Hilton Grand Vacations Club At Craigendarroch Suites
Travel Blogs from Ballater
something to get used to is picking up poo. lots and lots of poo. I have no clue how they produce so much when they have strictly 2 scoops of food a day. unless your spotty. she got into my lunch when I went to get the door via the back (I forgot how to unlock the front) and left the gate open for her to get into the kitchen. bugger.
hair combat is something I need to learn. I've vacuumed twice and i'm still covered in it. and ...
Left Inverkeithing and drove through Glenrothes, Forfar and on to Crathes. Visited Crathes Castle for the afternoon, ancestral home of the Burnetts. Found our way to Aboyne and staying in the Huntly Arms Hotel. I saw a red deer on the way. Col was driving. The gardens at the castle are beautiful. HVe no photos to add as iPad was flat. Have photos on ...
We are off with an early start again today heading for the highlands, there is some singing on the bus this morning, all about the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Not very good singing, but singing none the less, our first stop out of Glasgow is Loch Lomond then Loch Lochy, very original, next is Loch Oich and then finally Loch Ness. Everyone is on the look out for Nessy and there was a photo taken of something that looked a ...
Today's weather overcast, unsurprisingly. We did get some sunny patches later. Our visit to Balmoral will be our last to historic buildings in Scotland. We have creation enjoyed the variety of visits, from ruins to restored to working estates. Scotland's history from about 500 on has a fascinating mix of personalities, politics, religion and property, and it is interesting to see how events from centuries earlier impacted on later ...
Getting close to the end of the Scottish part of our trip. After leaving Mrs Bucket this morning we had a relatively quick trip to Ballater. The road goes through the Cairngorms, but they are more like rolling hills than mountains. We passed some ski lifts, and poles marking the road, so it obviously gets lots of snow here. We stopped once to take some photographs, it was cold! Definitely the coldest since the first day on Shetland. This road is supposed to be one of the best ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Grand Vacations Club At Craigendarroch Suites Ballater
Staff - All seemed helpful and friendly enough, no complaints.
The Craigendarroch should be one of Scotland and Britain's premier hotels. Its location is superb, right in the heart of Royal Deeside with spectacular scenery, the smart and picturesque village of Ballater only minutes away and the Highlands on the doorstep.
When my lover and I arrived at the Hilton Hotel we were very pleased with what we witnessed.
Great Lodges and Staff
The lodges were great you could hear all the birds singing and it was just wonderful to wake up to. When we arrived there we meet some staff who cleaned our lodge and they were so friendly and the lodge was beautiful. But on the balcony there was bird poo all over it and it was quite disgusting and you could'nt sit on the chairs because it was covered in bird poo. I advise the cleaners to clean the balcony at the same time as you clean the lodges but appart from that i loved my stay i would def go back!!!!
The lodges were poorly cleaned, the bins were not emptied on arrival, and there was a disturbing mould in the shower. I would not recommend this accomadation to anyone, and if anyone did choose to stay here, beware!
This Hilton Property is definitely not up to snuff. Tiny rooms (closet door could not open fully, because it hit the beds), narrow single beds, slow maintenance, only 4 channels on TV (nothing much else to do at night), appliances that did not work properly-- with nonexistent instructions, spotty service, etc. Unbelievably, no newspapers of any sort are sold on site. Furniture was newer and in good repair, not shabby. I am young, but the very steep stairs in 2 bedroom units would be a big negative for older and/or handicapped patrons. You will be charged for anything "extra", to include toilet paper and towels. We have traveled extensively in Europe staying at a whole range of properties, so are well aware of the differences in standards. HOWEVER, this is billed as a five-star AND carries the Hilton name...it doesn't measure up to other 5-star properties in the UK, and certainly not to Hilton standards. (I suspect that the rave reviews for this property are coming from individuals who own timeshares there, because it in no way way rates an "excellent") Were this billed as a a 3-star it would be fine.
We stayed at the Hilton Craigendarroch at the end of January 04. It was a weekend break. Before booking we had heard many good things about the standards in the Hotel. We had been told that we would be pampered in luxurious surroundings. So, that's what we expected to receive. When we were allocated our room all seemed well, that is until we got into it. We found that the furniture was tatty and worn and generally, in need of redecoration. There was a welcome drink in a decanter, which someone had decided to water down and tasted awful! As we went about the Hotel, we realised that it was not just our room, as other people said the same. The food in the Club Restaurant was at best, poor. Asking for vegetables was seen as strange, despite a steak being brought with a few potatoes and litte else.The one highlight of our stay was a truly superb dinner in "The Oaks" restaurant. The food and service was among the best we had ever had. If it had not been for this, the whole stay would have been appalling. Hilton group need to spend the money they are taking in on bringing the Hotel up to the standard that it was known for and definitely expected. It was a very expensive weekend considering how poor overall the Hotel was. We shall not be staying there again, or at least until it has undergone the refurbishment it badly requires!
The Best hotel in Scotland!
My absoloute favourite hotel! WInter or summer, this is a great resort!
The Spa is great, skiing near by is wonderful and the food is delicious! rent a lodge for the best time! five stars all the way!
Whatever the weather
If its breathtaking views and scenery you want look no further. Always maintained to the highest of standards, Craigendarroch is a pleasure to return to year after year. Something for all the family - kids love the Acore Club!!
We have a timeshare there and have been going for the last 16 years it is always such a treat. The whole family love it. It is what you make it - relaxing, fun, stimulating and it is always an adventure. I would recommend it to everyone if your old, young, single or have a family - you should def. go!!!!