We stayed here for just one night on a round-Scotland-by-train trip in May 2014. Trudging the short walk from Glenfinnan Railway Station to the Hotel in the rain hardly put us in the right frame of mind BUT upon arrival the welcome we received more than raised our spirits.
Ina made a point of welcoming us straight away. The check in process was painless and welcoming. We were shown to our four-poster room and (once Ina was satisfied we were happy) left to settle. The room was lovely. Because of the hotel's location you're not going to get views over the Loch but the view is nontheless a welcome break from a 2-bed terraced house in Swindon.
We ate in the dining room that evening. The food was excellent quality - especially considering the most reasonable pricing. You could see that the owners were doing their best to use locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. A good selection of bottled local real ales was also available. After food, were were able to stay in the lounge for the evening and again found the place friendly and the fellow guests struck that great balance between being sociable and not being in your face.
An excellent night's sleep followed. We were up at early doors the next morning (6am) to catch the sunrise. A quick 15 minute walk takes you down the hill to the shores of Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan monument. The mists cleared and the sun came out offset against a crisp blue sky. This proved to be the highlight of the trip. As is typical for the West Highlands, the sun didn't last long however, the rain clouds were back by mid morning.
We took breakfast in the hotel before departure. Our morning welcome was equally as welcoming as that on arrival. Breakfast was hearty and tasty, with plenty of options if you didn't want to succumb to the full cooked breakfast. Given the standard of the evening meal the night before we felt that we had no choice but to go for the "full monty" - and it set us up nicely for the day ahead.
In short, a superb hotel, a lovely welcoming stay and excellent food in relaxing surroundings. Scottish hospitality at its absolute best. Thank you all!
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- Also Known As:
- Princes Hotel Fort William
- The Princes Hotel
- The Prince's House Hotel Glenfinnan, Scotland