My husband and I stayed here twice, on the way to and from a cottage in the very North of Scotland. We liked the hotel a lot. We were with friends, and they had booked the dearer bigger room on the top floor of the hotel, which was absolutely gorgeous, with huge windows looking out across the houses to the sea, and mountains, and the light on these was mesmeric. I wish I had had more time to paint the scene. Our room was on the first floor, and was also very nice. It had 2 large windows, with double aspect, and was roomy and very comfortable. We almost missed breakfast, the bed was so cosy. We all loved the breakfast, and despite planning the fresh fruit and yoghurt, ended up plumping for the full Scottish. It was delicious, and we went for a walk round the nearby woods, to see the "Clootie Well" (atmospheric!) to work it off, so did not feel so guilty. I didn't expect to get a breakfast cooked to order, as most hotels now have a hot buffet, and if you are late down, it can be sparse, but this was great.
We only paid £75 a night, and the other couple paid £85. This included breakfast too. I don't think you could get anywhere cheaper, even the travel lodges are dearer.
We didn't have dinner, as we wanted to go and see the islands in the river in Inverness, so we had a meal in the town, which was nice too, but cannot remember the name of the restaurant. It was on the riverside, opposite the very modern looking theatre.
On the way back, we had a different room, which was nice, and exceptionally clean, like the first one, but not as big. It overlooked the trees at the back of the hotel, and didn't have a comfy sofa like the first one did. We still had a great night's sleep though, and pigged out again on the breakfast. Well, it was the last day of our holidays! I also appreciated that the staff remembered us, and greeted us like friends, asking about our cottage, which was nice, because the hotel was completely full both times we stayed.
I have recommended this hotel to lots of friends. I don't suppose we will travel as far north again, unless by plane, but if we do, we will certainly stay here again.
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