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Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Aviemore
Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Pricey???”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

I and my hubby have just returned from the resort of Aviemore.We went skiing for the first time in the Cairngorm Mountains.
We did the pit(so called for the beginners).All was briliant,we booked it through Skinorwest and they were very reasonable.We had 5 nights Dinner/Bed and Breakfast,ski/boot hire and two days lift passes.
We stayed in the Highlands hotel,which was on the Macdonald hotel Aviemore resort.There are other hotels on the resort and a Gym,swimming pool with slide,sauna and steam room,plus a spa.
Dinner and Breakfast,was in the Aspects Restaurant,though you could also have dinner in the Spey Valley resort/Golf club,as long as you book a reservation first.A driver will pick you up and take you and later on,bring you back.(All very organised).It was called a steak house and it was lovely and made a nice change from the hotel.
Now the Pricey bit....The bar,...two glasses of wine,will set you back at least nearly ten pounds and as there were four of us,you can imagine what the bar bill will be.
The staff from Reception to the housekeepers were outstanding and were very good at their jobs.So a credit to all.
It was lovely place to stay and just down the road from the resort,there was plenty of shops and pubs.
I would definitely recommend this place if you are going skiing,climbing and the watersports.There is really so much to do.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the archway,to the carpark at the back,but it had views of the mountains.I...
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MacdonaldAviemore, Guest Services at Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear diane_walsh44
Thank you for taking the time to post a comment on Trip Advisor; it is always a pleasure to read such positive feedback regarding what the resort and Aviemore have to offer our guest.
Please be reassured that we have taken on board your feedback on the prices of the bar drinks and we do hope to welcome you back to the resort in the future.
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Michelle Brown
Guest Services
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Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

My husband and i stayed here for a two night break its in a great location for the ski resort that is 20 mins in the car. The hotel is nice comfortable and stylish, we paid extra for and executive double this was a little disappointing as it was not much bigger than a double in my opinion.
The view from our room was of the hotel car park this was a shame. The breakfast was first class plenty of choice and the buffet style suited us both we left plenty full and thats what you need for a day on the slopes.
Overall i would go back but would not bother to pay extra for the executive double.

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MacdonaldAviemore, Guest Services at Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Leisa43
Thank you for taking the time to post a comment on Trip Advisor and for your kind words on breakfast and the comfort of the hotel.
I am sorry to hear of your disappointment with the upgrade to one of our executive doubles. There are several features that our executive rooms provide that our classic doubles do not. Please do not hesitate to contact us at the resort if you would like to discuss your comments further.
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scotland
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Just back from another great break at Macdonald Highland Hotel; another lovely, comfortable room and as usual a great base for outdoor pursuits in the Aviemore area. Yet again looking forward to our next visit!

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MacdonaldAviemore, Guest Relations Manager at Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear TiggScotland
Thank you for the positive comments that you have given the hotel. It is always a pleasure to hear from a regular visitor that they have once again enjoyed their stay with us.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Gina Macpherson
Guest Services Manager
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Stayed here for a winter break. Very busy but then we did choose the school half term to go. There is plenty to do on the resort including cinema, spa, pool and gym. There are a choice of restaurants on the resort, we dined at the signature restaurant, Aspects, the food was excellent. There are a couple of issues that marred the stay slightly. The hotel was very noisy. There seemed to be little insulation/wall depth between rooms and everything could be heard from the room next door and everything and everyone that walked along the corridors including the fire doors banging when closing. The other issue was staff levels, given it was a busy time there seemed to be insufficient staff to cater for numbers. Minor issues but issues all the same. Would I stay again? Yes I would ideal for families and couples.

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MacdonaldAviemore, Guest Services at Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Hoylite
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor and for highlighting the positive points you felt about the resort and your stay. Noise issues with our rooms is not something that we normally hear about from our guests and I regret that you experienced this. It is unfortunate that you didn’t bring this to our attention during the early part of your stay as we would have been pleased to arrange an alternative room for you.
We do hope to welcome you back to the resort again soon.
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Michelle Brown
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anstruther
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We stayed here for 1 night in Feb '13 and overall it was a pleasant nights stay.
The room was quite nice, clean, large bed, nice tea tray, toiletries, iron, hairdryer etc. On the minus side the pillows were very limp, had we been staying more than a night I would have asked for replacements and the tv was a bit stoneage with only a handful of channels. Not quite sure the room is 4* standard, have had nicer rooms in 3* hotels but certainly nothing major to moan about.
We did have a drink in the bar at night and as others have said it was very expensive but I was prepared for this.
The breakfast we had at Aspect restaurant in the morning was outstanding. Tea/coffee and toast were brought to the table and the rest was buffet service. The range of food available was outstanding and everything we had was delicious (and believe me we did our best to taste as much as possible!)
We didn't use any of the facilities but looking through the window the swimming pool looked great, especially for youngsters.
Overall we had a pleasant nights stay at the Highland Hotel and would return again.

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MacdonaldAviemore, Guest Services at Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear 17lbp
We are delighted to learn that you really enjoyed your stay with us on the resort especially highlighting breakfast. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. I was sorry to read that we did not meet your expectations regarding certain aspects of your room but if you had brought this to our attention during your stay we would have been pleased to amend where possible.
We hope to welcome you back to the resort soon.
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Michelle Brown
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Glasgow
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We have stayed 2 nights in February '13 with our four year old and the hotel has got number of facilities for kids of all age, especially the younger ones. There was a soft play, bouncy castles, a pool with a slide, pottery painting, 3d cinema- all within premises of the resort- comes handy if you were not too lucky with the weather! Rooms decor very old fahioned but with the large bed which we found quite comfortable, breakfast buffet was however fantastic!
Aviemor itself has plenty for active families - sledging, skiing, dog sledges, reindeer and wild animals farm, nature trials, water sports- you can come either in winter or summer and you will find plenty to do.
Would come back in Summer for a longer stay.

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MacdonaldAviemore, Guest Services at Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Monika B
We appreciate the time taken to post feedback on Trip Advisor and it’s great to read that you enjoyed the wide variety the resort and Aviemore has to offer.
Thank you for such a great response on your breakfast and we do look forward to welcoming you back to the resort in the summer.
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Michelle Brown
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Llanrwst, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Could not quite understand why some reviewers were so negative. We stayed for three nights and found the staff to be friendly and helpful. Our rooms were comfortable as were the beds. The rooms were well serviced every day and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was really good and enjoyed by all of us. We did not use the restaurants - the only negative for us was the bar prices. We would certainly stay again and found it good value for money.

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MacdonaldAviemore, Guest Services at Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Nico386
Thank you for the great feedback, we appreciate the time you have taken to write on Trip Advisor and your kind comments are very encouraging for our staff to read.
Please be assured we have taken your comments onboard regarding the bar prices.
We do hope to see you again soon.
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Michelle Brown
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Property: Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort
Address: Aviemore Highlands, Aviemore PH22 1PN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Aviemore
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Aviemore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 151
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in style and complete comfort at the 4-star Macdonald Highlands Hotel. With 151 luxury rooms-with-a-view and its own signature restaurant, Aspects, boasting spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, the Highlands Hotel is ideal for discerning business and leisure travelers. For relaxation there's direct access to the Leisure Arena, a TV lounge with comfy sofas and a DVD player, and the cozy Laggan whiskey bar. ... more   less 
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