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.
- 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