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Smithton Hotel
Ranked #31 of 34 Hotels in Inverness
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Awful”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2007

One of the worst hotels I have stayed in for a long time.
The image on the website is very flattering - do not be fooled. This is like a flash back to the 1970's and I do not think the rooms have been decorated since. Small dark and pokey rooms - looked awful.

The restauarant is part of the public bar. One look at it and we booked a taxi into town. For all I know the food may have been good, but having to eat it in the company of all the locals from the locality does not suit everyone.

Breakfast a plate full of greasy objects pretending to be a full cooked breakfast. Really quite inedible.

Give it a miss.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — Depressing place
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank peterstoneboy
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2007

This is without doubt the worst hotel I have ever stayed in . The rooms are tiny the decor is terrible and the walls so thin that if someone breaks wind the whole floor will hear them . The only plus point was the breakfast was acceptable . I think I would sooner stay in a caravan .

  • Liked — breakfast
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lonelystarAberdeen
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oxford
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2007

We stayed for 2 nights at the Smithton in June and were immediately disappointed by the appearance of the hotel from the outside and the location. The images on the internet do not reflect the actual hotel, which is quite run-down and situated on a not very appealing housing estate. If you want to go anywhere decent for dinner you will have to either drive or get a taxi.

The decor of the hotel is old and needs updating, it was like stepping back in time to the 70's. The bar wasn't very appealing as it was full of locals and got noisy at night when you were trying to sleep.

The rooms, although clean, were basic and the bed was uncomfortable.

The breakfast was very slow as they had only one person serving...and not worth the wait. We chose to eat elsewhere on the 2nd morning.

The Smithton isn't the worst place we've stayed in, but very far from being the best. Luckily we were only there for 2 nights and only there to sleep as we were out during the day.

On a positive note, the staff were very friendly, but it did seem to be understaffed.

There were lots of B and B's with vacancies in better locations, so we would recommend going to one of these.

  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank sianita7
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strathclyde
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2007

We booked an easter weekend break with our two children based on the website stating "Games Room" and "Family Friendly".......big mistake. The Games Room is a no child go area as it is accessed via the bar. Such a big mistake infact that we did not stay.

The one positive thing I will say is that the manager on duty was extremely understanding of the situation and accepted our decision to leave.

The hotel is in the middle of a housing estate and is the bar definately a favourite with the locals, not quite the accommodation or setting we were expecting.

  • Liked — clean accommodation
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank froobs
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2005

Stayed at the Smithton Hotel for the third time. We really enjoy it here, and find the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful, and the food good, especially breakfast! Yeah, the entertainment from the bars can be heard in the rooms at times, but this is the same in most hotels. The thing to do would be to go down and join in, have a good time! We have no complaints about the place, anyway.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2005

Room was larger than expected, room was well appointed and the ensuite was in mint condition. The two bars on the ground floor of the hotel are very good and the owners, locals and staff are all very friendly, you will never feel alone.
I would recommend their breakfast to anyone. It still goes down as the best breakfast I have had in a British Hotel. I cannot wait to go back in the summer.

  • Stayed November 2004
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2004

Booked the hotel on the internet. Unfortunately it was of a very basic standard. Set in the middle of a housing estate and was used extensively by the locals. Breakfast ok but dinner was a once only experience.
We were booked for 6 nights but had to move out after 3. Two nights we were subjected to very loud music from the bar, one of which was a karaoke evening. Our room was directly above and the floor was vibrating from the speakers below. The swearing from the bar was also impossible to ignore.
The room had decor from the 70's. We had an ensuite which had a crack in the basin. There were no fire regulations posted in the room.
On a positive note the owners and staff were charming.

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Property: Smithton Hotel
Address: Smithton Road, Inverness IV2 7NL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Inverness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #31 of 34 Hotels in Inverness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Smithton Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
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