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The Boat Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boat of Garten
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Second stay at Boat Hotel. We went back because we enjoyed our first stay 6 months ago so much. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is always superb. Every course we tried was of a very high standard. We stayed in King garden terrace room which was large and comfortable. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Garrabost
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Boat Hotel M, Front Office Manager at The Boat Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your fantastic review of the Boat Hotel and for advising other travellers of your experience through Trip Advisor. It's refreshing to read such positive reviews of the hotel and lovely to see that this was your second stay with us.

Look forward to seeing you both next time!

Kind regards,

Shona MacLachlan
Front Office/Reservations Manager

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

I booked the boat hotel for an anniversary treat for myself & my husband. I booked it through itison. When emailing the hotel, the staff were nothing but helpful and always helping me when needed. On arrival in our room was a complimentary bottle of champagne, chocolate strawberries & scented candles. Food was amazing very filling and presentation was great. Staff nothing but helpful and attentive and catered our every need. Breakfast in bed was a bonus twice! Very good time keeping and very yummy.
We had a great stay and we are already in talks of when we can come back and will defo be staying at the boat hotel..

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank MrsTonks
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Boat Hotel M, Front Office Manager at The Boat Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your fantastic review of the Boat Hotel. I am pleased to read that you and your husband had a great time with us and that you found each aspect of your stay an enjoyable one.

Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind regards,

Shona MacLachlan
Front Office/Reservations Manager

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Stayed 2 nights and it was very comfortable. The restaurant whilst being very relaxed served up excellent food. The first night I just wanted fish and chips and it was just like the best fish and chip shops do, just what I needed. The second night I was much more adventurous and the food was very good. Service was very good with all the staff making sure everything was right, checking back with you etc. The bedroom was very roomy and comfortable. I think it must have been a suite of sorts because there was a nice seating area with sofa, coffee table and two armchairs, can't remember what I booked though. Very comfy room and nice big bed so got two very good nights sleep. Easy to get around the area from there so would certainly recommend.

Stayed: March 2013
1  Thank Mike C
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Boat Hotel M, Front Office Manager at The Boat Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your positive review of the Boat Hotel. We are delighted to read that you had an enjoyable stay and particularly enjoyed the food on offer. I will certainly pass this over to both staff and chef's.

Hope to welcome you back to the Boat Hotel in the near future.

Kind regards,

Shona MacLachlan
Front Office/Reservations Manager

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

we had an amazing weekend the staff where 2nd to none they made you feel like the only people that mattered.The food was delicious. the room although basic in comparison to other rooms the hotel has to offer was exceptionally clean newly decorated from floor to ceiling and very good value for money. We will certainly return and hope to meet some of the staff again.Would highly recommend to anyone

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank suzie p
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Boat Hotel M, Front Office Manager at The Boat Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your very positive review of the Boat Hotel and for sharing your experience with other travellers. I am delighted to read that you had an enjoyable stay with us and will certainly pass over your comments to all our staff.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Shona MacLachlan
Front Office/Reservations Manager

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We have stayed at the Boat Hotel last week and did book a deluxe Garden Room well in advance. What a surprise though on arrival we were offered a room on the third floor which was far too small for two adults and two children. We did call the reception straight away and requested to be moved to the room which we have originally ordered. He said that he is going to call us back,he eventually did and said that the room we have booked was only available for two days. We then went to reception and shown them the email confirmation. You can imagine the frustration of the cleaners which have had to carry the folded beds down the stairs. The second best part was the internet connection which is complimentary,simply because it does not exist. The food in the AA rosette bistro was absolute rubbish,expensive.Not to mention the breakfast...
Finally,we were very disappointed from the cleanliness of the room and in particular the bed-partitions were covered in thick dust,cobwebs everywhere. Communal areas dirty, it seemed that the cleaners have only used the air freshener all along the corridors to create an impression that the place has been cleaned.The bedding was full of hair(human or animal perhaps) and it looked like there was not a lot of attention to detail at all.
When we were ready to go and have had to pay our final bill it was wrongly calculated and they have requested £20 more, which we argued and it was corrected.
To conclude,the website is very catchy and you would think that you would be going to a 5 star establishment but we would rate the boat with 2 stars and won't be back there again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank analenz17
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Boat Hotel M, Front Office Manager at The Boat Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2013

Having tried to contact you on many occasions via telephone and letters. We feel that this is not a genuine review. We have never had anyone describe our food as 'rubbish' and would welcome you to contact either myself or general manager at the boat hotel to discuss the aspects of your stay.

Would this be a competitor reviewing perhaps?

Shona MacLachlan
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Stayed here on a 5pm deal and upgraded to the love package which included dinner and sparkling wine on arrival.

On arrival staff greeted us in a really friendly manner and we were shown to our room in the garden suite end. The room was clean spacious with bottle of sparkling wine in an ice bucket ready for our arrival which was a lovely touch. The decking area leading out from the room was also really pretty especially as it snowed during our visit.

Dinner was also great, staff again were super friendly and the food delicious and was cooked with obvious skill. The bar area is a cosy area with large armchairs and an open fire with live music on a Saturday night which was also great fun.

The hotel is close to aviemore ski resort so ideal if your planning on doing any skiing or outdoors pursuits.

The hotel allows dogs which is great if your a dog lover however we had a dog in the room next door which the owners had clearly abandoned to go out and so howled and barked for several hours which did not make for a relaxing night, hotel staff did however try to contact the owners to try and help the situation.

Overall great value with very helpful staff and the good was delicious.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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1  Thank Karyn30
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Boat Hotel M, Front Office Manager at The Boat Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor and for sharing your thoughts with other travellers. I am pleased to read that overall you had an enjoyable stay, but I am very sorry to read about the issue you faced with the barking dog in the room next door. I am glad to read however, that that has not deterred you from returning to the hotel in the future.

Kind regards,

Shona MacLachlan
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here on 6th april with partner & parents. We were warmly wlecomed with nice surprise of upgrade as one of rooms booked was under maintenance. Both rooms were nicely decorated,spacious & very clean. Great views also. We had dinner in the bistro & all four of loved every morsel of food put down to us. The waiting staff were excellent & knew food & wines well. Good recommendations. Great live music in bar after dinner. Beds were amazingly comfortable and after great night sleep we came down an amazing breakfast service & the full scottish did not disappoint. None of us ate until dinner. Great hotel, location, staff & exceptional service.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank trendygirl25
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Boat Hotel M, Front Office Manager at The Boat Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your fantastic review of the Boat Hotel. I am delighted to read that you had a fantastic stay with us for your birthday treat. I will be sure to pass on your positive comments to all the staff.

We hope to welcome you back to the hotel in the near future.

Kind regards,

Shona MacLachlan
Front Office/Reservations Manager

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Address: Deshar Road, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Aviemore > Boat of Garten
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boat of Garten
Price Range: $39 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Boat Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arriving at The Boat Hotel for the first time can be compared to returning as house guests of a close friend, where needs are anticipated before arrival and the welcome is genuine. Where else can you wear your Hunter wellies at 8am, golf spikes at 3pm and dress up or down for dinner? But while we offer our guests comfort, some luxury and indulgence, this is not a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves. Nestled in a tranquil picturesque setting deep within the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, near Aviemore, lies the historic and unique award-winning Boat Hotel & Bistro. Adjacent to the renowned Boat of Garten Golf Club, we boast 2 AA Rosette food and stylish yet relaxing accommodations with exhilarating views. The Boat Hotel is a place where you can relax and enjoy your well deserved leisure time, then put your feet up. Hotel Highlights: * Dining options - 2 AA Rosette Bistro & Bar Dining * Range of guestrooms including king bed, deluxe garden terrace & four poster junior suites * Child friendly hotel near Landmark Forest Adventure Park and kids stay & eat free * Meeting & events facilities for up to 65 * Close to the Cairngorm Ski Resort and adjacent Boat of Garten Golf Club Events Diary. Whether you're looking for an active or relaxing break, an inspirational meeting or private dining venue for your next event, planning a fabulous wedding, looking to indulge in a glass of your favourite tipple by the log fire or simply join us for some of the best food in the Cairngorm National Park. The Boat Hotel & Bistro combines historic charm with modern facilities to provide the leading destination and first choice country retreat hotel in the Aviemore area. ... more   less 
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