Despite the cheerful welcome this hotel fails to justify the exorbitant room tariff. Most importantly they have not altered their website to say they offer no food during the day. They have a great barman ! Dinner was fine in a cheerless restaurant but breakfast was cheerful although chaotic and very average. Our room was spacious, comfortable and well equipped although the bath was extra short! This is definitely not a 5 star hotel but I would stay here again for half the price.
This hotel is overpriced and disappointing. Lacks atmosphere--dining room needs a few candles and some " front of house" from the management. Must be losing a lot of potential income from the bar as no encouragement: dinner was good but breakfast very ordinary : and please ask the staff to turn off the pop music blaring from the kitchen. We had arrived from Forss House in Thurso where the atmosphere was buzzing and the dining room delightfully set so we were really disappointed. A lovely welcome from Janet but we hope she can improve things......obviously Covid has not helped but this applies to all the hotels on our NC500 route and this was definitely the worst value for money.
We recently spent a few nights at the Inver Lodge Hotel. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there, but it just missed being as good as it could be. First impressions are not promising. To be honest, the building looks like a motel, and we weren't very reassured by an obvious and difficult to avoid pothole at the cattle grid on the approach road. It also didn't help that there was no one at reception when we arrived, so we had to go hunting for someone to check us in. Once we got past that, though, things changed sharply for the better. The friendly and helpful staff member checking us in knew our name and room number without being told, and that personal and friendly touch to the service was present throughout the hotel. All the staff, without exception, were friendly, cheerful, helpful and took time to chat with the guests. It was a real pleasure dealing with them. The inside of the hotel was also a lot better looking than the outside. We went for one of the larger room types, and we certainly got what we asked for. It felt spacious, but was still inviting, with very comfortable seating, tasteful and subdued decor, good quality furnishings, and a great view over Lochinver Harbour. The bathroom wasn't quite so roomy, but was still beautifully fitted out. We ate in the hotel every evening, and the food was good quality, tasty and piping hot. We would have appreciated more change between daily menus, but it was still a good place to eat, with a superb outlook over Lochinver. With a writeup like that, the place seems to be heading for 5 stars. Well, not quite... The real sticking point was breakfast. The main theme for us was inconsistency. In terms of the food, between portion sizes, quality of presentation, and the temperature of the cooked items when they arrrived, it was pretty clear that there were different chefs preparing breakfast, and they were working to their own standards. Sometimes breakfast was great, and sometimes it was distinctly ordinary. Coupled to that, we had breakfast several mornings, and every morning, there was something not quite right. Either we didn't get offered something (like fruit juice), or an item would be missing from the table. It varied from day to day - once we had no cups, once we had no teaspoons, once we had tea and coffee but no milk. We also had to wait 20 minutes one morning from being seated to having for our order taken. To be fair, each of these glitches was minor, and was quickly put right by the ever-helpful staff when we pointed them out. It's just that, after a couple of days, what would be quirkily charming for one morning started to get distinctly irritating. This may sound like nit picking, but it brings me to value for money. The Inver Lodge is far from cheap, and can only really justify its prices by offering high quality rooms and friendly, professional service. It's got the rooms right, and is near with the service - but it isn't quite there. Despite these gripes, we definitely enjoyed the stay, and would recommend to anyone looking for a good quality hotel in the area.…
Easily the best hotel that we visited during our NC500 trip. Excellent quality food, friendly staff and well appointed rooms. The hotel was warm, comfortable and clean, with a great view from our room over the harbour. Breakfast was very tasty and well presented. We will definitely return here on our next trip north.
Stayed at Inver Lodge hotel earlier this month for 2 nights. Great hotel with Fab. Views, even on a stormy day. Interior of the hotel is beautiful, very spacious and spotlessly clean. Staff all very friendly and helpful. A very BIG thank you to Janet who made our stay so memorable. She really is wonderful. Always greets you with a smile and a story. A real asset to not only the hotel but also Lochinver. Her knowledge of the area makes it so much easier to get the best of what's on offer in and around Lochinver.. Thank you