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Excellent stay at this hotel,rooms was great,food to die for,I would highly recommended.A great we place to enjoy a,break in the highlands.whether it be a trip on Loch Ness or ancient castles there is somting for every
We stayed at the Lovat during a trip to the UK, including Ireland, Wales and England. It was the best property we stayed in during our entire visit. The rooms have been renovated and are very comfortable. The little touches such as the chocolate stirring spoons and quality coffee in the rooms add a nice touch. The building itself is a beautiful piece of Scottish history. However, The highlight of our stay was the food. Our evening meal and breakfast were quite simply exceptional. When leaving we were presented with a brown paper bag containing chocolate chip cookies for our travels ahead. We have been telling everybody about The Lovat and will definitely stay again if we ever make it back to Scotland.
We had a 5 night stay at The Lovat with our Golden Retriever in one of the Garden Rooms. It was ‘pawfect’. There were dog bowls, treats & towels left for her in the room on our arrival. The Garden Room had a secure area which was invaluable. Our dog was made welcome in the brasserie where we had breakfast & evening meal. This review is largely based on us travelling with our dog as she is an integral part of our falimy & many holiday establishments do not cater for this. The Lovat is by far THE BEST we have ever experienced. Oh & the cleanliness, friendliness of the staff, superb quality of the food were all 5 star plus!
A beer commercial once used the phrase “Reassuringly expensive”, and if you enjoy paying over the odds, especially for food and drink this is the place for you.
First impressions were very good. We stayed in the garden room, and the room was lovely, beautifully decorated. Lots of extras including coffee pods, and robes, with a gravel area to let our dog out during the night. Beds were super comfy, and there was even a neatly installed TV at the bottom of the bed. I was really, after a 7 hour drive looking forward to a decent meal.
And the meal was very good, beautifully cooked and presented. But there just wasn’t very much of it. The Emperors New clothes they call Nouvelle cuisine had struck! And this, 2 slices of venison was costing me £22. A beer was £5:80. £5:80. Now while I haven’t quite got to the point of carrying pound coins around in a plastic purse, this struck me as bad value. I’ve travelled a lot, this year through Germany and Italy, and I appreciate you have to pay for quality, but this is the only time in any restaurant or hotel where I have ordered the cheese course to fill me up. The meal for two cost over £90 - and I was still hungry.
Most of our trip was based around long walks, 10-15 miles a day, so we wanted decent good sized meals. Not portions that wouldn’t fill up a less than hungry mouse.
Basically this was the last time I set foot in the main building of the hotel except to pay the final bill. At the end of our first evening meal we were offered breakfast at £17 a pop. Politely I declined.
Our elderly beagle incidentally was only allowed in the bar/brassiere area, outside of the room, which ruled out any visions we may have had of relaxing in the (empty) lounge in front of the fire. It seemed a bit of a shame to be walking past this empty room every night when really all 3 of us just wanted to do was sit down and read/ snooze. The hotel incidentally insists that dogs are crated if left alone in the room. I appreciate not all dogs are well behaved, but it’s the only hotel I’ve stayed at where they have been so picky. For a cheap hotel I can understand, but I may have mentioned somewhere in passing this place is a tad expensive.
Luckily the hotel is attached to Fort Augustus which had more than enough to cater for our needs. Breakfast with dog was easily obtained at the Richmond Hall Hotel with a bacon butty (roll) at £2:50. A rib filling Scottish breakfast was £10. Likewise normal meals were available at The Bothy and the Lock Inn (the old Post Office when I was last in Fort Augustus).
We stayed 4 nights here, and we felt no connection with the Hotel. The last time we stayed in the Highlands we were happy to spend most of our evenings in the hotel after some hard dog walking in a cosy environment. By the wind night my wife was unhappy that there seemed to be a lot of grit on the room floor when we came back in from our walks (wellies were left outside) and felt it hadn’t been swept/ vacuumed. This is also the only hotel where I’ve ever stayed at where the room service didn’t fold the towels. It’s hardly deal breaking, and not exactly a hardship but at £130 a night? If Premier Inn can do it why can’t they here?
One thing that is worth praising is the commitment to the environment shown by the hotel. There is much emphasis on recycling and re-use of materials which I found impressive.
The front of house staff also were very good, although sadly we didn’t see much of them for reasons I have explained above.
Incidentally if there was a category between average and very good this hotel would have it. 3 stars seems a bit harsh, and it isn’t by any means a bad hotel. Certainly a lot better than average. But it is eye wateringly expensive, a hotel equivalent of Fernando Torres at Chelsea or Paul Pogba at Man U if you will.
If I won the lottery I might come back here - but only if I could have two main courses and my dog could have a seat by the fire.
Response from loobyroux | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about a 'honeymoon' room but they offer what I'd say are likely to be the luxury option rooms. The hotel is beautiful and fairly grand, so whatever room you stay in your visit will be great. Best thing to do would... More
Not sure about a 'honeymoon' room but they offer what I'd say are likely to be the luxury option rooms. The hotel is beautiful and fairly grand, so whatever room you stay in your visit will be great. Best thing to do would be to email the hotel directly and enquire. Goodluck!