Situated on the Ness river facing Inverness castle, this has to be one of the best situated hotels for exploring the city. However, parking can be tricky. You have to use back streets or Eden Court car park, past the Cathedral. The small space out front is reserved for the frequent coach parties to park up. It's not close to the rail/bus station but for most would be walkable-depending on the size of your luggage.
My room was a twin that was of an acceptable size. Being on the top floor it was hot, possibly suitable for tourists from warmer climes. The window only opens a small way and thus was not very effective for cooling the room. My view was towards the local Tesco store and not the castle/river.
The breakfast is of a self service buffet type, so eat what, and how much, you like. The evening meal was reasonably priced but limited in choice and quality.
the staff were polite and approachable.
the word average probably suits this victorian built hotel best
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Columba Hotel, Inverness UK. Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality is a 4-star hotel built in 1881. The hotel boasts a perfect position in the very heart of Inverness, yet located in a peaceful area offering marvelous views of Inverness Castle and the River Ness. There are 82 en suite bedrooms including a deluxe suite, many with river and castle views, restaurant and bar. The decor of Columba Hotel combines contemporary style and amenities with traditional comfort each room features excellent facilities as well as free high-speed wireless is available throughout the building. During the winter, the trees lining along Ness Walk are beautifully decked with fairy lights. The city has a host of historic buildings, notably in the Old Town, as well as fascinating shops from the Victorian Market to the new award-winning Eastgate centre which is a just a short walk away. You can also take a stroll to Inverness Castle or St Andrew's Cathedral, set alongside the River Ness, one of Britain's most beautiful riverside settings. There is a circular walk from the castle along the river and through the Ness Islands and you can watch anglers trying to catch Atlantic salmon - or try it yourself with a daily ticket. There are forest walks and views of the Moray Firth from Craig Phadrig, the hill that towers over the city. ... more less
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- Columba Hotel, Inverness Scotland