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Bay Caledonian Hotel
Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Fort William
Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Excellent value for money”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

We have just returned from a self-drive three night stay at the Bay Caledonian Hotel and had a very enjoyable time! Like some Shearings hotels this one needs a little TLC in parts but that is made up for by the friendly staff and efficient service which could not be faulted. The views of Loch Linnhe from the dining room and bar were stunning. The food choices at dinner were excellent and we all enjoyed our breakfasts! We were able to go out exploring this wonderful part of the country and come back to a hot meal and a good night's sleep in a comfortable, clean room together with piping hot water in the bathroom. The Country and Western entertainment was not our cup of tea but we gave it a go and were not impressed! However, that is a matter of personal choice. The only 'niggles' were that doors were heavy and difficult to open for someone with mobility problems, like myself, although I travelled with people who could do that for me, and smokers sitting outside the entrance whose second-hand smoke you had to walk through and who let down the appearance of the hotel. The staff deserve lots of praise for the way they look after you and we would definitely go back again.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front overlook the Loch with stunning views.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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gm_cal, General Manager at Bay Caledonian Hotel, responded to this review, 8 September 2013
Thank you for your review. I am pleased that in the main you enjoyed your break with us at the Caledonian Hotel. Unfortunately, at present we have no other place for the smokers area but we will look into this. Thank you for your praise for all the staff they really appreciate your comments.
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

I was a little apprehensive after reading some of the reviews on here. I needn't have worried. We had a lovely stay, the room was pristine clean, and the huge bed was very comfy and again clean with beautiful white cotton bedding. Towels were also white, soft and fluffy and changed regularly. The room looked as if it had been decorated recently the bathroom was a bit old fashioned but we has a bath and shower with lots of hot water at all times. We found the restaraunt excellent with plenty of choice. It would be great if there was wifi and more tv channels but as the entertainment was great we did not spend much time in the room. We travelled to this hotel with Shearings for a 5 day break and would definately return if I have the chance. The only disappointment was the Kinlochleven tour but this was only a morning tour and we were dropped off in Fort William by our driver and collected a few hours later, the town f Fw is delightful. Overall we loved this pkace .

Room Tip: Ask forvavroom with the scenic view its worth the extra fee
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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gm_cal, General Manager at Bay Caledonian Hotel, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. I am pleased you found everything at the hotel to be to your satisfaction. We don’t have WiFi, as yet, but it is planned for. We look forward to seeing you again if you do get the chance.
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wakefield
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2013

We travelled with National coaches in July, although the hotel did look a little tired in places the room was very clean and the view over the loch was fantastic, the food was excellent (im regreting now not trying the haggis) lots of different choices and also there wasn't a set time where everyone had to eat at the same time, we have travelled with highland heritage twice in the last year to Scotland so thought we would try National because of the different coach trips and we wasn't disappointed..The staff where all very welcoming and we met some lovely people while we where there. Overall a fantastic short break at a great price, i wouldn't hesitate in booking to go there again.

Room Tip: pay a little extra for a room with a view of the loch its well worth it!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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gm_cal, General Manager at Bay Caledonian Hotel, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am pleased you enjoyed your holiday with us and found our staff to be welcoming. Coach trips are a great way to see the area and as you say make new acquaintances. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Our first trip to Scotland, but not our first experience with Shearings. Our stay was comfortable and all the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. Although as many have stated the hotel is a bit tired, that would not put me off staying there again. Shearings as usual were highly efficient, all aspects of the trip were extremely enjoyable. The food was good and there was an ample choice to suit all tastes.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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gm_cal, General Manager at Bay Caledonian Hotel, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Thank you for your review, it’s great to see you enjoyed your stay. I will pass your comments onto our team.
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wakefield
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67 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2013

We booked this holiday with Shearings coach travel and believe this hotel to be one of their own. The food was well cooked and plentiful if you were in the restaurant first.Occasionally choices ran out at dinner but I think this could be resolved by asking residants to choose ther evening meal at breakfast. Room was quit spacious for two although it could have done with a refurbishment.Entertainment every night but a sameness to it all. It was however very good value for money which is reflected in the overall rating.

Room Tip: Rooms at front which are extra because of the view could be noisy as a busy main road is at the fron...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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gm_cal, General Manager at Bay Caledonian Hotel, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your first visit to Scotland and your stay with us. Thank you once again for your comments.
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Stockton-on-Tees,Teesside
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2013

We spent five days here on a holiday with National Holidays in July. Our twin room was on the fourth floor, overlooking the loch. It was a very nice room, clean and nicely furnished. The bathroom was a very good size and very well finished with a daily change of towels. The breakfasts were very hearty with a good selection of choices and the evening meals were very good too. There was a choice of four options for each course and I was very happy with everything that I chose which was very well cooked and piping hot. All meals were waiter service and all of the waiters were very obliging and polite and helpful, particularly our waiter, Josef. The evening entertainment ( Ronnie on Monday and Paula on Thursday )was excellent and the bar prices were quite good. We thoroughly enjoyed our break and our lovely driver, Doug, contributed to this. Our only gripe was the weather (mist and rain while the rest of the country was basking in a heat wave ) but we were in Scotland and we couldn't hold anybody responsible!!! We would certainly recommend this hotel to anybody.

Room Tip: Try to get a room overlooking the loch.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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gm_cal, General Manager at Bay Caledonian Hotel, responded to this review, 27 July 2013
Thank you very much for your lovely review, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the stay so much, our staff and the entertainers wil be delighted with your comments. As you say it was a shame about hte weather. We hope to see you again.
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in Walkden
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2013

My sister and I spent 5 days on a coach holiday . Room, lovely view overlooking loch which was badly in need of refurbishment.Dried soap in bath tray sill there when we left. Stain on my sister bedcover which was replaced on 2nd day. Radiators full of rust. Tables in dining room to close together so you had trouble sitting at table and leaving table. Spoke to assistant manager re state of room and was told you get what you pay for. Good points, day trip were very good, driver Dominic was excellent. Waiter at our table, Istvan very good and always cheerful. Young lade serving in bar, Ira very efficient, cheerful and hard working.
Will not be visiting this hotel again until refurbished. Entertainment good especially Ronnie Ross.

Room Tip: I believe certain rooms have been upgraded so would request 1 of these.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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gm_cal, General Manager at Bay Caledonian Hotel, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Firstly, thank you for taking the time to post your review. I would like to assure you that the points raised in your review will be addressed. I will pass your good comments onto Aira and Ronnie.
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Property: Bay Caledonian Hotel
Address: Achintore Road, Fort William PH33 6RW, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Fort William
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Fort William
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Caledonian Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated directly opposite Loch Linnhe, you can admire the fantastic views of the beautiful surrounding wooded hills and mountains from this hotel. Along with the dining room and pleasant lounge area, all front facing rooms offer super views of the breathtaking Loch Linnhe. The comfortable lounge and ballroom host entertainment most nights, often with a distinct Scottish flavour which is perfect for unwinding after a day’s sightseeing or exploring. A number of rooms have been recently refurbished to increase the capacity at this popular hotel and there is a convenient lift that serves all floors. At nine miles long and over a mile wide and with Ben Nevis towering above, Loch Linnhe is one of Scotland’s natural treasures. The hotel is also just two miles south of the town centre of Fort William, known as the outdoor capital of Britain, and here you can explore the many small and interesting shops and museums. ... more   less 
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Caledonian Fort William
Caledonian Hotel Fort William
Fort William Caledonian Hotel
Bay Caledonian Hotel Fort William, Scotland

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