No.1 Reviews: The Royal Highland Hotel


Located in the heart of Inverness, this traditional Scottish hotel is perfect for a relaxing city break.

The Royal Highland Hotel has been an asset to Inverness for around 150 years, and it’s clear to see why with its traditional Scottish charm.

The hotel

Formerly known as The Station Hotel, it is perfect for those who have just hopped off the train (the station is right next door) or for visitors touring around Scotland.

As my partner and I entered through the wooden doors of the building, we were met with a luxurious grand staircase and spacious lobby.

The staircase, draped in traditional Scottish carpet, is the main focus of the reception and provides the perfect viewing point over the hotel lobby.

Also located in the reception area is the hotel’s Gallery Cafe, which allows visitors to relax and unwind with tea, coffee or even an indulgent G&T in traditional Scottish surroundings.

The bedrooms

The period features and classical ambiance of the hotel is also mirrored in each individual guest room. The bedrooms, rooted in tradition, fit well with the character of the hotel and when booking, guests can choose from a standard, superior or executive room.

We stayed in a standard double room which came equipped with a TV, hairdryer, desk and its own en-suite bathroom. The room was also meticulously clean with plenty of coffee and tea on offer, and the bed was very comfortable.

And, it is worth noting for any guests travelling on business, that Wi-Fi is complimentary in each hotel room which is a nice added bonus.

Dining

Once 7pm hit, we were decidedly hungry and were excited to see what was on offer at the hotel’s contemporary restaurant, Ash.

With an extensive cocktail and wine list and an array of fresh food on the menu, Ash provided a relaxed yet elegant dining experience.

My dining partner and I opted for a starter and a main course each as we much prefer savoury over sweet. From steaks and meat to fish and vegetarian options, even fussy eaters wouldn’t be stuck for choice here.

Along with the friendly service, the portion sizes were very generous and the food was served fresh and piping hot.

What we ate

To start

Wood pigeon and black pudding, £8.95

Pan-seared wood pigeon on black pudding with caramelised onion balsamic rocket.

Serrano ham and grilled halloumi, £7.95

Served with olivers, houmous, salad and toasted garlic bread.

The mains

Bacon ‘kilted’ haddock, £18.95

Haddock wrapped in smoked bacon, gently baked in French mustard and lemon juice, served with a cream chive sauce.

Tiger prawn and smoked bacon pasta, £18.95

Tiger prawns and bacon in a creamy mushroom sauce served over a portion of penne pasta.

Breakfast

The next morning, we ventured down for breakfast at 9am before check-out at 10.30am. Located in the grand sitting room, there was something on offer to satisfy every guest’s taste-buds, from cooked breakfasts and toast to cereal and pastries, all served with tea or coffee.

Overall, the Royal Highland Hotel offers a relaxed environment at an excellent value.

Visit

Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, IV1 1LG

T: 01463 231 926

W: www.royalhighlandhotel.co.uk

Eve MacDonald

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