4.5
Very Good 738 Reviews
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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 738 Reviews
The perfect place to stay and dine in Inverness
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel rightly deserves its first class reviews. Service in the hotel and restaurant was attentive without being intrusive. Our room was large and well designed with a good modern bathroom. The bar was the perfect place to relax over a drink before dinner (Mac’s negronis are not to be missed!). Dinner itself was excellent in every respect. The wine list is extensive and not over-priced. Every course was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Next time we’re in Inverness, we will certainly stay and eat here. Highly recommended.

Birthday lunch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was fantastic. I had previously been unimpressed after a visit some years ago BUT things seem to have changed in the restaurant and both my wife and I were blown away, and I don’t say that lightly.

We had always favoured the other Rocpool in town but I am no longer so sure.

The service from the Front of house staff was impeccable not too “in your face” or obsequious but interested and paying attention.

My starter of mackerel salad was perfect, it’s a fish that is often served over done and this was just perfect with a delicious salad. My wife had a beautiful watercress veloute.

My main was stuffed saddle of rabbit which was just melt in the mouth the only slightly off note was the carrot which didn’t do the rest of the dish justice. My wife had seared coley which was moist but beautifully crisp on the outside.

My wife had the sorbets and I just had coffee.

We stuck to wine by the glass and she had some Prosecco as it was her birthday.

We will be back....

Well worth the money spent
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i was not sure when i booked the hotel as i really just wanted to eat in the restaurant but both the restaurant and hotel were excellent loved our night there and will revisit. We were really just stopping on the way through to the highlands but if you are going to stay there make sure you have a good GPS to find the place

Hard to fault
Reviewed 1 month ago

Fantastic eating experience. 4 of us enjoyed delicious food served by friendly, helpful, courteous and polite staff. Tasteful decor. We would be hard pushed to find a better eating experience. Highly recommended...... especially as we had been given gift vouchers!!

Stay here!
Reviewed 1 month ago

We all really loved the Rocpool reserve which is a beautiful hotel deserving of its five star ranking. The hotel is nicely decorated, rooms are large and the service is exceptional. The hotel is small with only 10 rooms. Each room is unique. Our “decadent” room number 3 was spacious, with a gas fireplace, a comfortable, “real king” bed, air conditioning and a nice bathroom. There were a few steps leading to the bathroom which required attention during the night. Prices at the bar were a bit higher, but justified by the classy setting and the wonderful service from Daniel and Mac. There was a good selection of gins and scotch whiskey. The food at the restaurant was superb. The breakfasts were exceptional and included delicious fresh baked breads and pastries.