Top 5-Star Hotels
it is best known for its castles, historic attractions, and stunning
scenery, Scotland is also famous for providing guests with luxury
world-class hotel accommodations.
ahead, discover some of Scotland's top 5-star hotels as reviewed
by Chiff.com Travel Editors, with focus on estate and castle hotels
offering congenial high-end service and posh surroundings ...
Fine dining, personal
a quiet street in the city center, this small full-service hotel
is a trip back in time to Georgian-era gentility.
a staff of professional porters and butlers attend to guests'
every need - including shoe shining, clothes pressing, itinerary
planning, or simply a hot cup of tea or coffee after a hard day
meanwhile, the Howard plays host to one of the Edinburgh's best
restaurants offering international as well as traditional Scottish
to a superb wine list, other recommendations for single malt whiskies
(or a cold dry gin martini) were expertly presented on request.
As it turned
out, this elegant guest house became a touchstone for comparing
larger hotel stays on our week-long Scottish fling. In comparison,
no other hotel came close to the full service and optimum accommodations
offered by the Howard.
Our No. 1 pick.
34 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QH
Telephone: +44 (0)131 557 3500
UPDATE: Due to the economic downturn, this top rated country house was closed in 2011, but has since been purchased by British tennis player Andy Murray for £1.8 million.
Just below, this is how we found the place, situated in an idyllic
Scottish countryside an hour's drive from Edinburgh:
One of Scotland's top country estate
is filled with Old World style, period antiques and comfy canopy
It made no
difference that the Cromlix was unusually short-staffed during
our overnight stay. Dinner was delivered to our top floor turret
room suite that evening with all four courses perfectly timed
and professionally served.
As we discovered,
Cromlix House is a tourist attraction in itself. While here, make
sure to amble through the estate with a special peak inside the
conservatory, as well as the 19th century Gothic chapel, still
looking much the same as it did when the lord and lady of the
manor attended private Sunday services.
Excellent service and dining, with an extra treat for architectural
Kinbuck, Dunblane, Stirlingshire
House Hotel, Inverness
dining and surroundings are the main features at this former home
and battle headquarters for Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Culloden House remains a peaceful retreat in the Scottish countryside
with sweeping views of acres of front lawn and park land.
the service was a bit cold and unexceptional for a luxury 5-star
hotel. However, the dining room made up for it by offering a traditional
Scottish dinner. There was a superlative salmon dish, a selection
of local fruits and cheeses and, according to one of our group,
Go for the peace and quiet. Stay for the haggis.
Culloden, Inverness, IV2 7BZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1463 790461
Castle Hotel, Fort William
ever imagined yourself being treated like royalty in a castle
hotel, Inverlochy effortlessly fits the bill.
From the warm
greeting on arrival, (to a personal wireless laptop computer in
each room), this stunning Highland mountain castle made for an
impressive and pampered hotel stay.
luxurious surroundings, Inverlochy is also family-friendly - offering
a snooker room, a complete DVD library, and boat rides on a nearby
dusk, head around to the pasture with a view to Highland cattle
and a flock of sheep lazily grazing.
for several days, your group may grow jaded by the rich cuisine
served each evening in the stately dining room. If so, there is
Inverlochy Castle's own local establishment where you can kick
back and relax with a locally brewed beer and high-end pub grub.
Who says castles are cold?
Torlundy, Fort William PH33 6SN
Tel: 01397 702177
Source: Chiff.com Travel Editors
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