We stayed 7 nights at the Croit Anna with Alfa Travel. It was our first experience with Alfa and we were unsure what to expect. We are used to Shearings and have actually stayed at their hotel, The Caledonian, just up the road. Overall it was an enjoyable stay at the Croit Anna but it could have been so much better.
The location on the edge of Loch Linnhe affords some magnificent views and our Loch view room allowed us to take full advantage. The 2 ¼ mile walk into Fort William kept us fit and we only had to resort to a taxi (£6) once because of the rain; although the hourly bus service is cheaper at £2 it is not very reliable. The hotel was quite a friendly place and our room (40) was quiet, comfortable and pleasant enough. The luggage handlers deserve special praise for their speed and efficiency.
Although we had an enjoyable week and the food was generally very good there were a few culinary lows particularly the cremated Yorkshire pudding and the tough, inedible roast beef which was served to us on the first day. Vegetables tended to be good the exception being the parsnips which had to have the black bits cut out of them and the green chewy leek leaves. Being served one day with milk that was ‘on the turn’ at breakfast and then again at tea was a bit disconcerting. Starters and puddings were very good and the Lasagne served as a Chef’s special was outstanding.
The service in the restaurant was overall good if at times annoying it was initially a matter of collaring someone or catching someone’s eye but it improved when we were assigned our own waitress. The most annoying aspect of the service was at breakfast when only fruit juice was self service. I do not know of another hotel where you have to wait to be served with cereal and then as a consequence always having to ask for more milk. On the last day with only 45 minutes allowed for breakfast before the coach was leaving it took 30 minutes to serve cereal, tea and toast
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Croit Anna Hotel - Fort William [3 Alpha & AA Three Star] Situated on the shores of Loche Linnhe, three miles from the centre of Fort William, with spectacular views across the loch from all of the public rooms and most of the bedrooms, the Croit Anna offers a comfortable and friendly base in which to relax. 92 bedrooms with central heating and/or individual electric heating, bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and TV with radio channels. There is a panoramic lounge, two bars, terrace and entertainment most evenings. No lift but ground floor rooms available on request. Extensive car parking. A Leisureplex Hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Croit Anna Fort William
- Anna Croit Hotel
- Hotel Croit Anna
- Croit Anna Hotel Fort William, Scotland