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Spean Bridge Hotel
Ranked #23 of 23 Spean Bridge B&B and Inns
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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“Pleasantly Suprised”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Booked this hotel after a last minute roadtrip with friends. On arrival the staff were very friendly. We found the room to be clean and cosy with everything we needed for a night. The beds were so comfy, slept like a baby. Had dinner and breakfast at hotel both were at a high standard and big portions too. Would definitely go back if i was in this area again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Cavan, Ireland
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

En route to Inverness we decided to stop for lunch in the Spean Bridge Hotel. In order to get to the bar a warren of back rooms and empty restaurants had to be navigated. While the staff seemed friendly enough, the menu was very limited and when a turkey sandwich was ordered (it had been previously intimated it was available) we were later told it wasn't on that day.
One of the soups was fine, the other had a hair in it. The sandwiches were edible but nothing special. To their credit the tea did arrive in a nice big teapot, easily enough for two big cups each.

I wouldn't come back here, but it appeared they were preparing to feed a bunch of Royal Marine Commandos who arrived in shortly before we left, so perhaps that could be taken as a mitigating factor.

Didn't sleep here so you'll have to look elsewhere for room reviews, and the Commando exhibit beside the bar is a diverting (if a bit odd for a hotel to have) sideshow.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Good things
-price was ok
- not far from fort Williams
- something different
-good parking
-some friendly staff

Not so good things
- rooms were terrible
-decor very dated
- rabbit warren
-some rude staff
-loud

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Hemel Hempstead
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We wanted to stay in the Fort William area but as we were booking last minute, our choice was pretty limited.
We had a family room for 3 nights which was at the fron tof the hotel and pretty noisy (the hotel is on the main A82 West Coast route). As it was pretty hot during our stay, it was a case of a very hot room with the window & secondary glazing closed, to reduce the noise or try and sleep through it!
The room furnishings including beds was pretty poor, with a totally un-cordinated decoration and odd bits of furtniture, although to be fair, this is not unusual for this type of private hotel.
The reception staff were very friendly and helpful.
Our room rate did not include breakfast, which was served in a lage room, again with totally un-cordinated decoration - the waiter was actually quite helpful, but a little regimental in explaining what was available and where it all was, even on our third morning.

Room Tip: Try and get a room in an annexe building, which is further back from the road and would be quieter.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Glasgow
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Hoping for a decent pub meal and good local atmosphere, we chose this hotel while staying in the area. We dropped in for a drink and bite to eat on a Saturday night and were surprised at how quiet it was. Staff were friendly enough but the décor was a bit depressing and drab - old tables and chairs and plastic table covers, with the TV playing Saturday night programmes. The food was surprisingly nice and reasonably priced and we didn't have long to wait. The whole place felt like it was past its best and lacked any kind of atmosphere or buzz, even with all the commando connections. Sorry to say I don't think we will be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

The Spean Bridge Hotel is the best in 1970s chic gone to seed. From the green floral print carpet, to the interior faux-stone accent walls, this place was perhaps, once, a destination. Now it is the hotel you settle for if everything in the vicinity has already been booked. And I mean everything. Together with the sludgy floral print curtains falling off their rods, rooms now come complete with mould, a strong mildewy smell, doors that won't latch until the lock is manually forced into place, and best of all, drains that back black slurry messes up into the shower when water is run through the sink. This, after the hot water faucet burps out so much air one wonders whether water will eventually find its way to the fore.

Mysteriously, if one arrives by car (which one most certainly will in Spean Bridge) the entrance is nowhere near reception. Unsuspecting travellers make their way, with sinking hearts, through a warren of guest rooms, breakfast room, restaurant, and unmarked hallways, to the desk, which may or may not be staffed. There, the actually quite friendly, if unschooled in hospitality trade-craft, reception desk worker sorts through a stack of papers to find your booking, which will likely be printed with the wrong pricing information, so check carefully. She then goes off to answer a phone and have a long conversation about a lost booking before returning to give you your keys and show you back through the maze to your rooms, phone in hand in case there should be a call along the way.

As mentioned, the rooms are lackluster to say the least. To their credit, the linens seemed quite clean. The bathrooms, however, are a disaster of mildew and bad plumbing.

As Spean Bridge itself is quite small, evening dining options are limited. This is good news for the on site restaurant, as there is no way it would survive without a captive audience. While the food is not actively inedible, it is also not good. There is only one server, who is responsible for all 15 or so tables as well as the bar. Clearly not a good business choice in most cases. The poor young man who was working was lovely, though visibly rattled and overworked. He tried his best, and it was his hard work that allowed me to get through the evening without causing a ruckus about our main concern.

When we first arrived in our room after a long day, we wished to wash our faces and get freshened up. The hot water took a long time to get warm, but that wasn't the main problem. The main problem was that when the water was drained from the sink a load of black sludge bubbled up from the drain in the shower. As there was no room phone we went back to the desk to tell them about the problem. The first response was that there hadn't been previous complaints. When that was not satisfactory to us, a person who appeared to be a rather messy resident was sent to the room with drano and a plunger. He then locked himself in the bathroom to do whatever he was doing while we discussed the possibility of a different room with the reception worker who had come along for the walk (with phone in hand). At first we were told that we couldn't possibly have another room as they were all booked. However, within a couple minutes she was back to tell us the room two doors down was available and we could move if we wanted.

Presumably the person scheduled for that room hadn't yet arrived and they were going to put them in the bad plumbing room once the clog was fixed. Sorry to those people.

We were not offered any compensation for our difficulties, and when we inquired about some form of rebate were told that she would have to check with the owner and get back to us. We never heard back.

Don't go. If you do, take shower shoes.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Well on a positive note the parking was ok..... The room was a bit tired as was the whole hotel. You shared a boiler with the next door room so had to go and turn the water on yourself. Bizarrely the internet seemed to be strongest outside our room, so there was someone sat outside with their laptop quite a lot. The breakfast was very over-priced for what was very poor quality. i thought it was very expensive for you got.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Spean Bridge Hotel
Address: Fort William Road, Spean Bridge PH34 4ES, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Spean Bridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Spean Bridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Spean Bridge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2* family run hotel, originally an old coaching in with annex and chalets. The rooms are as individual as the hotel. Incorporates the Commando bar with bistro, restaurant (in season), take-away and proud to house unique Commando exhibition dedicated to WWII Commandos who trained at Achnacarry and honoring present service personnel all of whom have a link with the hotel. ... more   less 
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