Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness
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Do not use this hotelfrom solwayboy
We shall definitely come backfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The welcome was warm at the reception, and though our room was not resdy, we were offered coffee and the actual condition of the room was wonderful , especially the bath.
The location is very convenient, right at the city center next to the railway station and though the hotel has limited parking space, but the gebneral car park is just a minute's drive away.
Do take advantage of the Special Discount the residents are offered in the beautiful restaurant ASH and , what a spread it offers. The bar also has a fantastic collection and warm service, and there also every resident gets the second drink free!
We shall definitely reccommend this hotel to all our friends.
Mr DOUGLAS McPHERSON
Stay in the hotel avoid the restaurantfrom D111
The reception staff were competent and professional
The room was nicely decorated and very clean and quiet.
The breakfast was plentiful if a little greasy, certainly nothing to complain about but
the ASH restaurant was a disasterfor the evening meal, the waiting staff were friendly enough if not very competent, but the food was incredibly poor, pre cooked food or frozen and then deep fried, pre cooked beef kebabs then reheated until charred, vegetables consisted of boiled potatoes that was not cooked in the middle, tasteless carrots and broccoli that looked like it should have been thrown away before it was cooked, they had all obviously been prepared some time before and then reheated. The food was never quiet bad enough to send back but overall it was an eating experience to be forgotten quickly. I bitterly regret the decision to book dinner at the hotel after the first night we seriously considered asking for our money back and going elsewhere but we thought it cannot be that bad again, we were wrong it got worse. Were all the chefs on holiday? Just how canyou make pre-prepared sticky toffee pudding soggy and tasteless?
Hotel overall was good, restaurant let it down badly. My advice is stay at the hotel and go down to the mustard seed restaurant (excellent make sure you book a table) which is 5 minutes walk away.
PS Sent the above comments to the hotel they have not bothered to respond
Average - and beware of noise!from chris036
The second room was 102, directly overlooking the station approach and small car park. This room was £65. It was larger than the first, equally clean, but had the same decor issues. It was much noisier however, and being a Saturday night you have to contend with the constant string of clubbers, noisy car stereos, loud exhausts ...and drunken hotel patrons.
Both rooms had in-room coffee/tea, remote control TV, bog-standard toiletries (forgive the pun) and good sized towels. The bedding was ample although the bed comfort on both occasions was only average. Some new beds are surely due at some point!
Upon checkout I asked about cheaper 'agent provided' room rates and the receptionist advised that the lower the rate, generally, the lower the quality of room provided. Which is fair enough I guess. If you look at the hotel's website the standard room rate comes in at well over £100.
Having said that, a general walk around the hotel's interior leads me to believe that what may have once been a superb, up-to-scratch quality hotel has slipped down to a simple 3 star establishment with nothing special to offer.
The large but non-eloquent Wallace room is where you find the buffet breakfast, and this too was nothing special. Continental fare with the addition of 4 hot dishes containing eggs, sausages, bacon, black pudding and, of course, haggis.
To sum up, the location directly outside the train station is perfect for travellers and shoppers alike, but you may have a noisy room which has the potential to ruin your night.
Disapointmentfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Decent stay, decent location (?), decent valuefrom adls
The Royal Highland Hotel itself isn't too bad. It's quite a typical old-style British hotel. You know, old creaky building with rich but fading interiors and squeaky floors. The lobby, corridors and rooms are elegant in an old-world sort of way. The lift is the tight-fit, jerky type from the 60s/70s that have you wondering if it will ever wheeze its way up to the 2nd floor. If you like Holiday Inn, Marriott, Hilton and co, this may not be your cup of tea. But if you like a little British charm (ha ha), you wouldn't mind at all - I didn't.
When we arrived, we found that Laterooms had botched our booking: the Hotel wasn't expecting us, and it was a busy day. It wasn't the hotel's fault, but the receptionist was very apologetic and very helpful. She honored the price I got from Laterooms, and gave us keys to two rooms so we could pick one we liked. This proved fortunate: one of the non-smoking rooms we entered stank badly of second-hand tobacco smoke, and I was glad to have an alternative.
The room was typical old British hotel: fading, dim, antiquated and small - with squeaky floors and saggy bed thrown in for free. But the toilet was obviously recently refurbished and actually quite airy and clean. Overall, the room was decently comfortable - not excellent, but adequate and nothing terribly wrong.
The breakfast was not bad. Buffet style and included good old Scottish oat porridge (plus haggis and all the usual stuff). Dinner in the hotel restaurant was OK. The haggis (again !) was pretty good: served in a very modern-looking style - two vertical cylinders consisting each of haggis sandwiched between layers of tatties and neeps. Looked weird, tasted fine. The other stuff on the menu was pretty plain. We didn't want to eat here at first, but our stroll around town convinced us there was probably not much choice.
We got a decent rate (with the hotel graciously honored despite Laterooms screwing up our booking) and this made our stay decent value. I would say that if you got a good price that included breakfast, this hotel would make a decent stay - espcially if you're travelling by rail. But if you're driving and was only passing trhough Inverness on your way to other touristy places, maybe you could try elsewhere if you can't get the decent price.
Very Good Location!from caramela
However, I have to say that the location is great! Right next to the train station, I found that very convenient for me because I had to leave my bags at the hotel after checking out so I could wander around the area and then grab a train later on in the evening to Edinburgh. I did not find that the proximity to the train station made my hotel stay bothersome at all. I didn't notice any noise. However I stayed on a Sunday night in February so really its low tourist season.
I got the room for £49.95 and it had breakfast included. In all honesty, I did not have the traditional scottish breakfast, but I'm also not scottish so eating haggis is not exactly appetizing for me. So i didn't try it. I didn't venture for the eggs and bacon either. They did have cereal and croissants, so I had those and they were fine.
The staff was normal. Nothing exceptional but then again that never bothers me as I don't go on vacation to mingle with hotel staff. When I had questions they were helpful and with all requests they were compliant. So no issue there.
The room was clean and very cute! The stand up shower was really big and spacy but it lacked a bit of pressure for my liking.
So overall, I think that was a decent price and a decent stay and I do recommend. It has all the basics you need. After all you're not planning on living in your hotel room... you should be out visiting.
Worth a Tryfrom Fifer9
Good hotel if you can a deal on the price.from MrSporran
Good place to stayfrom brabb
Nice rooms. Great breakfast - full Scottish + most other preferences catered for. Avoid the 'Ash' bar/restaurant though - it's overpriced and pretentious for what you actually get and there are better places within a few minutes walk.
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Other names for Royal Highland Hotel
- station hotel inverness
- royal highland inverness
- hotel royal highland
- Address: 18 Academy St - Inverness - Scotland - IV1 1LG - United Kingdom
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