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Clan Macduff Hotel
Ranked #6 of 21 Hotels in Fort William
Perth, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Miss Marple would love it”
Reviewed November 4, 2007

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A bit Olde Worlde but very comfortable, clean and accommodating. We took the dinner, B&B package to save looking for restaurants at the end of our busy days. We were well fed and jollied along by the waitresses.

We did not specifically request a room with a view (at additional cost) but we still had a glimpse of the loch from a side window. The room was quite comfortable for the three adults sharing.

No laundry facilities on site but a notice in the foyer directed us to another small hotel half a mile away.

Would recommend a stay here just for the experience.

  • Liked — Old world charm - dress for dinner!
  • Disliked — The tiny ironing board in the tiny ironing room
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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Middlesbrough
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Reviewed October 14, 2007

Just returned with my wife from a five day stay. Staff very helpful but not obtrusive. Used both the bar meal and dining room for the evening meal and was very pleased with the selection and service. Great as a base for touring the area as it is convenient for the area from Oban to Inverness

Stayed October 2007
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Shropshire
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2007

A very well run hotel on the outskirts of Fort William. Hotel was spotlessly clean and elevated location gave fabulous views over the Loch from the lounge and dining room. Bedroom contained everything necessary for a comfortable stay and staff were efficient and friendly. Genuine "Highland Hospitality" and good value for money. Also free wi-fi internet access.

Fort William is a good base for touring though the town itself, apart from waterfront, seems to have lost much of its character...a sad result of barborous town planners in the 1960's.and the influx of High Street chain stores. Anyway enough moaning about my pet gripes!

For good dining the seafood restaurant The Crannog was excellent and should not disappoint.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Shropshirelad66
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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320 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 758 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2007

My wife and I stayed at Clan MacDuff Hotel for two nights in September. This was a great find through TripAdviser. We booked a small room at the end of the building with a partial view of Loch Linnhe. They provided the access code for free wireless access in the room and in the lobby. Everything in the room and bathroom was clean, and everything worked fine, including the heater. We needed an electrical adaptor, and they provided one at the reception desk. We found the dinner a good value. The dinner menu changes daily, and the dining room overlooks Loch Linnhe which changes hue as the sun goes down. Even more impressive was the full Scottish breakfast with choice of one egg with a view of the morning sunshine warming the mountain on the other side of the loch. Most of the guests were retired couples who preserved the quiet and sophisticated resort atmosphere. There is a public room next to the dining room, and a separate room called a “quiet room” where people can read or contemplate the view. The grounds slope upward from the loch-side road so that the building has a high vantage overlooking the road, the loch, and the pristine slope on the other side. The parking lot in front of the building had more than 40 cars at night, and by 11 a.m., ours was the only car left; everyone had left to tour the area or to move on. The staff were hardworking, friendly and helpful. Some of the waitresses, who also appeared to be housekeeping staff, made a special effort to greet the guests and make them feel at home. The hotel seemed old with creaking floorboards and a busy maintenance man, but it worked with the precision of a well-run resort such as those my family visited in the summers of the late forties in Wisconsin’s north woods when the density of vacation houses was considerably lower. The hospitality at the Clan MacDuff Hotel enhanced the still-unspoiled beauty of the highlands at an affordable price. We wished we could have taken advantage of their special tariff reduction for a three-day stay.

  • Liked — Picturesque location, friendly staff
  • Disliked — We already miss it and want to return
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Yorkshire
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2007

Hotel in lovely position, we had a loch view room which was plenty big enough and very clean and comfortable. It is, however, far enough from town to need a car unless the weather is good when the 2.5mile walk would be nice.

Staff friendly and helpful with particular mention for our breakfast waitress who also cleaned our room who was an absolute ray of sunshine.

Sadly, however, the cooked breakfast was a bit on the small side and hardly set you up for the day. We did eat in the first night as we had had a long drive. The food was adequate but not inspiring. The eating experience would be more suitable for a "Package Tour" hotel.
The bar was comfortable if somewhat expensive.

All in all a pleasant hotel, which we could not really fault but something seemed to be lacking although we could not put our finger on it.

  • Liked — Room
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Indalo999
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scotland
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2007

We stayed at this hotel for a 2 day break. Its in a wonderful location - would say that its on the outskirts of town so a car is needed. The drive through the mountains and great glen are spectacular.

We paid extra for a loch view and we were NOT disappointed. Rooms are lovely so clean - tea making facilites, hair drier, tv, heater that you contol.Can't recommend it enough. The meals are lovely and staff are very friendly. A real relaxing place to unwind. Decor as mentioned before is not modern but fitting and just right for this highland hotel.
Book now and enjoy as we did.

  • Liked — the rooms over looking the loch ........ amazing
  • Disliked — the slight traffic noise during night as its on a main road
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank ch42
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Tayside, Scotland
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2007

We stayed here for an overnight because the weather was too grim to camp, wimps I know! Booked the night before thank goodness as everywhere was fully booked when we got there. Very friendly staff, breakfast was great. Good job we were going up the Ben to work it off! The decor was a bit dated, but that doesn't bother me in the slightest as its clean. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Clan Macduff Hotel
Address: Achintore Road, Fort William PH33 6RW, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Fort William
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Fort William
#5 Family Hotel in Fort William
#6 Romantic Hotel in Fort William
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Clan Macduff Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is a STB 3 Star establishment situated just 2 miles south of Fort William on the A82, overlooking loch Linnhe, with outstanding views of magnificent highland scenery. Well-appointed en-suite bedrooms with colour television, hospitality tray etc. Large choice dinner menu. Delicious bar suppers. Fine selection of malt whiskies. Large car park. This friendly family run hotel is dedicated in providing good quality and value hospitality. Sorry No Pets accepted ... more   less 
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