Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel
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... 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 ...
... line-height: 21.299999237060547px;">Once the washing was all finished, we continued on through the amazingly scenic Cairngorms National Park to Blair Atholl. The castle here is the seat of the Duke of Atholl, head of the Murray Clan, and sits in 108 square miles above the river at the end of Glen Garry. We toured the 30 rooms that are open to the public, which present a wonderful picture of ...
The rash on Charlie's arms has thankfully started to abate, but now it's his legs that are the problem. So another uncomfortable night (for both of us!) but his stomach seems to be getting a bit better thank goodness!
This morning we visited the Culloden battlefield, the site of the last pitched battle on British soil, and one of the most defining moments in Scottish history. ...
As it turned out, we decided not to chance missing our train, so decided not to go ride the funicular train.
We walked around a different area of town and in a residential area, discovered the Stone Circle, which is approximately 4000 years old. One can find amazing history almost anywhere in the towns, cities and fields in this country.
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... a large loch ( Loch an Eilein ). In the loch is a small island with a ruined castle on it dating from 1390. This is Rob Roy country. Perfect weather today. We got back from the walk at 7, so went straight to a bar where I enjoyed a couple of local half pints of Stag bitter, the brewery is in the village. The dinner was a bit ordinary, however only because my choice was not so good. Afterwards we went to another bar for a Jura whisky and some folk music, then walked ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel Aviemore
More 3 star than 4 star
Just back from a weekend break here during which time I would say the star rating is 'optimistic'. The room we had was ok and pretty basic. The usual TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee tray. The bathroom was a bit disappointing in so much as a bit of mold and cracked basin/tiles etc. I think the rooms generally need refurbishment. The food was quite nice, especially the breakfasts, and the staff very friendly (one even refused a tip !!). Lots of kids though....didn't reckon on half term holidays starting this weekend!
I would go back again but choose my dates very carefully to avoid too many youngsters. Great place if you bring the 2.4 kids with you.
Not what you'd expect from Hilton!!
For £116 per night DBB, this hotel falls well short of the Hilton standard. The rooms are pritty dated and in dire need of renovation. The hotel foyer is nice enough as is the restaurants but again I would say the meals were not up to the 4 star quality I would expect from Hilton. It was acceptable enough to stay for one night as it is clean, but I certainly wouldn't be rushing back.
If you don't have kids with you...Be Prepared for Theirs!
The 1st tip-off should have been that this hotel is considered part of the Hilton's Leisure Hotels. Now in the U.S. we don't have precisely that, so I mistook 'leisure' to mean great spa facilities, pool, exercise, etc. We fortunately did not pay for our stay (exactly); we traded our Valuable Hawaii Hilton Grand Vacation Club timeshare points to include a 'wonderful' visit to the Highlands while on a longer tour of Scotland & Ireland.
Hey, we love kids. We had ours and we love our grandkids. But something must happen for those UK residents with kids who head for the Highlands and a Leisure hotel experience. I don't know if they think they are completely relieved of responsibility to control their running, rowdy, mannerless charges or what. But from the moment we walked into the lobby, I felt the chill of 'this surely must be a mistake!'
The hotel is located in a beautiful rural area that is worth a lot. But the rooms are more like going to a ski-camp -- spartan amenities, poor quality beds, and thin doors & walls. This equals Havoc as children slam doors and run up and down the hallways all day and night long. Nobody seemed to give a concern to anyone else's peace of mind or rest. Oh, I could go on and report mean-spirited moments with rude front desk staff, but why bother. They were probably so burned out dealing with the madness of this setting that they lost all sensibilities. Note: it seems to go without saying that 85% of the adults were chain-smokers and they have no regard for smoke-free zones, even if any are posted.
OK-- having said that, the village of Aviemore is well worth a visit; from this hotel it was about a 10-12 minute drive. There were so many other delightful inns and hotels that we kicked ourselves for trading our Hawaii time to be stuck out at that dratted Hilton Coylumbridge. There are the nicest shops with accomodating staff and we enjoyed just hanging out and talking to people in town. This meant that we happily escaped our 'Hilton' rooms every day to get away and as a result we probably did far more touring of the Highlands and enjoyed beautiful towns and countryside that we might not have had we just relaxed and rested at our hotel.
It wasn't what we bargained for in a hotel which is why I rated it this way. But if you learn from our mistake and understand the True meaning of 'Leisure Hotels' you can be better prepared to choose differently or be prepared to endure the mobs of unruly children who run wild at this spartan facility not worthy of the Hilton name in our opinion.
We enjoyed our holiday to this hotel very much. Our little boy of 8 had a great time with the various organised activities and pool. The staff were both polite and helpful in all areas of the hotel. Contrary to previous reports our room was spotless and this high standard was maintained daily. The food was first class in both quantity and quality. All drinks were expensive especially the wine and champagne.
Overall we had a great time and will return
Breakfasts to die for
Had a most relaxing, enjoyable 4 day weekend break at the Coylumbridge Hilton. Food was delicious and all the staff were friendly and helpful. We were 3 adults and had initially been concerned because we knew it was a popular hotel for families. But it was so well laid out and the children well organised that the many children who were there did not spoil our weekend at all! Not a place for those who like it very quiet. But excellent if you like good service, good food and a frendly sociable bustle. The evening bands were good too.
Misleading info on lodges
Having stayed in many various lodges with many various prices we thought we would try the Hilton Coylumbridge for that extra touch of luxury. The emphasis on luxury comes into the price which by past standards was not cheap. My family of myself my husband and our 3 children set off for what we thought would be the holiday with that touch of luxury. To our disappointment the lodge we had booked was very dated, very un luxurious and very overpriced. Having said that , i did complain about the standard and was promptly upgraded by a very nice lodge manager to a more superior lodge, which however still not live up to the standard we had experienced in other locations for less cost. The hotel could not be faulted in its entertainment package for the kids which was superb as were the staff. Overall we did have a great holiday which was very much geared towards my older children, them being 8 and 11, the youngest of my kids being 3 was left to mum and dad to be amused by, but there was a great pool and play area so no boredom there. Overall a great holiday base despite the poor accommodation!
We travelled from London for a three night stay at this hotel at the end of May this year, our booking was for dinner bed and breakfast in a family room. The hotel purports to be a four star hotel, to be honest I have stayed in much better three star hotels, we found the whole experience to be a real disappointment and well below standards expected of Hilton.
We changed rooms as the no smoking room we had booked had been used by smokers. We had various problems with our new room which were discussed with management at the time. They promised to clean the room thoroughly and rectify the other problems with the room. 24 hours later nothing had been done. I spent the weekend chasing up staff and as a result could not enjoy the stay.
This Hotel needs to be updated, cleaned and the staff educated. I do not mind staying in older hotels, but do expect them to be clean and hygienic, sadly this was not.
I contacted Hilton customer services and have now been given a refund.
If the management of this hotel would like to experience an excellent 4 star Hotel, where customer service, cleanliness and hospitality are taken seriously then they should contact me and I will recommend one for them to try, they might learn a thing or two!
Kids loved it !!!!!!!!
We have just came back from a long weekend in Hilton's Coylumbrige hotel. Our kids had a ball and we had avery relaxing time. There was always something for the kids to do, with Supervised help, while we just sat and relaxed in the bar. It is not the type of hotel I would recommend going to without children. There were a mass of children playing all day and night throughout the hotel. Staff were friendly and courteous. Aviemore is a bit of a let down just now because the centre has been flattened to make way for a new development. It will be excellent in a couple of years time. We also had a day at Landmark - a type of highland theme park about 10mins from the hotel, again the kids thought it was great! All in all we had a good time and would go back.
We booked a family room for 5 nights in August 2002 expecting the usual Hilton standard. But found this hotel to be very worn and dated well below our expectations. Having booked partly because of the sports facilities we were annoyed to find that the sports hall advertised as having table tennis etc could not be used when it rained because the roof leaked. The food was of a very poor standard. Needless to say we left after one night.
This hotel was first class for our weekend break. We travelled up from Aberdeen, which takes about 2 hours, with our 2 year old daughter and friends who also have a 2 year old. The rooms were large enough and had 2 double beds. The food in the restaurant was varied (we opted for the set meal which was included in our rate) and really good and the children were well catered for with their own separate tea-time. At night the live acts were great and children were all also included in the entertainment. Drinks are not that cheap, so take plenty of cash. The fun house was great for kids of all ages and there are plent of snack foods as well. There are two pools with loungers surrounding the area.Nearby Aviemore has more cafes, restaurants, bars etc and a supermarket if you need anything.