We were on a 14 day trip touring Scotland with 9 different stops including Grantown on Spey. We chose this hotel as our more upmarket stop following several more basic accommodations, (which were actually all rather good). So it was a real disappointment to find that our expensive room (£126 per night) was very small, dark and had no outside views other than the corridor on the opposite side of the hotel about 8 feet away. The room also smelt of vomit. (Room 152).
We complained and were offered two further rooms - one double and one twin. The twin was better both in size and view although this overlooked the rear of the hotel complete with staff smoking area and delivery area. We chose the double room as we hoped the noise factor would be better than the twin. The room was still small, just enough room for a double bed and again overlooked the opposite corridor - but at least it didn't smell.
Dinner was again very disappointing - roast lamb - it was ok but not worth the money we paid. Service was good though, considering the three large coach groups in the restaurant at the same time as us, we were served our meals within 10 minutes. Public areas were comfortable too however, as there was a high population of elderly coach parties in these areas, we did not find anywhere to sit. The barman was excellent though - quick and friendly service.
We did not have dinner the second night, went to the Indian restaurant in the town instead which was very good.
The breakfast was cold and hot buffet and we were actually surprised at the quality considering our disappointing dinner experience - the hot buffet was really good, regularly replenished. The cold selection was limited - some fresh fruit would have been welcome.
We expected higher standards for the money we paid - what we got was a low budget experience. This hotel caters for coach groups and appears to do that well - it is not a good place to stay for independent travellers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old world charm at the newly restored The Craiglynne Hotel. Our Victorian granite hotel, situated under the majestic Cairngorms, has just been restored and refurbished to the highest standards. With 82 stylish rooms and superb grounds, relaxing here during your stay is irresistible; however we also highly recommend visiting the beautiful villages, mountains, rivers and forests nearby. After a day exploring, there's nothing better than sinking into an armchair by one of our roaring log fires to share stories of Lochness, Inverness and the hugely popular whisky trail. When you are looking for hotels in Grantown-on-Spey, near Aviemore, stay with us and be one of the first to enjoy our restored hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Crerar Craiglynne
- The Craiglynne Hotel Grantown-On-Spey, Scotland