Just back from a 2 day stay with family. Of all the hotels I have stayed in over the years this is the most fun hotel, and one which gave most enjoyment. Probably, I would guess, a 3 star grade hotel but one which is special for a number of reasons. This is the definitive Scottish Hotel with wood panelled walls, tartan wallpaper and carpets, and stags heads on the walls. What made it special for us was the excellent food - great helpings - and also in particular the warmth and friendliness of the welcome. The staff and service were great.
Our rooms were spotless, and though not the largest we have stayed in perfectly adequate size wise. Location of the hotel, directly across from the rail station in the Main Street is brilliant.
However, the best bit of the hotel for us is the bar and restaurant. There is a real buzz about both, they each were very busy, but with a warm cosy feel. The bar in particular is a great place to be, with entertainment every night. On our first night we enjoyed an excellent fiddle and guitar duo playing Scottish reels and folk music, and there was a quiz night the day after. There seems to be live entertainment every night (although this never disturbed us in our rooms). The bar staff are friendly and efficient, and there is a fab range of whiskies to try, if like me you are a fan of the good stuff.
Our only minor gripe would be that on each night the entertainment didn't start until the TV football match of the evening finished, at about 9.30, and particularly when tired after skiing, we would have preferred an earlier start, even if the football was quietly on TV in the background.
The price we paid, for 2 rooms, 2 nights, (3 people) including our bar and food bills was about the same, in fact slightly less, as we had intended to pay in total for 2 separate nights to break our journeys in Premier Inn, including a meal deal, so brilliant value.
The Cairngorm Hotel is by no means the largest or grandest hotel I have stayed in. However for a warm, cosy, friendly, and fun hotel, brilliantly located, and as just a really nice place to be, this hotel is hard to beat. I would highly recommend it.
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