If you're looking for a charming touch of Scotland and on the shores of Loch Ness this is not the place. What you get instead is an attractively renovated roadside motel on the 2nd floor above the restaurant pub on the ground floor in a residential neighborhood. With that said, the staff is fantastic, the restaurant is outstanding, and the place feels brand new. The guest rooms, however, are about as interesting as dormitory rooms - functional without one touch of decor. And there's no loch in sight.
We were somewhat disappointed because it was my fault that I thought the Loch Ness Inn might have some view on to Loch Ness, and that the rooms were very uninteresting, The restaurant is very artsy and modern, an interesting mix between modern style and the stonework that still shows through from the older building. The girls who seem to run everything do a great job and are very service oriented. It's also just a nice 30-minute walk to Fiddlers Pub in neighboring Drumnadrochit, where the whiskies are plentiful, and the food, including the haggis, is delicious.
So we enjoyed our stay at the Loch Ness Inn, but had hoped to see Loch Ness or something other than a residential street, and would have liked more interesting guest rooms. With that said, it is a very nice place to stay. Next time we'd probably find a more interesting location, and come to the restaurant for dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Loch Ness Inn, conveniently located between Drumnadrochit and Urquhart Castle in the village of Lewiston and only 15 miles from Inverness, is set in the heart of the local community where you will meet hikers, tourists and locals in friendly comfortable surroundings ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loch Ness Hotel Lewiston
- Loch Ness Inn Lewiston