I was in Fort William for a couple of nights on business, and my employers booked me into the Ben Nevis Hotel and Leisure Centre. I went to Tripadvisor, read the reviews, and thought “This is going to be interesting.” I then looked at the hotel’s website, and was not very impressed. Words like ‘dated’ and ‘amateur’ came to mind.
The immediate impression of the hotel was that it was a fairly average hotel. Some parts of the public areas were fairly unremarkable (the reception and the dining room), but other parts looked distinctly dated. I felt they would have been fine in the 1970s, but . . . that was a long time ago. The ‘ballroom’ reminded me of the interior of a village hall - and I don’t mean a modern one.
Somewhat to my surprise, the fob for my room key said “Milton Hotel and Leisure Centre.” (The name was changed about 5 years ago, but the key fobs have not been updated.) Another surprise was my room itself - number 524. As I walked along the corridor I noticed that carpets looked worn, and the walls were somewhat in need of redecoration. But the room itself was completely different: recently renovated, tastefully decorated, with nice furniture - I couldn’t fault it. It was also very clean. Then I went into the en-suite bathroom. Another surprise: while the bedroom had clearly been renovated in the last few years, the bathroom looked like it dated to the 1960s - though the bath itself was quite new. There was nothing wrong with it - and it was very clean - it just didn’t fit with the room. The shower looked cheap, but worked fine - though was subject to sudden changes in water pressure. The room was quiet, and I heard nothing from neighbouring rooms or from outside. The view (mostly over a field with sheep in it) was fine, if not stunning.
Speaking to other guests over breakfast the following morning, it became clear that not all rooms were as nice as the one I was in, and some people had been bothered by traffic noise from the A82 which runs in front of the hotel. Perhaps other rooms will be upgraded in the next few years.
There was a buffet breakfast with a wide selection of items, and I thought it was very good indeed. Evening meals were quite acceptable. I did not use the leisure centre facilities, so cannot comment on it. The staff all seemed pleasant and helpful.
Would I stay again? I doubt it. It's not really my sort of place.
Would I recommend it? It would really depend on the price of a room, which room you were given, and whether you were interested in the leisure facilities. That said, I enjoyed my stay at the hotel, and have no complaints.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated just on the outskirts of Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, Ben Nevis & Leisure Club offers stunning views of the mountain and is close to the ski slopes of the Nevis Range. The Ben Nevis Hotel and Leisure Club offers a restaurant, a bar, free parking and a Leisure Club with a heated indoor swimming-pool. The hotel’s restaurant, with its views over Ben Nevis, has a table d’hôte menu. Guests can relax in the bar area, and a full Scottish breakfast is served every morning. Access to the Ben Nevis Hotel’s fitness centre is free to all guests. Facilities include a 15-metre long swimming pool, a sauna, as well as a steam room and gym. All the traditionally furnished rooms have a bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas and also in Superior Rooms as well as all bedrooms if you book direct. There is also tea and coffee-making facilities and a work desk for guests to use. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ben Nevis Hotel And Leisure Club
- Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club Fort William, Scotland