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“Valentine dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Balavil Hotel

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Balavil Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Newtonmore
Certificate of Excellence
Newtonmore, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Valentine dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Although it's within walking distance of our home, we have not visited the Balavil very often, but I thought I would mention how much my wife and I enjoyed the Valentine Dinner in February 2014. The Balavil is a fine old Scottish hotel, discreetly decorated with wood panelling and tapestries, the bar is cosy and the staff are charming. The food is homely and inexpensive and we were not kept waiting despite the dining room being almost full on this special occasion. The Valentine package dinner was very good value. I would certainly recommend the Balavil for travellers to the highlands who want a taste of old Scottish hospitality.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

Me and my partner went here last year its really easy to find was at the top of the main road with a small car park facing, which we was able to park on free of charge. We went to reception to check in and was overcome with all the snowboarders and skiers. Obviously popular with them. The room was basic but very clean had beautiful views of the mountains. There was a pool at the hotel but we didn't use it. We had a three course meal that the hotel offers in its restaurant and the food was lovely the service was good too. if you walk round the side there is a pub at the side which is belonging to the hotel its very small and there is a pool table and a lovely warm log fire. There isn't much to do around but there is a few pubs on the stretch and a changing colour water place next door we didn't go there as it wasn't really right for our interests. We would go again when needing a quiet short break.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

We had a nice stay, good food, service was fab. Ideally located for Aviemore and the local facilities. Nice pool and spacey family room. We spent our Honeymoon here 15 years ago, we were passing by so decided to spend a night there with the family. I think it is the same carpet in the lounge. Could be doing with a minor decor update but all in all still a pretty decent hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Lerwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014

What a pleasure it was staying at the Balavil Hotel. Everything spotlessly clean, rooms spacious, reception and check in no problem. All food cooked perfectly with a good selection. I always made sure I was back in time for afternoon tea.The hotel staff are courteous, accomodating and friendly. I loved sitting by the real fire watching the boys playing pool.
I would recommend this hotel every time. Hope to visit again in the summer but will certainly be back for New Year.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

Just back after 3 nights over New Year. Totally beautiful place, the staff go that extra mile to make you feel at home. The rooms had recently been refurbished and were lovely. Have to say the food was amazing. Looking forward to going back.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

Spent one very nice night at this hotel. Very good food and entertainment, excellent staff. This vas a 'Returning home visit' and if I am ever in this part of the country again I will certainly spend more than one night next time.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

I was here for a wedding and didn't actually use the accommodation but I thought they deserved a mention. All the staff are friendly and helpful, the place is warm and cosy and ever so Scottish. The food is generous too. Fraser, the manager of this family run hotel, is a bit of a legend and talking of legends the bar at the back of the hotel (which adjoins the main bar) is the spiritual home of Scotland's shinty champions Newtonmore. They'd just won the cup again the night I was there and I had to drink whisky out of it...twice. The hotel did a very nice job of the wedding too, it's handy for golfers, walkers and even for snow sports fans if they don't mind driving up the road a little, so thumbs up all round.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Balavil Hotel
Address: Main Street, Newtonmore PH20 1DL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Badenoch and Strathspey > Newtonmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Newtonmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Balavil Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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Also Known As:
Balavil Sport Inverness
Balavil Hotel Newtonmore, Scotland

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