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Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges

Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore PH22 1PN Scotland
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Free parking
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Business Centre with Internet Access
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Heated pool
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paul mackenzie wrote a review Oct 2023
Strathaven, United Kingdom3 contributions5 helpful votes
* Require a total renovation. £500 per night for Lodge 5. Upgraded carpets and new furniture must be purchased. It isn't luxury It's a basic lodge. * Restaurants should be updated. * It was inconvenient to check in with 15 people after a three-hour vehicle ride. Dark purple paint on the walls is not recommended. * Friendly but understaffed staff * There was one barman for every 100 patrons at Enternatin at night. understaffed once more. * The lodge should cost no less than £400 per night, not £500. Proceed cautiously.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 20 Nov 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay at MacDonald Aviemore Resort. We apologize for any disappointment you may have experienced with our lodges not meeting your expectations. Please rest assured that your comments are being taken seriously, and we are actively addressing this issue. Under our new management team, we are fully committed to enhancing our accommodations to ensure they fulfil our promises of a truly luxurious experience. We hope to welcome you back to MacDonald Aviemore Resort and exceed your expectations. Kind regards, Resort Management Team
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Louiseo6 wrote a review Oct 2023
Fife, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
We have been here 4 times in all but the last visit was very disappointing. The lodges are getting a bit run down ie worn carpets on the stairs the fridge wasn’t working chipped kitchen. For the money you pay you expect more .
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 20 Nov 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay at MacDonald Aviemore Resort. We apologize for any disappointment you may have experienced with our lodges not meeting your expectations. Please rest assured that your comments are being taken seriously, and we are actively addressing this issue. Under our new management team, we are fully committed to enhancing our accommodations to ensure they fulfil our promises of a truly luxurious experience. We hope to welcome you back to MacDonald Aviemore Resort and exceed your expectations. Kind regards, Resort Management Team
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Peter S wrote a review Aug 2023
Leeds, United Kingdom5 contributions12 helpful votes
The Hotel is set in a great location for Aviemore, facilities at the hotel and nearby are excellent, however the Hotel is looking tired and shabby and is badly in need of investment, the biggest let down since our last visit two years is the Aspects restaurant, the quality and selection of the food menu has been greatly reduced, it’s gone from excellent to poor, in the space of two years. It’s very disappointing, I used to recommend this hotel, couldn’t recommend it now, the standard of the food is a real big let down, cold breakfast is just not acceptable, essentials foods not maintained for including plates, bread, cakes, along with expensive poor value evening meals is so disappointing, given you are being charged 4-5 star rates, felt like a budget hotel, but three times the cost. Next time in Aviemore - definitely not here.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Very disappointing Hotel & Food massive deterioration in last two years
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Responded 20 Nov 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and for your kind feedback on our location. We're truly sorry to hear that your stay didn't meet the high standards we strive for. With new management on board, we're actively enhancing our services and facilities to ensure that every guest enjoys a memorable stay. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. We value your feedback as it provides us with the necessary insights to improve. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your experience in more detail and would be grateful for the chance to demonstrate the high quality of hospitality we are dedicated to providing on your next visit. We hope to welcome you back to MacDonald Aviemore Resort and exceed your expectations. Kind regards, Resort Management Team
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SusanBFraserburgh wrote a review Jul 2023
Fraserburgh35 contributions19 helpful votes
We stayed in the Macdonald Aviemore Hotel for a weekend break. We have stayed in Macdonald hotels in Aviemore in the past but not for several years now. The location of the hotel is ideal for walking into the town centre and there is plenty of parking. However, the cost for our two night break was not cheap but it certainly was not value for money. In fact I would go as far as to say that I don't feel the hotel is deserving of a 4 star status. The hotel is in dire need of a refurbishment. The room size was good but the bathroom was very small. We had a large comfortable bed but the bottom sheet of the bed was not big enough and did not fully cover the mattress which I found to be poor hygiene standards. There was broken picure frames on the wall and broken furniture and the room felt drab. The walls in the room and all over the hotel requires a paint or even just a good wash down. Breakfast is adequate but nothing starling. The bar area had damp patches on the roof, furniture had seen far better days, curtains were torn, wallpaper torn and huge cobwebs on 2 of the pillars that we saw. On the Saturday night the toilets in the bar area had a stench and didn't appear particularly clean with one of the toilets appearing to have been blocked. The cost of drinks at the bar was horrendous. My husband and I had been to other bars in Aviemore and decided to have a nightcap in the hotel bar before retiring for the evening. We got such a shock at the cost of the drinks we had to question it which is so unlike us. Reception staff were friendly and welcoming. However, while we were getting served at the bar I gave my drink order but before my husband could give his order a member of staff approached the bar and began issuing the bar staff with information about duties for the following day. At this point we were stopped being served and I found this to be extremely poor service and very rude of the staff member espeically when the conversation took a few minutes and we heard some very unprofessional views and opinions passed to the bar staff, this should not have occurred in front of guests. We were informed that the pool was closed at 5.30 pm which I found to be disappointing as in most hotels the pool is open for an evening swim. Come on Macdonald Hotels either get the place up to standard or drop the price!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 28 Nov 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're truly sorry to hear that your stay didn't meet the high standards we strive for. With new management on board, we're actively enhancing our services and facilities to ensure that every guest enjoys a memorable stay. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. We value your feedback as it provides us with the necessary insights to improve. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your experience in more detail and would be grateful for the chance to demonstrate the high quality of hospitality we are dedicated to providing on your next visit. We hope to welcome you back to MacDonald Aviemore Resort and exceed your expectations. Kind regards, Resort Management Team
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Tourist51520314164 wrote a review Jul 2023
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I was very disappointed in the Aviemore hotel which claims to be 4 stars. The hotel is outdated and tired looking which wasn’t actually an issue for me personally, what really let it down was the housekeeping (or lack of). On checking in we were given a ‘welcome’ letter which explained that there would be a ‘mini service’ each day from house keeping to top up tea, coffee, towels etc but full service was not available at this time - no explanation given as to why. We had a family room with 2 adults and 2 kids sleeping in it and we stayed for 7 nights. Not once was our room cleaned/hoovered or the bathroom cleaned! Why are we paying 4 star hotel prices to live for a week in filth that I wouldn’t live in at home? After our 4th night, I asked at reception if we could please have our bathroom cleaned and room hoovered to which I was told ‘we aren’t offering that service at the moment’. I pushed further and was told they would speak to housekeeping - needless to say our room was never cleaned. Very unpleasant stay in a dirty hotel room and the prices for food/drink was hideously overpriced. Be ware of staying DBB which allows only £25 per adult and kids are not included. Main courses are priced around £25 on average and kids main meals are £7, starters and desserts around £4 each and wine costing around £10 per glass. Our evening meal bill was around £50-60 if we really paid attention to what we were ordering. Much better to go self catering as there are plenty of places to eat in town and the resort is situated right next to a Tesco. Loved Aviemore but won’t go back to Macdonalds resort.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 29 Nov 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're truly sorry to hear that your stay didn't meet the high standards we strive for. With new management on board, we're actively enhancing our services and facilities to ensure that every guest enjoys a memorable stay. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. We value your feedback as it provides us with the necessary insights to improve. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your experience in more detail and would be grateful for the chance to demonstrate the high quality of hospitality we are dedicated to providing on your next visit. We hope to welcome you back to MacDonald Aviemore Resort and exceed your expectations. Resort Management Team
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Philip D wrote a review Jul 2023
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Visited the shop and for a coffee and had a walk around the resort . Service was slow , the place seems to lack sole and it looks VERY run down in several places . The cakes and coffee were nothing special . On a plus the shop has a wide range of products and the toilets were spotless .
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Room Tip: It’s handy for aviemore and the highlands but nothing to get excited about . Feels dated and run...
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Responded 29 Nov 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're truly sorry to hear that your stay didn't meet the high standards we strive for. With new management on board, we're actively enhancing our services and facilities to ensure that every guest enjoys a memorable stay. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. We value your feedback as it provides us with the necessary insights to improve. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your experience in more detail and would be grateful for the chance to demonstrate the high quality of hospitality we are dedicated to providing on your next visit. We hope to welcome you back to MacDonald Aviemore Resort and exceed your expectations. Kind regards, Resort Management Team
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HEB30 wrote a review Jul 2023
London, United Kingdom9 contributions4 helpful votes
I have been going to Aviemore itself for the better part of 40 years. I love the place, and still do. Never stayed in the MacDonald Aviemore Resort before (usually stay down the road at what used to be Dalfaber). We stayed in one of the "Woodland Lodges". The Good: the location was lovely and lovely walking out on to the Craigallachie Nature reserve. The children's playground was great and the grass sledging and archery on site were a big hit (children 6, 4 and 1 - no archery for the 1 year old). The staff were lovely and helpful, as were the locals and other guests when we lost one of our dogs (picked up from the police station after three hours none the worse for it). In particular, the restaurant staff and those running children's activities were helpful, kind and friendly. The pool was clean and well-managed. The property was acceptably clean. The Not-So-Good: as with MacDonald's other Speyside Resort, everything was a little bit run down. All the locks on downstairs bathrooms were broken. The hot water stopped working and while they did manage to cobble something together, we'd obviously preferred if it hadn't. The front door fitted inadequately and one toilet flush was broken. (We did report all this while we were there/before we left) These minor niggles are so frustrating because if the properties were just well maintained this would be such a fantastic stay to match the fantastic surroundings and staff.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Room Tip: Mention any problems with property early on - they will do their very best to sort them out.
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Responded 29 Nov 2023
Dear guest, Thank you for your positive feedback regarding the resort and your lovely comments regarding the staff. We're truly sorry to hear that some elements of your stay didn't meet the high standards we strive for. With new management on board, we're actively enhancing our services and facilities to ensure that every guest enjoys a memorable stay. We do hope to welcome you again soon, Kind regards, Resort Management Team
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Laine wrote a review Jul 2023
California3 contributions1 helpful vote
Warm, comfortable, and inviting. Many, many kudos to the staff. They were gracious, helpful, and so kind to clueless tourists (us!) The resort is super clean and well-tended. It was delightful just to stroll around the grounds. The onsite restaurant, Giovanni's, had fresh, tasty food that really hit the spot after a very long day of exploring the area. Our only disappointment was that their huge gift shop was closed both days when we returned to the resort. It was darling from the outside!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Be sure to visit the ancient ring of stones in town....literally in the middle of a neighbood...
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Responded 9 Nov 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for your wonderful feedback regarding your recent stay at the resort and about Giovannis restaurant We do hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Resort Management Team
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Elana M wrote a review Jul 2023
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No way are these lodges ‘luxury’. Very poor, shabby, dated & overpriced. Outside is weed covered and the decking is in need of a sweep and pressure wash. Stained upholstery (all of the dining chairs were marked), worn carpets and flooring, broken tiles & bathroom mirrors along with poorly flushing toilets, blown lightbulbs, cobwebs etc. One bedroom door didn’t close. The kitchen was dreadful; the worktops were chipped & unhygienic and the units were damaged. No welcome fire pack on arrival and no working telephones. Awful
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 29 Nov 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're truly sorry to hear that your stay didn't meet the high standards we strive for. With new management on board, we're actively enhancing our services and facilities to ensure that every guest enjoys a memorable stay. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. We value your feedback as it provides us with the necessary insights to improve. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your experience in more detail and would be grateful for the chance to demonstrate the high quality of hospitality we are dedicated to providing on your next visit. We hope to welcome you back to MacDonald Aviemore Resort and exceed your expectations. Kind regards, Resort Management Team
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JKB600 wrote a review Jun 2023
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Stayed in Lodge 1. The lodge was tired looking, sofa worn and mattresses have seen better days. The only cooking facilities are a hob and tiny microwave in a minute kitchenette with zero worktop space, so you end up eating out every lunch and evening. With only 2 of the 3 advertised restaurants open, you end up going into town for more variety. Car got vandalised on the 3rd night and unfortunately their CCTV isn't operational so no chance of finding the culprits. On the plus side, there were plenty of activities to entertain young kids for the 4 nights we stayed. Nice large pool with a great water slide, but the gym is pointless with just a few cardio machines and a handful of dumbbells. The location is very convenient, but the resort is not as picturesque as Coylumbridge up the road.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 29 Nov 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're truly sorry to hear that your stay didn't meet the high standards we strive for. With new management on board, we're actively enhancing our services and facilities to ensure that every guest enjoys a memorable stay. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. We value your feedback as it provides us with the necessary insights to improve. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your experience in more detail and would be grateful for the chance to demonstrate the high quality of hospitality we are dedicated to providing on your next visit. We hope to welcome you back to MacDonald Aviemore Resort and exceed your expectations. Kind regards, Resort Management Team
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£261 - £446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsAviemore and the CairngormsAviemore
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18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges
Which popular attractions are close to Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges?
Nearby attractions include Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (0.07 miles), Aviemore Ice Rink (0.3 miles), and Old Bridge Inn (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges?
Conveniently located restaurants include Happy Haggis, The Cairngorm Hotel, and Old Bridge Inn.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the centre of Aviemore.
Does Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Macdonald Aviemore Woodland Lodges?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Aviemore Railway Station (0.8 miles) and Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle (0.9 miles).