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 681 Reviews
Some dated elements?
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked in for a relatively early dinner and were seated with a small number of other guests in a quiet dining room. The table was lovely and service good. The fixed menu did not excite us at all, but the A la Carte offered good options.

Food was served in good time and a small mistake rectified very quickly indeed with no fuss.

Portions are quite small, but the food relatively rich so this balances out to leave you feeling quite satisfied. (We opted for 3 courses)

Although we enjoyed the meal, the experience seemed perhaps a little dated. Maybe it's the past glories on the wall, maybe it's the overuse of Chef Roux branded items during service, perhaps even the menu choices. It certainly lacks a crisp, modern feel.

I'm not a fan of the automatic addition of a service charge.

Having enjoyed the wine at dinner, I subsequently investigated whether or not I could source it. I was appalled at the markup placed on it by the Rocpool. I understand there are costs to running a business such as this, but quadrupling the price of a bottle of wine is indefensibly excessive.

Early drinks and dinner for 2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anniversary drinks and early dinner were perfect. Great wine selection, not over loaded with new-world, and reasonably priced. The non-alcoholic selection was good too, especially the mocktails, giving the designated driver (me) a bit more fizz to my evening.
The bar tender was very attentive, and the nibbles served were unexpected yet delicious.
The food was excellent, fresh and tasty, and was very well presented. Perfect.
Being met in the car park by the staff was slightly unnerving until we realised they thought we were checking into the hotel, in which case hats off to them for coming over.
Return visit already planned. Thank you all.

A Touch of Class
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Hotel excels on every level, excellent staff, quality accommodation and exceptional restaurant. The fact that is a 10 minute walk to the town is a plus as there is minimum road noise. Good guest parking, an inviting entrance foyer and elegant lounge area in addition to a warm greeting from the General Manager made for a positive first impression. Our room was on the lower floor, it was small but very well appointed, good bathroom, comfortable bed and a turn down service which is always a lovely touch. The restaurant staff were attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list and the food was exceptional on both nights we dined in the restaurant. We could not find anything negative to say about this property. There is a sense of pride amongst the staff and they contributed to what was a very memorable stay...thank you.

Over hyped and pretentious
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a disappointment. Rooms have been made over to look chic but having to walk up and down five creaky old stairs to get to the bathroom is not ideal. Nice bedding and all the trimmings you'd expect in this price bracket but now for the sad part, the service. Fancy having to pour your own mineral water and even top up your own wine in a Roux restaurant and bar? They were so focused on looking after a large table and other restaurant guests that we as house guests were seated very late and popped on a table next to the door. Food was good but nothing special. Wow, we won't be back.

Fabulous Restaurant
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful special meal experience at this restaurant - service exceptional, menu choice excellent, flavours and tastes sublime, fantastic value and a very memorable experience . Only regret that we hadn't booked into the Hotel - but something to look forward too as on our next visit we definitely will. Very highly recommended.