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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

Great food, lousy hotel
Pausanias

In 2019 any city centre hotel that cannot offer a proper internet connection or an HDTV deserves to be dismissed out of hand. So I hereby dismiss Rocpool Reserve out of hand.

The hotel imagines itself to be so cool, so thoroughly designed, it can ignore the essentials. We paid for our room using Avios points and were upgraded to a room with a balcony and hot-tub. Ordinarily this room would cost more than £400 per night but it was cramped and ill-proportioned and stuffed with redundant furniture so it was an obstacle course. The bathroom was basic Holiday Inn standard with a weird delta-shaped bath. A truly terrible room, an ergonomic mess.

The staff are obliging except one of them spilt a drink over my wife. They gave us the drinks for free and also gave us a credit for laundry. But they also delivered the wrong first course, though it was well-cooked as was the entire dinner. Breakfast the next morning was perfectly cooked. But as a hotel this rates as nearly roc bottom in my book.

We felt like royalty!
185TeresaC

We had one night booked at this boutique hotel as part of a self-guided hike on the Great Glen Way with Macs Adventures. Because we wanted more time to explore Inverness at the end of our trek, we booked an additional night. (Because of availability, we had to upgrade our room for the second night.) Both rooms were beautifully furnished and spacious. What made the hotel special, however, was the attentiveness of the staff and the amazing food served in the restaurant. Breakfasts were delightful. Dinner in this 3-star Michelin rated restaurant was “over the top” amazing! I would definitely recommend the Rocpool as a special treat.

Wonderfully Formal.
RicRiordon

We only had one evening in Inverness and we booked a generous suite, which was really more than we needed for space and budget, but alas, hard to know until you get there. Just outside of the main business district, but within walking distance this boutique hotel was a wonderful choice. Nice bar and dining area.

The hotel is clean and well managed. Quite formal, but friendly enough. We found the staff very accommodating on a few unrelated issues we were dealing with upon arrival.

The best part of our stay was the remarkable breakfast we had which was included in our room fee.