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Glenmoriston Town House
Ranked #14 of 34 Hotels in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Trying hard”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2006

We are self confessed foodies and our interest in this hotel was piqued after seeing it featured on Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares. On previous visits to Inverness we'd seen the hotel and wondered about it but never gone in so having seen it on TV we decided to drive north and spend and evening at the restaurant.

The reception was fine, not perhaps the most friendly welcome ever but efficient. Their room was small but clean tidy and decorated in a modern brown monotone. Not to my taste but nothing wrong with it. It had all we needed for the night. and after all wee were there for the food.

Off to the Abstract, the hotel restaurant. First up to the bar. I ordered my favourite whisky only to be told they didn't have it. :( Instead they offered me four others, three from the same site and one from down the road. In fact the barman really knew his collection and his whisky, it was most impressive and educational. So I got to try something new which always a bonus

Then to the restaurant. I went for the tasting menu, some six courses with matched wines. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Not all the dishes were successful, as some of the experimentation sometimes missed the mark but I couldn't fault the skill or the cooking. It was a bit of a roller coaster of a ride but for me a very enjoyable experience and one I hope to repeat soon.

We took a winter package which brought the price down to something reasonable but at full price I would say it was a little overpriced. See if you can get a deal.

  • Tips/Secrets — Try the tasting menu in the restaurant
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2006

It's difficult to grade this hotel. It has some lovely furniture and is nicely presented. It's Abtract restaurant serves interesting food however the bedrooms are a bit disappointing (from a size perspective). That said, the front of house staff were very attentive and are worthy of merit.

Abstract Restaurant.
Fantastic food and generally very good service in what was (for a Thursday night) a quiet evening. They made one carnal mistake and that was failing to listen to customers. My wife ordered a dish and when it was presented she said that she was very allergic to the mushrooms it contained (no mention was made of mushrooms on the menu) and that the dish would have to be recooked. The dish was taken away and reappeared within seconds.

We found that the chef has simply scraped most (but not all) mushrooms from the plate. This was shoddy and really let the whole meal down. If my wife had a very serious allergic reaction then the consequences could have been much worse. We then asked again for the dish to be recooked without the offending items. We could hear the chef ranting and raving when the waiter returned to the kitchen. Great food but no time for prima donna chefs who try to cut corners. That said the waiting staff were excellent, if a little intimated by the chef.

The rooms were fairly nice but it was disappointing to have a small 'executive' room at £150 per night. The bed was particularly comfortable which is always a plus.
Perhaps Inverness has upped its game since I've last been however it's not London and the prices were steep, including those at the bar.

Would I stay again? Hard to say.

  • Stayed June 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2006

Stayed in a lovely clean (although small) room but with a lovely river facing window. The meal in the Abstract Restaurant was tip top. Great service, friendly efficient and the standard of the food was superb. Not a pudding fan but got to say, a the fruit/custard gratain was to die for. Understand they are to open another branch in Edinburgh. Good luck, cant wait to try it.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Scottish Borders
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2006

We stayed here in an executive room (No. 18) which we got for a good price on the internet.
The room was gorgeous and extremely spacious, featuring probably the biggest bed we've ever slept in! We loved it.
There was a DVD player (DVDs available from reception fro free) and a flat screen TV. There was a generous sized bathroom with a large shower and luxury toiletries.
The hotel was spotless, the chambermaids would even come round and check if you needed anything done before they went home for the day.
Our only criticism however was the restaurant, extremely overpriced French menu, but we didn’t mind as within a few mins walk there were dozens of good quality restaurants, bars and pubs.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Additional Information about Glenmoriston Town House

Property: Glenmoriston Town House
Address: 20 Ness Bank, Inverness IV2 4SF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Inverness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Inverness
#7 Luxury Hotel in Inverness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Glenmoriston Town House 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Glenmoriston Town House Inverness is a stylish four star deluxe property on the banks of the River Ness, perfectly located within the heart of the capital of the highlands it provides an impressive contrast to the cities more traditional hotels. Experience unparalleled luxury in one of our 30 stylish bedrooms, designed with comfort in mind and boasting heavenly beds, delicious duvets, fluffy towels and luxury toiletries not to mention the impeccable service you'd expect! The hotel encompasses the finest in Scottish culture with luxury and style and provides an ideal base for those who wish to explore Scotland's abundance of unique landmarks. The Glenmoriston Town House is conveniently just twenty minutes from Inverness Airport and only ten minutes walk from the city main line station. Great food and wine are very much entwined in the Glenmoriston Town House experience and we offer an exceptional restaurant. For a memorable culinary experience, visit our chic and stylish Contrast Brasserie. In addition, the hotel's destination Piano Bar offers Scotland's finest whiskies from over 250 distilleries and our mixologists are constantly developing the most wonderful cocktails to tantalise even the most demanding taste buds. The Glenmoriston Town House will ensure a quality stay whether business or pleasure. Just over 3 hours from Edinburgh or Glasgow it is the perfect property for any number of occasions, be it family get together, sporting holiday, romantic escape, or just a break away from it all. ... more   less 
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