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The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant

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Deshar Road, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH Scotland
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
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  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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AGW43444 wrote a review 23 Sep
Glasgow, United Kingdom30 contributions38 helpful votes
I have been visiting our hotel/restaurant for many years and have always loved it. The staff are great, friendly and very attentive however after tonight’s experience I have to express my disappointment. I appreciate your hotel is dog friendly however I’m amazed you allow large dogs into the restaurant. Whilst I like dogs unfortunately I am allergic to them and I don’t expect or appreciate a large dog to be sat next to me whilst eating my dinner. It was restless and sadly we had to leave the restaurant. Other than in a hygiene basis surely it would be more courteous to keep dogs to the bar area or a specific area rather than the restaurant? A very disappointing experience.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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rosemary c wrote a review 22 Sep
Boston, United Kingdom13 contributions9 helpful votes
Room was very good, staff excellent, down side is no lift, a lot of steps to the rooms, car parking an issue. lady at art shop across road allowed us to park in the evenings, very kind. lovely spot to see all the sights etc
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: higher floor very quite, good size room,35 steps to get to room
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John M wrote a review 21 Sep
NORFOLK, ENGLAND34 contributions14 helpful votes
My wife and I spent one night here last week. The "cozy double" was totally cramped and in most hotels we have visited would be sold for single occupancy only. The upper two floors are a maze of small corridors, fire doors and staircases. This is not a hotel for the elderly. The place was full for a golf event when we stayed, and clearly it does not have sufficient parking. We found a spot on the smaller car park, but soon saw that we could well be parked in when we wanted to leave the next day. Dinner was OK but we essentially had pub food at restaurant prices. Breakfast was acceptable but the cold buffet table was a sad affair and the staff were slow to top items up. This was fairly typical of the lack of attention generally. We would not return.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Paul n Yvonne wrote a review 20 Sep
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Stayed in one of the garden rooms for a couple of nights was perfect, clean, comfortable and plenty space plus a nice decked area to sit out in. Staff were superb, especially Rachel who had a great knowledge of whisky. We ate at the Boat each night and the food was delish, again the staff were brilliant will defo stay again
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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trishagoodwin wrote a review 18 Sep
Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom52 contributions78 helpful votes
We live only an hour away, and have visited the nearby Strathspray railway many times; we have also had coffee here in the hotel before now. As the season was coming to a close and my husband had always fancied staying in this hotel, when the railway was running, we booked for a nights stay and an evening meal. What a disappointment! We have stayed at quite a few localish hotels post lockdown and post our foreign holiday cancellations, but this was the worst! The room was advertised as a cosy double and we have had small rooms in the past, it has not worried us as we spend most of the time out of the room, but this was smaller than small, in fact it was very clearly a single room with a double bed somehow sqeezed in - for £137.00! One side of the bed was against the wall, so you had to climb over the bed to get in, or ask your partner to get out of bed each time you wanted to move, also of course, no light or table that side. I am fit and healthy, but any older person might have difficulties with this arrangement. The evening meal was one of the worst we have ever had, and we are happy with anything from The Three Chimneys on Skye to Platform 8 in Inverness, as long as the food is cooked OK. This was not, the scampi and haddock was clearly over cooked, or re-heated and the chips totally pale and underdone. The olive and bread starter we ordered was a disgrace - a bowl with the contents of a jar of olives tipped in, awash with olive oil, and no means to spear the olives. The bread was a slice of white supermarket white bread, cut into four soldiers; we have had this starter in many a pizza place even and the bread is usually crusty and a selection, the olives (coated in a little oil) served with cocktail sticks. The worst thing, we had to pay £17.95 for these below average mains and service charge on top of everything. The service at breakfast was slightly surly, and disinterested. The Scottish breakfast had one sausage over cooked and one completely underdone, the beans were cold. The veggie breakfast had Scottish pancakes that I could not get my fork or knife into, the beans were cold again and the sausage was just about cooked. The older male waiter who served us, opened a nearby back door, which left us frozen, until another Scottish diner closed it for us all. All in all, this felt like a tourist hotel where they felt they could pack them in anyway (hardly anyone might return) so why bother too much with anything? It also felt as if no one was in charge, no overall manager, no grown up with hospitality experience. We were left feeling ashamed that Scotland could offer such poor hospitality, below average food at inflated prices and treat tourists from around the world with such surly indifference.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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SarahLiveing1 wrote a review 18 Sep
New Zealand153 contributions37 helpful votes
Driving up to this hotel, it looked promising, inviting. A lovely outdoor seating area on this quiet road through a quiet village looked great too. Other reviews mention a shortage of parking. We didn’t have that experience but it is quite narrow to get in and out. We were warmly greeted and shown to our room (a suite) on the first floor. No lift so if you have big suitcases book a ground floor room. The staircase is narrow and has a fire door to navigate before heading up. The smell that hit us when we opened the fire door was a cross between a farmyard and wet wool. It was most unpleasant. Opening the door to our room, the bad smell disappeared and was replaced with a pleasant flowery smell. The room was large with a big four poster bed. A double aspect gives one view of the Speyside steam railway line and the other of the side of the hotel. It is also a bright room. If you are disturbed by light at night, the station is well lit and the curtains are too flimsy to block out the light. I should also mention the heavily stained carpet which was a bit off putting. We had been well advised when we made the booking to book the restaurant. It’s surprisingly busy if you want to eat in. We did on the first night. We played safe and I had a burger while my husband had the highland burger. Both were OK. Chips were good. My husband also had chicken wings to start which were not good, very dry and lacking in flavour. The staff were attentive and pleasant. Other observations from our stay: Our room wasn’t hoovered, our bed was not properly made (see pics) and when we placed our towels on the bathroom floor to be replaced (as instructed) the same towels were put back. I know because there was a mark on one of the towels which miraculously was on the “replaced” towels. Breakfast on day three was a fiasco. The milk was off and with only two members of staff on, the poor girl on duty got terribly flustered not surprisingly as it was her responsibility to change it which meant cleaning out the now- working coffee machine as well. This occurred at the same time as the hot water jug ran empty. No breakfast orders could be taken while this was going on. In conclusion, the hotel is perhaps basking in its former glory. It is understaffed and needs someone at the helm to improve overall standards. Whilst it didn’t spoil our stay too much, it was not value for money at all and we wouldn’t stay here again.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is tricky in the front car park. If you turn up the side road just after the hotel you...
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Chris B wrote a review 14 Sep
Epsom, United Kingdom17 contributions16 helpful votes
This review is about both hotel and restaurant. We initially struggled to find parking, but did manage to get a space in the hotel car park (it's quite small, but local street parking is available). We received a warm welcome upon entering the hotel, went through a simple and pleasant check-in experience and were shown to the stairs leading up to our room. A word of caution to anyone with heavy luggage - there's a lot of them and they're quite narrow, so it can be a struggle with a large case - worth asking for a ground / 1st floor room (we were on the 2nd). The room itself was pleasant if slightly dated with a couple of minor niggles (towel rail and cupboard door loose, light bulbs blown and not replaced). We had reserved a table for dinner which was lovely, if a little expensive, but worth it. The service was quick and staff very friendly. After this, it all went downhill. The bed itself was squeaky / rattled so every time one of us moved we woke up. Then in the early hours of the morning the fire alarm went off and there were no staff on site, nor could we (the guests) rouse them on any of the 3 numbers provided or by literally pounding on the door of the staff accommodation (literally opposite - the alarm was very loud!!). Unable to find the fire alarm panel and / or see any visible signs of fire from the exterior, after waiting 20 minutes with the alarm still sounding, one of the guests called the Fire & Rescue Service, who attended promptly to investigate and managed to rouse a very sleepy member of staff from the accommodation opposite. At this point the guests outside, cold and tired, started to go and sit in their cars. 30 minutes after the fire service arrived, the staff member conducted a terrible roll call - people were "missing", but he didn't do anything about this and just assumed they were in their cars. I genuinely believe if there was a real fire, someone would have been injured or worse. Eventually, the Fire Service declared all clear and we went back inside, at this point 06:30 - we couldn't get back to sleep, so went down for breakfast at 07:30. It was woeful, truly the worst hotel breakfast I've ever had. The full Scottish breakfast came without some of the items listed (we had made amendments which were clearly read back to us), bacon was foul tasting, sausages chewy and we had one practically raw poached egg and one almost hard boiled. The coffee was weak. During breakfast I also noted draft excluders at some of the fire exits - I understand this may be to reduce energy bills and keep everyone warm, but in the dimly lit corridors at night, during a real fire, these would have been a trip hazard! We then checked out and did receive an apology and small token of compensation from the absolutely lovely member of staff on duty at reception, who I feel truly sorry for - no manager was present to speak with any of the guests impacted by this terrible experience. Will not be returning! Reported the lack of adherence to Fire Regs to the Local Authority EHOs... at least the fire extinguishers were in date...
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Masood K. wrote a review 8 Sep
Vienna, Austria6 contributions1 helpful vote
Our group's horrible experience (on 28 August 2022) left us feeling downright abused. The food was underwhelming, which is a risk you take any time you try a restaurant for the first time. But one reasonably expects high quality from a restaurant that exacts high prices. And one does not expect shady business practices. The salmon appetizer was a slapdash affair of a few slices of soft bread and salmon slices, greens, and two foil-wrapped butter packets. Poor offering but, whatever. But then the same exact arrangement is served as a main dish, for twice the price. They add a 10% service charge, which is the minimum, and usually more, we would ordinarily leave as a tip for competent service anyway. But when the service is rude and hostile as it was, the service charge felt more like adding insult to injury, especially when it is not mandatory or commonly expected in the hospitality industry in Scotland. Neither the poor food nor service can be excused by the fact that it is in a village setting. Other establishments in the same village provided us with very fine food and friendly service. Our waiter was an older gentleman with light hair--though there was nothing gentle about the man. (The bill said the "cashier" was Ean), but no matter the name, the waiter should not be allowed contact with customers. Seemingly indifferent to the fact that he works in a hospitality business, he was brusque and aggressive. Not sure what we did to merit such hostile treatment from the moment we showed up on time for our reservation. Ours was a small and quiet group of older customers and we ordered lots of food and drinks, thus ideal customers making money for the restaurant. The waiter got orders wrong, was slow, delivered hot food in a cold state, and was rude when we politely pointed it out. I suppose this is what happens when the waiter knows he is receiving a 10% tip regardless of the quality of the service he provides. To be clear, the restaurant was not full and the waiter did not appear to be overwhelmed or overworked. He seemed to relish being rude. Must give him credit, he did go out of his way to provide us with an unforgettably unpleasant experience. The Boat Country Restaurant is highly recommended for people who like to pay top prices to feel ripped off and abused.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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jaapkln88 wrote a review 5 Sep
Aberdeen, United Kingdom1 contribution
The Boat Hotel is a little gem in the Highlands. Rooms are good, nice food in restaurant and a great outside drinking and eating area. Great location to explore the Highlands. Good connections to many sights and other tourist attractions. Will go again
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Always prepare for changes in the weather
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Response from Magdalena Mazurkiewicz, General Manager at The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of the Boat Country Inn and Restaurant. We are so pleased you enjoyed all the hotel has to offer. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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000Lauren000 wrote a review 3 Sep
London, United Kingdom53 contributions27 helpful votes
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This was a beautiful place to stay, we had a gorgeous room (101), super friendly and helpful staff (Muir was lovely, I didn't get the names of everyone else, but both the women on reception, the guy on the bar, Michael from the kitchen who gave us tips for a beautiful walk, and the woman in the restaurant with a mandala were all wonderful, very accommodating, really cheerful, and we had some great chats with everyone too). Views straight out to the mountains and the steam train, the food was lovely, very tasty, good portions, plenty of choice, and honestly the fastest I've ever known food to arrive from any restaurant ever! We had a couple of cocktails too and again they were delicious. The room was warm and comfortable, spacious and spotlessly clean. It's worth noting that the beds are firm and the rooms aren't soundproof, we could hear people walking upstairs and on the stairs outside, but it didn't bother us at all.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking available right outside, stairs inside, not sure if any rooms are wheelchair accessible,...
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Response from Magdalena Mazurkiewicz, General Manager at The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the positive feedback. We really enjoyed having you stay with us. Compliments will be passed on to all staff in mention. We hope to have you visit us again in the not so distant future. Take Care & Kind Regards
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PRICE RANGE
US$77 - US$139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
boat hotel of garten
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsAviemore and the CairngormsAviemoreBoat of Garten
NUMBER OF ROOMS
34
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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 Aviemore Kart Raceway (5.8 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, Anderson's Restaurant, and Route 7 Cafe.
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.