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The Boat Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Deshar Road, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Boat of Garten
South Queensferry, Scotland, United Kingdom
1 review
“Third visit this year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Love this hotel, over the years we have stayed here on numerous occasions, usually for a short break, two to four days. The perfect location not to mention the beautiful scenery. The staff are always friendly and attentive but also let you get on with your break. The hotel is warm and comfortable, the food is excellent whether its "bistro" or fine dining. The steam railway is always a bonus, when it is operating, check timetable.
Love it.

Room Tip: King rooms garden terrace.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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cumbria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Stayed 2 nights 4/5th November. Room lovely and comfortable, staff amazingly pleasant and helpful. Area of natural outstanding beauty. Food not bad. Only grouse was no heating on in hotel in dining area or breakfast room which no-one seemed to know why, I would definitely go back and would r3commend staying here.

Room Tip: Book early, there is no lift however for those who have poor mobility.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Allanton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Just back from this hotel after staying 2 nights. The place was so lovely and cosy, food was great and the staff were really friendly and attentive. Also, it's in a great location as it's just outside of aviemore and the stream train railway is right next to it too.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This is a great hotel. I have stayed here twice now and would come back any time. The smell of burning wood from the open fire in every public room fills the air and for me provides a warm atmosphere. The service is excellent. On our last stay the kichen staff stayed on to provide us with a meal after the kitchen was closed.

  • Stayed October 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Really liked this hotel, good location, away from the busier town of Aviemore with great views of the Carnigorms
Room was very nice, comfortable with all the expected comforts.
Food was very nice, great breakfast!
We would go back for another visit and I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Myself and my boyfriend, had a lovely two night stay here. We had bought it two nights prior to going so it was very last minute booking. First and foremost, It was extremely easy to get to the hotel, only a 10 minute drive at most from the centre of Aviemore and it was nice to be out of the centre and in a very peaceful area. The appearance of the hotel from the outside was good, and inside was even better. It was the epitome of what a scottish hotel should have, a lovely tartan carpet, smelt beautifully of food and there was even live scottish music on the Saturday night which we thought was a great touch. The service at the beginning was great, very helpful and polite and breakfast was beautiful and just the right food portion size. However, at dinner it took the waitress 15 minutes to give us a menu and ask for drinks, while the couple next to us arriving 10 minutes after us, got their starters before us! We found this quite rude and speculated it was a result of our being only 20 and 21 years of age compared to the majority of visitors who were older than us. This was confirmed after when the waitress, apologised for the slow service and for if we felt "neglected" which was a strange comment but regardless it didn't put a damper on our night.
The room was nice, very clean and tidy, fresh towels and tea coffee and hot chocolate available for free. However, the shower was probably the worst part of it all, it was very weak and was either roasting hot or freezing cold, which being a girl is incredibly frustrating! Apart from that we couldn't complain.
Overall we would definitely return here, and probably stay an extra day or two as there is so much to see in Aviemore. Great hotel overall.

Room Tip: Room not next to car park as you can hear people coming out their cars!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Could not fault this hotel at all, perhaps a tiny moan about accessing our garden room. Good location, garden room top quality fittings and decor, restaurant really great on both nights. We ordered breakfast in our room, not disappointed at all. Views from garden are special. lovely Scottish traditional welcome, standread esp high given the other hotels wee used during our trip which were v old fashioned by comparison. From the back top car park we accessed our room through a loose fire door,a security issue surely.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Boat Hotel

Address: Deshar Road, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Aviemore > Boat of Garten
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Boat of Garten
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Boat Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arriving at The Boat Hotel for the first time can be be compared to returning as house guests of a close friend, where needs are anticipated before arrival and the welcome is genuine.Where else can you wear your Hunter wellies at 8am, golf spikes at 3pm and dress up or down for dinner? But while we offer our guests comfort some luxury and indulgence, this is not a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves. Nestled in a tranquil picturesque setting deep within the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, near Aviemore, lies the historic and unique award wining Boat Hotel & Bistro. Adjacent to the renowned Boat of Garten Golf Club we boast 2 AA Rosette food and stylish yet relaxing accommodations with exhilarating views.The Boat Hotel is a place where you can relax and enjoy your well deserved leisure time, then put your feet up.Hotel Highlights: * Dining Options 2 AA Rosette Bistro & Bar Dining * Range of guestrooms including King Bed Deluxe Garden Terrace & Four Poster Junior Suites * Child Friendly Hotel near Landmark Forest Adventure Park and Kids Stay & Eat Free * Meeting & Events facilities for up to 65 * Close to the Cairngorm Ski Resort and adjacent Boat of Garten Golf ClubEvents DiaryWhether you're looking for an active or relaxing break, an inspirational meeting or private dining venue for your next event, planning a fabulous wedding, looking to indulge in a glass of your favourite tipple by the log fire or simply join us for some of the best food in the Cairngorm National Park. The Boat Hotel & Bistro combines historic charm with modern facilities to provide the leading destination and first choice country retreat hotel in the Aviemore area. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Boat Hotel Of Garten
The Boat Hotel Boat Of Garten, Scotland

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