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Well up and at it today, we left our home in the caravan at Robs front door and headed up the road to Inverness. Another warm summers day in Scotland, and I really mean that, 18 C and all good. The days just get longer and longer the further north we travel. We think we have long summer nights, we don't know the half of it. The sun was still high …
... first left home! We have gotten so comfortable with being away, and have gotten used to living life day by day. It will be so weird coming home and sleeping in a room by myself, not having to label my food that I put into the fridge, and not meeting new people and being in new places every few days! Anyways, I digress. After walking for a few miles into town, we came across a local game of shinty! I'm not sure what the rules of this game are, but from what I gathered it's ...
... Sunday we woke up and watched the proposal, went for a long walk and relaxed! I facetimed with some people which was so nice :) We spent most of Monday in book stores which was so wonderful! We went for a long walk in the morning around the residential areas, and than came across Leakys bookstore! It felt like you were in Harry Potter :) they had tons of used books, a wood burning fire place, and a ...
... do at the Gartmore house (mansion) after supper so the kids tried to entertain themselves in various spots around the mansion. One of these spots including two of our boys trying to recreate the famous dancing scene from Dirty Dancing where Jennifer Gray runs towards Patrick Sawazy and Patrick lifts her high into the air. Needless to say, that did not end well as the thumping and bumping heard below their floor was a little too loud. And, we had no idea where the closest hospital would ...
... land reigns supreme Scottish history. The further north we drove, the more I felt that I were reaching some kind of Scottish holy grail, which was the wilderness itself.
I didn't spend nearly as much time as I would have liked here, but I still felt the calmness of the small town and it's lochs, as well as the immensity of it's castle that defined the skyline.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Waterside Hotel Inverness
Terrible place. terrible staff.
I could have put up with the poor room, poor food and maybe the poor service. But it is the overall shocking attitude of the staff (and Owner)which I could not believe. The hotel had no record of my booking when i turned up (seems to be a common complaint) instead of appologies, I was asked to provide written proof of my booking! (by the owner)-as i had booked over the phone whilst on route i did not have this. After much frustration I was "rewarded" with a hopeless room(tired, out of date, small) and had the missfortune of eating dinner in the hotel - not an experience to remember. AVOID THIS HOTEL!!!!
No room at the Waterside
We arrived at the Waterside to be told they had no room bhooked for us. We had written confirmation from the website we booked through, and I had 'phoned the hotel the day before to check our booking. They had said all was ok. They eventually, after some 'soul-searching', found us a room in another hotel, which was abysmal. The receptionist seemed surprised that we were a little put out!. An experience to forget.
An Average Hotel in a Great Location
I agree with the reviewer who said that there's nothing major wrong with this hotel - just a lot of little irritations. For example the room was clean, ample size but the tv had only four channels. For example, the restaurant is lovely with a great view but the staff were rather impersonal and seemed always be busy doing something else; the rare seak had a wonderful taste but the elastic bits kind of spoiled it.
This hotel has all you'd expect of a small hotel, but then this area along the banks of the River Ness has many small/medium sized hotels. I'd recommend the Waterside as being fine but next time I'll try another.
As a frequent visitor to Inverness I have to say that I am delighted to have found The Waterside on Ness Bank.
We have to stay at this hotel as it's the only one in Inverness my employer uses. However I, and many of my colleagues, are trying to get this changed.
Do not stay at this hotel! We had a nightmare
I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. despite booking a year in advance, the hotel contacted us a week before our stay to cancell due to a double booking. These things do happen, but the staff and owner were particularlily unhelpfull in trying to sort the mess out and only seemed concerned with the cost to themselves rather than to us. Not what you want when the booking is for your wedding reception!!
The location of this hotel is superb and ideal for the first time visitor to Inverness. The downstairs area is fab especially the bar which is really comfortable with the drinks being very reasonably priced for a hotel. The restaurant is in the conversatory which overlooks the River Ness and whilst it must be wonderful in the summer, during the autumn and winter months all the glass makes it feel a bit chilly. The food was wonderful and very reasonably priced, its a shame that the menu isn't varied on a daily basis. However, there are plenty of good restaurants within easy walking distance.
this was a great place our room was really spacious and spotless,
the staff were all really friendly the barman who when we got there had only been there for three days as he told us was really nice and quite funny
the food , well what can i say it was fab. well cooked well presented and well served, just in case your not getting the drift it was a delight to stay there,we have booked already for next year.
Did not stay in this hotel, but ate in the restaurant and enjoyed every minute! Pleasant staff, nice surroundings and view (over the river). Food delicious and well-presented, although rare steak not as rare as would have been liked! Very pleased to say the Head Chef came into the dining room at the end of the evening and visited each table asking how the meals had been enjoyed. She had a good conversation with all of the customers, and I'm sure they all appreciated it as much as we did. Would certainly eat here if in the area again. Well worth a visit.
Good hotel, nice location
We stayed at The Waterside for one night on our Scotland tour. It is located right on the River Ness and has a patio area with seating overlooking the river. Unfortunately it was a little cool and rainy the night we were there, so the area was pretty quiet (they advertise a "vibrant bar"). There is also a nice indoor bar. We had 2 rooms ... one for us plus one for our adult daughters. The rooms could use a little refurbishing, but they were OK. Bathroom was spacious. Breakfast (included in the price) was delicious, with plenty of choices. We were within walking distance of a main street with a variety of restaurants and other shops.