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The Moorings Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Banavie
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 September 2012

A very average bar, reasonable range in menu, but nothing special. Significantly overpriced for what it was. Staying in area for a week but will not visit here again. No reason for the 'hike' in cost, similar food at home would be a good £10 cheaper. Had the decor, outlook, furnishings been better possibly a premium charge could have been justified.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

The Moorings serves bar meals both in the bar and a seperate quieter area with tables further in. It has been a popular and reliable place to get dinner for some years, and if I am walking in the area, its rare I don't drop in to eat. The food is reliably good in its class, and as another recent reviewer mentions The Moorings is a welcome retreat from Fort Bill High Street. The service is fine too. All was hunky dory on my recent visit in August,and I will no doubt be back.

To get there, follow the Road to the Isles route from Fort William, and turn right just after the railway crossing. There is ample parking. Also recommended, go and have a mouch round Neptune's Staircase.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank Pete_Chipp
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

We stayed for two nights to take a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig. The hotel is in a beautiful setting outside the town, on the Caledonian Canal, at the locks that are called Neptune's Staircase, and our room looked out over this to Ben Nevis. Everything in the hotel is clean, smart and comfortable, with excellent food. We ate in the lounge bar in the evenings, and had breakfast looking out over the garden to the Ben -(through the rain!) The staff were pleasant and attentive. It was pleasing to know that visitors would get a good impression of Scotlan from a stay here. And never a midgie bite!

Room Tip: We upgraded to a room with view towards Ben Nevis and the canal.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank corvet
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

the hotel is 5-10 mins drive outside Fort William. We had room 24 that was a great size with views of the canal and Ben Nevis. No issues there. The bar was an open plan room with people eating stil at 10 so was not suitable for drinks - its very much an older crowd and not the place really for a younger couple. At breafast, nobody took our hot food order as the staff were more intrested in tidying for the end of breakfast. We had to chase one server to order - the buffet ran out also. All in all, for me, the £155 a night is not worth it. Great size room but thats where the positivies ended for me.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank The_Poacher992002
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

My friend and I had a lovely two night stay at the Moorings Hotel. We chose the Whisky Package: two nights B&B with one dinner, a room upgrade and a whisky tasting - a great deal! The hotel is very well maintained and the staff friendly and helpful. Our room looked on to the canal and the Nevis range, and the beds were very comfortable. Minor gripes were the eratic wifi signal, the very low and uncomfortable sofa in the room, and the fact that there was nowhere obvious to plug in the kettle (we had to put it on the floor!); but none of these were a big deal, really.

Contrary to some reviews, we thought the food was excellent! Service *was* a little disorganised at breakfast (we still hadn't received tea and coffee one morning or been asked for our order, yet a couple who came in after us had both) but the food was very good throughout our stay (including our packed lunch!).

I've stayed in a few hotels in this area over the years, and The Moorings could certainly teach some of the others a lesson or two. Keep up the good work!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Heyjo72
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

We spent two nights in Fort William and after walking the length of the high street "menu reading" we decided there was nothing whatsoever to entice us. There are a couple of pubs with transport cafe type meals on offer and a choice of Chinese and Indian that did not look too appetising, so we looked elsewhere. There are one or two very good looking Seafood restaurants but we just wanted "Pup Grub" and fortunately found The Moorings, a canal (Caledonian) side hotel with a restaurant and bar food. We were spoilt for choice with the bar menu and having enjoyed the first nights meal, returned the following evening. The food is good (not fantastic) the atmosphere is also very good but the service a little slow and it appeared (?) that some people were being served out of turn. However, it is not MacDonalds, so unless you are looking for fast service this is worth a visit. They had a guitar/vocalist on both nights who was not brilliant but did add to a pretty enjoyable couple of nights. We would not hesitate to eat here again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Relionme
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Reviewed 2 August 2012

The Hotel Staff give a nice warm welcome and the hotel is clean and fresh, although it was exceptionally hot and stuffy throughout. When on check-in you are asked "Would you like a newspaper in the morning?" one would assume it was free, in fact the implication is that it is a 'service' - it is not! - we were charged a daily 80pence for a 50pence paper! The hotel is in a spectacular setting especially if you love watching ships and yachts and making their way through Neptunes Staircase. Unfortunately the food and service in the lounge bar and breakfast room is frustratingly poor in every way. We had to ask 4 times to give an order yet other people sat down and were served immediately. We asked for '2 Cans of Diet Coke' The male bar tender/server handed us two tall glasses filled to the top including ice (not asked for) and handed them to us by putting his whole hand over the top of the glass and surrounding the tops with his fingers! Unclean and not good service standards. It was not diet, nor was the 'slimline tonic' I asked for the day before. The food was poor quality (Prawn Crackers served with Sweet and Sour Chicken were stale, Sugar Snap Peas were stringy and unedible....) and during breakfast we were shown to a table then waited ages to be given coffee and were surrounded this morning by 4 tables which had not been cleared, even although the restaurant only had two occupied tables and two members of staff serving! My mushrooms were swimming in liquid which swamped my already cold scrambled eggs.
On our first day we asked if something could be done to stop the banging of the fire door beside our room (No 18) all other fire doors had cushioning to stop them closing hard. On the second day and another conversation regarding the fire door ensued. Nothing was ever done. On our last night at 22.30hrs someone went through the fire door with such a force it smashed into the hall side wall of our room and woke us both with a terrible fright. On inspection this force had broken plaster on the wall!! Wifi was not available - they had had problem for several days - although I had it confirmed by email that it was available just the day before we arrived.
Another interesting fact about room 18 is that the light switch is behind one of the single beds and if you lean on the headboard the light goes off - so forget about reading in bed! So after two sleepless nights we left the hotel. £133 per night wasted.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank BusyMStirling
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Address: Fort William, Banavie, Fort William PH33 7LY, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Fort William > Banavie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Banavie
Price Range: £72 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Moorings Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Moorings lies alongside the Caledonian Canal at the famous Neptune's Staircase. One of Fort William's finest establishments, The Moorings offers excellent cuisine and service. With splendid panoramic views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor, Moorings Hotel offers comfort and modern facilities. Here, you will receive a warm Highland welcome from friendly staff. The Moorings offers award-winning cuisine in Neptune's Restaurant, using fine Scottish produce, including west coast seafood and Highland game. Bar meals are available in the less formal Upper Deck Lounge Bar, where a range of malt whiskies may be sampled. In the summer, the Mariners Cellar Bar features a nautical theme. The refurbished bedrooms have every modern luxury. The Moorings is an excellent base for touring the romantic West Highlands. We offer all of our guests a complimentary round of golf at Fort William Golf Course and free use of our Fitness Suite. ... more   less 
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