Ramada Jarvis Inverness Hotel

, Inverness, United Kingdom
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Ramada Jarvis Inverness Hotel

3 star
Church Street - Inverness - Scotland - IV1 1DX - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | (0 463)235181
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s not that bad!

from ScottishTourist
Stayed here for one night - Saturday 15 October. Originally booked one single and one triple on a b & b basis for a total cost of £150. Got a call a week before we were to stay saying they had no triple rooms and they would accomodate us in 4 singles for the same price. No complaints about that!

On arrival the car park was very busy but we did find a space. There was a conference taking place in the hotel and reception was extremely busy and slow. However the receptionist was polite, efficient and got us checked in with no hassle at all. My room was fine - decor a bit shabby and tatty in places - but clean. I had a river view which was nice. There is a lot of noise from the street outside so bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.

Breakfast was great. Huge selection of fruit, cooked stuff, cereals, pastries, etc. It was very busy and by the time we left the dining room people were queuing to be seated. The hotel seemed a bit short staffed as it seemed to take ages for tables to be cleared and people to be seated.

Over all I'd say the Ramada Jarvis is not that bad. Seen better - and worse! Would say the decor needs updating in the rooms but apart from that its no worse than many other busy city centre hotel. If you want a more personal touch maybe you should stay at one of the riverside privately owned hotels....

Not the best choice

from 4dordys
My 17 year old son and I stayed here in early August 2005. We arrived shortly after checkin time and found that not only was there no where to park (there are only about 30 spots in the entire lot) but that a wedding was planned for the evening and they got priority parking. We waited for almost half and hour while the staff moved cars. Those guys were actually quite helpful. They suggested we leave our keys with them, leave the car parked in the middle of the lane of the parking lot and they would eventually find us a spot. I was reluctant to do that since we had all of our stuff in the trunk except what we needed that day/night.
Eventually they did get us a spot and we were very thankful, we were the lucky ones.
Unfortunately the room didn't turn out so well. Very small, got bed bug bites. Not nearly a 3 star standard on any level. I don't think I'd go so far as giving it a 2 star. Dank, musty, old, dingy.
The location was top notch, but I think I'll look for something completely different next time.


from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked this hotel before reading previous reviews - a mistake I know - but were pleased that the hotel wasn't as bad as many people had suggested. It is very central for local bars and restaurants.
We requested twin no smoking room and this was exactly what we were allocated - on 5th floor at the front of the hotel overlooking the main street. As far as noise from the street is concerned I always take ear plugs with me where ever I go to ensure a decent nights sleep. Perhaps everybody else should too! The room was clean and well proportioned.
We booked on B&B basis and although the food was kept under hot canopy was generally acceptable. The beans were a bit congealed but we didn't find the breakfast any worse than that served up by many other major chain hotels offering similar facilities. Pastries were available if required and plain yoghurt available at buffet.
We also chose to take an evening meal from Table D'hote menu at around £18 for 3 courses plus coffee. Admittedly it was fairly much mass produced and although again kept under hot plates it was acceptable. There seemed to be people choosing from the main menu and I didn't see any complaints being made about standards. All of this was far removed from some earlier posts which suggested the food was complete slops and not fit for dogs.
The dining room staff were very pleasant at breakfast and dinner and worked very hard serving everyone. We weren't ignored despite there being two bus parties in the dining room at the same time as we were and service was very good.
The car park is small but we managed to get parked both nights after being out all day. Most city centre hotels never have enough spaces and the Ramada has more than the Columba and Palace hotels recommended by other reviewers.
The gym was compact but adequate as was the pool. We didn't go there expecting to be able to train for the Olympics - simply to relax in the pool/sauna/steamroon/jacuzzi.
In conclusion I'm not really sure what people expect of a hotel like this. It does cater for the bus trip brigade and I guess they wouldn't keep getting such business if the hotel was so awful. We found it perfectly adequate for the price. It isn't the Ritz but then it doesn't claim to be!.

Where was Basil???

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed here in May, and what can we say? This was supposed to be a romantic honeymoon weekend away...

The room was awful (we were on the 4th floor - supposedly "upgraded to a river view suite" - boy do i feel sorry for the other users then!) It had marks on the wall and ceiling where somke alarms had been moved, the paper was peeling off the walls, the bathroom ceiling was flaky and disgusting, and not very clean. I'm really glad we hadn't travelled too far to get here...

The super king size bed (well really 2 singles bolted together) were of different heights - wonderfully cosy for our honeymoon - we could either sleep on the same bed or fall down the 3 inch height difference... mind you not that we got much sleep - and nothing to do with it being our honeymoon - the noise! We could hear the infernal "bing" of the lift all night, the insominac in the room next door, and the yobs out on the riverside at chucking out time, and the foreign bus tour leaving early for a day trip on the saturday morning.

The lobby area of the hotel had gone well past being dog-eared, into tat that I wouldn't let my dogs sit on - the chairs were balding, table edges broken and chewed looking, and the carpets saw better years let alone days! It seems to be a main stop for lots of bus tours on the lower end of the spectrum.

The good old Scottish hospitality failed miserably - the bar shut and you had to ask the porter at the front desk for drinks - a very limited and warm set of offerings - we decided not to bother!

Breakfast was over-microwaved, and left under heat lamps on the buffet from 7.30 and had turned grey by the time we got there. The service was appalling - we had to ask for glasses for juice (told by the chef to help ourselves!), and for cups - to be told they'd run out and were washing them. Our evening meal there was even less satisfactory... after reading the menu in the room we thought we'd have a nice meal overlooking the ness... well we got the river view but the menu turned out to be an A4 piece of paper, and served from - you guessed it - the buffet table. The soup was tasteless and lukewarm and we had to ask for bread rolls. The food seemed freshly cooked somewhere round about 1984, and looked like it had sat on the buffet table since then - the potatoes were grey, the cauliflower cheese had disintegrated and they were the highlights! A far cry from the international cuisine promised on the website. Even my completely un-fussy husband couldn't eat it. I heard other diners experiencing the same issues we were and it was one of them who said - "You keep expecting Basil Fawlty to jump out from round a corner shouting at Manuel!" - and how right he was. My husband has since been told that its well known in Inverness for the poor standard of food and low standard of accomodation.

The only good point about this hotel was some of the staff - they were helpful and rushed off their feet, but trying to make the best of a bad lot.

Come on Ramada Jarvis - we were told the hotel is due for an upgrade in October 2005 - be honest and tell people - we would have booked elsewhere. Its just not up to standard.

honeymoon from hell

from A TripAdvisor Member
Booked this hotel for our honeymoon.Were in a room at the back of the hotel right next to the main street with all the pubs.Noisy all night.Woken every morning 5am with delivery vehicles.Had a better nights sleep when my daughter was teething.Booked dinner bed and breakfast.Dinner was disgusting.Wouldn't give it to my dogs.Breakfast was kept under the heater since 8am.Had to spend more money eating out every day.Booked hotel after reading it had a pampering service;massage,manicure,facials etc.None of which were available.Room service was terrible.Rooms very tired looking.Screws and rawplugs all over the wall.No air conditioning.Room stuffy so had to keep window open which made the noise outside even worse.Bar had no ice for our drinks.You would think a big name like Ramada would always have ice.Would definatley NOT recommend this hotel to anyone.
A very unhappy new bride

Stay at the Palace or Columba instead

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have stayed in many hotels in Inverness town centre over the years and I am afraid to say that this was by far the worst.

I’d booked a double but was given a twin. On asking to be moved I was told that no other rooms were available.

The sign on the bedroom window (advising that the window could not be opened) had obviously been there for a considerable amount of time and was a clear indication that maintenance of the hotel is not a priority.

The 5th floor room itself was clean but the décor nearing the end of its useful life. The bathroom was in desperate need of renovation. There was no hot water at 6pm. When attending reception to complain the gentleman in front was doing exactly that, pointing out that he had had the same problem the previous evening!

My room was on Church street side of the hotel. Not a problem in itself, but the lack of soundproofing meant that even on the fifth floor the noise from street level was invasive.

The carpets away from the main reception areas were so threadbare they should have been replaced years ago. The décor in these areas was dated and shabby.

If you want a decent breakfast don’t bother in the hotel. The staff in the dining room were not interested and the food was very poor. Go to the supermarket in the Eastgate centre if you want a decent cooked breakfast at a decent price.

If it wasn’t for the gym/pool I don’t think this hotel would merit more than an official 2 star rating.

In years gone by you could get an after hours drink from the residents bar which is now closed. You can still get a drink after hours but the stock kept behind reception was not chilled. A small fridge would have avoided the night porter having to serve warm bottles of lager.

My advice is to avoid this hotel and stay at the Palace or the Columba both which are just across the river.

Lovely river view

from A TripAdvisor Member
Parked in the hotel car park easily for the 4 days we were there. The coaches we saw didn't block the path of cars in and out. Pretty tasteful decoration throughout the hotel bits we saw - tho' a bit scuffed in places etc. Lovely light, warm, good sized room (3rd floor - river side)- well cleaned, and the tea bar replenished adequately - unless you don't go for caffeine or de-caffinated stuff.... Either our 'neighbours' were very quiet, or the sound proofing was pretty good between rooms, tho' the sound proofing to the street below wasn't that hot - but fortunately it was generally perfectly quiet enough on the river side we were on.

Staff were always efficient,friendly and helpful. Plenty of good breakfast choice available - good idea to go down about 7.45 a.m before the coach parties turn up at 8 a.m or 7.30 a.m., but was also fine later on when we had a lie in on Sunday. Nice long times given to choose when you come down for breakfast i.e. 7-10 a.m. weekdays, and even longer on weekends.

Great for river evening walks and for very close proximity to shops etc. Seagulls had bombed the car one night quite skilfully......

Overall pleasantly surprised and relieved - having been pretty daunted by some of the earlier reviews! :-)

Getting a bit tired

from zigzague
Some threadbare carpets in the stairways. Rooms seemed to be of two sorts, I was in one that was still to be upgraded, so it had a sink that was a bit loose. The room itself was a bit like a student halls of residence room although it did have a TV. I was in a single room which did have a single sized bed in it, most other rooms I've occupied as myself have double sized beds. A saving grace was that the room was for non-smokers. The food in the restuarant was lacking in enthusiasm, albeit very safe. The location is handy for the railway station. Carparking was limited. Staff were friendly.

Pretty Poor

from Droggs
Stayed here several time because I had to. The hotel has seen better days. If you must stay here however:--
1. Get a room on the 4th or 5th floor. Anything lower is sub standard.
2. Make sure that you get a room overlooking the river. Otherwise you will be wakened early due to the noise of traffic early in the morning.
3. Give breakfast a miss in the hotel. Unless you like slops.
4. Don't bring a car to the hotel car park. It is a nightmare. Double parking or tour buses will block you in. Damage to vehicles is a regular occurance. In fact those who do take breakfast sit near the window overlooking the car park for their mornings entertainment.

Good For A weekend Break

from DerekfaeAberdeen
Stayed in this hotel for a long weekend Fri - Sun with my wife and three year old daughter, got a room on the 3rd floor over looking the river, room was very spacious (1 double bed & 2 singles) room was clean but needing to be modernised. We stayed DB&B, breakfast was ideal eat as much as you want evening meal was a bit dissapointing. My advise would be B&B as hotel is so central and plenty eating places at hand. Bar prices are reasonable for a hotel. Fire alarm went off during our visit, and had done 3 times that week, new system has been put in. Heating and hot water went off for about two hours on the Sat night blamed it on the boiler breaking down. Pool was ideal as was the sauna, steam room and gym area but changing facilities are very poor and in need of refurbishment.
But saying that had a very enjoyable and comfortable stay here and will return in the future, was good value for money!

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  • Address: Church Street - Inverness - Scotland - IV1 1DX - United Kingdom
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