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The Royal Highland Hotel

Station Square 18 Academy Street, Inverness IV1 1LG Scotland
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#34 of 38 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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Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Historic Hotel
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Peter S wrote a review 18 Apr
Merseyside, United Kingdom30 contributions9 helpful votes
Located literally a few yards from the station exit, the decor is amazing and the staircase fantastic. The room was very comfortable. The bar staff were friendly and a food range of drinks though a bit pricey but as would be expected for this type of upmarket hotel
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Date of stay: April 2024
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tim j wrote a review 17 Apr
London, United Kingdom97 contributions54 helpful votes
Lovely staff and a great location….but that’s as good as it gets. Our room was very “tired” and probably needed a full refurb 10 years ago. the breakfast offering was also pretty poor with drinks and hot food in particular needing a big upgrade
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Paul W wrote a review 16 Apr
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The word hotel is very loose meaning! The room old in need of a bit of painting quality very disappointing. customer service on the front desk is basically non-existent. I’m not sure why it causes self hotel not worth the money.. no out of hours dining experience or room service.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Look elsewhere, spend your money wisely
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Thank you for taking time for the review and we apologise for any inconvenience. We have noted your obseravtions very carefully and will definitely initiate corrective action wherever necessary. Apologises once again and we would look forward to welcome you back to get another opportunity to serve you and to give you the stay experience which a majority of guests take back with them.
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gillian g wrote a review Mar 2024
Dunfermline, United Kingdom37 contributions23 helpful votes
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Booked for my birthday. Loved the location. Evening meal in Ash Restaurant was sooo good. We upgraded breakfast to full cooked. It was lovely. Check in was delayed due to plumbing issue in hotel. Room 205 was a lovely size needs flooring looked at as squeaky floors. Also had to report shower as had cold shower 2 days in a row. Seemingly this was due to the plumbing issue. Staff in the hotel were lovely. I especially loved the stairs.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Thank you so much for the kind review - we shall look forward to welcoem you back.
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Jason Fair wrote a review Mar 2024
Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom93 contributions11 helpful votes
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We had a wonderful stay at the Royal Highland Hotel. The staff were all welcoming and accommodating. Our rooms were incredible. I really enjoy the look of the hotel. It has so much history and it is well maintained. Our stay was perfect. We would stay here any time, specially with it being right next to the train station.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Next to train station for easy travel. Great value restaurant on premises.
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Pam F wrote a review Mar 2024
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Stayed here for 2 nights. The location is excellent, the room was basic but clean and the bed was comfortable. We didn't eat our evening meals in the hotel but had breakfast which was great (with the choice of cooked or continental). The staff were very friendly. We would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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traveller281 wrote a review Mar 2024
Scotland225 contributions165 helpful votes
We had booked through a third party website & not realised it was a set deal so pleasantly surprised when we checked in to find the stay included continental breakfast for both days & a 2 course meal in the restaurant for dinner. The room we were allocated was a great size - large double bed, two chairs to sit on & a bath/ shower. Room was very cosy ( for us, we switched heating off overnight as I was too warm) but the whole hotel felt super cosy. Reception staff were lovely, especially the young lady with fair hair who was very helpful. The breakfast was nice - plenty choice & always being replenished. The evening meal was also very nice - staff seemed disinterested sadly but everyone has bad days. As some have said, the hotel is old and like most of us, is showing its age - but the front staircase is beautiful as are the tiled walls on the staircase and , for me, the splendour is still there albeit not as it once was. But taking into account the great location, the staff, all the old nods to a more genteel age ( such as an ironing room, a shoe polisher & a porters lodge!) , we would definitely recommend and return ( this was actually our second visit though the first was some years ago) and if arriving by train especially, location is fantastic.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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John D wrote a review Mar 2024
10 contributions4 helpful votes
The location is excellent but the hotel is dated and badly needs modernisation. The breakfast was basic but fine. The shower in the room was awful. The water was luke warm and just dripped out. Not enough pressure. The staff on reception did not seem genuinely interested about this flaw. I’ll avoid this place next time.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Thank you for the review and we apologise for any incovenience. We have noted your observations very carefully and will initiate corrective action wherever necessary. Apologises once agin and we would look forward to welcome you back so that we can get another opportunity to offer you the enjoyable stay experience which a majority of our guests take back with them.
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SusanWGala wrote a review Mar 2024
Rosemarkie, United Kingdom9 contributions3 helpful votes
I tried to raise some issues with reception staff but received a very hostile response. Quote: "I don't make the policies, I only implement them". No reply to an email sent, very poor customer service. I definitely would not recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Thank you for the review and we apologise for any incovenience. We have noted your observations very carefully and will initiate corrective action wherever necessary. Apologises once agin and we would look forward to welcome you back so that we can get another opportunity to offer you the enjoyable stay experience which a majority of our guests take back with them.
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Andrew Charlton wrote a review Mar 2024
Morpeth, United Kingdom13 contributions13 helpful votes
A traditional highland grand hotel with impressive lobby and entry and super handy for the city. Clean and comfortable but very tired rooms, bathrooms have seen much better days and a bit of a dismal decor theme to the rooms. Fair price and decent but not something you'd hurry back to our choose for a leisure break given a choice.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Parking is tricky, private car park to rear expensive and 24 7 fees
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Thank you for the review and we apologise for any incovenience. We have noted your observations very carefully and will initiate corrective action wherever necessary. Apologises once agin and we would look forward to welcome you back so that we can get another opportunity to offer you the enjoyable stay experience which a majority of our guests take back with them.
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PRICE RANGE
₹7,508 - ₹13,014 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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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), North Coast 500 (0.3 km), and River Ness (0.4 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, River House Restaurant, and Miele's Gelateria.
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 Market Cross (2.8 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.