We stayed here for a ski-ing trip. We were unable to get a hotel in Aviemore and so were delighted to find a hotel nearby available especially since it was the Feb half term. We booked through travelrepublic since on phoning the hotel they stated they were full. We had a double room at the back of the hotel, which was obviously above the kitchen area as the cooking fat smell had risen to the upstairs corridoor, and a little in the rooms.
Our bedroom window would not open having sealed shut with all the layers of paint. This was dissapointing as it could have helped freshen the air. The room was adequate, beds comfortable enough, bathroom small but deep bath and plenty of warm water. Shower was a nightmare going from far too hot to freezing cold, and so we abandoned and stuck with the bath which was rather nice after a day on the slopes.
The heating went off at night and did not come on again until 7am, so when we got up the room was freezing cold. I nearly got up at 4am to put on my ski thermals I was so cold, but made do with having the bed spread as a second duvet which helped slightly.
Breakfast was not served until 7.30am, which was slightly too late considering the slopes were so busy everyone wanted up there as early as possible. We went for breakfast on the first morning but it was 7.45am before staff even came to take our order for a full cooked and we felt it was just too late. The first people in for breakfast placed their order just before we arrived at 7.30 am and at 7.50am when we left they still did not have it.
On the Sunday breakfast was supposed to be served at 8.30am but management changed it to 7.30am but never put up any notices to inform the guests. So we never had breakfast the second day.
Dinner, we went with the bistro menu since I am such a fussy eater. the first night I had the steak pie which was very nice, although I was surprised it has tomato in it. Hubby had fish which he enjoyed. The second night we both had steak, again nice. The chips on the other hand were disgusting on both nights. Not sure if they are oven chips or what. The bistro is actually more like a bar meal, but has an open fire burning which is a nice touch. Puddings were also a dissapointment. I had the sticky toffee pudding which I can only describe as a slice of toffee loaf with a sauce - not moist and not very tasty either. Hubby had the crumble which he said was not fantastic, the second night we did not bother with pudding but ordered tea and hot chololate instead which took half and hour to arrive.
The waiting/bar staff seemed to "gush" over some guests and completely ignore othere. We were ignored! Not even offered salt or sauces with our meal. Same at breakfast they were not interested in taking our order of getting us tea.
We pre-paid £196 for 2 nights B&B but the hotel tried to charge us again at only £75 per night. They did remove it from our bill once it was pointed out to them, but they even had the pre-pay voucher in with all our bar tabs so should have picked up on it.
Drinks are very expensive. £5.50 for a glass of wine, and £3 for a bottle of beer.
All in all a nice enough hotel but I would agree with the AA 4 star rating as oppose to the visit scotland 4 stars.
- 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