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The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant

Deshar Road near Aviemore, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH Scotland
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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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Arriving at The Boat Hotel for the first time can be compared to returning as house guests of a close friend, where needs are anticipated before arrival and the welcome is genuine. Where else can you wear your Hunter wellies at 8am, golf spikes at 3pm and dress up or down for dinner? But while we offer our guests comfort, some luxury and indulgence, this is not a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves. Nestled in a tranquil picturesque setting deep within the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, near Aviemore, lies the historic and unique award-winning Boat Hotel & Bistro. Adjacent to the renowned Boat of Garten Golf Club, we boast 2 AA Rosette food and stylish yet relaxing accommodations with exhilarating views. The Boat Hotel is a place where you can relax and enjoy your well deserved leisure time, then put your feet up. Hotel Highlights: * Dining options - 2 AA Rosette Bistro & Bar Dining * Range of guestrooms including king bed, deluxe garden terrace & four poster junior suites * Child friendly hotel near Landmark Forest Adventure Park and kids stay & eat free * Meeting & events facilities for up to 65 * Close to the Cairngorm Ski Resort and adjacent Boat of Garten Golf Club Events Diary. Whether you're looking for an active or relaxing break, an inspirational meeting or private dining venue for your next event, planning a fabulous wedding, looking to indulge in a glass of your favourite tipple by the log fire or simply join us for some of the best food in the Cairngorm National Park. The Boat Hotel & Bistro combines historic charm with modern facilities to provide the leading destination and first choice country retreat hotel in the Aviemore area.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Outdoor furniture
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Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Polish
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JapanBlack wrote a review Yesterday
13 contributions1 helpful vote
All in all a lovely location and we had a lovely room. But be warned, they seriously heat this hotel up!! We turned off all our heating, even opened our window overnight and we still couldn't sleep with the heat (this was in October). The hotel seems somewhat obsessed with their app, bar staff could be much more attentive. Food(dinner) was average. Breakfast was very good though.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Andy B-S wrote a review Yesterday
Bradford65 contributions18 helpful votes
Our first impression of The Boat Hotel was not a very good one at all and was portent to the rest of our stay. The only thing that made up for it was the excellent food. When we arrived, there was a chap on the reception desk, who took little notice of us, only to look up and say "she'll be here in a minute" and continued to twiddle about on the computer. Five or so minutes later another chap appeared beside him, he did not even acknowledge our existence at all! We could see a woman through the door on a phone chatting away. Another five minutes went by and the said woman came through the door asked us if we were alright and after her looking through a pile of admission cards, eventually produced ours. Our rooms were lovely, so no complaints there at all. The lounge was very short on seats / sofas for residents and the drinks service was appalling. Some guests were being asked what they wanted, however, we and a few others were just ignored, having to go to the bar each time. The second night when we arrived downstairs for dinner at 7pm, we were met and informed by a very officious young woman, that we were not booked in until 7.15pm and promptly turned away when we tried to tell her we had booked for 7pm both nights. We had to stand around like lemons again due to the lack of seating, some of the people sitting there were certainly not residents. Fortunately, my Sister-in-Law had the conformation email about our request for dining at 7pm each night and when going back at 7.15pm, she showed the officious young woman the email and her response was very non-plussed and a very half hearted apology. You also need a PHD in maths to understand the room bills they produce!!! Again, if it was not for the food, we would have given The Boat Hotel one star. They really need to up their game and we will never return there to stay when back in the area and if any friends or family mention they are going there, we will not recommend it to them. Wish we had gone to The Rowan Tree.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: Our rooms were lovely.
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Neil B wrote a review 16 Oct
Annan, United Kingdom34 contributions14 helpful votes
Our room was clean not cluttered and warm.Staff were friendly and helpful and Paul put me onto a nice local gin(very nice).Dining room was very busy but staff coped well and there was a good choice of food.Breakfast was half self service and cooked breakfast choice was good and pretty tasty. We went on the steam train to Broomhill,down to Aviemore and back to Boat of Garten--superb and nostalgic
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: our room was to the front the road was quiet
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julieb1961 wrote a review 15 Oct
Leeds, United Kingdom17 contributions4 helpful votes
Lovely hotel. Friendly staff. Very comfortable beds. Loved the soap so much we’ve ordered some from the west highland soap company Our dog was well looked after he even got a goody bag. Food and wine delicious. Shame we had to leave
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Emma S wrote a review 15 Oct
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My friend and I stayed at the Boat Hotel for one night, whilst passing through the Cairngorms. We ate in the restaurant in the evening and we enjoyed a pleasant meal, however it was on the pricier side for a pub meal. The twin room we stayed in overnight was very comfortable and quiet. There was a lovely free standing bath and the bathroom was stocked up with highland soap goodies - a very nice touch! The room was cleaned to a good standard. Breakfast in the morning was good, apart from the croissants (a little dry for my liking). There was self service area for cereal, fruit juice, hot drinks and toast. The vegetarian cooked breakfast was very good, mainly because it included veggie haggis- a first for my whole trip!! FYI - It’s a dog-friendly place so consider this when you book - your fellow guests in the restaurant area might include dogs. Overall our stay was very good value for money.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$73 - US$167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include RSPB Loch Garten (3.5 km), Landmark Forest Adventure Park (4.9 km), and Cairngorm Mountain (7.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nethy House, Route 7 Cafe, and Anderson's Restaurant.
Is The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Boat of Garten.
Are pets allowed at The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Old Packhorse Bridge (3.9 km), Aviemore Railway Station (7.3 km), and Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle (7.1 km).
Does The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.