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“Comfortable stay in heart of the city” 5 of 5 stars
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The Stirling Highland Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Spittal Street, Stirling FK8 1DU, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #7 of 23 hotels in Stirling
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Comfortable stay in heart of the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This was the second and last place we stayed at for our Hogmanay break, arriving on New Year's Day. The hotel is in a great location, most of the way up the steepish hill that leads to the castle.

Not much to fault about the stay, really. Our non-smoking room had been clearly used by a smoker the night before, but that's not the hotel's fault, and on reporting it we were immediately offered another room without any problems. The room was a decent size, well furnished and with great views. Bed was comfy, and the room was warm enough overnight. The nice powerful shower was a bonus.

Breakfast proved to be excellent. Wide range of continental and 'full-English' options. On the first morning it was self-service; on the second, as the hotel was less busy, it was cooked to order. Both tasted good and nothing had been left to stew on the hot plate for too long - e.g. my fried eggs still had runny yolks - VERY important to me!

The spa facilities are excellent. We enjoyed the pool, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi, even after we had checked out, at no extra charge.

Two minor gripes. The first was the patchy wi-fi signal in the hotel - none in our room, so we ended up in the bar if we wanted to go online. Perhaps unsurprising given the size, age and structure of the building, but the owners could consider boosting it a bit. The second was the range of beers at the bar. The bar lunch we had was tasty and a good size, if a bit expensive for what it was.

We would stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

stayed at new year 2012 a great hotel clean warm rooms decrated and furnished to high standards.the staff were frieindlyand accomodating . exellent facilities and great location next to the castle and short walk to the center of town. would recomend this hotel and will stay there again

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The hotel is a converted old school house, with many of the public rooms named accordingly (headmaster's study, music room etc.) and they are full of character and history.

The bedrooms are comfortable and spacious, although the bathrooms are somewhat dated and require modernisation.

The food in the hotel has improved greatly over the years, especially at breakfast time, with freshly cooked fare available. The evening menu is also very good, with a more than adequate wine selection.

The bar is very nice too, with a great range of malts, and the only disappointment being no real ale !

The health club and gym have wide range of equipment and a nice pool.

The major down side is the hotel location if you do not have your own transport as it is a steep uphill walk from the town centre.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

My husband and I have stayed in this hotel many times in the past and been very pleased but sadly on this visit we were both very disappointed with the service in restaurant . Booked table for 8pm was 8.40pm before we were shown to our table. Wine not chilled asked for more ice for ice bucket that was filled with water 15minutes later had to ask again. Requested bread rolls for starter also had to remind staff 15minutes later finished starter was onto main course when they were delivered to our table .Breakfast same problem very slow in replenishing hot food . Overall very disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

The rooms are very luxurious with hard wood and marble. The cleaning not so great, dirty carpet under skirting, needs a fine vacuum. Coffee spills ignored. Pay extra for useful services and meals: Not explained well. If booking new year, meals need to be booked well in advance or you have to go out looking.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The standard room that we had was similar to a Premier Inn but better in so far as it was bigger, had a better television, had a better appointed bathroom, a much nicer view and setting, free wi-fi and it wasn't purple.

The hotel itself also contains a decent swimming pool and spa and is in a lovely ancient school building near the castle. The bar and restaurant (see separate review) are nice but overpriced.

The hotel prices are reasonable if not of exceptional value. We paid an average of £115 per night room only. Any more than this would be overpriced any less would be good value. I would suggest avoiding DBB rates as half the restaurant menu requires substantial supplements for guests on those rates.

Service excellent. Swimming and gym free to guests spa treatments extra as you would expect.

In all a well thought out package and nice hotel. Best to eat elsewhere however unless you have very deep pockets.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

well appointed historic old school, friendly staff bed a little hard but not a problem, only had one night here as was travelling north but would return again when in the area with a Little more time to spend in the location many thanks

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Additional Information about The Stirling Highland Hotel

Address: Spittal Street, Stirling FK8 1DU, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Stirling
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Stirling
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Stirling Highland Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 19th Century, four-star Stirling Highland Hotel used to be the city’s high school and is just a few minutes walk from Stirling Castle and the attractions of the city. Its 98 bedrooms include 18 premium bedrooms and 2 deluxe rooms and Stirling is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands so majestic mountains and tranquil lochs are close by. Enjoy the Trossach’s National Park before sampling a single malt in the hotel’s new on-site Stirling Whisky Shop. Unwind in the spa, enjoy award-winning food in the 2 AA Rosette Scholars Restaurant then relax with a nightcap in the Headmaster’s Bar. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Barcelo Stirling
Stirling Highland Hotel
The Stirling Highland Hotel Scotland

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