We were a couple spending our 20th anniversary on a wildlife watching holiday. We booked for 3 nights B&B. Our stay at the Grant Arms was a stay of two halves.
The good bit first: the Birdwatching and Wildlife Club facilities are excellent, the evening get-together to swap stories and tips for future trips out were really useful. Katie and Kirsty were really helpful in organising places on local trips, which I think would have been difficult to organise if we had tried to do this without the local knowledge. This bit gets 5/5
Now the not so good. We had booked a deluxe double room well in advance to make sure we got the accommodation we wanted. On our arrival, we were told that there were no double rooms (even though I pointed out we had booked well in advance), but we were being "upgraded" to a deluxe twin for the standard room price. No apology or explanation. The room was plain and unexceptional, the gap under the door meant that it was like having a night-light on all night from the hall lighting. The single beds were not particularly comfortable, and were widely spaced with only one bedside lamp between them.
Breakfast was uninspiring (we went to Aviemore to the excellent Mountain Cafe for breakfast for the two remaining mornings).
When we came to settle the bill we found that we were being charged for 3 nights superior B&B and evening meal (even though we had only eaten there on the first night). This took a while to sort out.
2/5 for the hotel itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Warm Welcome awaits you the Grant Arms Hotel (3*** GOLD VisitScotland Award), The UK's Wildlife Hotel, which was built in 1765. Former famous visitors include both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Refurbished to a High Standard of comfort and service, all rooms are ensuite with tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer and toiletries. The Grant Arms Hotel is proud to be the base of the BWWC (BirdWatching and Wildlife Club). The BWWC's Club Room, Natural History Library, Walks, Talks and Wildlife Briefings are free to all Grant Arms Guests. Experience a holiday in the Scottish Highlands, the perfect combination of mountain scenery, ancient buildings and mysterious lochs. Visit Aviemore; Cairngorms mountains, Inverness; Loch Ness; the Moray Firth; and Royal Deeside. Follow the trails of castles, gardens and distilleries, or play golf at the numerous courses found nearby, including the Grantown-on-Spey 18-hole course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grant Arms Hotel Grantown-On-Spey, Scotland