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Station Square 18 Academy Street, Inverness IV1 1LG Scotland
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#34 of 37 hotels in Inverness
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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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Complimentary Instant Coffee
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Non-smoking hotel
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AnjuH wrote a review Sep 2022
Illinois19 contributions3 helpful votes
We reserved 4 rooms at least a month ahead of our vacation coming from the US. The day before we were due to check in, we received notification from the hotel that they ‘could not accommodate us’, with no explanation. This despite having Expedia confirmations. We had to scramble to find 4 rooms elsewhere at the last minute. Unbelievable 😡. It was very hard to find alternative accommodations, but we were lucky to find rooms at Inverness City Suites at Hedgefield. Which actually ended up being nicer and cheaper!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Don’t book here! Unless you want to add stress to your vacation!
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Response from Royal Highland, Guest Services / Front Office at The Royal Highland Hotel
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for taking time for the review and we apologize for any inconvenience. Unfortunately - we have no record of cancelling any booking and we are sure there isome misunderstanding. We would look forward to welcome you back.
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Hatt wrote a review Sep 2022
Wales113 contributions60 helpful votes
I must admit that having booked I was rather worried following further comments upon TripAdvisor. All I can say is that I found a completely different hotel for my 5 nights, having been allocated room 118. The public areas are indeed impressive but, there again, I also found the corridor to the room WELL up to standard - no sign of chipped paint or peeling wallpaper. My room was clean, comfortable and well proportioned, although the sash window DID need to be propped up to keep it open. I admit that you could hear sounds from the adjacent railway station overnight but if you DO choose a hotel next to the station what else can you expect. Breakfast was efficiently run considering the large number of guests always at the hotel, it was tasty and with a reasonable amount of food. I dined in the restaurant every evening and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The haggis, neaps & tatties was the best I've had in the last 25 years and I can thoroughly recommend the steak pie - deliciously tasty, although the flaky pie top did tend to shoot off everywhere. My only disappointment with the meal was that they declined to offer a cheeseboard for one, only offering a shared cheese platter. ALL the staff were absolutely delightful and welcoming in both the breakfast room and restaurant and bar, sometimes making a special effort to come to say hello when I entered the hotel. I'm sorry that other patrons found the hotel apparently different but I can only speak as I myself found it. Sufficient to say I would certainly stay at this hotel if I came to Inverness in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper you might prefer a room away from the railway station although then...
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Responded 3 days ago
Thank you so much for the kind review and Team Royal Highland will try even harder ti make every stay of our guests a memorable one.Thank you once again and we would look forward to welcome you back.
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Julie C wrote a review Sep 2022
Chester, United Kingdom2 contributions
Lovely place, rooms spacious and very clean. Food was good and lots to choose from, staff a little stressed as was quite busy. However breakfast blew us away, so tasty and proper haggis. Perfect location, now for a long drive home. Will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank you for your kind review abd we would look forward to welcome you back.
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Sensible68 wrote a review Sep 2022
Newport, United Kingdom62 contributions17 helpful votes
Thought I'd splash out on somewhere nice. What a mistake. The price represented what they could get away with, not what it was worth. A bit old fashioned is fine but this was so basic and badly maintained. On top of that restaurant staff very abrupt, kicked everyone out at quarter to ten. On the plus side after that there was a very helpful concierge but overall this was an embarrassment for the money it cost
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for taking time for the review and we apologise for any inconvenience. We have noted your observations very carefully and will initiate corrective action wherever necessary. Thanks once again and we would look forward to welcome you back.
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denise Roman wrote a review Sep 2022
12 contributions1 helpful vote
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Room is small and smells musty ..view is of kids skinning up joints Bathroom flooded when having a shower as shower door doesn't close flushed to other bit so wading through water...decor dated...bar staff I found quite rude....my mums room very dated ..Windows disgusting..view of a large pipe ..for £180 a night i expect better
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank you for taking time for the review and we apologise for any inconvenience. We have noted your observations very carefully and will initiate corrective action wherever necessary. Thanks once again and we would look forward to welcome you back.
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Huntsalt wrote a review Sep 2022
Winchester, United Kingdom76 contributions53 helpful votes
Limited parking which was a problem but the helpful receptionist sorted us out. Reception looks grand but rest of hotel dated. Rooms were tired and incredibly hot. If open window overnight it’s very noisy. The bar area is a little strange as very little seating as taken over by restaurant, you can sit in reception area but limited seating. Bar staff a little abrupt and not particularly friendly. Ate in the restaurant which was fine good mixed over the 5 of us. Breakfast which was extra was like sitting in a canteen and not particularly good. If it hadn’t been a Sunday we would of looked for somewhere else. Great location if want yo walk round Inverness but most places shut early.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Watch out for the coach trips and don’t bother with the breakfast.
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the review and we apologise for any inconveninece. We have noted your observations very carefully and we are sorry that the breakfast arrangment in our Grand Wallace Ballrom did not come upto your expectation. We would of course look forwrad to welcome you back.
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kathywinch wrote a review Aug 2022
Paonia, Colorado5 contributions
Booked through Agoda after reading reviews which showed a Victorian inspired lodging with free parking in Central Inverness. Arrived to find they had booked us into the wrong type of room when I clearly indicated twin beds, as well as ZERO PARKING. The friend I was traveling with has mobility issues and has disabled parking status in the U.S. which is not transferrable to vehicles in the U.K. We arrived at hotel to find no parking and were waved off in a general direction to find other parking nearby. Nearby turned out to be several blocks away next to the bus lines and was difficult for my friend to navigate. The room situation was corrected and we were given a twin room, but the room was stuffy and the only way to get the windows to stay open was to prop the trash can liner in it....talk about a safety issue! The hotel lobby staircase is impressive but that's about it for this property. Look elsewhere as I will on my next trip to Scotland.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the review and we apologise for any inconvenience. We have noted your observations very carefully and would initiate corrective actions wherever necessary. We would look forward to welcome you again so that we get another opportunity to offer you the stay experience a majority of our guest take back with them.
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Karen N wrote a review Aug 2022
Adelaide, Australia194 contributions76 helpful votes
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Friendly and efficient check in after 8:30 pm by night manager. “Standard” room (booked for 1 guest) is actually a single bed in a narrow room. I wish this had been made clearer on website as my preference is for a larger bed. Otherwise excellent in comfort. Pleased to locate an extra pillow in cupboard as 1 is not enough. Location adjacent to station is perfect, no noise. At my 5:15 am checkout no staff member was to be found despite waiting 5 minutes.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for such an encouraging review which will motivate Team Royal Highland to try even harder to offer a Great Stay Experience to all our guests. We thank you once again and would look forwrad to welcome you back.
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Clark wrote a review Aug 2022
8 contributions4 helpful votes
We think the photos are extremely misleading! It’s a very large but extremely dated hotel! The furnishings are so old they smell! The room and corridors have a stench of musty old carpet. The decor in the rooms is awful, old fashioned and made me feel like there would be dust mites it was that old!! Curtains in the bathroom, tiny windows, loud and creeky floorboards. We did not risk eating there and could not have left quicker! It’s very central to the city centre and station, that’s about the only thing that goes in its favour!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you for the review and we apologise for any inconvenience. We have noted your observations very carefully and would initiate corrective actions wherever necessary. We would look forward to welcome you again so that we get another opportunity to offer you the stay experience a majority of our guest take back with them.
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Maus D wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom98 contributions50 helpful votes
Really loved the cosy room with sloped ceilings overlooking railway roof and the fact that the historic fixtures and feel are intact. This is a real railway hotel. Tea fixings in the room were welcome, as were the real glasses and mugs, instead of plastic, which is so often used nowadays. Great
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Very well situated for restaurants and shops
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Thank you for such an encouraging review which will motivate Team Royal Highland to try even harder to offer a Great Stay Experience to all our guests. We thank you once again and would look forwrad to welcome you back.
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$64 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsInverness
NUMBER OF ROOMS
86
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Royal Highland Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The 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 The 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 The Royal Highland Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Royal Highland Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Royal Highland Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Milk Bar, Miele's Gelateria, and Fig & Thistle.
Is The Royal Highland Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Inverness.
Are pets allowed at The Royal Highland Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The 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 The 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 The 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.