Stirling Highland Hotel

, Stirling, United Kingdom
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Stirling Highland Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 92

Spittal Street - Stirling - Scotland - FK8 1DU - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | (0 786)272728
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Great Traditional Scottish Hotel

from Joanne80
I stayed here for 1 night to celebrate my Mums birthday with my partener, brother, parents and grandparents, ages ranging from 22- 80 and we all loved it.
We ate in the restaurant in the evening, it has a great menu and the food was delicious.
It's located in the heart of Sterling so handy for shops, bars, restaurants and Castle.
The rooms are well presented with traditional decor.
Staff pleasant.
Would go back and recommend to friends and family.

Not bad - a good nights sleep.

from WestCountryDoris
Booked this through late rooms, and having read reviews my colleague and I were cautious... however, it was fine! The hotel is trying very hard to impress (not sure it hits the mark).

Good points: Nice decor; windows that actually open; pleasant helpful staff on reception
Bad points: Food very expensive (and not worth it); staff in restaurant so keen they actually annoy you; bar not great (no snacks - not even crisps).

Having had a number of terrible nights sleep in hotels (which, lets face it, is the most fundamental requirement of any hotel!) I'd say this is an OK hotel.
Overall, if you get a good deal I'd recommend it.

Spot On!

from MB15
We booked this hotel within a couple of days of going and we got a rate of £75 room only, through Expedia, which we thought represented very good value for money especially as a B&B would have cost £50 so a hotel with swimming pool & all the facilities for just a little more had to be good!

Having read the reviews before we went we weren't expecting too much but having got there we were extremely pleased with our choice. The hotel is located right in the lovely old district of the town, just near The Old Town Jail on a fairly quiet road which leads up to the castle. The town with it's many shops & restaurants was reached downhill within just a couple of minutes walk. The hotel looked like a castle itself rather than an old school and the bar called (The Headmaster's Study) was a particularly nice touch.

We managed to park behind the hotel within a courtyard area and our room was located just off this on the ground floor, it was a standard twin and perfectly proportioned for our requirements. It was nicely decorated with warm colours, lovely large paintings hanging on the walls, bathroom of good size which contained a bath. Hairdryer, tea & coffee all available and our room had a small seating area with two chairs and a table and a vanity area with mirror/chair.

My Husband used the pool & steam room and found them to be clean and well maintained, I opted to hit the bath with a drink from the bar!

On Sunday morning we walked down to the town and had breakfast there as we felt £13.95 ea. was a little excessive, although having said that it's probably about the norm. We enjoyed a nice bacon baguette sat outside Costa Coffee!

All in all I was very pleased with our choice and would recommend this hotel to anyone, it certainly overexceed our expectations.

Hotel with character

from bobbyelliott
This place has character! The hotel is the old Stirling High School with a make-over and there are many features of the old school to be seen around the place. For example, many of the rooms have their original names -- "The History Room", "The Headmaster's Room" etc. It also has stunning views and is very handy for Stirling town centre and Stirling Castle. In fact, the whole place is the antithesis to the modern, cold hotel so if you want a hotel with genuine character then you'll like this place.

BUT... the place is like Fawlty Towers -- the staff are well intentioned but pretty hopeless. My entire stay was marked by casual and not-so-casual errors. One evening my papers were thrown out of the meeting room (to be salvaged from the garbage - covered in curry - the next morning).

Problems like this didn't spoil my stay and you could say that they added to the character of the place. As I said, The Holiday Inn this ain't (in a bad way and a good way). It certainly isn't worth the room rate but it is a quality hotel with genuine quality - and quirky standards!

mediocre at best

from vthand
The setting is spectacular but the hotel does not live up to the rating. Rooms small and stuffy, clean and adequately supplied but there were too many items and unneccessary items in the room and when combined with small windows contributed to the crowded and cramped feeling. Breakfast room pleasant but food fair. This tourist town has some good restaurants and can serve as a great stopping point to the Highlands. With the hotel literally in the shadows of the castle, our stay was justified. Internet available for 15 pounds per day ..Yikes! Leisure facility OK with indoor pool and reasonably good size work out gym. Front staff not overly accomodating or patient.

Hate smoking

from Magere1_2
Booked a non smoking room and ended up with next room smoking! Woken at 2.00am by slamming doors and drunken noise that carried on for 1.5 hours. Reported the matter to the desk staff at 7.00am who showed absolutely no concern. Really quite unacceptable.

Good location!

from steviebhoy
As with other reviews i say this is not a 4 star hotel,3 at most!the location is great if your reason for visiting stirling is to se the castle could walk to it!the hotel however is sub standard!Do not dine in the restaurant it is awful theres absolutley no atmosphere whatsoever!DEAD!our highlight was the guy across the table from us setting light to his menu!simple minds! all in all a great location terrible overpriced hotel!

Cleaners required apply at Royal Highland Hotel

from Samoyed-Man
I attended this hotel for a corporate function. Have to agree with previous posts regarding access to this hotel. On approach, it's signposted and just prior to the sign post is a left turn. ( There was 50 of us) and everybody who had taken their car, assumed this was the car park entrance. It was not, this was the NHS car park next to it. Back out of there and then into following turning. To discover 15 - 20 spaces ( all taken) only by chance did I spot that you had to drive through the Arch and into another 30 spaces. ( No where near enough for this hotel.

Checked in and we were booked into "A Superior room" and were pointed in the general direction of a 2 person lift, pressed 1 and the lift moves, door opens and we get out. Unfortunately we were at -1 and was granted with a bulk head light full of dead blue bottles ( Flies). Eventually the lift came back and we found the right floor.

Opened the door on our "Superior room" to be greeted with the loudest carpet I have ever seen in my life. At first I thought it was one of those puzzles that the longer you looked at it an image appears. By the looks of things it has some effort of being refurbished. But still kept some of the original and tatty furnishings.

I had the misfortune of dropping a contact lens onto the bathroom floor, behind the toilet bowl, gave up looking for it due to the amount of hair,dust and good knows what else from the previous 100 occupiers. "Power shower" was no more than an electric shower with virtually no hot water.

Asking my fellow freeloaders what their opinions were of the hotel, did not vary much from my experiences. Even though it was a corporate booking, two couples did not have any reservations and got the last two standard rooms.

Signage around this maze is a joke, extremely easy to get lost.

My employer had spent a lot of money getting in a company to put in lighting etc. which did help make the place look ok. But without that, you would have rated this joint as 2-3 star at a push.

Dinner, I could not fault, best Fillet steak I'd had in while.

Too much free red wine from the night before, called for breakfast from room service. Miserable portion size and given the quality of the produce it's just as well, as most of it was left.( Better going to McDonalds)

Check out stood in a queue of my fellow colleagues for 30 mins. Not impressed!

To sum up, not the cleanest, not 4 star and won't be back.

Ask for a refurbished room

from Champagneabbey
Returned to the Stirling Highland in February 06 having been there in Feb 05. The room I had this visit seemed to have been recently refurbished and was actually very nice - much better than the 05 visit. Reception staff were efficient and friendly - I loved the fact that they didn't shout out my room number for all to hear at check-in (this is a pet hate of mine!). I will stay again but will request a refurbished room when booking.

Faulty Towers, Terrible!

from rosie073
This hotel is not 4 star. Probably 2 star.

The room was a disgrace, the sheets were badly stained as were the pillows. They were filthy. On speaking to house keeping the girl said "we get lots of complaints about the bedding". We then requested clean, white, sheets and a duvet (which the updated room have) and made the bed ourselves. We got two pillows which were more like mini-bean bags than pillows. They rustled each time you moved them. When we requested more pillows we got extra towels instead. Clearly they do not know the difference between a pillow and towel.

The room was non-smoking, but smelt of smoke as did the corridor as it was next to smoking rooms. And this is where they put the family rooms?

The tap came off the sink in the bathroom and
we handed it in to reception. This was never fixed for the duration of our stay. Instead we had to wash hands, do teeth etc using the bath tap. An absolute shambles. And they call this 4 star??

Room service, what a joke, took an hour to arrive and when it did there was no napkin/cutlery. This then took another 20mins to arrive, by which point the meal was cold and the ice cream melted.

Breakfast very poor. Poorly stocked.

Top Local Tips for Stirling

Old Town Jail Right next to hotel, perfect for an interseting and fun excursion

East India Restaurant this used to be a great place to eat, but was empty on a Saturday evening. We worked out why when they served the food. Bad experience!

The Birds & The Bees Restaurant - Stirling We enjoyed a lovely romantic meal at the Birds & the Bees in Stirling. Extensive menu, lovely bottle of wine and friendly staff! Reasonably expensive prices but worth it for a special occasion.


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  • Address: Spittal Street - Stirling - Scotland - FK8 1DU - United Kingdom
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