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Columba Hotel

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Welcome to Columba Hotel, Inverness UK. Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality built in 1881, the hotel boasts a perfect position in the very heart of Inverness, yet located in a peaceful area offering marvelous views of Inverness Castle and the River Ness. There are 82 en suite bedrooms including a deluxe suite, many with river and castle views, restaurant and bar. The decor of Columba Hotel combines contemporary style and amenities with traditional comfort each room features excellent facilities as well as free high-speed wireless is available throughout the building. During the winter, the trees lining along Ness Walk are beautifully decked with fairy lights. The city has a host of historic buildings, notably in the Old Town, as well as fascinating shops from the Victorian Market to the new award-winning Eastgate centre which is a just a short walk away.
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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Banquet room
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
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Desk
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Telephone
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Flatscreen TV
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
River View
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English
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David N wrote a review 11 Apr
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Had a wonderful few days at the hotel with my group of 9. A very warm welcome from Sanab, check in very efficient and faultless. Centrally located in Inverness making this hotel a must when exploring the city and further afield. Lucy looked after our needs when dining in the evening for the first night and drinks in the bar the second, she was attentive, friendly and professional. Highly recommended when in and around Inverness.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled on business
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your feedback on your stay. I am glad to hear everything over your stay was pleasant and you had a wonderful stay. We pride ourselves on our food and the level of customer service our staff provide. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Columba Hotel in future. Kind regards Columba Team
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donna t wrote a review 6 Apr
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Room dirty, underwear found in bedside cabinet, walls , shower and doors dirty. Reported to receptionist. View from room of dirty back yard full of rubbish. Used to be a nice place to stay. Not reception fault but she looked as if it wasn’t a surprise and would rather not be there. Won’t return
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Just avoid , too many issues, no enthusiasm from staff
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Responded 1 week ago
We are extremely sorry to hear about this, and even more sorry to disappoint a customer. We have taken action regarding the view, wee are hoping the owners take responsibility soon. We like to make sure all feedback both positive and negative is giving to the relevant departments as your feedback makes us better.
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NorthStar11828199765 wrote a review Mar 2024
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Location great. We booked an executive room seeing as we were there over a week, nothing like the pictures, on third floor so window was small making room dark, was disappointed. Breakfast was good although tea was often cold. Staff were always polite. Room wasn’t serviced every day only about half the time. Although we were there 8 nights sheets didn’t get changed. Large bathroom with a good shower.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We came on the train and used the Highland Rover train ticket while there, 4 days out of seven....
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear guest, thank you for your time to write this review, I apologize for this bad experience. I am very disappointed to hear that housekeeping staff did not meet your expectations. Your remarks are well noted and I personally will make every effort to remove all shortcomings as soon as possible. We will try the next time to be more than expected.
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Jeb1303 wrote a review Mar 2024
London, United Kingdom17 contributions19 helpful votes
The location for this hotel is great… that’s about it in terms of positive feedback. It’s tired, dated, grubby & not very secure. My room smelt of cigarette smoke and mould and despite having the window open whenever I was in the room I couldn’t get rid of this odour. I stayed for three nights and when leaving to explore the city after the first night I realised the bedroom door didn’t automatically lock when it closed. It took a bit of fiddling around with the lock and electric key to get it to close and securely lock. The room felt grubby and dirty generally and in the three night stay a cleaner only came once… they gave more toilet roll. That was it. No clean cups, no clean towels, bed wasn’t made, no more tea/coffee/milk, literally just more loo roll. I visited with two others friends who had the same experience with their room. When we were greeted upon check in we weren’t given any information about breakfast, where to go, what times it was served and price. So we went elsewhere. When we checked out, granted it was early, we weren’t asked about our stay or anything, we were generally met by silence from the receptionist. This place has so much potential, but at the moment it really falls short in terms of providing good hospitality and a friendly warm environment.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear guest, thank you for your time to write this review, I apologize for this bad experience. I am very disappointed to hear that our Breakfast and housekeeping staff did not meet your expectations. Your remarks are well noted and I personally will make every effort to remove all shortcomings as soon as possible. We will try the next time to be more than expected.
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Kamila Z wrote a review Mar 2024
United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
I walked into the hotel 12.30 on 10th March 24 Sunday to get lunch with my daughter. Ten mins we waited, no kids menu about, finally a waiter came, he would have guessed from my face expressions that I had waited already. He said hi and left. Ten mins later I tried to find him, no luck! Only one table with four people at it so what was he busy with? Young lad and so lazy! No wonder the place is empty if a waiter can’t be bothered doing his job. Why is it open then if there’s no service?
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Dear guest, we appreciate taking the time to write this review, I am very sorry to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations.Please rest assured we have addressed this with the team to ensure we improve on this.
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Wendy M wrote a review Mar 2024
Glasgow, United Kingdom11 contributions13 helpful votes
We are staying here right now. Perfect location in the heart of Inverness. Great room with river view. Stunning by day and night. Very good shower. Room is cosy but you can open windows for fresh air which is nice. Staff are friendly and attentive. Food in bar (McNabs) was lovely last night. Breakfast choice also very good . And all cooked items piping hot from the buffet . Truly can’t fault this place if you look beyond the wear and tear that’s evident around the public areas of the old building. We will no doubt return
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Dear Guest, I appreciate your positive feedback about our hotel. We do take pride in catering to our guests’ needs the best way we can. If you’re traveling to our area again soon, don’t hesitate to call us.
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Alexander H wrote a review Mar 2024
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Our room was on the top floor and the heating was provided by a small electric heater which didn’t heat the room very well. The room was in need of redecoration with paint flaking from the ceiling and windows. Our room didn’t get cleaned and we had to ask for clean towels. The quilt sticking out of the cover was grey and obviously old and unwashed. Breakfast in the restaurant was of decent quality but was barely lukewarm and served on crockery which was ice cold. Would have complained if any of the staff had asked if everything was okay. All in all not an experience we would wish to repeat and would certainly not recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear guest, thank you for your time to write this review, I apologize for this bad experience. I am very disappointed to hear that our Breakfast and housekeeping staff did not meet your expectations. Your remarks are well noted and I personally will make every effort to remove all shortcomings as soon as possible. We will try the next time to be more than expected.
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Rangers9 wrote a review Feb 2024
Kirkwall, United Kingdom73 contributions109 helpful votes
Recently stayed for 3 nights and we were allocated room 207. The room is small with a fairly large double bed squeezed in. You have to edge along sideways between the window and the edge of the bed at one side and the toilet wall and the edge of the bed on the other. There is a free standing wardrobe with a 30mm gap between the back of it and the wall and if you look in the gap you see enough debris dust and fluff for a medium size bird to build a nest with. The large dressing table mirror is mainly covered by the television, so is not ideal for ladies who want to get ready to go out, as if you sit on the chair provided you can’t see over the TV. The volume button and channel button did not work on the TV remote. The bed was quite comfy, but the pillows were the worst if ever tried to sleep on. The toilet is very small and has the smallest shower cubicle I’ve ever seen in a hotel. There is mould pretty much everywhere around the shower. There is nowhere in the toilet to set anything other than one small shelf that holds next to nothing. There is a hot tap on the sink and a cold tap that also runs hot. I informed reception of this and asked that some drinking water get put in the room. The reception staff assured me this would be done. This never happened. Breakfast is buffet style and is not very appealing to look at but actually tasted OK. However, on our last morning, we came down for breakfast 10 mins before the finish time. Nothing left other than 2 wizened up sausages and half a rasher of bacon. No offer was made to see if any more was available. Our coffee was delivered and when poured it looked like tar and was stone cold. The waitress was going around collecting plates with a trolley which had most of the wheels stuck and was screeching profusely. We have stayed here before but never experienced anything like this. It is supposed to be 3 star, but the room we were in couldn’t be given 1 star in my opinion. £200 for 3 nights seemed reasonable when booking but the room we had was never worth that. My advice would be, spend a bit more and go elsewhere.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear guest, we appreciate taking the time to write this review, I am very sorry to hear that your stay did not meet your expectations
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Seema H wrote a review Feb 2024
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I booked for 3 nights but after staying 2 nights I left after getting horrible services. first day we haven’t got any room service than I asked few times to the staff to clean my rooms but nobody cleaned . I asked for trash bag they said they don’t have any 🙂 . I went there with my small baby and the room heating wasn’t working I asked few times they don’t even care.Awful!!! That’s literally ridiculous. Such a poor service, I’m not going there anymore and won’t suggest anyone to waste there money 🙂
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Don’t go there horrible
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Dear guest, we appreciate taking the time to write this review, I am very sorry to hear that your stay did not meet your expectations
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Christine B wrote a review Feb 2024
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Was so lovely staff were fantastic couldn't fault our stay room was great location brilliant only thing was whoever was up above us was constantly in and out of toilet and the floor boards were very creaky, but we had to cut our stay short as I had a bad fall outside but staff were fantastic 👍.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Thank you for your feedback on your stay. I am delighted to hear you had a wonderful time with us. We take pride in the level of customer service our staff provide you. I hope you had a lovely walk to the town centre and enjoyed what Inverness has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Columba Hotel in future.
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₹8,857 - ₹17,045 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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columba hotel inverness
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United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsInverness
NUMBER OF ROOMS
82
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Frequently Asked Questions about Columba Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Columba Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Malt Room (0.3 km), North Coast 500 (0.2 km), and River Ness (0.04 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Columba Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Columba Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Columba Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Columba Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Columba Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Milk Bar, River House Restaurant, and Miele's Gelateria.
Is Columba Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Inverness.
Are there any historical sites close to Columba Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Inverness Castle Viewpoint (0.2 km), Inverness Town House (0.2 km), and Market Cross (2.5 km).
Does Columba Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Columba Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.