Well, a long time has passed since I last stayed here and I was hoping for better. Sadly, most of what I felt in my last review still stands. The hotel is still very tired, although they have refurbished the bar area - if they could do the rest of the hotel to the same standard, it would be a different beast. My room this time was also no better, with another shaving light that didn't work, a sink with an annoying dripping tap in the bedroom because there wasn't room to fit it in the en suite, an uncomfortable bed, still no shower gel, and a shower that must be 25 - 30 years old. The latter had been stuck together with electrical tape to stop it from falling apart.
The cooked breakfast has, I am sorry to say, gone backwards. it does come out quickly, but therein lies part of the problem; they don't cook it fresh. They are cooking the elements of it and keeping it warm, which of course stews the bacon until it is hard, and overcooks the eggs. The portions are rubbish too, with one small egg, a couple of bits of bacon, one tiny (and I mean tiny!0 sausage, half a microwave'd tomato and half a slice of fried bread. There are also beans if you like them (I don't) but still no sign of black pudding.
Four things sum up this hotel for me. 1). I was woken up by a 'morning call', where the member of staff banged so loudly on next door's room that I thought they were calling me - at 6.30am; 2). I went to put pepper on my breakfast and I massive wage came out because the top of the pepper pot had been bashed-in and there was just one big hole; 3). The bizarre monkey statue that stands on the breakfast cereal table, and d). the constant coach loads of extremely grumpy and rude German tourists. At £55.00 per night it is actually quite expensive for what you get - I found a smashing B&B up the road that's only £35.00 per night and so I'll be staying there next time.
- Also Known As:
- Strathpeffer Hotel Scotland