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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cuillin Hills Hotel Portree, Isle Of Skye