This hotel is a mixed bag, depending on your luck you may enjoy it or hate it. The public areas are great, the panoramic windows in the beautiful restaurant impressive and the breakfast supreb. But the room was lousy, a mixture of renovated and run down elements (faded vinyl floor in the bathrooom and a new bathtub; worn out furniture and a new flat screen TV, etc) as if the hotel did not dare to have a complete renovation. Worst was the ancient heating system by pipes along the wall that could not be regulated. The room was hot like a sauna, and even the freezing wind from the open window did not help the sweat.
In addition the view from our window consisted of a shaft overlooking other windows. At the bottom of the shaft was a filthy plastic roof covered with heaps of bird droppings.
Just as bad was the fact that the restaurant and the reception both closed at 8PM and the bar served no food. We arrived at 7:50PM and were turned away from the restaurant, going to bed after eating some crackers that we carried with us. To top it off, most of the other guests seemed to be over 70, giving the place the appearance of a nursing home. I guess that if you come in the summer, eat early and get a room with a nicer view you may have a better time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old world charm at the newly restored The Craiglynne Hotel. Our Victorian granite hotel, situated under the majestic Cairngorms, has just been restored and refurbished to the highest standards. With 82 stylish rooms and superb grounds, relaxing here during your stay is irresistible; however we also highly recommend visiting the beautiful villages, mountains, rivers and forests nearby. After a day exploring, there's nothing better than sinking into an armchair by one of our roaring log fires to share stories of Lochness, Inverness and the hugely popular whisky trail. When you are looking for hotels in Grantown-on-Spey, near Aviemore, stay with us and be one of the first to enjoy our restored hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Crerar Craiglynne
- The Craiglynne Hotel Grantown-On-Spey, Scotland