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We stayed up late last night packing so we would be ready to go bright and early this morning.....Caught a train for the first time in my life!! While we were waiting at the rail station trying to figure out where we were supposed to be, we decided to get a bite to eat....breakfast to keep us running all day!
After breakfast …
... 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. ...
... as well as ascending and descending hills - keeps speed down to less than an average of 100km/hr. Later in the morning the road deteriorates to one lane with many passing bays. Makes for interesting but demanding driving as there are vehicles heading the opposite direction at regular intervals. Made a number of photo stops as there are lots of pretty outlooks and dramatic scenes in this isolated region. Note many places starting with 'Inver' and 'Kin' ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKingsmills Hotel/Kingsclub & Spa Inverness
I loved this hotel!! Just wished it were closer to Town Center as we walked everywhere we went. It would have been sweet if they had told us sooner that internet time was cumulative rather than clock hours.....I would have paid for it sooner!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kingsmills Hotel/Kingsclub & Spa Inverness
What a wonderful stay. We were in Room #20, which is spacious and has french doors which open onto a terrace facing the garden courtyard. We hardly cared that it was raining in Inverness. The staff was attentive and discreet. The restaurant (the Conservatory) was fully staffed and attentive, even though we were on the shoulder season and the hotel seemed to be less than half full. Breakfast was full and included and could be had between 7 and 10:30, which gives plenty of planning flexibility. Inverness offers something for everyone: you can tour the Firth by boat or plane, explore the historic city or just shop and eat. We had some of the best Indian food we've ever had at the Rajah. The castle is now a working courthouse but the public can still go in and look around. The Mariott is a ten-minute walk (downhill) to town, and a good walk back to work off dinner. Bring the umbrellas to Inverness, as you would to anywhere in Scotland. It's really a nice city and the Marriott was a great hotel to be at. Not cheap, but it does deliver.
Majestic Place, regal hotel
Inverness is the gateway to Scootish Highlands and Marriott Inverness makes it all the more pleasurable. Boasting of having hosted Mel Gibson (during shooting of Braveheart) and Price Charles, the hotel is a converted residence / castle which became a Marriott hotel couple of years back. Regal splendour is visible within the hotel. Service is superb. Hotel has nice gardens, gym facilities, sauna , mini golf to relax your senses after tiring day. Hotel is located in quiet residential areas. There is a very nice playground bang in front of hotel - which served as a relaxing adjunct with 4 year old with us. Rooms were large, clean and well stocked. Restaurant service was also very courteous.
Only trouble was large number of doors that is a legacy of the it being a heritage building.
All in all, it was a nice experience that we would suggest to everybody.
We really enjoyed this hotel. We are Marriott points members and were able to stay for free from the points we have gathered. We had one of the larger king rooms which was very spacious and nicely decorated. In general this hotel is decorated less like the cookie cutter chain hotel and more like a Scottish manor. The only problem we encountered was a fire alarm that went off one morning after breakfast and we had to leave the building even though there was no real problem. It pushed us out into the day a bit faster than we would have liked and we didn't have enough time to get all of our stuff together for leaving. But it wasn't a big deal. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast buffet was great. We really enjoyed our three nights here and would return again.
My partner and I stayed here for two nights in November and had an excellent experience. The facilities were first class, with appealing pool and sauna, and the service was faultless. We booked with rewards points and they even upgraded us to a suite without us asking for it! We didn't eat in the main restaurant and chose the cafe instead. The food here was of higher quality than we anticipated and was very reasonable at around £30 for 2 mains and a bottle of wine.
Above our expectations
After a long drive from Birmingham to Inverness the Marriott was everything I was hoping for and more. We were able to check in early, which enabled us to have a sleep, before walking round the town. The staff were friendly and very helpful, our room delightful. A family room with king-sized bed made it even more luxurious. Fresh, clean, comfortable. The food (breakfast & diner) was delicious and a good selections of wines to boot. It certainly impressed my husband, which was the idea, unfortunately the following establishment we were booked into paled into insignificance!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Marriott in November 2004 and we loved it. I travel a lot for work and this was one of the best 3/4 star experiences I've had.
I had booked a King Suite and it was lovely with a seperate hall joining the oversized bedroom with the huge bathroom. The bathroom had a massive seperate shower and this was ideal. The king sized bed was worth the extra expense alone. The pool/gym was also very good. The breakfast was fantastic and worth getting up for.
My girlfriend really wanted some seafood and the staff recommended the most fantastic seafood restaurant in town (I think it was called Rockpool around £30 a head).
The pay per movies was not as listed so I had been charged for a movie I didnt want to watch. When I mentioned this to the receptionist she sent up a TV with a video so we could watch the correct movie anytime and they also took the original charge off the room bill.
Great location as it is a short walk or £3 cab ride into town.
Words cant describe how bad this place is.
I do not understand why big chain hotels have the gaul to charge so much and deliver so little.
My wife and I had the misfortune of staying in the Inverness Marriott.
We had made a reservation weeks before and phoned the day before we were setting off to ensure everything was in order, we were reassured that all was well, we drove to Inverness and when we arrived at the hotel we were told they had an overbooking problem and had to book us out! I politely said no way, explained the booking of the room and then said I had called the day before, the receptionist was SO rude, she tried to tell me it was like booking a seat on an aircraft and you were never guaranteed a room??What??, after much discussion we were given a room, room, more like a doss house, very old, very tierd. I went back to reception and spoke to a different receptionist, she said it was all she had and it would have to do, yet she continued to check other couples into the hotel as we tried to speak!!
It gets better, DO NOT eat here, the food is repulsive andthe service is even more repulsive, there were two waiting staff on for 70 odd dinners!!!, my Wife made me stay for dinner as I was going to walk out but it took us 2 hours to have two courses.
Bad, bad, bad, bad experience, what makes it worse is we spoke to an American who has to live there 3 months at a time as his company are situated close by, he said the restaurant service had improved and said we should have seen it over the Summer, people where walking out left right and centre!!
The Friendliest of Hotels
Our family have stayed at the Inverness Marriott for six New Year packages, wedding anniversaries & weekend breaks over the last 8 years.
It is styled on a large country house in beautiful surroundings. We have stayed in both the executive & standard rooms, both are spacious & luxurious. All the staff treat everyone as special & no request is too much trouble. Whether you dress casually or formal you feel comfortable in the atmosphere created by the staff. The food is of an excellent standard from breakfast through to dinner. The pool & gym area have all the facilities you would expect of a high class hotel. I have no reservations in recommending this hotel to anyone, it is a unique experience.
This hotel was unique. We stayed in a 2 bedroom flat which was detached from the main building. From the outside, its purpose built and rather unattractive. On the inside, it was spacious, well decorated and suprisingly like a full size home! The breakfast was good, parking ample although a little away from the town centre. I would recommend this hotel.
Great Hotel - Excellent Service!
My wife and I stayed at the Inverness Marriott for 2 nights in late August '03. The hotel is just a short walk from downtown and is an old mansion. The rooms are very nice, and every one is different. Ours had an amazing walk in shower as well as a soaking tub. All marble bathroom. The staff is SUPER friendly and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. There is a great pool/sauna/hot tub and a 3 hole par-3 course for free! I would higly recommend families or couples to stay at this hotel.