Ben Wyvis Hotel
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This morning has been a mostly dreary day but even with the clouds and intermittent rain, you simply cannot dull the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. We traveled lots of narrow roads today. We saw pheasants, deer, wild goats and lots and lots of sheep! We also saw some highland cattle which they refer to here as the hairy beasties. We saw Shetland …
Well folks, the travel blog I am afraid is going to be text only for a while. Internet is sketchy at best here unless I pay an outrageous sum for it which I refuse to do and the thumbnails on the pictures are so small I can't tell what is what so I will keep adding this way and do pictures when i can.
Heading north today, up into the Scottish highlands. There is lots of driving today - I'm glad because I'm feeling quite tired. I've been sleeping well, just had two late nights... I am 1000% happy I brought my pillow. It was probably the smartest item I chose to bring... Sure it takes up a bit of room, but I haven't gotten a sore neck or shoulders …
Perfect weather. The sun is shining. Barely a cloud in the sky. It's fresh, but no wind...
Struie Hill - photos
Falls of Shin - not very big, but still nice. Had to try to beat the next bus load of oldies onto the path to get down the hill...
Ullerpool - old seaside fishing village (which apparently has the best fish and …
... rivulets and water falls running down the hills. Very pretty as we wizzed by on the bus.
The other thing we wizzed by really quickly was deer. Stags and Does everywhere (well maybe not as prolific as kangaroos on Australian roads, but plentiful just the same). I was quite surprised to see so many of them, calmly grazing quite close to the road.
The further north we went to stronger the little rivulets on the mountains became, until we started to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ben Wyvis Hotel Strathpeffer
Booked this hotel for part of a trip with German friends and could not have made a better choice. Rooms were comfortable with great showers. Staff were highly attentive and food was good. Even the bar was reasonably priced given that we were captive customers. Unfortunately we had only one night in this hotel!!
Great Hotel would go back any time
Stayed at the hotel for two nights can't fault the hotel. Rooms were clean and modern, staff very helpful and friendly and the food was great.
Wouldn't go back
A recent tour included four nights at this hotel. The lounge and dining room were attractive, service was excellent and prompt. However, the beds were impossible for sleeping. The mattresses seemed new, but the springs are barely covered with fabric making for a lumpy and stabbing surface. I managed about one to two hours of sleep per night. Others expressed similar experience. Our stay was divided into one night here, two nights away, then two nights here, so we were staying in different rooms. As far as we could tell, all the mattresses were of similar quality.
We have just returned home from our stay at this hotel and what can we say ?Lovely bedroom shower curtain needing a good clean or replaced .Reception staff friendly but that is where it ended .We booked our table for dinner on arrival 1st night when we went to dining room at booked time was told we would have to wait a few minutes which ended up being 35 minutes. 2nd night we again booked table for dinner and again on time we arrived and was told by a member of staff the table would be a few minutes which this time turned into 1 hour .Only after asking twice when a table would be ready were we shown to a table We suffered all this only to find the food of a poor quality and bland. The soup tasted as if it was from a packet and generally poor all round meals (TDH menu). We paid a higher rate than others in the hotel and still had to pay for our overpriced wine whilst having to wait for our meals. The entertainment was good but had the feel of a retirement home.We stay in hotels all over the country 35-40 weeks of the year and can assure you there are better and cheaper hotels elsewhere- we will not be back
We had 3 single rooms at £55 pppn. One room had a lovely view and was totally refurbished (115). Room 123 was also rotally refurbished but looked onto roofs. My room 132 had been partially refurbished (bathroom horrible) with other bedroom windows as views. My point is surely the room rate should be lower especially in room 132 where I did not have the same location and facilities??? I have put this to the hotel - and await their comments.
Staff were excellent, food great and varied, entertainment - not my cup of tea.
Would I go back??? Yes but I would request a room with a view.
A reasonably good stay... but
The grounds to this hotel are smart and pleasant. Our room overlooked the gardens and valley beyond - beautiful! the room was large with a huge bed (singles bolted together) and the bathroom looked to have been updated recently.
However, the decor is a bit tired in places - dated wall paper, but then also gorgeous new curtains.
Main problem is that hotel also had a wedding and other residents were disadvantaged by this. The regimented meal times were a surprise, and then our appointed meal time ran an hour late due to the wedding. We were then served a 4 course meal, (which was very nice) in 30 mins flat, by over zealous staff making up for the delay. Wedding noise until after 2am, followed by coaches running their engines from 7 in the morning! The hotel should warn other guests on booking about the potential for such disturbances.
On the whole, this hotel is ok, but could be a lot better.
Well kept Hotel
A well presented hotel in a beautiful location, hotel was clean and seemed freshly decorated, room was fair size but ours unfortunatly over looked a roof with verry little veiw, entertainment was very much aimed at the older customer, The international Caberet atist was more intersted in playing on the fruit machine! food was poor for the quality of the hotel, mixed veg potato croquets etc, we only ate there on first night at £18 each, and ate out rest of the stay.
A beautiful old building set in its own superb landscaped gardens. The hotel is wonderfully decorated inside in all areas and it even has its own cinema. All the staff were friendly and helpfull and made us feel like we were their top priority. The food was delicious and plenty of it. There is a rumor that they are going to add a swimming pool and spa to the hotel, when that is done there will be no better hotel in our opinion.
Nice, older hotel in the highlands of Scotland. The staff was very polite and professional, and were helpful in makings us feel welcome. The rooms were a little small and not much a a view, but comfortable. The dinning room served good food, but the service left a lot to be desired. Rude wait staff, and they were never around if you needed anything extra.
Superb Stay at Ben Wyvis Hotel
Found this hotel to be superb throughout. Rated 3-Star, should be at least 4. Situated in a beautiful part of Scotland.
Food delicious. Rooms immaculate. Received excellent service from staff. Evening entertainment very enjoyable. Hotel even has a cinema.
If looking to stay in this part of Scotland, this hotel should be top of your short-list.