Last minute booking to attend a family funeral we arrived late with a very warm welcome from the friendly receptionist.
We stayed in a Garden room in the more modern part of the hotel.
On first appearance the room looked lovely - spacious, huge bed and a good bathroom.
On closer inspection however there were a few things that result in our lowering our rating:
Dustwebs from ceiling to various parts of the bedroom - bedside lamp being one.
Dirty / stained bathroom floor mat and bath sealant coming away from the edges.
The sleep was good and the pillows were very comfy.
Breakfast was overall a bit disappointing.
The breakfast staff were all non-native English speaking which caused a few interpretation issues.
The marmalade jar was empty so I asked for some marmalade. The waiter said there was no marmalade and that it was jelly!!!
I sais - no, orange marmalade please and he said no - only jelly. Eventually I couldn't be bothered arguing so I said - yes get me some orange jelly please....... it was marmalade!
Secondly and more of an issue was the lack of white granulated sugar for breakfast cereal.
I asked for sugar for cereal and the waiter said it was on the table. Only sugar cubes were on the table.
I asked for granulated sugar to which he said that there was brown sugar by the cereals. When I asked for white sugar he said he would ask the kitchen.
He came back saying there was no white granulated sugar. I find that hard to believe - a kitchen that cooks and bakes dishes MUST have granulated white sugar.
I eventually had to sprinkle brown sugar on my cereals - it just tasted wrong so I left my cereals!
On a positive note - the cooked breakfast was perfect - best poached eggs I have had.
So in summary - good but not perfect and a few things the hotel could look at to make it value for money.
If I was asked how much I would have paid for the stay - I would not have paid more than £100. The room with breakfast was £140!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Boat Hotel Of Garten
- The Boat Hotel Boat Of Garten, Scotland