This hotel is in a residential street, based in a beautiful old mansionhouse. It has been decorated in a very modern style -all candy colours and US imagery (NY skylines, pictures of Marilyn Monroe etc). It has a bit of a boutique hotel feel. I'd have given some stars for it's style but really I think it's just odd having this kind of american styling in a highland region -what on earth would american tourists make of it? I got the impression that the Clubhouse is a bright place for locals to go and eat/drink and the hotel aspect was an afterthought.
There are some rooms in the main building, but also out back in a modern extension attached to the building, each room with it's own front door accessed from the courtyard/carpark. The reviewer who commented on being in a goldfish bowl must have been in one of these. These rooms are at ground level with diners in the conservatory being able to see in, as can those people milling about the carpark. The walls for these rooms are paper thin. I was initially offered one of these but declined when I realised I could hear every word that was being said in the kitchens, in the carpark etc, and to get any privacy I was going to have to pull down the black out blinds and sit in the dark with the lights on prematurely. I was offered another room outdoors which had the same issues, before being offered a room in the main building. This room was fine and I was tired and pissed off by this point so accepted...only to realise it was directly above the busy bar and again had paper thin walls such that I "enjoyed" both the sounds from the bar/restaurant and that of my neighbours having sex until gone 2am. There was a ridiculous moment when I could hear them having a conversation about the conversation I'd just had with my husband about overhearing them.
When the noise levels finally dropped (bar closed and after closing cleaning etc done) I might have managed some sleep except 1) I was starving by this point 2) the beds are harder than stone.
The reason I was starving was that there is no room service. At least not what you might traditionally consider room service as a single business traveller -get to your room, phone an order, get some work done. There are no phones in the room and you have to go to the public bar to order. I tried that -noone served me, I gave up.
It's perhaps just as well there are no phones in the rooms as there is noone to answer them if you rang. On each occasion I had cause to go to reception there was noone there, and a bit of wait for someone to happen to be passing and notice your presence. There's no bell.
I got the impression that staff didn't really understand why I was disappointed in the rooms I was offered, disappointed by the noise level and disappointed by the lack of room service. I think they were all blinded by the style of the hotel, in the way that a bunch of 20 year olds (as they exclusively seemed to be) who have never had to travel much for work, would be. The morning I left the member of staff on reception looked at me as though I'd poo'd in the sink, such was the horror of receiving any negative comments on this establishment.
If you are a single traveller looking for easy, comfortable and perhaps even anonymous convenience, this is not the hotel for you. To be honest, I'm not sure who this hotel is for -the bar and restaurant were the focus and didn't seem to sit well alongside accomodation for residents.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clubhouse Nairn is a newly refurbished Boutique Hotel catering to golfers, tourists and business people. Located in the west end of Nairn and only a 7 iron from the Nairn Golf club and another 30 links courses within an hours drive from the hotel. We offer an excellent bar and dining experience prepared by our highly skilled team of Chefs along with a variety of Cocktails and Wines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Claymore Hotel Nairn
- The Clubhouse Hotel Nairn, Scotland