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Cross the Firth of Forth on your way to St Andrews – the home of golf. Continue over the River Tay into the Grampian Mountains. You pass Blair Athol Castle before following the sparkling Spey Valley to Inverness. Your centrally located hotel looks over the River Ness and up to Inverness Castle.
After a lovely breakfast we left Fort William to visit Glenfinnan and the world famous 21 arch viaduct. We had a little trouble finding it and a nice man at the train station gave us some good directions. The viaduct was fantastic and we walked right under it and up the hill to take some pictures from above. There are also some nice churches and …
... to snow quite heavily,we all went outside and well snowballs at 20 paces did occur with Sarah getting a good one in on G. The girls and I got brave and went around to the back of the Abbey in the dark to the monks graveyard, it was really eerie in the snow, Sarah took a few photos with her camera and when the flash went off it was a funny red glow and we got a bit spooked and sort of hurried back to the apartment without looking ...
We arrived at our accommodation after driving through the Highlands and plenty of snow. The Highland Club is an old converted Abbey . We were in the old school house in self contained accommodation but with access to the old Abbey and its surrounds. We have two nights stay here and that is a bit of a relief, not having to move on in the morning. Nessie hunting is on the agenda for ...
... despite huge tourist signs at either end of Cawdor township we could not find a sign in Cawdor that would direct us to the castle. Very annoying. This area close to Culloden which has great local significance being the site of the last great battles of independence from the English. Consoled ourselves with a visit to a local cheese factory where we taste tested a number of cheeses and chutneys. Made a number of cheese purchases. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Columba Hotel Inverness
Clean and comfy but don't expect Hilton level service
We booked a room here on the internet a few days before our one day stay during which the hotel was at full occupancy. Expect a clean, comfortable room in a very pretty old building facing the River Ness and a castle. (Most rooms, however, do not face the castle and river.) Expect a full English breakfast buffet included in the price. You can also expect some bar related street noise coming into the room until about 2am at the top of the season; this may vary depending on floor level and location. The hotel advertises wireless internet in all room. When I arrived I asked about it. Sorry, it cost 10 pounds per 24 hours for a voucher but they were all out of vouchers. Internet cafes in town are only open during business hours. However, they did say I could use the internet thru the tv and the provided keyboard for 5 pounds per hour. But they couldn't get this to work. Finally, after first refusing, they let me use an office computer for a few minutes to check my e-mail. At 11am check out I asked if I could leave my carryon bag at the desk for safe-keeping before leaving town later in the day. They said sure, but told me to put it an alcove open to the lobby. I didn't feel secure doing this so I dragged my bag around with me.
Pleasant, satisfactory experience
Recently refurbished, the Swallow Columba is a comfortable and economical place to stay in Inverness. I got a great rate on the Swallow website - £110 for two nights, which was much cheaper than anything offered by the discount travel websites, so I'd recommend visiting the Swallow site before booking. Complaints? The room itself was a bit small and the bathroom could have been a lot better - should have been, in fact, considering that this hotel is proud to wave its four-star banner. That said, the lounge overlooking the river, and bar/bistro downstairs, the helpfulness of the staff and the proximity to nearby restaurants and pubs all compensated for what was a pretty unremarkable room.
Lovely setting overlooking the River Ness and very near the centre. The staff were just delightful -they could not have been more friendly and helpful. The hotel decor was very stylish, and dinner and breakfast were fine. We would definitely stay there again.
On business - a one week stay.
Set in a good location, close to restaurants and shops with good views over the river Ness and castle if you happen to be at the front of the hotel, otherwise rooftop and walls were the order of the day.
My room was located on the third floor, a little claustrophobic and although the hotel boasts a recent renovation, it suffered a bit with black mold around the bath and window frame. To get hot water I had to run the tap for what seemed an age.
My soap kept disappearing everytime the room was made and I had to collect new from reception.
Drink prices were on the high side, food was 'OK'.
Parking is pay and display roadside, or in car park approx 300 yds away.
All in all not a bad hotel but obviously could be improved.
We stayed at this hotel January 28/29 and had a wonderful room. We booked through Easybreaks at a terrific price and were given a room on the front looking over to Inverness Castle. The room was spacious and very clean although the bathroom definately needed upgraded! Dinner on Saturday night was a carvery with a good choice and you could help yourself to anything you wanted. Sunday nights dinner was a Table d'Hote because there were only about 12 people in the dining room but it was excellent too. Breakfast was good with a lot to choose from although we timed it wrong on Sunday morning and had to wait for the dishes to be refilled. The bar had lively entertainment on Saturday night and was very busy. The staff were very friendly and efficient and we would not hesitate to go back to the Columba. We would thoroughly recommend a stay at this hotel
Superb "The best in Inverness".
Absaloutely fantastic stay! Wonderful restaurant and bar with superb room overlooking the River Ness!! Freindly staff and great service! Been many times from Glasgow to Inverness and have now found the perfect Hotel for both quality and location!!
Enjoyable 2 nights spent at the Columba. From reading previous reviews, we appeared to have on of the smaller rooms overlooking the backlot. Decent enough though, not huge, but clean and tidy. The bathroom was small and reminded me of a holiday camp old style bathroom with modern touches. We could not get the bathroom window to close (we even reported it, but no-one came - it was an old fashioned wooden sash window) so it was chilly in morning and the door kept banging at night in the wind.
The staff were very hospitable and one went out of her way to see if I could dine off a different (public) menu which was agreed to, different to the general A La Carte or Table D'Hote. Reasonably priced food and wine, and the breakfast was a decent buffet style. Staff though under pressure due to a large (demanding) Australian tour bus coming in for dinner, fighting over how many desserts they were allowed, were attentive and nice, asking about our day and reccommending tours to do.
Hotel great location - 7 minutes from city centre walking, as were lovely river walks on your doorstep and only 10 minute drive from the start of Loch Ness.
Would probably stay there again, but perhaps hope for a bigger and better room. Apart from that, no grumbles!
We stayed at the Columba for two nights and booked the break through easy-breaks at a great price which included dinner.
Checking in went fine, we were told we had been upgraded, a nice surprise! the hotel has a nice foyer and reception and looks to have been recently re-furbished.
Upto the room, wow! much better than we thought, huge windows over-looking the water, nice drapes, big bed with nice linen, a fridge to store your own things in, nice tea tray, comfy chairs, good lighting and a great tv system enabling you to watch newly released films, listen to cd's and surf the net (for a charge)
The only slight negative was the small bathroom although very clean was a bit dark
The hotel was in a great location close to shops etc and has parking both outside (limited) and in a handy close-by car park.
Dinner was good, there is an inclusive carvery menu and if you want anything from the other menu you can pay a small supplement.
The first night was good I choose a starter from a la' carte menu a lovely mushroom and blue cheese dish and my husband had a nice starter from the carvery menu. He asked for a t-bone steak for his main course (from the a la' carte) but sadly they had run out, so we both ate from the carvery. As well as the usual carved meat and veg there were also many other dishes to choose from, a fish dish, veggie option a nice beef dish and we were both happy with our choices. For dessert we had a brandy snap basket and cream concoction from the carvery menu, it was lovely.
We decided to have a room service breakfast the next day and it was great, it arrived on time was piping hot and everything was correct and nicely served.
While we were out the room was nicely serviced and made up.
Dinner the second night was even better (the restaurant is very nice, modern, well lit) the waitress told us that the chef had made sure a steak was available should my husband want one, a nice touch! My husband had a chicken caesar salad to start, very nice and I had soup, both from the carvery menu, he then had a steak, cooked just as he asked, (from the a la' carte) and I had roast pork from the carvery, again there was a big selection of things to choose from and I was invited to help myself to anything, the Dauphinoise Potatoes were mouth watering and on a return visit to the carvery table for more I remarked to the chef on how my husband was missing out, without hesitation he served my husband a dish of them! we both ate dessert from the carvery menu and again it was lovely.
We decided to eat breakfast in the restaurant the next morning and not in our room since we felt the restaurant had such a nice atmosphere, the staff in the whole hotel seemed so pleasant and genuinely seemed to want us to enjoy ourselves.
We will certainly stay again and I would recommend this hotel to anyone!
Just returned from a four day special deal at the Columba Hotel Inverness sharing a family room with my wife and son. Had a great time. The room was well decorated and very comfortable even with the three of us in it. The staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful. The carvery menu at dinner was excellent and the service first class. The town centre was only a short walk away and we had a very enjoyable stay. The only downside was the parking which is outwith the control of the hotel. In the street it costs £1 for 2 hours but there is a car park beside the cathedral, a short walk away, where it is £2 for all day. Fortunately my wife has a disabled badge which allowed us to park in the street outside the hotel all day for free. All in all we had an excellent experience.
Rooms need work, ok, but VERY SMALL and poor amenites
Check-in went fine. Hotel Wonderully located across the Loch Ness River overlooking Inverness Castle. Pluses....beautiful view, great nearby parking, walking distance to many downtown shops including the castle...priced med to moderate. Charming old building, but room was UNBELIEVABLY small. Like small master bedroom small. Decor was terrible. Reminded me of old New York slum apartment with a good coat of paint. Room View was of a moldy rooftop and actually had a staircase slope on roof of room cutting down room further. Like living in a stair closet. They may have better rooms and we probably got the "stupid US tourist suite". I would likely not stay there again if I could not get a better room for same price. Restauraunt was OK and had a decent breakfast. US comparison...an old Days Inn Motel with a good view.