Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort
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Far too over rated
We stayed in a family room at the Aviemore Academy Hotel as it was the only hotel available and we probably wouldn't go back. The Academy is in real need of an upgrade and some attention. The only staff to ever be seen are the cleaners, the reception was manned only by a notice saying to use the telephone to dial the main switchboard which is located at the conference centre across the road. The heat in the room was unbearable, we turned off our radiator and had the window open full the whole time (mid February!!) as the heating in the main corridors was up full 24hrs, it felt like we were in Spain not Aviemore. Of course there was no-one to complain to as there are no staff at the reception. The pool is just like going to the public pool back home. On the whole the complex DOES NOT reflect the true Scottish hospitality that you should expect, apart from the worn red tartan carpet in the Academy of course. If you are expecting a personal touch then you would be best to try one of the cosy Aviemore guesthouses instead (and save lots of money)
Change of Hotel
I have just returned from a two night stay at the Aviemore Highland Resort ans as a previous reviewer has stated, I was also changed from the Four Seasons Hotel to the Highlands. I was not informed until my arrival that the Four Seasons was closed and that I would be given an "Upgrade" their words not mine.
The Highlands has been refurbished in recent years and is a good modern hotel. The hotel though lacks any atmosphere and the leisure pool is like going to a public pool back home.
The restaurant is good although on the second night we had to eat in a bar lounge area as the restaurnat was so busy. This is no doubt because they closed one hotel and pushed everyone into the Highlands. To be honest it was like eating in a corridor.
I do not think I would go back to this hotel unless the deal was very good.
My wife and I stayed at the Highlands Hotel over my birthday weekend and had a fabulous time. The check-in arrangements were spot on. Upon arrival we were upgraded to an executive room for no additional charge. Whilst the resort itself was not busy (lack of snow for skiing being the main reason) the service and facilities were excellent. The food in the Aspects restaurant was superb. Only one minor complaint is that the bar prices appear to be very high compared to other hotels / pubs / restaurants in the area. However, the bar itself was beautiful so perhaps it's just one of those occasions where you pay for what you get ! We'll definately be back. Don't miss it ....
Having read some of the previous reviews I did not have high expectations for my weekend stay but got a reasoanble DB&B deal so decided to give it a go. Originally booked the Four Seasons but was "upgraded" to the Highland Hotel (as our original choice was closed). We checked in at the central reception served by polite and helpful staff. Found our hotel room - high quality interior but surprisingly close to the A9 (the main road in the area)i.e. within 20 metres not the tranquil setting I had imagined - that said the room had excellent soundproofing. We had dinner in the Aspects restaurant and despite having a highly critical personality I couldn't fault it. The food and service were excellent. We found the same at breakfast and dinner the following evening. The resort itself is in the development phase - lots of tarmac and modern buildings - which sadly is what Aviemore is known for. The surrounding scenery more than makes up for this. The leisure facilites were good too - although the hot tub is small (4 people comfortable - 6 only with people you know well!. We found the sauna and steam room the same - and heavily used. To sum up I was very pleasantly surprised by the resort - its not an intimate country house hotel (which is my usual 1st choice) - but never claims to be - for a good value, excellent food, relaxing break I highly recommend it.
Great place for family Christmas
We've just returned from spending Christmas at the resort at the Academy hotel. It was a real Christmas wonderland (a bit too much for my girls aged 9 and 14!) but fantastic for younger children with Santa's forest lodge, Reindeer parade and fireworks but to name a few. We stayed in a family room which was a little cramped but we were hardly in there to be honest. There was so much to do with family Ceilidh, discos etc and the leisure centre was fantastic. We ate Christmas lunch in a function room with our hotel only but for all other meals were put together with guests from 4 seasons and Aviemore Inn in a huge function room. Considering the huge number they were catering for the food was good and so was service. Only gripe was that we had to walk through car park to eat all meals as they are all in the Central resort reception area and this was not explained before we arrived. Whole resort was reasonably priced for a 3/4 Star resort. Great time had by all but believe it or not NO SNOW!
My husband and i stayed there for a night in October, 2005. The resort is excellent with good pool, gym.. Rooms were really impeccable. overall, a great place to stay at.
The resort is also close to the clay pigeon shooting place, which is great fun.
Mcdonald aviemore highland resort
we stayed for 4 nights at the academy hotel in a family room 1double ,1 single,the room was first class although the lift and stairs were a bit worn.
the resort looks brand new with 3 other hotels and log style lodges, the swimming and leisure arena is excellent and the highland food court serves buffet style cooked breakfast and dinner.there is a retail area selling scottish branded goods,kids play park,bike hire.this resort is bang in the heart of aviemore and there is loads to do out and about.CAR is a must
Great hotel, fabulous breakfast!
I don't know what the people who gave 1 and 2 stars were thinking! I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights at the end of June 2005 and I loved it. The only negative thing in the whole stay was that the room was small to average. The building itself is new and large so if you are looking for a traditional old-style hotel this isn't it.
Apart from that the hotel itself is new, in very good condition, the rooms are clean. I stayed in a standard room (paid a reduced rate of £78 per night B&B) and in addition to the usual stuff, it had a DVD/CD player and access to internet through the TV. There was plenty of storage space, and the bed was very comfortable and king size.
The hotel itself was also great- it had a large leisure complex with big swimming pool, flume, small pool for children, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym. The highland hotel is part of a large aviemore resort containing 3/4 other hotels, and guests are able to use any of the hotels facilities- for example you can eat dinner in any of the 4/5 restaurants. I myself didn't have dinner at the resort but opted to go to aviemore village itself (the hotel is situated just a few mins walk from the pretty village) which had many restaurants to chose from.
The breakfast at the highland hotel is fantastic though. Definitely the best buffet breakfast I've had, the selection of continental and cooked food is very large and the service excellent.
Checking in and out of the hotel was also a pleasant experience and the staff very friendly, I can't wait to go back.
We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at this hotel complex. Great location as a base for touring and sightseeing, the hotel had recently undergone a refurbishment programme and it is worthy of the good reviews posted.
We had a bedroom with king size bed and a lovely view to the mountains.
Service and cleanliness were first rate and the food was five star.
Excellent food at Aspects!
My wife and I stayed for two nights at the end of 2004. It has been beutifully refurbished - there were clearly a few teething problems, but the rooms are stunning (excellent interactive CD and DVD system) and the food in Aspects restaurant was the highlight of the stay! Don't miss dinner!
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