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Kildrummy Castle Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kildrummy, Alford AB33 8RA, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Alford
2 reviews
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“Excellent, but be realistic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights and had a great time. Surroundings are beautiful. The castle hotel is a castle in itself, including of course very classic and dated furniture. The room was likewise, dont expect the newest bathrooms. Do go for the great restaurant, very friendly staff (though one of them can be somewhat stressed ;)) and the really classic atmosphere.
Internet was not very fast but available throughout rooms and spaces so convenient.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

We returned to Kildrummy hoping to reprise a memorable visit 16 years ago, and it was just as much fun this time. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, the setting is idyllic. If you are reading this, you already know about the mansion and the picturesque castle ruins adjoining (not part of the grounds - it's an Historic Scotland property which you enter from down the road). But the hotel's own gardens (4 pounds entry fee) down along the "wee burn in the den" provide for an nice evening stroll and great views (& photo ops) of the castle looming above. The friendly staff tried hard to us make us feel like "landed gentry" befitting the manison - which we're not.

We didn't experience any problem for breakfast as did a recent visitor, but there is only one harried lady rushing around taking orders and bringing coffee - so I can believe that it might take a while to get your coffee if you arrive at the wrong time. We learned to get some juice and a croissant from the buffet and relax until the waitress could get to us. Our only knock was dinner: the lamb as disappointing and the salmon ordinary. But sometimes you have to make allowences for the ambiance.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Kildrummy Castle Hotel is tucked away in a lovely location. This is a large extremely well maintained hotel built in 1900. The main reception rooms are all decadently furnished and wood panelling abounds along with open fires which give a lovely homey feel. Our bedroom which was a standard double was surprisingly spacious, as big as some suites in other hotels we have stayed. Food was excellent the chef being French and the service was warm and friendly. My only complaint was breakfast which, on our visit, was very disorganised bordering on chaotic we couldn't even get a cup of tea! We decided to have this in our room. Not good. This however was our only niggle and hopefully this was a one off and other guests would find that this has been addressed.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 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 May 7, 2013

The hotel is in a classic Scottish country house a few yards away from the picturesque ruins of a wonderful castle. Between house and ruins is the most beautiful simple garden, created by a small stream in a rocky gorge. The hotel is owned and managed by an enthusiastic French lady and her stunning daughter. Coming in the front door is stepping back to a different era: log fires, spacious public rooms and an excellent restaurant. Bedrooms are very large, most it seems with great views, and comfortably furnished. Fiona and her colleagues provide friendly and efficient service ..... And it's great value. Hard to fault!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Simply stunning! How could anyone not like the Kildrummy Castle Hotel. It's location, the buildings history, the friendly and knowlegeable staff and the food in the restaurant both at dinner and breakfast was superb. Although a large hotel, the atmoshere is really relaxed and all the staff make you feel individually special. Both my wife and I were really disappointed to be only staying for one night, but if we go to this area again, we would stay here without question. We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough!

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Only stayed one night (unfortunately ).

Stunning hotel in a beautiful setting. The French owners and their staff were excellent and the cuisine was superb.

An altogether wonderful(if short experience).

I will definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: The rooms were great, treat yourself and upgrade to a four poster room!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Have just returned home having spent three enjoyable days at this great hotel. We could thoroughly recommend it. It had charm, character and beautiful surroundings. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was good and the room was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. We look forward to staying here again in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed April 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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Additional Information about Kildrummy Castle Hotel

Address: Kildrummy, Alford AB33 8RA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Alford
Amenities:
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Alford
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Hotel Class:4 star — Kildrummy Castle Hotel 4*
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Also Known As:
Hotel Kildrummy Castle
Kildrummy Castle Alford
Kildrummy Castle Hotel Scotland/Alford, Aberdeenshire

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