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Cuillin Hills Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Portree
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“Great view and location”
Reviewed 26 July 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Our room was on the first floor (2nd floor if you count the ground as the 1st) and had a wonderful view of Portree and the Cuillin hills. The room, #20, was lovely - spacious, two comfy chairs to allow us to admire the superb view, tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom was very large but suffered from a lack of good lighting. My electric shaver refused to work so I had to use a razor and the lighting was inadequate to get a good shave. A big plus point for the bathroom was a very large heated towel rail, extending almost to the ceiling!

Breakfast at weekends does not start until 0800, which we felt was too late. During the week, breakfast starts at 0730, which we felt was a better time. Breakfast is a cold buffet with good hot food cooked to order, such as porridge with honey and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.

The hotel is only an easy 10 minutes walk from Portree, so you can eat in the restaurants there or in the two at the hotel. The hotel's two restaurants are the View and the Brasserie. The View is relatively small, with only about 12 tables, making reservations almost essential. This restaurant has two rosettes. Cooking is typically French in terms of the size of portions. I'd have gone hungry if I had not chosen the Scottish cheese course for dessert - this was excellent but was as big as my two previous courses put together. The food there was good though and I can particularly recommend the venison and salmon. One piece of advice - if you want the best views, ie a window table, get there early.

The Brasserie is more down-to-earth and has a wider choice. Like the View, if you want the best table, get there early.

In both restaurants, we had free choice from the menu as part of the dinner, bed and breakfast package. This was exceptional value in the View.

The hotel has free wifi and this seemed to be reasonably fast. We had a flat screen TV which had a limited range of Freeview channels.

From the hotel we visited Dunvegan Castle and the Old Man of Storr. We
found that it takes longer than expected to drive distances on Skye -
partly due to the twisty, hilly roads and also due to slow drivers and
the lack of overtaking places.

We loved this hotel, the room and the view - make sure you get a sea view room.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2012 via mobile

When you pay £330 for a room for one night you expect something special. it was the first night of our honeymoon and we normally stay in hostels or B and B.
No welcoming smile. the room was a good size with a view. the soaps etc were not local or special. the bathroom decor a bit dated.
Breakfast was not all out on the buffet until we had nearly finished breakfast. tricky to get our order taken. Eggs benedict sauce was out of a tub. quite dissapointing.
So paying 3 or 4 times the cost of a good bed and breakfast is really not worth it!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

I've stayed at this hotel on several occasions although this was my first stay following the renovations that have been made to the restaurant and brasserie. As always, the service was second to none. A warm welcome awaited from every member of staff and they were only too happy to show me the additional bedrooms that had been created in the main hotel. Having stayed in the same room (in the annex) on most of my stays it was nice to see the changes that had been made to it (new bedding, colour scheme and carpet.) I'm reliably informed that most of the rooms have been given a freshen up since last season. And to top it off, I got to sample some of the petite fours made by the pastry chef which were delicious! Well worth booking a meal in The View restaurant just to get a taste of the handmade sweet selection alone! Will be back again soon!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Not having pre booked we looked at a number of hotels in Portree late in the afternoon and found them well below what we expected in terms of comfort and price. We then found the Cuillen Hills and while fairly expensive we thought it very good value. The room was very comfortable and the food in the Brasserie was excellent. As a former frequent traveller, I can only quote the old adage that " you get what you you pay for"!

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Fabulous view is the main attraction. Room is nice but not great. Restaurant very good. People very sweet. Ten minute walk to town, which is a very nice place. Great one hour hike right from the hotel which can be shortened to an easy there and back along the water. We stayed two nights and wished we had stayed longer. Skye is fantastic and Portree is a good location.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

It was a nice drive up to the hotel. Quiet with a view of the harbor. Our room was probably the smallest we'd been during our trip around Scotland but it was comfortable and well-arranged despite its size. There was no elevator to our room but they'll help to send the luggage up and down. Fresh fruits everyday and of course coffee-making facilities. Big carpark. We had dinner at their Brasserie on our first night there and enjoyed the food - if its your first time in Scotland, you must try the Cullen Skink Soup.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

A truly enjoyable experience. We ate in "the view" restaurant which was fantastic from start to finish with attentive staff and stunning views over the bay. We had a turret room which was very spacious, clean and decorated to a high standard. In summary this hotel offers a quality dining experience with a team of staff that couldn't be any more helpful.

I will be sure to return at some point soon.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cuillin Hills Hotel
Address: Scorrybreac Road, Portree IV51 9QU, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Skye > Portree
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Portree
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Cuillin Hills Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cuillin Hills Hotel overlooks the capital town of Portree, on the Isle of Skye. The hotel is the recognised highest rated hotel on the island for quality and is classed as a four star deluxe hotel. The Cuillin Hills Hotel has a lounge bar, a Malt Embassy offering more than 130 Malt Whiskies, The View Restaurant with fantastic views from every table. Bedrooms are all en-suite, many offering superb mountain and sea views. ... more   less 
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