Myself, husband and teenage daughter stayed two nights at this hotel to attend a family wedding in Inverness. The wedding party and many guests were also staying here. The location is great, overlooking the river and Inverness Castle with a nice outdoor seating area outside of the bar. A nice spot to watch the world go by. The hotel is attractive from the outside and the reception area is also attractive with it's wood panelling. You can tell that this is or was an old, fine hotel although unfortunately it doesn't quite live up to expectations. The receptionist could have been more welcoming and at first couldn't find our room. The same thing had happened to the brides parents! However, all was well and we were assigned a room on the first floor. On entering the room we immediately realized there was only one king size bed and nowhere for my daughter to sleep. We were told there should have been a Z bed in there (never good in my experience and which instantly made me worry!) That room was well decorated and airy with large windows overlooking the front of the hotel.
Sadly, we were then given another room at the back. We stayed there without complaining because it had a proper single bed in it. However, it was disappointing as it was extremely hot with only one small window. It clearly needed decorating and had a very tired look. We now just looked on to a narrow street with houses opposite but you can't always have a brilliant view. The hotel is, in fact undergoing refurbishment currently which should improve the room decoration. The beds were very comfortable and the room was very clean. Facilities were good (hairdryer, ironing facilities, tea and coffee, shortbread, toiletries provided, clean fluffy towels etc) However, I have never stayed in a room so hot...even with the window open. The cleaner gave us a fan which was helpful but we were still struggling to sleep. Air conditioning would be great but I don't know if this will be part of the refurbishment or not. Sleep, therefore, was rather difficult and three people trying to get ready for a wedding in such heat was also rather trying.
The bathroom, although small, was nicely decorated and the shower was fine with endless hot water; no complaints there.
Breakfast was very nice, served in the restaurant. Again, a bigger welcome from staff would be better. There was a good choice of cooked items and continental, cereals, fruits and juices. It was all good.There was also items which could be ordered. My daughter ordered porridge which was tasty when it came but it did take a very long time coming! Breakfast is definitely a plus at this hotel though.
Although, we didn't personally eat at McNabbs the bar food our relatives had went down really well and the bar is a good place for a drink. Sadly, on the Friday night prior to the wedding I had to retire to my room with my daughter as we were told the license had just changed that week and under 18's couldn't be in the bar after 8. This was sad as we had to leave all the family there who, coming from Newcastle, we hadn't seen in a long time and miss the party, so to speak. It seemed very harsh that my daughter couldn't be there until 10 when she was with us and obviously wasn't going to be drinking alcohol.
On the whole, we actually enjoyed our stay here. The hotel is in such a good position, has so much potential but is definitely in need of that refurbishment, a little staff training and air conditioning!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Columba Hotel, Inverness UK. Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality is a 4-star hotel built in 1881. The hotel boasts a perfect position in the very heart of Inverness, yet located in a peaceful area offering marvelous views of Inverness Castle and the River Ness. There are 82 en suite bedrooms including a deluxe suite, many with river and castle views, restaurant and bar. The decor of Columba Hotel combines contemporary style and amenities with traditional comfort each room features excellent facilities as well as free high-speed wireless is available throughout the building. During the winter, the trees lining along Ness Walk are beautifully decked with fairy lights. The city has a host of historic buildings, notably in the Old Town, as well as fascinating shops from the Victorian Market to the new award-winning Eastgate centre which is a just a short walk away. You can also take a stroll to Inverness Castle or St Andrew's Cathedral, set alongside the River Ness, one of Britain's most beautiful riverside settings. There is a circular walk from the castle along the river and through the Ness Islands and you can watch anglers trying to catch Atlantic salmon - or try it yourself with a daily ticket. There are forest walks and views of the Moray Firth from Craig Phadrig, the hill that towers over the city. ... more less
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