4.5
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What We Love

  • Rate includes full Scottish breakfast
  • The pared-down modern design in a land filled with tartan and plaid
  • A friendly staff (everyone knows your name) that delivers laid-back service that’s just formal enough
  • Full Scottish breakfasts at Chez Roux restaurant — the haggis and black pudding are delicious (really)
  • Roomy bathrooms with soaking tubs and heated towel racks to chase away the chill

What To Know

  • Couples will feel most comfortable here — though the hotel happily accommodates families with extra beds and children’s meals
  • Bathrooms have glass wall panels with views of the shower — sexy for couples but awkward for friends
  • Downstairs rooms don’t get much natural light; ask for a room upstairs if you want high ceilings and more windows
  • Although not in the center of Inverness, it’s just a 4-minute walk from the city’s castle and the banks of the River Ness, and a 10- to 15-minute stroll from numerous pubs and restaurants

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

Inhabited since prehistoric times and still tradition-bound, the Scottish Highlands have an ancient sort of beauty. Today they’re known for castles and kilts, clans and tartan plaids. Perhaps that’s why the Rocpool Reserve feels like such a strikingly modern getaway. Amid so many gray stone buildings, the cheery lemon-yellow exterior is the first sign that there’s something different inside this hotel. Enter through the two Greek columns flanking the portico and you’re greeted by a dramatically long white hallway — and a friendly receptionist who probably already knows your name.

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The rooms feel modern, in neutral creams and blues, with 21st-century amenities like flat-screen TVs and coffee machines and Molton Brown products in the bathrooms. If you find you can’t leave all these creature comforts, the hotel’s cheeky Do Not Disturb signs, printed with the words “Resting, Romping, Roosting,” make it clear that it’s perfectly okay to spend the day indoors, doing just that.

Given that the hotel has just 11 rooms, it has a surprising amount of common space. Don’t miss dinner at the Chez Roux restaurant, run by French chef Albert Roux, who won fame for Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in London to be awarded three Michelin stars. And lest you forget you’re in Scotland, you can return the next morning for a delicious full Scottish breakfast, complete with a gourmet take on haggis and black pudding.

How to Get There

Rocpool Reserve Hotel & Chez Roux Restaurant
14 Culduthel Road
Inverness, IV2 4AG United Kingdom

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 729 Reviews
Amazing Food
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had dinner here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We didn't stay at the hotel as we are lucky enough to live just a walk away. The property is beautiful. Staff are lovely - polite and courteous. The food was amazing. And the service was impeccable. Everything you would expect- and more - from a 5 star facility. Cant wait to treat ourselves again!

Last minute and Superb
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner live on Skye and found ourselves in Inverness late and needing a room very last minute. We managed to get in with no problems at all. Lovely room downstairs with hot tub, sauna and of course privacy. My staff have told me all about this hotel in the past and finally we know what all the fuss is about. The salmon tortellini was particularly delicious. See you all again, will be back!!

BEWARE WHEN BOOKING
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have awarded only 4 stars to this hotel because the first room we booked which was their top room was in a dungeon type of area. It was on the basement level with an outdoor courtyard - all fine. Bearing in mind that they had been told this was a special birthday celebration and I booked their top room they still gave us this room. Large yes and full of very large furniture. The outdoors was under a concrete walkway. The hot tub had a blind over it for privacy and it was like being in a dungeon. There was no air conditioning and it was hot and stuffy. It was impossible to see any daylight unless you basically walked past the huge fan from the kitchen which was very close. In the morning we were awoken with staff chattering in the corridor as that is where their service area is. I did complain and although they did move us the following day to their other grand room which was lovely with a view and thank goodness daylight the whole anticipation of the arrival and stay had been spoiled. I would like to have awarded 5 stars to this establishment because the staff are the stars of the show but I just could not do that because of the first room. This should not be classified as an extra decadent room as it falls very very far short. I think they need to rename their rooms. It would be more fitting to give them place names or mountain names so that people are not so bitterly disappointed. There are other things I could say about the hotel but I don't want this to be a negative review. It is a truthful summarisation of our stay. The restaurant is very good and the bar is excellent although very expensive. It compares to London prices for drinks. If you are charging these kind of prices and advertising extra decadent rooms then the bedlinen and pillows and everything else should be the top of the range. It is not. Would I return? I am afraid not.

Room Number 5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being local to Inverness I had always heard really good feedback about the hotel, it was my birthday so we decided to book.

Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely front of house staff member who was very friendly and wasted no time showing us to our room, as soon as she opened the door it smelt lovely, was really warm and felt really homely! she wasted no time ordering us cocktails and explaining all the gadgets, hot tub, jacuzzi bath, tv etc etc.

We didn't actually eat here for dinner as we fancied going into the city centre, but the cocktails here were divine!!

We actually ordered breakfast in our rooms which was absolutely lovely one of the best no expense spared breakfasts I've had so many choices (omlette, Eggs Benedict, Fully Cooked Breakfast, Porridge & even a cheeky dram) & we were given the impression that nothing was too much hassle.

Beds were comfy, had a lovely relaxing sleep, hot tub was perfect over looking the River Ness. Bathroom was stunning so clean and really up there with some of the best hotels I've stayed in.

We paid £320 for a night for us both staying in the best room including breakfast for us both and we were not disappointed would happily book here again and we DO NOT have not a single complaint.

In my opinions probably one of the if not THE best hotel in Inverness.

Looking to book in for our wedding night in September.

Top Notch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great boutique hotel! Lovely bedrooms - comfy king size beds - lovely spa products - good attention to detail! Excellent staff - fantastic restaurant! Decor throughout hotel is lovely! Best hotel in Inverness!