It's clear that this is a hotel in transition. Some things have been successfully fixed (e.g. the reception, bar and dining areas have been tarted up successfully, and are lovely comfy places now). Our room was also relatively recently refurbished. We were in the annexe at the back, so no loch view, but private and shielded from the road. Bed and room very comfortable, bathroom was merely adequate - the water pressure was on the low side, I had to fix the dribbling toilet myself, and it took about 3-4 mins to get any hot water from the hot tap. According to my partner, washing long hair was apparently quite an ordeal.
Breakfast was pretty good, although a couple more options and/or permutations of the same things would have been nice (no hash browns with the full Scottish??? what the...). Also some Scottish smoked fish maybe?
Harder to fix in future are: (a) the lack of a lift, (b) the plumbing, and (c) the paper-thin walls that allow plenty of sound mingling between rooms. If you like listening to other people, you'll love it.
All in all tho, this is a pretty decent hotel which is genuinely trying to improve things. And you can't fault the location (virtually at the end of the high street), so this is definitely an option worth exploring!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cruachan is designed with a traditional Scottish Highland façade and whilst the hotel has been, continues to be, sympathetically upgraded and modernised internally to provide all modern comforts, it has not lost its original character. The hotel has an enviable location overlooking Loch Linnhe and beyond the loch to the Morvern Hills. Guests can sit on the terrace outside the hotel in the summer, watching the boats on the loch and enjoying a quiet drink. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cruachan Fort William
- Cruachan Hotel Fort William, Scotland