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Royal Highland Hotel

18 Academy Street Station Square, Inverness IV1 1LG Scotland
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#34 of 38 hotels in Inverness
The Royal Highland Hotel is the oldest hotel in the centre of the Highland capital, Inverness. In 2000, the property was carefully restored, retaining its unique character associated with the bygone age. As soon as you enter the hotel you will appreciate this. In the foyer the grand staircase, the inspiration for the Titanic's staircase, leads to the 84 spacious refurbished bedrooms - all with very high ceilings. The decor is rich with traditional furniture and deep colours. The rooms all have soft furnishings and antique style furniture. The excellent bathrooms are generally medium to large in size. For over 151 years, the hotel has been looking after travellers from all over the world. Perhaps its popularity stems from the fact the hotel is a grand place to stay. Large bedrooms, large lounge areas, quiet meeting rooms, good food, prime location and friendly staff all play their part. All local amenities close to hand, but within a 5 minute drive you are out into the dramatic Highlands. Lochness is only 7 miles from the hotel.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
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Aileen6 wrote a review 24 Jan
Perth, United Kingdom54 contributions36 helpful votes
we stayed for three nights. I had found a cheaper deal online than their website, I phoned up and asked if they would price match which they did. We had an excutive twin room which was comfortable and very clean. Cannot comment on the food as we didn't eat in the hotel, but the bar staff are a disgrace. My partner went into the empty bar for a drink and was told he had to sit in the reception area as the seats in the bar were only for customers who were eating, what customers. This was despite the fact the tables were not set up for that. The bar is open to the general public not just for hotel guests, if he had walked in off the street would he have been told to sit in the reception of a hotel he wasn't staying in? However, we enjoyed our stay and would return. The reception staff were friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Alison C wrote a review 10 Jan
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I agree with other reviewers about the male bar staff here. I was at the bar as a woman on my own and was ignored. Two male staff were chatting with their backs to me. When I was eventually served they were rude and monosyllabic. Not acceptable.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Josie001 wrote a review 4 Jan
Sandown, United Kingdom119 contributions87 helpful votes
Have to say that the Receptionist was exemplary and is a credit to the hotel. However they need to give the barman a few lessons in hospitality. After a long and arduous journey and due to the fact no hot food after 8pm a nightcap was in order. However I was bluntly told no cash and as I only had cash on me and room key I was not in the mood or inclination to trek up the stairs to get my card. I work in the hospitality industry and this is totally unacceptable. If the hotel does not accept cash purposes after a certain time then make them aware upon arrival especially if you are giving out vouchers
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
May M wrote a review 1 Jan
Forres, United Kingdom3 contributions
Hotel has the same old faded grandure as 20yrs ago love it. Such a refreshing change from Boutique hotels and premier hubs, which I love by the way. That's where it ends ,food awful chef trying to be something he or she clearly isn't. Stick to good traditional food. Service bad too efficient no one trying to be friendly just doing their job. Will stay again but will avoid the Ash restaurant.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Marisa A wrote a review Dec 2021
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I booked a Wowcher deal and booked a room for two nights and stayed on Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th December 2021. On the Wowcher deal it said hotel is refurbished. Hotel reception are is slightly newish. I mean very slightly. Room was old as my great granny and breakfast room was in the function room and they had a flood on ceiling and the damp was covered over with a net. Had food, nearly £18 for a burger and chips. It was certainly not worth nearly £18. Shockingly well, well over priced. Staff was not really that friendly. Did not welcome me to hotel when checking in. When checking did not get ask how was my stay and did not get a thank you for staying. Pathetic. Was not impressed at all.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: Room window facing a back lane.
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US$71 - US$174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsInverness
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Highland Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Royal Highland Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Malt Room (0.2 km), River Ness (0.4 km), and North Coast 500 (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Royal Highland Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Royal Highland Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Royal Highland Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Royal Highland Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Milk Bar, Cheese & Tomatin, and Nar Mediterranean Turkish Restaurant.
Is Royal Highland Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Inverness.
Are any cleaning services offered at Royal Highland Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Royal Highland Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Royal Highland Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Royal Highland Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Inverness Castle Viewpoint (0.3 km), Inverness Town House (0.2 km), and Highland Railway Company 1914-1919 Memorial (0.1 km).
Is Royal Highland Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.