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“Fantastic hotel for the wildlife enthusiast”
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Grant Arms Hotel
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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
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“Fantastic hotel for the wildlife enthusiast”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

We stayed 3 nights to break our journey home from the Orkneys to the south east, having booked through the "Bird Watching & Wildlife Club" (BWWC) arm of the hotel. Although we are most deinitely 'wildlife enthusiasts', our birding skills are weak and I was apprehensive that we would find the hotel full of rampant twitchers. This was far from the case however and other 'wildlife visitors' whom we met were friendly and helpful. In fact, the hotel's wildlife focus has to be heavily supported by accommodating touring coach parties and causal visitors. Two large coach parties passed through during our short stay, but caused us no problems whatsoever.

During the season at least the hotel employs full-time wildlife advisors who provide a wealth of information about local wildlife sightings, hot-spots and trends. They will also organise and book related activities for residents if requested. We were very well looked-after by Katie. The hotel sports a splendid wildlife clubroom which contains an excellent library and a massive amount of information about a diverse range of wildlife viewing opportunities in the region. There is also a sightings board to which residents are encouraged to contribute each evening. Given that we only had two days at our disposal, I cannot emphasise enough how much this information maximised the enjoyment of our flying visit to the Cairngorms. Evening lectures and talks are also sometimes arranged. The hotel 'ranger' also offers a free guided walk around the local Anagach Woods which we found extremely worthwhile.

We dined at the hotel each night although there are other options in the town and vicinity. The restaurant is quite large but airy. The staff were very attentive and the food and service were both good. The hotel Wifi signal was reliable throughout our stay. The hotel is well appointed, very clean and tidy. The front desk staff are very welcoming. Our room in the new wing was well-appointed and spacious, but a trifle too warm, although the windows could be opened. It felt like we were positioned above the boiler room. Perhaps we were!

We will most definitely stay at the Grant Arms again. It even makes a special trip to the Cairngorms worthwhile!

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

If you love birds, enjoy comfort and good food this is the place to go. Read the 'Daily Chirp' with your breakfast to help plan your day to the dozens of interesting places to visit.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

I would just like to say this hotel is excellent, we stayed 4 nights db& b May 2012 for our silver wedding anv, had to cancel our first booking because of a death in the family, they held the deposit and transferred it when we were ready to re-book which we did in May, we were told at the time no double rooms were available as May was a busy month, so thought we had got a twin room, upon arrival we were given keys to room 112, our smile said it all, they had upgraded us to the 'four poster bedroom' , we were also late arriving, but they kept some dinner. We had a wonderful stay the staff were so friendly and helpful, food was excellent, we over looked the trees and square at the front of the hotel, but the traffic noise was minimal.
Would love to stay there again, and highly recommend to anyone looking for a comfortable relaxing break.

Room Tip: Room overlooking the square was not as noisy as we thought it would be.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We've just returned from a superb break at this super hotel - a gem of a find (thank you, National Trust Magazine). What a well run ship this hotel is, yet still managing to offer warm, genuine hospitality. The accommodation was pleasant, clean and tidy with pleasing decor. The front of house areas were obviously well looked after and maintained. The attention to detail in all aspects was obvious, and there were great touches such as comp. tea and coffee for guests from 4.00pm. The star of the show was the restaurant team - a well oiled machine, presenting an excellent menu, with expertly cooked food, full of variety and with a Scottish theme. The team work in all departments of this hotel was evident and resulted in an extremely enjoyable stay. In addition there is the USP of the wildlife knowledge and expertise on site, with a very impressive facility and staff who are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Well done all, it was a joy to have such a visit which was successful on all levels and ticked all the boxes....we can't wait to return.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Everything is of the highest quality here. I particularly appreciated the free 2-hour guided walk (Tuesday mornings) through the Anagach Woods - even if we failed to see the elusive crested tit! Extremely helpful staff. Will defintely return.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Wolverhampton
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Wow, this is relaxed and thoroughly professional, well run hotel hospitality. I can't rate the Grant Arms too highly, we were well looked after, almost too well fed, expertly guided (the hotel's own complementary birdlife and wildlife guides are experienced and very knowledgeable) and well housed. Staff are helpful, friendly and able, the rooms very comfortable and spotless, the food is to dream for, and the locality amazing. This is the second year our extended family group has stayed in this lovely hotel, and I want to get back again asap. The specialist bird-watching talks and group-guided walks, clubroom, leaflets, maps/guides and library add another whole dimension to the stay. Speyside walks and Anagach Woods are close by, as is the excellent Grantown Museum. I can recommend the food and the whole experience with our hosts at the Grantown Arms very highly. A great place to be based for walking, birds, and just relaxing. Met some great people and enjoyed every minute.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

We stayed one night while walking the Speyside Way. Situated in the town centre and a friendly welcome. Well-appointed rooms with a bath as well as a shower which is becoming a rarity in many hotels. Good but not brilliant food, very friendly staff. They clearly offer many wildlife-focussed trips which we did not try but it is well-situated for trips in the surrounding area. Plumbing from a nearby room a bit noisy and the WiFi kept dropping off.

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Property: Grant Arms Hotel
Address: 25 The Square, Grantown-on-Spey PH26 3HF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Grantown-on-Spey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Grantown-on-Spey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grant Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Warm Welcome awaits you the Grant Arms Hotel (3*** GOLD VisitScotland Award), The UK's Wildlife Hotel, which was built in 1765. Former famous visitors include both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Refurbished to a High Standard of comfort and service, all rooms are ensuite with tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer and toiletries. The Grant Arms Hotel is proud to be the base of the BWWC (BirdWatching and Wildlife Club). The BWWC's Club Room, Natural History Library, Walks, Talks and Wildlife Briefings are free to all Grant Arms Guests. Experience a holiday in the Scottish Highlands, the perfect combination of mountain scenery, ancient buildings and mysterious lochs. Visit Aviemore; Cairngorms mountains, Inverness; Loch Ness; the Moray Firth; and Royal Deeside. Follow the trails of castles, gardens and distilleries, or play golf at the numerous courses found nearby, including the Grantown-on-Spey 18-hole course. ... more   less 
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