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The Boat Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boat of Garten
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Our room had just been refurbished to a high standard. The lovely bath in the bedroom was a real treat. Our evening meal was delicious and our breakfast good too.
We will return if we visit the area again.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Booked a weekend here...just back.Staff were very pleasant, helpfull and efficient,especially Anika at reception. I got quite a reasonably priced deal, which I did notice was quite a bit less than the shown rate, but for what I paid, the room was wellsized,with en suite which had both bath and shower and all was clean and tidy and well preparedeach day. Bed was really comfortable too.
Breakfastwas plentiful, buffet style cereals, jams,pastries,yoghurts,juices, fruit etc, and then a full fry up or kippers etc thrown in after.....and all was tasty and fresh.
If you look closely, you can always pick up little bits like a couple of threadbare carpets in the main stair hallways, a couple of bits that could do with a spruce up, but nothing at all bad.
For those into steam trains, this is the place for you as the front of the hotel faces directly onto the little station where the steam train pulls in. The golf club is literally round the corner too.
One little thing is that the car park on the lower level is really tight, the upper one always full if you're late back, and I ended up parked on the adjacent street....but that's again not an issue as it's a quite village side street,but it's just a bit of a pain when it's raining.
Overall, lovely place, and would have no issues at all in going back, after spending some lovely time there.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Martin D
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Stayed on Saturday 28th June for 1night,when we arrived we had a very warm welcome,the staff were friendly and helpful throughout or stay.We went specially for the food and were not disappointed.The room was clean and comfortable and we enjoyed our stay,and look forward to going back in the near future.

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Thank georgina t
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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Just back from 2 days at The Boat. Was a bit concerned about some of the mixed TA reviews but we loved our stay. Yes the maybe the carpets in the landings are a bit tired etc but the hotel is well run and spotless. The food was simply outstanding.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Anne Marie M
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Tired decor, dated furniture, below average food. The room was like a cell. Only upside was the pleasant staff. Needs a total refurb and a new chef. Wouldn`t recommend the hotel to anybody. Didn`t even stay for breakfast.

Room Tip: If you cant get anywhere else get a room at the front - lot of noise at the back.
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Gorgeous room which was so much bigger than expected with a view of the gardens on one side and the steam railway on the other. Bed very comfy for lazy lie ins and a generous tea tray with biscuits and good section of drinks. Quiet every night. Ate every night as quite limited choice in the village. Food was beautiful and well priced for quality, but the service was spotty. First two nights had to ask twice for water for the table which on the second night didn't arrive until we'd finished our meal. There are no allergy warnings on the menu and that caused a change to desert after the first bite on one evening. Interesting on the third night with the chef giving the head waiter a hard time in the bar area. Add a few more servers with a bit more English and would have 5 stars.

Room Tip: Without seeing the other rooms it's hard to tell. Ask for a view of the railway.
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Thank Kate377
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Stayed here for 1 night having visited and had an excellent time 2 years previously. Standards have slipped. Room was nice and well furnished with various teas, coffee, shortbread, water etc. bathroom could however do with an upgrade. A minor point but the loo roll is what i would describe as low grade! The water pressure in the shower was virtually non existent and having been out on a lengthy hike it's not what youre after. Mentioned to reception who said it was probably just a busy time but same again happened in the morning - yeah probably was a busy time but system should be able to cope. We ate in the restaurant and the food was good if a little pricey! Service however left a lot to be desired...we were asked to order food before being offered drinks....seemed to be the way as i saw many tables go through what we did to order drinks before food! Ordered a bottle of white wine and had a bottle of red plonked down on the table! When we advised this was the wrong wine they came back with the white and plonked that on the table. No ask as to whether this was the correct wine, no option to try, no offer to pour and no wine cooler!! Basic basic stuff. What we had to eat was ok but the whole experience not great especially for the price paid. We love this area but not sure i'd return to this hotel which is unfortunate given the great time we had had previously.

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Address: Deshar Road, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BN, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Badenoch and Strathspey > Aviemore > Boat of Garten
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boat of Garten
Price Range: £39 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Boat Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arriving at The Boat Hotel for the first time can be compared to returning as house guests of a close friend, where needs are anticipated before arrival and the welcome is genuine. Where else can you wear your Hunter wellies at 8am, golf spikes at 3pm and dress up or down for dinner? But while we offer our guests comfort, some luxury and indulgence, this is not a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves. Nestled in a tranquil picturesque setting deep within the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, near Aviemore, lies the historic and unique award-winning Boat Hotel & Bistro. Adjacent to the renowned Boat of Garten Golf Club, we boast 2 AA Rosette food and stylish yet relaxing accommodations with exhilarating views. The Boat Hotel is a place where you can relax and enjoy your well deserved leisure time, then put your feet up. Hotel Highlights: * Dining options - 2 AA Rosette Bistro & Bar Dining * Range of guestrooms including king bed, deluxe garden terrace & four poster junior suites * Child friendly hotel near Landmark Forest Adventure Park and kids stay & eat free * Meeting & events facilities for up to 65 * Close to the Cairngorm Ski Resort and adjacent Boat of Garten Golf Club Events Diary. Whether you're looking for an active or relaxing break, an inspirational meeting or private dining venue for your next event, planning a fabulous wedding, looking to indulge in a glass of your favourite tipple by the log fire or simply join us for some of the best food in the Cairngorm National Park. The Boat Hotel & Bistro combines historic charm with modern facilities to provide the leading destination and first choice country retreat hotel in the Aviemore area. ... more   less 
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