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Macdonald Aviemore Resort

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#1 of 1 resort in Aviemore
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This is one of three 4-star hotels located within Macdonald Aviemore Resort situated at the very heart of the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. This hotel is most popular with families who enjoy the special family rooms featuring special bunk rooms giving kids their own space within their parents room - a popular option with all family members! You'll find everything you need and more within the wider resort - luxury brand shopping, a cinema, top-class restaurants, state-of-the-art Aviemore Activity Centre, family activities, swimming pool - and for golfers, the Spey Valley Championship Golf Course. Recently voted one of the best in Scotland, this course boasts some of the most breathtaking views in the world.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Skiing
Entertainment staff
Babysitting
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Evening entertainment
Waterslide
Children's playground
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Iron
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family Resort
Business
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, German, Polish
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Gar Y wrote a review 9 Apr
4 contributions17 helpful votes
Breakfast terrible. Rooms filthy with dust. No manager available. Resort is in a state of disrepair. Quite a depressing hotel to stay in. We will not be coming back to stay here again. Local hotel nearby are a much better option for accommodation. .
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Best stay elsewhere
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LaylaJR wrote a review 3 Apr
Edinburgh, United Kingdom18 contributions22 helpful votes
Some of the reviews on here seem a bit harsh. It’s a bit faded (a lick of paint here and there and they could make more of the grounds) and at times, understaffed but we had a great time. It was great for little ones and the staff were generally working hard to give people a good time. We had a lovely meal (including fantastic service) at Giuliano’s; and a good dinner (with great service except towards the end when our waitress who was fab, just had too much to do and so it was slow to get plates cleared and get the bill). The food at both places was great. Kids’ activity centre and the evening entertainment were big hits for us. Ollie in the activity centre and the lady who was also in there were great to make sure we knew all the options for the kids and were happy in there. And loads to do in the different activity rooms and soft play etc. We also enjoyed the pool. It got a bit busy one day, as did other areas of the hotel like breakfast, but to be expected with it being the Easter holidays. Enjoyed breakfast - pretty standard selection but was good and decent and good coffee and juice etc and would rather than than more options but lower quality. Staff at breakfast were plenty and replenished things quickly and were clearing plates non stop - I actually didn’t think they needed to clear as much as they did. The dinner element of the dinner, bed and breakfast stay we had was a good offer. And a great location for wandering into Aviemore or to go to Loch and Eilen and elsewhere. And loads to do when it’s wet. We’d go back.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sheena_164 wrote a review Mar 2024
25 contributions48 helpful votes
We were at the Highlands hotel, the room was cozy and clean and had a cozy Scottish feel. What is disappointing is the staff, welcome and friendliness as a whole. A couple of people at check in were friendly, but breakfast service is awful! You get thrown in the end of the room, one waitress questioned me when I asked for extra toast. Coffee was poor, overall food was average, they seem to run out of pastries etc. But worst of all there is no friendly face it's like they don't want to be there, we were there a few days and no one really noticed or cared. Pool was like a local swimming bar, but we had fun nonetheless. Unfortunately we will not be going back!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Location is great Service is poor No atmosphere Do not eat here! Well overpriced
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Linda C wrote a review Mar 2024
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Our chalet was modern and has quite recently been redecorated. It was lovely, clean, very comfortable and well equipped. There were double and twin rooms snd a sofa which converted into a double bed. Our chalet was in a great location overlooking the golf course.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Jessica R wrote a review Mar 2024
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A brilliantly organised Mother’s Day event including afternoon tea, gourmet food and drink tasting, a mother’s goody bag and cinema! Very well ran, the food was delicious and the staff were excellent. My thanks goes to Bethanie B for recommending and booking me in.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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C_and_P_8 wrote a review Mar 2024
Belfast, United Kingdom151 contributions36 helpful votes
Having stayed here every year since 2017 for Thunder in the Glens rally well this year they asked for 1st night paid upfront and none refundable and then the remaining 2 nights paid 1 month before arrival total £594, 1st morning was a total disaster at breakfast, no1 checked us in or showed us to a table (to busy talking among themselves) with up to 1 hour queue for food as there was none out and 1 member of staff on behind the counter and even he was under pressure then when we got our food we had to go looking for cutlery and cups. 2nd morning was every bit as bad long queues and no staff even the mushrooms came out of the kitchen after being cooked in a deep fat fryer and full of oil. Our room got serviced the 1st morning and that was it never serviced the rest of the stay On check out they told us the hotel manager would be in touch but no surprise we haven't heard from them even though I've sent e-mails to them this is suppose to be a 4star hotel and is far from it in our eyes all they wanted was the money an no customer service whosoever they are far better places to stay in Aviemore and a lot cheaper with better service ... Show less Date of stay: August 2023
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JLxGlasgow wrote a review Mar 2024
Glasgow, United Kingdom148 contributions63 helpful votes
A super two night stay in the MacDonald aviemore resort. We stayed in the main hotel where the pool, soft play and Aspects restaurant is. The room was fine. Clean and spacious, but the mattresses on the beds were in a really poor state. They need replaced. Pool and soft play were fantastic. Great fun for our wee one. We’d have loved the poolside cafe to be open (and think they’d have made plenty off the parents sitting by the soft play!), but understand that staffing is an issue. We are out at night but enjoyed the buffet breakfast- great selection and all nice and fresh. Staff were all helpful. Particular mention has to go to the activity centre staff for being so friendly and knowledgeable and the housekeeping staff for being so welcoming and helpful. Overall a great stay- we will be back!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Resort Management Team, General Manager at Macdonald Aviemore Resort
Responded 5 Mar 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for this wonderful review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate the kind feedback on our breakfast selection, staff and facilities. I will take a look into the issue you have raised regarding our mattresses in your room and ensure necessary changes are made for improvement, we look forward to welcoming you back to the resort again in the near future. Best Wishes, Resort Management Team
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caithnessmwm wrote a review Feb 2024
Thurso, United Kingdom96 contributions23 helpful votes
Our room is an accessible king size. Walk in shower. The room was very clean and I have no complaints what so ever. Breakfast is included in the price of the room and the choice and taste is amazing. I will definately mark it eleven out of ten A++++++
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Wheelchair access, walk in shower, king size bed , tv,
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Response from Resort Management Team, General Manager at Macdonald Aviemore Resort
Responded 5 Mar 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review, feedback like this makes our full resort team very happy. We look forward to welcoming you back to the resort again soon. Best Wishes, Resort Management Team
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Ewanvegas wrote a review Feb 2024
Dalkeith, United Kingdom30 contributions24 helpful votes
We regularly visit the Aviemore resort at least once per year, sometimes more. This year things have gotten really bad! To me it would seem that the resort as a whole is in a downward spiral, obviously with a drop in visitors less snow etc the glory days are over. The management team have failed to realize that though. Soup and a brick hard roll from the soft play cafe £7.00, a pint of flat beer £7.50, a round of drinks for my wife & I £19.50, the Cafe had two choices of sandwiches on offer Jam or Nutella? Seriously i’m not sure you could find a cheaper way to make a sandwich. Five star prices from a two star resort. We visited with our two young children 4 & 1 years old. Myself, my wife and my 4 year old daughter all left with questionable bite marks over our bodies from our two night stay. Our one year old (who slept in her own travel cot with her own bedding was totally fine). Despite formally raising our concerns (it wasn’t even a complaint, it was feedback more than anything) with the Macdonald Management we are yet to receive a response to our email send almost a week ago. I would always give companies the opportunity to address or respond to feedback. The resort is failing and it will continue to whilst the focus is around profit margins over customer care. I’m sure this review will receive the same copy and pasted response as other stating that “new management” are in place etc, going on past visits i would suggest it is the new management that is the problem. We visited and stayed at Cameron House 4 days after returning from Aviemore and there is no question in where we will be spending our money next year. It will be at a 5 star venue that has the right to charge 5 star prices, not at the Macdonald Resort.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: avoid the restaurants at all costs there are much nicer places to eat in Aviemore. Really bad...
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Steve wrote a review Feb 2024
37 contributions12 helpful votes
Thought £388 for two nights for a small family room with old decor is expensive. A glass of red wine, pint of lager and two fruit shoots £19 is very expensive. Swimming good but needs modernised. We did have a great time and the facilities are good. Food and staff friendliness excellent. Facilities good but on the site there are a lot of sparse areas that could be filled with other activities
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Resort Management Team, General Manager at Macdonald Aviemore Resort
Responded 19 Feb 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We value your feedback as it provides us with the necessary insights to improve, I have passed over your comments to all relevant departments in order to make these necessary changes for optimum guest satisfaction. We are thrilled to hear you and the family had an enjoyable experience of our staff, food services and that you made great use of the facilities we provide onsite while staying with us. We hope to welcome you back to the resort again soon! Kind Regards, Resort Management Team
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PRICE RANGE
£131 - £199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsAviemore and the CairngormsAviemore
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Macdonald Aviemore Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Macdonald Aviemore Resort?
Nearby attractions include Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (0.2 miles), Aviemore Ice Rink (0.09 miles), and Young's Auld Sweetie Shop (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Macdonald Aviemore Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Macdonald Aviemore Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Macdonald Aviemore Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Macdonald Aviemore Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Happy Haggis, The Cairngorm Hotel, and Mambos.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Macdonald Aviemore Resort?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Macdonald Aviemore Resort located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the centre of Aviemore.
Are any cleaning services offered at Macdonald Aviemore Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Macdonald Aviemore Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Macdonald Aviemore Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to Macdonald Aviemore Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Aviemore Railway Station (0.6 miles) and Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle (0.8 miles).