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Kings House Hotel
Reviewed September 25, 2012

While it is true that Kingshouse is showing its age a bit, it still is a way cool place to stay. On the West Highland Way, it is such a welcome site after the long day over Rannock Moor. Once you are settled (including doing a load of laundry!), the Hiker's Bar is the place to go. While the other bar/restaurant for guests is nice, it was much more interesting to hang out with the campers and other hikers in the Hiker's Bar while the rain and wind was howling outside. A great breakfast the next morning as well as the deer in the front completed my memorable stay!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Very nice place in terms of a stay during a hiking trip with a couple of friends. We needed a shower, a meal that could exceed the average bar food level, and a couple of beers. I found myself injured a little and the staff helped me out with some pills, facilities and even a back-up public transport plan. Great!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

And a very fine place to be, too. I stayed at Kings House for three nights in the autumn, and it was really terrific. The food left much to be desired, as did the decor, but the scenery was beyond spectacular. My room---warm, clean and comfortable---faced Buachaille Etive Mhor, and let me tell you, waking up to that view in the morning and going to sleep facing it at night (with the added benefit of seeing red deer foraging at 3 am) is not to be missed. I walked all the way to Glencoe village one day, up the Devil's Staircase another, and into Glen Etive and up the ski lift on the third, and had the best time. October weather was glorious, and no midges! If only the food had been better...

Room Tip: Ask for one facing west to a view of the Buachaille and the glen.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Thank TurikKaradin
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

You can see the kingshouse from about 2 miles away, its a very long 2 miles! The hotel itself is shabby but comfortable, good drying room... Food decent, Breakfast good, the bar was comfy and a welcome rest with a few beers after a long haul over Rannoch Moor, a 20 mile day for us. Staff friendly and helpful, thanks to the wee lady at breakfast who gets you seated and fed for the day.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

The food is good and rooms OK. The decor has been allowed to run down and some would call it shabby. The hotel is the only one at the top of Glencoe and when we were there was full with walkers and climbers. It was friendly and full of atmosphere and there are a number of tame deer who wonder up to the front of the hotel.

They supplied the best pack lunch we had whilst walking the West Highland Way.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

My husband and I have visited the Kings House Hotel four times, including staying a week in 2011. We live near Edinburgh, so we also bring visitors to Scotland there for either overnight or a meal. Everyone has loved the ambiance and the location (super good for photographers). The staff have always been more than helpful - at the bar or at the check-in/out desk. We also enjoy the food there and during the week-long stay, we ate our breakfast and evening meal there every night. The guys really enjoyed the big-man full breakfasts and the Bambi burgers. There was also enough vegetarian choices for me. The first time we ever stayed overnight (back in 2007, I think), there were water and hot-water problems (couldn't take a bath), but if you consider the very remote location that is so much a part of the charm, you must understand that these things happen. The owners were doing all they could to rectify it. On other visits, there were not facilities problems. There was Wi-Fi when we visited last time and that was great, but I didn't go up there to surf the internet - I was there to relax and spend the evenings with a drink, chatting to friends and other residents, and gazing into the roaring fire!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Like many others we stayed here whilst walking the WHW. High spot was watching the red deer lying on the grass outside the hotel. We were told later that they feed them to encourage them to stay around the hotel.
The hotel told us they are full every night, almost entirely WHW walkers. Good business for them but sadly not for the walkers.
The reception was closed so we had to check in at the bar, uninterested staff eventually completed our check in and we headed upstairs to our rooms. I had an immediate flashback to growing up in the 60s, all of the rooms appeared to have been decorated and furnished in the 60s or 70s and then preserved like some weird museum. Our room looked as though it might have last been cleaned in the 70s too.
No TV in the rooms, hot water limited (not good when walking) and very brown, depressing decor.
Some good beer in the bar along with a good selection of whiskeys. Food was predictable pub food and was adequate.
A good night's sleep was spoilt when a member of staff decided to do something about the poor standards of cleanliness by vacuum cleaning the corridor outside our room at 7am.
Breakfast was somewhere between mediocre and poor. Always disappointing to get poor quality porridge in Scotland.
The hoteliers should be ashamed, this could be a truly great hotel, its location is unbeatable, the views fantastic. Instead it is depressingly old fashioned and in need of investment. They clearly rely on the fact that they are full every night with walkers and don't need to try.
Disappointing.

Room Tip: Try taking a taxi or bus to another hotel somewhere else.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Kings House Hotel

Address: Glencoe Village PH49 4HY, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Glencoe > Glencoe Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Glencoe Village
Price Range: $86 - $106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This place is temporarily closed due to renovation. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Kings Hotel Glencoe Village
Kings House Hotel Glencoe, Scotland

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