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TravelPod Member ReviewsThistle Inverness
Great view that's all
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Historical Traveler Reviews Thistle Inverness
stayed in the thistle last weekend in a room only deal of £60/night.
i was happy with the value. it is about 20 mins walk into town but also situated at the junction of the perth-ullapool-aberdeen road. (only about £3 TAXI)
as i had a car hired, it was an ideal starting point for visiting other areas.
it also has a small gym and swimming pool which is clean. the lobby and adjoining bar is nice. i only had bar snack food in the hotel which was grand...
all in all for that value, i was a happy customer
Worst hotel i have ever stayed in !
We booked the thistle Hotel In Inverness for a 2 night break as it looked to be the best one in the area.
It is on a dual carriage way abot a 20 min walk to the city centre, of course we where told 5 minutes.
The hotel looked like it was still in the 80's old fashioned decor, small portable tv and horrible shapped rooms. it was what you would expect from a motel
We where put in a non smoking room, but there was a smokey atmosphere.
We wre woekn up by the maids at 6.30 am wanting to clean the room, then again at 8.30 which was reidiculous as the constant noice outside from the motorway made it impossible to sleep.
Cobwebs above are bed made it unpleasent to sleep in, for a thistle hotel the standars where apalling.
Location not great
Was hoping for something closer to the city centre and was disappointed with the location of this hotel.
The rooms and food were nothing to write home about either.
Thistle do nicely
I recently booked the Thistle in Inverness and unusually for me did so before checking Trip Advisor. The reviews which I went on to read scared the daylights out of me but I had no option but to go ahead with my reservation because there were other independent travellers in the party. To say I was pleasantly surprised by the place would be an understatement. The staff were extremely pleasant, their welcome re-assuringly warm and my room was ideal and clean as a whistle. Okay, it was a wee bit on the hot side but it was freezing outside. The breakfasts were sumptious and fresh and my evening meal in the bar was faultless. Certainly, the Thistle is no rose among the thorns as far as outward appearance and location. But don't judge where you're booking in Inverness by its cover.
This is not a hotel. It is more like a motel out of one of those Hollywood thrillers.
The lobby is pleasant, but it ends there. The hotel is actually a drive from the centre of Inverness on what looked like an industrial site. The bedroom was like a motel room. Dark, depressing and overlooking the car park. Breakfast was DIRE. Microwaved, undercooked, all just left squirming under hot lamps.
Inverness was a nice town with lovely surrounding scenery. But this dump would ruin a holiday in Beverley Hills.
Thistle are going right down the pan, having also stayed at eth Thistle in Brighton whcih is shocking and even worse than here.
Avoid like the plague
It is difficult to know where to start when listing what was wrong with this hotel. The hotel itself was very unattractive, and located in an awful part of Inverness...squeezed between a busy road and a train line. The bathroom was awful. It had cracked and mouldy tiles; the shower curtain was dirty and mouldy and the toilet handle did not work properly.
The bed itself was comfortable, however, non-smokers beware...this hotel's idea of a non-smoking room is to put you in a smoking room where you can choose not to smoke!! You will still have to put up with the entire room and all of your belongings smelling of stale cigarette smoke, and the smell of cigarette smoke coming through the gaps surrounding the door connecting your room with the adjoining smokers' rooms. They did not even bother removing the ash-tray from the room.
However, these are minor problems compared to the unbearable heat of the rooms. Despite the outside temperature only being around 20 degrees celcius, the non air-conditioned room was around 30 degrees celcius - way too hot to sleep comfortably. On our first night we rang down and requested a fan - only to be advised that all of the fans had been lent out already. Opening the window offered no solution as this only let in all of the traffic noise and not much cool air. So, after experiencing a very poor night's sleep, first thing the next morning we requested a fan from reception for the next night. We were assured that this would not be a problem. Upon returning to our room from our day's sight-seeing, we discovered that there was no fan in the room. Upon ringing reception, we were informed that our request had been "over-looked" and that all fans had once again been lent out. No attempt was made to rectify the hotel's error. So, despite the second day being around 15 degrees celcius, we slept poorly again in a room that had not cooled at all - thanks, in part, to the fact that the hotel staff closed the window when cleaning the room during the day!!
Inverness is a beautiful city, with many beautiful hotels. Whatever you do, do not stay at the Thistle!!
Place rubbish - room not properly serviced - dirty,worn and certainly one to avoid.
Place may be ok for reps & NHS employees having meetings but one of the worst places we have stayed in for a long time!
There are much better places in Inverness - avoid this one!
Stay somewhere else
Hotel very dirty, mattress sank to the floor, although the staff did replace it when we asked. carpet in room torn and ragged, upholstery in all furniture torn; requested new batteries twice for the TV remote, they were never supplied. Asked for an additional dinner roll, and despite the offer to pay for one, was told we were only alloted one. service slow, and even told by one wait staff member that she would bring us more water "if she had time."
we were very disappointed in the lack of quality in this hotel, and we would not return.
Simply the best
this hotel is excellent, the sevice is excellent and very clean. the staff are friendly, the rooms are cleaned every day, the breakfast was everything you could want, from cereal to bacon and eggs, evening meals were first class, and had a good menu, the hotel is only a 15 min's walk away from the city center,
Victim of suburban sprawl
We were scheduled to be booked at a superior hotel in Inverness by an indirect agent for BritRail, Mike Russo. This hotel is ordinary, dirty, without charm or polish. Cigarette butts litter the drainpipes, which can be seen from the upper floors, and the hotel sits next to a vacant lot and highway. As a one-night stop on business, this might be sufficient but this hotel, 1 1/2 miles from town and in accessible to town except by cab, is not a useful hotel for independent touring.
(Though the parking lot atmosphere proves ideal for hordes of bus tourists.) The most positive aspect of the hotel are the fitness facility and friendly breakfast staff.
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