We discovered the Hilton Coylumbridge a couple of years ago when we were touring the area from a B & B in Newtonmore.
We took our daughter to the Fun House and had a look at the facilities. Activity centre next door with dry slope skiing, skating ,quad-biking and wall climbing, skate park (open during May - October) and rink, while children of all ages can scale the portable climbing wall or enjoy the Super Jumper trampolines.
We had a look at the hotel with the swimming pool, and we thought it was the perfect place if we ever come back up this area.
We booked 4 days at the Hilton Hotel in Coylumbridge as it looked like it had great facilities; ie; spa, swimming pool & outdoor activity centre on site with plenty to do!
We arrived on the Sunday afternoon and didn’t do much due to the fact I was exhausted from finishing a 12 hour shift that morning.
The room we were given was on the 2nd floor, steep staircases & no lift.
The room we were in was very hot & we had the windows open all the time but couldn’t leave it open overnight as we were above the kitchen fans.
Next morning after breakfast we headed up to the Cairngorm Funicular Railway. Apparently you get the bus from right outside the front of the hotel, my wife told me. I said I was told it was outside the hotel complex on the main road, across the road.
So, as we waited on our service bus (buses only every hour), a bus came from the opposite direction and stopped outside the entrance road to the hotel. I found out this was the bus we were supposed to be waiting for.
We got a taxi back from Aviemore as the bus service stops around 5pm which price ranges anything from £4:50 to £6.
Tuesday after breakfast we decided to give the hotel pool a go. There are 2 pools; a leisure side with a slide and a deeper pool with a Jacuzzi on a corner. Most people were in the leisure side with the kids sliding down the slide it was quite busy. We went to the other pool which was mostly empty – we found out why – it was freezing!! It is the first time I’ve ever sat in a really cold Jacuzzi and got a cold bottom! When I asked the staff why the Jacuzzi was cold I was told because it was just the temperature of the whole pool. Needless to say, we didn’t stay there long.
We enquired about a massage & pamper session for my wife & daughter as it was the main reason we choose this hotel. The staff at the leisure pool sent us down to the Spa Lodge as it was the other side of the car park. We were a bit disappointed as it was in darkness & locked up – but there was a phone number we could phone to book a session.
We actually found out from the receptionist that the Spa was closed on Mondays & Tuesdays and it wouldn’t have mattered if we had phoned it! Nothing of this is mentioned in any literature to do with the hotel.
We had a walk over to the Fun House as our daughter (Who is 11) was desperate to go! Said on all the signs open from 10am till 6pm, only to find a sign on the door saying it was open from 12 to 6!
We headed into town after that as our morning activities were wasted!
We went to the train station to enquire about the Strathspey Steam Railway only to be told it it wasn’t on until tomorrow – we leave tomorrow!
After ambling around the shops in town for something to do we decided to get the bus back to the hotel. We waited from half past 2 till 20 past 3. Sure there was something wrong with the bus service we jumped in a taxi, the driver said there’s no service during the afternoon when the schools are on as all the buses are on school bus duty.
We got back to the hotel & headed to the Fun House in the hotel complex, only to find out our daughter – who was desperate to go was an inch too tall & didn’t get in after all!
Decided to go for a coffee in the dinner but had to ask the staff to turn the music down as it was blaring – not surprised the place was empty!
We concluded that our stay in Coylumbridge was nearly over and that it wasn’t a complete disaster.
The food was excellent & the service in the restaurant was very professional, but we could have been stuck in the hotel for a week with a couple of bored kids under 5 (which we saw in droves) after tea time in the foyer / bar area.
So much for the family hotel with loads to do – should say ; Closed Monday & Tuesday. (Especially when we have booked from Sunday to Wednesday)
We told all our family & friends we were going on a super pamper & spa session at the Hilton up in Aviemore. You should have heard when they said after hearing about our wee break.
Would I go back? No chance! We wouldn’t recommend it either!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Coylumbridge resort hotel is set in a 65 acre woodland estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It is located close to Aviemore and is a perfect holiday destination all year round. The resort includes five restaurants and two bars including the Woodshed Bar with its roaring log fire and the American Diner sure to please the kids. The resort also includes indoor swimming pools, outdoor tennis courts, play park, spa, outdoor activity park and The Fun House for the little ones. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Coylumbridge - Aviemore Hotel Aviemore
- Hilton International Aviemore
- Aviemore Coylumbridge Hotel
- Hilton Aviemore
- Aviemore Hilton
- Aviemore Coylumbridge Hilton Hotel
- Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel Aviemore, Scotland