We spent four nights at the Highland Hotel (Mon-Fri)
The hotel is run by Lochs and Glens Holidays and the hotels' business is divided into two distinct groups - coach holidays and self drive.
Coach holidays account for about 95% of it's business and it's operations are definately centred around this - even as much as they don't turn the lights on in the reception area unitl a coach arrives ! 99% of occupants are aged over 50.
We were on a "self-drive" holiday - that is to say that we didn't arrive as part of a coach tour.
The hotel has it's history as an old railway hotel and was completely refurbished in 2008. It consists of two buildings - the original hotel building (where the entertainment, meals, some rooms and reception are located) and a three storey annexe (consisting of bedrooms only). There's a lift in the main hotel but bedrooms are accessed via stairs in the annexe. The annexe is accessed by a covered "bridge" - so you don't have to go outside. The hotel is located on a hill above Fort William. A downhill walk to the town will take less than 5 minutes. The views from some rooms are spectacular - overlooking Loch Linnhe and the distant mountains.
We stayed in the annexe. The bedrooms are bright, modern and very clean. There's a TV, telephone, tea/coffee facilities and all rooms have en-suite facilities (I think all annexe rooms have a bath).
Meal times are based around the coaches. Some coaches will have an early start - either for their journey home or trip out for the day. We managed to get breakfast at 07:45, 08:00 and 08:30 - this time has to be booked via reception. Evening meal depends upon what the coaches have been doing that day. Once again, the time has to be booked via reception. We had evening meal at 18:15 most days ( we could have gone later) except one day when it was no earlier than 19:30.
Food was excellant. Initially we thought the portion sizes were too small. However, most nights we left the dining room feeling rather full after a three course meal. The menu has a choice of starter, main course and dessert and each item is marked to say whether it is Vegetarian or Gluten Free.
All of the staff were incredibly helpful, cheerful and polite.
We had previously had a self drive holiday at another Scottish hotel run by a different well known coach company and the hotel was diabolical. As such we were hesitant to stay at another hotel run by a coach company. However, we were all very surprised and pleased with Lochs and Glens accommodation and we will definately be looking to stay in one of their hotels again.
- Also Known As:
- Highland Hotel Fort William, Scotland