Scottish entertainment, and nowhere is this, in my view, better than at the Kingsmills. The quality of the Scottish music on offer is second to none: the music for the ceilidh on December 30th was provided by the highly acclaimed Rhythm n Reel, who are an extremely talented set of musicians who entertained us greatly that evening and made for an exceptionally lively and enjoyable night! I would love to see such talented musicians return to the hotel! The Hogmanay gala dinner was accompanied by an extremely talented lone piper, which created a lively, unforgettable and unmistakably Highland atmosphere, and the after-dinner ceilidh band and DJ created a fantastic party atmosphere and had us all dancing to all of our favourite tunes- a perfect mix of traditional Scottish and contemporary styles, including a disco with many of our favourite Scottish pop tunes! January 1st saw the return of the amazing Inverness fiddler Bruce MacGregor and friends, who made sure the evening went out with a bang with lively ceilidh tunes and Gaelic song, not to mention some very lively Strip the Willow dances! It is fantastic that such amazing musicians perform at the Kingsmills each year, and is what makes it so special! It must also be testament to the quality and reputation of the hotel locally. Other fun entertainment included the hilarious staff pantomime on New Year's Day, a very enjoyable New Year's Day quiz and an energetic Segway safari throughout the hotel's beautiful wooded gardens!

A great Scottish Hogmanay also needs great Scottish food, home made using local ingredients. The Kingsmills table d'hote menus, and the hearty breakfasts and irresistible venison sausages on New Year's Day brunch, ticked these two boxes without a doubt, and the Hogmanay gala dinner is the best meal I have ever eaten anywhere in the world, by far! Never have I seen local ingredients prepared with such passion and creativity, to create the most sumptuous 5 course menu I have ever tasted! The chef at the Kingsmills certainly knows how to cook the most sublime fillet of Highland beef; juicy, tender and bursting with flavours! The trio of desserts was also a marvellous creation; a great sweet treat. Then came the sublime midnight haggis to welcome in the new year, beautifully cooked and served with traditional neeps and tatties. The creativity of the chef and his team must also be highlighted here: the chocolate tart with malteser ice-cream on December 30th was a masterful and highly original combination, and the malteser ice-cream is such an original recipe, and the best ice-cream I have ever tasted! The kitchen staff were even so kind as to make me a malteser ice-cream milkshake one night, which tasted absolutely delicious, and was an extremely kind gesture as it did not feature on any menu! The kitchen staff here are clearly extremely accommodating and know just how to put a smile on their diners' faces! I must also praise the chef for his amazing kids' meals; the kids chicken nuggets are homemade, with hand-cut skinny fries, and are served in such a charming way with chips in their own little basket, and taste absolutely delicious! So nice to see that they care for younger visitors and making it special for them too.

This awesome experience could never have been possible without the commitment of the delightful staff at the Kingsmills! They all worked so hard to make our Hogmanay such an unforgettable experience, and the manager, Craig, and his assistant Sandra are such incredibly friendly, welcoming people. They have put so much effort into making this Hogmanay so special- and made us feel so welcome in their magnificent hotel. Other staff members that went out of our way to help us were Bill, the genial elderly man at reception who greets you each morning like a long lost friend and is a mine of information on the scenic wonders of the area, and also Anupam and Evelyn in the restaurant, who always had time for a friendly chat and were always extremely accommodating when we wanted dishes prepared slightly differently, and even offered to get us items that were not on the menu, such as malteser ice-cream milkshakes: nothing was ever too much trouble for them! All the staff at the Kingsmills are a huge asset to the hotel and treat their guests so well; we are always made to feel like we are part of one big happy family here at Kingsmills!

Thank you so much to everyone at Kingsmills for an amazing and unforgettable Hogmanay, we will be returning on 29th December 2014 for more Highland Hogmanay fun without a doubt! If anyone wants an extremely friendly Highland hotel with exceptional quality, traditional food, super cosy rooms and great Scottish entertainment, they should look no further than the Kingsmills Hotel!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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CraigEwan_8, General Manager at Kingsmills Hotel, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for taking the time to review the Kingsmills hotel. We are delighted to hear that you had a superb stay with us over Hogmanay and you enjoyed our new musical addition of Rhythm n Reel along with all our other musicians. I will pass on your wonderful comments on our food to the Chef and his kitchen team. I am glad we have met and exceeded your expectations and look forward to welcoming you back again.

Kind Regards

Craig Ewan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We came to Inverness for a couple of nights break and decided to come here as we have been here before and liked it.
The staff were very helpful and friendly. We especially liked Patricia as she was very friendly and they were all prepared to spend the time to answer our questions and helped us plan how to spend our day.
The room itself was very clean, though I wouldn't say spotless, very comfortable and spacious and the bathroom had a bath and a shower which was fairly powerful, very clean, had lots of towels and a few nice toiletries. No face cloths though.
Breakfast was very good indeed. Plenty of choice of juices, fruits, cereals and some lovely little extras to put on/in them like nuts and raisins etc. There was a toast making machine which is very handy and there were also pastries, though the croissants had run out on the first day so I didn't get any and I only just made it on the second day, so I think they need to buy a few more of those. I was surprised and disappointed there was no choice of fish for breakfast but I can't complain because the whole breakfast experience was good. Oh and they had earl gray tea for me too :)
We had lunch there on day 1 and it was very tasty but if you like plain choice with big portions it wouldn't be for you. I chose a fish and avocado sandwich which came with crisps and some lettuce. I really enjoyed it and it was plenty for me, my partner had a chop with potatoes and felt the portion was too small but he is a working man who likes his food.
It was great that they have a swimming pool, Jacuzzi etc. but we didn't use them. There is also a huge charge for wifi in the rooms but you could use it for free in the lounge/lobby area so that is a bonus.
I really liked this hotel and would definitely return there.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CraigEwan_8, General Manager at Kingsmills Hotel, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear guest,

Glad to hear you enjoyed your recent stay with us at Kingsmills Hotel and enjoyed the overall breakfast experience. I will pass on your comments to our chef so we have more croissants on your next stay. Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Stayed here while doing a tour with Insight/Trafalgar in October 2013.

The tour company selected this hotel and only stayed here one night.

Front desk staff were great and very helpful.

Room was a decent size, room for all of our luggage, nice and cozy with an awesome and super comfortable king bed.
I had a great sleep in this bed! Very comfortable after a long day on the road.
Washroom was nice an spacious, shower was great, good water pressure but funny trying to figure out how to use it. A little dated, but worked great none the less.

We arrived at the hotel around 5pm, checked in, relaxed, had dinner with the tour group and then a couple of drink at the bar, so not sure what is around the hotel, but it looked like there were a couple of pubs in the area.

We had a great stay and would stay here again.
Clean, comfortable, nice room, and had a great stop over!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CraigEwan_8, General Manager at Kingsmills Hotel, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us while you were on holiday in October 2013. We are glad you found our staff helpful and your bedroom clean, comfortable and cozy. Should you return to Scotland hopefully you could have an extended stay with us and see what Inverness has to offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The Kings Club rooms are located in a purpose-built building across from the original hotel. The rooms are sumptiously appointed. Large very clean and tidy. As is the bathroom. The staff are very helpful and friendly. Only had breakfast which was very well presented and cooked. With a good choice to order from.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dear guest,

We are glad you enjoyed your recent stay at our Kingsclub and found our rooms sumptuous and staff very helpful and friendly. Our aim is to exceed customer expectations. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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Craig Ewan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed in the Kings Club as part of an Adventures by Disney trip in August and it was amazing. I've been meaning to post a review and am finally getting around to doing so. The rooms we had were awesome. The food was superb, who knew a bunch of Yanks from Michigan would enjoy hagus so much? The staff were extremely nice and friendly, as well as helpful. We had hoped for a traditional Sunday roast and they made us the meal even though it wasn't on the menu, and they also arranged for a family on the tour to play a round of golf. I can't say enough good things about the hotel. I would strongly recommend it and hope to return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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CraigEwan_8, General Manager at Kingsmills Hotel, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear guest,

Many thanks for taking the time to review the Kingsclub after your visit with Disney. We are glad to hear you had an amazing experience with us and enjoyed your haggis and Sunday roast. We aim to exceed customer expectation and look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Scotland.

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Craig Ewan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Booked the 4 night Hogmanay package for our family together with another family who had stayed at the hotel on several occasions.

Arrived at the hotel on 29th December where we were warmly greeted and helped with our luggage to our spacious family room. Kids were delighted with the bunk beds and a separate room!!! In main room a Gigantic bed that makes for a truly blissful sleep. Room cleaned to a high standard daily and great powerful shower.

I could write an essay on how good this hotel is and what a fantastic stay we had but will sum it up in a few very well deserved points!!!

• Staff are genuinely cheerful and friendly in all areas of the hotel. General Manager Craig clearly loves his job and appreciates his excellent employees. It's no surprise that he welcomes back the same families and groups of friends for 15 years or more in a row! Alicia was great with our children and the charming Bob gave our kids the delight of starring in his pantomime which they adored.


• Food - where do I start!! Let's just say you won't go hungry here!! Delicious breakfasts, coffee and cakes, posh afternoon tea, luxury banquet and four course dinners - all worthy of five star rating. The watercress soup and Thai crab fish cakes were simply sublime!

Activities - action packed with more than a few well thought out special touches for adults and children. The right balance of fun, competition and trips to panto and bowling.

A rather stunning extension is in it's final stages of construction so this will only add to the appeal of this fantastic venue.

All in all we even looked in to extending our stay an extra night which reception staff and manager helped us kindly with but work commitments meant we had to go home as originally planned.

Will definitely go back!!!!!
Highly recommend!!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CraigEwan_8, General Manager at Kingsmills Hotel, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear guest,

Great to hear you and your family had an excellent stay on our 4 night Hogmanay package and the kids were delighted with the bunk beds and a separate room. We have a great team here who all enjoy their jobs and work to one common goal of exceeding guest expectations. Our new extension opens next week and in the next 2 weeks we will be selling our 2014/15 Hogmanay packages. Hope to see you back again.

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Thurso, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Stayed here on 27th December. We were given a complimentary upgrade to the kings club annexe which was excellent and very comfortable. Large, clean room with good facilities and a lovely breakfast served by friendly staff.
We ate in the main hotel and the meal was very good value. Better still, having an after dinner coffee in the homely and well appointed lounge whilst listening to the hotel pianist was a fine end to our evening.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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CraigEwan_8, General Manager at Kingsmills Hotel, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Kingsclub on 27th December. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your break away and found your bedroom large, clean and comfortable and our lounge homely whilst listening to our resident pianist.

Kind Regards

Craig Ewan
General Manager
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Additional Information about Kingsmills Hotel

Address: Culcabock Road, Inverness IV2 3LP, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Inverness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Inverness
#5 Luxury Hotel in Inverness
#8 Romantic Hotel in Inverness
#14 Business Hotel in Inverness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kingsmills Hotel 4*
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