Cruachan Hotel (Fort William, Scotland)

For photographs and a breakdown of my trip to Fort William, click here.

Cost

For a weekend stay in a Standard Single Room, I paid £94. For a three star just an arms length from the town centre and across the road from the exsquisite Loch Linnhe, I didn’t find it too much of a stretch. If you’re booking a room for two or more then you’ll pay less per person, but if you want a better standard of room of course you’ll pay more. A more than satisfactory breakfast was included in the price, and the choice of either a continental or Scottish breakfast (or both) was offered.

Decor

The exterior of the building was stunning, a small grey sandstone fortress with an incomparable view. Inside, it’s typical Scottish tourist destination decor with tartan carpets, stained glass windows and dark leather. A harmonious blend of classic and modern with geometric mirrors and very unexpected Kohler bathrooms.

Location

Less than a mile from the train station which holds the bus and train links as well as supermarkets, pubs and restaurants. The building is close enough to all amenities but far enough away that it stands on its own, with space between it others, but undoubtedly the best part of it being outside of the town centre is its facing onto the loch.

Rooms

I stayed in a Standard Single Room which was satisfactorily and sparsely decorated, as is expected with this type of room. It had everything you could really want in a hotel room; plenty of sockets, a suitcase stand, wardrobe with hangers and plenty of shelves and so on. Hairdryer and satellite television came as standard as did a kettle and some teas and coffees.  For a little extra per night you can upgrade to either a Loch View Room or a Deluxe Room. If I ever go back to Fort William I would absolutely go for the Deluxe Room – the decor is truly stunning and quintessentially Scottish.

Cleanliness

Although I am pretty meticulous, I was really quite impressed with the interior. The reception, restaurant, breakfast room and room were all immaculate – perhaps even more so than I had initially expected.

Staff

When I arrived on the Friday evening after a four hour journey I was so glad to be greeted by a friendly receptionist. She helped me with train and bus times, the best things to see in and around Fort William and the best food to get in the restaurant. The breakfast and restaurant staff were also really friendly and the different receptionist who checked me out was, again, a pleasure.

Overall I was delighted with my stay. When I return to Fort William in March I’ll be staying at the Cruachan again and will definitely be trying out the stunning Deluxe Room. It ticked all the boxes for a hotel stay – clean rooms, friendl staff, wonderful food and a glorious view. I can’t wait to go back soon.



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