On checking in we found that we were not in the room type we’d booked. We were not in the main hotel complex but 100yards away, the other side of the car park, in the Kingsmills Leisure and Spa building. We were originally put into a top floor room with a balcony. The balcony had a lovely view of the 10th green at Inverness Golf Club. Sadly it was also next to a busy road that rumbled from 6:00am thru till 11:00pm. I contacted YGT and was informed that the garden room, within the main hotel complex, was available the following day and that, on our return from playing golf, we would be moved seamlessly by the Concierge. Sadly, this did not happen. Instead we’re were moved to the ground floor, of the same building, with a patio. It turns out the highly desired and conveniently situated garden rooms are extremely popular and were fully booked for the duration of our stay! The patio room was much quieter but still had the constant rumble of traffic. The rooms, in the Spa complex, were large and very comfortable. The only drawbacks were the very basic TV channels and the rainfall shower head. I would have thought than, given the number of visiting golfers a sports package would be a minimum requirement? I’ve marked the facilities down because although this building is called the Kingsmills we ate breakfast in the foyer of the Spa next to the revolving door not the main hotel dining room. The gym and pool are in the main hotel. The bar, restaurant and beautiful gardens are in the main hotel. To use any of these facilities required a 100yard walk across the car park. Annoying in inclement weather and inconvenient at best. I would recommend this hotel as a fantastic base to explore the highlands. The food in the restaurant is probably the most expensive available locally but well worth the cost. During our stay we ate every dish on the limited menu and were not disappointed. The atmosphere in the bar and restaurant was welcoming and well managed given the current climate. If you book this accommodation CHECK WHICH ROOM YOURE BOOKING AND INSIST ON BEING LOCATED IN THE MAIN HOTEL.
Upon first sight of the Kingsmills Hotel Inverness, any visitor will instantly understand the heritage and history that is inherent here. Dating back to the 18th century, notable residents have included royalty, film stars, and the Bard, Robert Burns. It is this character combined with the modern comforts and developments that make this hotel such a remarkable destination.