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Dowans Hotel

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#1 of 2 hotels in Aberlour
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Set high above the picturesque Spey Valley, overlooking the village of Aberlour and the River Spey below, The Dowans Hotel offers a rare opportunity for guests to relax and enjoy the elegance of a fine Highland hotel. Built over 100 years ago, now converted to a first class hotel.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Skiing
Water park offsite
Books, DVDs, music for children
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese
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Hot777 wrote a review Mar 2024
Scotland, United Kingdom46 contributions56 helpful votes
Wow amazing!!!! Rooms just excellent stayed here before Christmas for 2 nights. Meals both nights brilliant, family arrived the second night, so so lovely towards children. Breakfast was excellent. Totally 5 stars. Will definitely be back x
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Curious771432 wrote a review Feb 2024
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Thanks to Lauren, Steph, and all the staff. Another excellent, restful, relaxing, and most enjoyable break. Delicious food, lovely wine, favourite room and all round great service. Great location for the Cairngorm National Park and beyond. Be back soon!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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H AndersonSantin wrote a review Jan 2024
New York City, New York5 contributions1 helpful vote
This was the perfect place for my father's 80th birthday trip to the UK. Speyside is such a special place and the Dowan's embodies the friendly atmosphere, the phenomenal food and most of all the best Whiskey. Having The Still Whiskey bar allowed us to taste all the Whiskeys without having to run around Scotland all day. This way we focused on the Distilleries we wanted to visit and found some new favorites from the Dowan's collection. All the staff were incredibly helpful from arranging our reservation, asking all my questions via a long email chain and most importantly, taking care of us when we were there. They truly went above and beyond, especially when we ended up arriving A LOT later than expected due to travel challenges. The restaurant and tea was amazing. Do not miss the scones, whatever you do! Don't hesitate to make a reservation here, you won't regret it.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Calinda_12 wrote a review Dec 2023
Greenock, United Kingdom34 contributions27 helpful votes
Visited for a pre- Christmas lunch. Warm welcome on arrival. Service was efficient and friendly and food was delicious. The menu had variety and good vegetarian options. We hope to make a return visit soon.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Jonathan P wrote a review Oct 2023
Grimsby, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
Our 3rd visit to the Dowans was just as wonderful as the previous two. As we had stated on our booking, that it was a visit for our anniversary, we were greeted warmly on arrival and offered a glass of fizz on entering our room. During our subsequent stay nothing was too much trouble from the owners and staff. Always bright cheery conversation and on a day when i was exploring the local area solo, due to my wife staying at the hotel, as she was a little under the weather, advice on local places to visit was offered along with reassurance that all staff would help my wife with any requests, as she was just staying in the room. The dining on both nights was extremely pleasurable. The food was excellent and pre and post dinner drinks in the bar were enjoyed along with friendly conversation from the bar and waiting staff. We were presented with a wonderful chocolate treat on the night of our anniversary. Breakfast was fresh, delicious and filling, all dining taking place in appropriate atmospheric settings . I have come to expect nothing less from the Dowans and I would recommend staying or just dining to anyone and we will certainly be returning for future anniversaries.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Melissa L wrote a review Oct 2023
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Possibly the worst hotel I have ever stayed in when compared to the expectation. On arrival greeted by a sullen women who escorted to our room. Proclaiming. You have 2 bags leave one and come back for it. No offer to help. Room tiny dingy with literally no added anything. No milk for teas. No water nothing. Not even a telephone to call reception. On complaint. You can use the glass to get water from the tap. Diner over priced pretentious menu. No way all fresh cooked. Opted for medium cooked steak which was served rare and Luke warm. Back to room flies had invaded. We killed 8 straight away then a few more as the night went on breakfast sullen staff canteen atmosphere. Eggs Benedict ok. Smoked haddock under cooked. 1/2 the toast was burn bloody awful room food and staff What a shame! we cancelled our second night !.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rich30350 wrote a review Sept 2023
Sandy Springs, Georgia693 contributions274 helpful votes
This is an absolute gem in the Speyside area. First off the ladies that own and run this place are fantastic. Every single staff member was a delight. The hotel itself has a great history and is beautiful. The modern renovation matches the historic features. The rooms are large and beautiful. The food was fantastic. The whiskey room..oh my. The grounds…beautiful. The location is walking distance to Aberlour Distillery and town. I’ve traveled around the world and this is in my top 10 for all the above reasons.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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arthurl205 wrote a review Sept 2023
Orlando, Florida7 contributions
Lissie, Courtney and Zach were amazing. This whole establishment is exceptional. It was the highlight of our trip. The food and drinks were also delicious. I honestly can’t say enough great things about this place.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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vfdelallama wrote a review Sept 2023
South Miami, Florida13 contributions1 helpful vote
The Dowans Hotel was a wonderful place to stay. The house was gorgeous, the beds were very comfortable, the staff was amazing & the food was great! The location was perfect to enjoy Speyside. A perfect place to stay while enjoying the area. I would love to return!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bizous11 wrote a review Sept 2023
Indianapolis, Indiana15 contributions16 helpful votes
The pictures do it too much justice. We were so excited to our visit to this hotel based on the photos and reviews. It is not as good as it looks on line. Also, the “family” owners are a bit unhappy. Unfortunately, I have to report poo in our toilet, the worst hotel experience you can have. It was 79 degrees today and no A/C. I understand that Scotland is temperate but at $300 a night, you should have a/c. All the other hotels we stayed at did. I wanted to love it but I just could not. Too much $$$$ to Deliver below level experience. Hot room, mediocre service and a poo in the toilet do not add up to 4 stars. Sorry.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dowans Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Dowans Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Glenfiddich Distillery (3.9 miles), Knockando Woolmill (4.6 miles), and The Fiddichside Inn (2.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Dowans Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Dowans Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Dowans Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dowans Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Seven Stills, The Dowans Hotel, and The Mash Tun.
Is Dowans Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Aberlour.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dowans Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Dowans Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Knockando Woolmill (4.6 miles), Dufftown Clock Tower (4.1 miles), and Dufftown &Mortlach Heritage Trail (4.1 miles).
Does Dowans Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.