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“Avoid! unless you want to be disappointed - dirty, run down, ignored.”
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Benleva Hotel
Ranked #16 of 32 Drumnadrochit B&B and Inns
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Avoid! unless you want to be disappointed - dirty, run down, ignored.”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Well where do you begin? £70 Twin B&B. A fair price might have been £25 for the room. It's truely grim. Room 9 was like student B&B accomodation at the end of term.
The facts: Reception is a darkened mess. The receptionist quiped about it being a bit downmarket - he wasn't kidding... Up to Room 9 - the door has damage around the lock where it has been forced open. Room 10 opposite is the same. Always a sign of quality...
The room is sooo tired inside apart from the new bed frames. The mattresses (twin room) were like sitting in a bath with your butt hanging out the bottom. (We're average 13St males so not unexpectedly heavy?). Mine was a piece of foam and the other was complete with springs poking through everywhere. The pillows were sacks of cement i think. The wall mounted lights were coming adrift.
The smoke alarm on the ceiling had been changed and the blackened hole was left of the old one.
The wall heater was showing signs of burnt melted knobs and generally dirty.
My pal puntured his feet on the carpet grip which was bare (strip of pins that grips the shabby grey carpet) where the carpet was ripped away at the bathroom doorway... (not a little rip - we're talking 12 inches of bare floor and grip here). And the best feature was the bathroom :((
Grim - mouldy stained sealant around the sink. Gloomy bathrrom and darked shower compleet with grim mouldy sealant. Probably quite nice in the 1970's... And all soooo small. You can barely turn in there. Fan didnt work so its a humid hole shortly after a shower. And - not one of the management even noticed us there or acknowledged us. Not at Breakfast or Dinner (all tables reserved so they wouldn't feed us... not that it was mentioned when we checked in of course).
The dining \ lounge bar was just plain dirty when you looked around. same holes with bare wiring in the ceiling. Everything just dirty.
And what a shame the receptionist didn't ask for our opinion when we cheked out.. shame on you all. Its a hole. Visit at your peril or go somewhere else where you're appreciated and welcomed.

Room Tip: Room 9 with all the dirt mentioned above or Room 10 with the jemmied lock? who knows which is best...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Just returned from two nights in Benleva Hotel. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Rooms were charming and comfortable. Really terrific value for bed and breakfast, the food we had in the morning was absolutely delicious (Two words: Black Pudding) and we also had a chance to try out the dinner menu, which was equally impressive. The bar is also very nice, with a selection of real ales, some from their own brewery, and I certainly hope to sample their "Hoppy-Ness" again soon.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Ochiltree, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Hi stayed here in march 2012 with my wife and 2 dogs for 2 nights. We enjoyed the breakfasts and great evening meals a great selection of beers at the bar and the dogs made very welcome good walks for the dogs straight from the hotel, will be back again next year.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

We recently stayed in a cottage in Drumnadrochit and stopped into the Benleva for a few beers. The bar stocks a number of real ales all kept in great condition. The real highlight however are their own beers from Loch Ness Brewery (which, based right out back of the hotel, couldn't be anymore 'local'!). My particular favourite was the Hoppy Ness.

Not only is Steve a delightful host, but his craft ales are a welcome new addition to the Scottish microbrew scene.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

We were staying near the Benleva in a B&B. We went to Benleva for an evening meal and it was fantastic. Really lovely food. Great, friendly service and good value for money. The real beers looked good, but we were on wine so didn't try them out. Interesting local history and a nice place to eat. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

1 night here and felt it was a good choice. The meals were just the best! The place is old - we knew this but prefer this to "chrome and glass" towers! The guy who we dealt with at breakfast and checking out is friendly, laid back and has a great sense of humour! Was happy to chat and gave me some info on the "hanging tree" in the front garden - a very old unusual tree to say the least!
They welcome dogs which is great - not surprising as their own dogs are bursting through doors in the bar - quite a unique way of making an entrance, just throw yourself at the door!!
I would pay this hotel another visit, not for the basic rooms but for the 1st class food and excellent bar

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

The hotel has seen better days, but the food is good and the hotel even has its own brewery.
I enjoyed staying here. It is full of character and the bar has a good selection of 'real ales' to add to the enjoyment.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Benleva Hotel
Address: Kilmore Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6UH, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Loch Ness > Drumnadrochit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Drumnadrochit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Benleva Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Drumnadrochit, by Loch Ness, the Benleva is the only hotel in the village which is open all year round. Serving award-winning Highland real ales, malt whiskies & excellent locally sourced food. The Benleva has 6 comfortable en-suite bedrooms and was voted the CAMRA Highlands & Islands Pub of the Year in 2003 & 2005. The Benleva has 2 family rooms for those with children and dogs are also welcome in the hotel. ... more   less 
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