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The Cross at Kingussie
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kingussie
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

A hidden gem. We took fiends for a special treat and were not disappointed. Very attentive service, fabulous meal, amazing wine list....a must if you are in the area or worth a special trip.

Room Tip: Just ask thye very helful owners about which room would suit best
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

Food was very good, but not outstanding. £50 per head was a little overpriced - £40 would have been more reasonable. Restaurant staff efficient and knowledgeable about the food but the decor was uninspired.
Room was clean and neutral. Cheap furniture and fittings, paper thin walls (we could hear telephone calls in room next door), basic bathroom with no shower pressure. Toiletries and tea/coffee provisions in room were limited and basic (only given one teabag of English Breakfast Tea).
Guest information pack read like a list of rules - all focused around what you 'must not' or are 'not allowed' to do at the Cross - we felt brow beaten by it and could not wait to leave.
The Cross points out that it is a 'Restaurant with Rooms' - this is very true; however, they charge 'hotel' prices for the rooms but impose many restrictions to your freedom based on the fact that they are not a 'hotel'. It seems to me they are trying to cut things both ways.
We could not wait to check out and will not be back. However, if you enjoy being micro-managed and told what you can and cannot do in no uncertain terms this may be an ideal place to stay. If not, just have supper there and find accommodation elsewhere.

Room Tip: Walls are paper thin - you can hear everything going on in next room.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2011

Just spent a night here on our way to the far north. After reading the reviews on here I couldn't make up my mind if I was making the right choice. Very happy we booked now and will definitely return to this gem. It is tucked away on the edge of the village and with a little stream running past it makes for a very quaint setting. We were blessed with 20 degrees and sunshine so were able to make use of the outdoor seating area which overlooks the stream - a totally idyllic afternoon chilling drinking fine wine !!! If the weather is not good there are also some great reading/relaxing areas throughout the hotel. Indeed it is these areas which make up for the rooms which are good but not great - basically a place to sleep comfortably but not much else. However forget all this is you come to The Cross you do so for the food and drink - you will not be disappointed as this is top notch cuisine and providing your wallet can stand up to it a wine list many other establishments would give their right arms for. If you want a treat in this spectacular area look no further.

Room Tip: don't bother with the riverside rooms
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2011

My wife's birthday. We had the room we first used some 10 years go. Apart from a lick of paint not much had changed. Corner bath with hand held shower and no means of keeping the water off the floor. Taps were stiff and difficult to turn off. I would not tolerate that in my home.
Meal was very good until we came to the cheese. One variety of dried up cheddar with a scone was not up to the standard of the previos owner, Tony Hadley, who prided himself on his cheese selection. The owners were not present during our stay. Perhaps that is the reason for standards slipping. We were welcomed very pleasantly by the staff on arrival.
We were bemused by the book of house rules in our room. Is that all necessary?
I doubt if we will be back.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

Warm welcome; delcious, varied, 5* cuisine; wines aplenty with great advice from owners. Spent New Year here & were looked after royally! The rooms are perhaps a bit basic when considered against standard of restaurant but very pleasant and comfortable. Only real neg comment is that soundproofing hasn't been totally cracked but whist it didn't bother us, perhaps worth being aware of.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

Every year we stay somewhere in Scotland to enjoy good food in a nice countryside location, this year definitely didn't disappoint. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, the staff were so warm and friendly. Our room was big enough for the three of us and out of our window we could see red squirrels running around which was lovely. Both of the meals we had were fantastic, particularly the fish that I had on the first night. In the morning, breakfast was fantastic, possibly the best breakfast I've had in a hotel. My only criticism would be that at times I felt quite cold in the lounge upstairs. I would love to come back here again. I would also highly recommend a visit to the Highland Wildlife Park when visiting here, the highlight for us was seeing the red pandas at feeding time, adorable!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

Clean, modern, up to date. Food is great, of a high quality. Staff is friendly. Parking easy. Off the road so a calm setting. It's a pitty there is no internet in the rooms but in the lounge it's fine. TV reception could be better. The room directory, don't read that, if you read it you feel like you're back in boarding school, too much do not's and a pages long story about, ...., Tripadvisor! That has no place in a room directory. Have a bit of faith in the customers I would suggest.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Cross at Kingussie

Address: The Cross Tweedmill Brae Ardbroilach Road, Kingussie PH21 1LB, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Kingussie
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kingussie
Price Range: $155 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Cross at Kingussie 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A contemporary five star restaurant with eight comfortable bedrooms set in a converted tweed mill and situated in 4 acres of riverside grounds within Cairngorm National Park. AA three-rosette award winning dinners feature the highest quality fresh, local, and seasonal produce, all complimented by a 300 bin wine list and around 40 specialist malt whiskies. ... more   less 
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