14 Culduthel Road, (formerly Culduthel Lodge), Inverness, Scotland, IV2 4AG, United Kingdom
The small & award winning Luxury Hotel in the city
For our wedding in July 2009, my father booked 1 week's stay at the Rocpool Reserve and absolutely loved it.
The Rocpool is a 5-star luxury hotel located up in the hills above Inverness, very close to the castle. The exteriors actually look like a grand, private mansion. The interiors are very modern yet exceptionally comfortable and inviting. Staff were attentive, knowledgeable and friendly - basically what you'd expect in a 5-star establishment PLUS that little bit extra attention to detail and hospitality.
They have an exceptionally stocked bar as well as the superb Chez Roux restaurant (by Chef Albert Roux). The hotel also has its own private car park with plenty of space at the front.
Many of the rooms have lovely views over Inverness city due to its elevated position, and you have a choice (depending on budget) between rooms that at "Hip", "Chic", "Decadent" or even "Extra Decadent." Some of the extra perks in the higher-end rooms include Double voyeur showers, outdoor hot tubs on private balconies and even split level rooms.
Prices p. room p.night: (Year 2011)
(rates include Tax and daily breakfast)
January - April: £245.- to £390.-
May - October: £275.- to £455.-
--> For weddings and other special functions, one can book the entire hotel for private use:
Exclusive use excluding Friday and Saturdays: £7,175.- PER NIGHT.
This rate is inclusive of all 11 bedrooms, based on 22 people bed & breakfast.
Unique Quality: This hotel has won several awards over the past few years:
> Scottish Hotel of the Year 2006.
> Scottish Boutique Hotel of the Year 2006.
> Scottish Boutique Hotel of the Year 2007.
> Scottish Small City Hotel of the Year 2008.
> Most Excellent UK City Hotel 2008.
> Luxury Hotel of the Year 2009.
> Best Inverness City Hotel & Best Local Food 2010.
> Most Excellent UK City Hotel 2011.
My father absolutely loved his stay here (especially since his travel agent had found a special price offer as well!) and would always stay here again when visiting Inverness.
This is a highly recommended hotel for those wanting opulent and lavish accommodation when staying in the Highlands, but shy away from huge business hotels with dozens of rooms and hundreds of fellow guests.
The Rocpool has an exclusive feel to it... because it is simply, exclusive...
Directions: LOCATION MAP: http://www.rocpool.com/images/rocpoolmap.gif
Charming georgian house
The hotel is an elegant georgian house, with a view over the river Ness, just 10 minutes walk from the railway station.
When I stayed at this hotel it had another name. At that time it was family-run, warm and friendly. Fresh flowers, fresh fruit and a small decanter of sherry welcomed us on arrival, in a room with old-style decoration and a canopied bed. All this at a very reasonable price.
Now the hotel has changed hands and although it is still small and cozy it has become a de-luxe accommodation.
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My boyfriend arranged our trip to the Rocpool reserve as a surprise for my birthday and we stayed in room ten which had its own private veranda and hot tub. This really was one of the nicest hotels I have stayed in, the staff were lovely and very efficient and really looked after us during our stay. We had a cocktail before dinner in the R bar, and then had dinner in the restaraunt - the food was great, as was the wine. After dinner we sat out on the heated terrace enjoying a drink. Our room was fantastic! Really comfortable bed, and soft linen. I really appreciated all of teh extras including complimentary Molten Brown toiletries, robes and slippers.
I couldn't fault this hotel, and would love to go back and stay again. Well recommended.
Treated my wife to a luxury night at the Rocpool Reserve and was not disappointed. The modern, contemporary rooms are beautifully finished to a very high standard. Can't recall the room number we stayed in but the photos show just how great our room was – and what a bathroom!
We dined in the Hotel Restaurant and the food was out of this world – highly recommended.
OK, you are paying top price for the room/meals etc. but you don't feel cheated - very difficult to find fault with anything.
I respect some reviewers disappointment with the 'cooked' breakfast surcharge and on reflection there is little to justify why this is not included in the room rate. However, we opted for the standard continental option and again the supreme quality of fresh fruit, smoked salmon, orange juice squeezed from real oranges! etc. satisfied us completely.
If you want a guaranteed first class room – contact the hotel directly, we certainly had one of, if not the best rooms available. Something I could not be guaranteed when booking on-line with the late hotel websites.
P.S. Don't forget your iPod
Arrived at the Rocpool Reserve totally completely stressed after a really difficult flight from Luton and a rude Hertz counter assistant...no need!
Recommend Thrifty delivered to the airport with great staff and superb prices.
Entering the hotel we left the freezing rain and miserable car 'assistants' out in the cold, invited in by a very welcoming hostess who took one look at me and brought an emergency gin & tonic.
Ahhhhhhh how different life can be. The Roc is just fab. Our room wasn't one of the huge, duplex types with a hot tub in its own private patio (damn it!) but it was still just lovely.
HUGE feather duvets in Egyptian cotton covers and sheets, FAB feather pillows giving that lovely sinking, cosy feeling when you snuggle into bed......or anything else!
Plasma screens, mini bar (whatever happened to those?) coffee & tea maker and....
ENVELOPING fluffy robes.
The Roc isn't cheap dinner for two and including wine, drinks and one desert was £120 but you don't stay at this hotel expecting burger & fries with a Macdonalds price tag. It's reasonably expensive and with justification. It has just got a well deserved five star rating.....It glitters and shines above others.
5 Star Luxury
This was my 2nd visit to Rocpool Reserve. This time I travelled up on the new flights from Liverpool to Inverness with a few friends. We arrived at the hotel just after 7pm in time for cocktails in the bar before we went to our room. The room was fabulous, very tastefully decorated with all you could ever need. The bathroom was gorgeous, shower excellent and all full of little molton brown 'takeaways'!
We had booked a table for 9pm at the restaurant, and the experience matched any first class restuarant I have ever eaten in - truly worthy of its 5 stars. The service was 1st class, and the food was amazing!
The breakfast next morning was also fab, anything from simple continental to full scottish breakfast. After checking out we went for a lovely stroll around Inverness, and made our way back to the airport for our flight home. We had a great weekend - something different, we will definitely be back.
My favourite hotel
In the past 5 months my partner and I have stayed at the Rocpool for over 70 nights, and it is by far the BEST hotel in Inverness.
The rooms are beautiful, each individually decorated and designed with talent and care. The staff are always attentive and the food is fabulous - complimented by an excellent wine list and a dangerously good selection of cocktails.
I spend more time in the Rocpool than I do in my own flat, and I can think of nowhere better to call home!
Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, you will not be disappointed by the Rocpool.
Contemporary Highland Luxury
If you are fed up with the clichéd tartan and shortbread style hotel which Scotland seems to be plagued with then the Rocpool is definitely for you.
The Rocpool rooms are both contemporary and luxurious. Nice in room touches include a Tassimo coffee/tea machine, Ipod docking station, cordless phones and DVD home cinema system (to go with the 32” LCD TV).
We stayed in room 4 which had a massive bathroom with double shower cubicle and separate roll top bath. As other reviews have stated there can be some noise in this room as it is right next to the bar. I feel however that the hotel could easily remedy this by installing a door to the bar to block out the noise.
- Luxury well appointed room
- Double shower cubicle
- Located pleasant 5/10 min walk away from city centre
- Pricey (we paid £195 from laterooms for a “decadent” room)
- Continental breakfast included but cooked breakfast is extra (for the money it should be included)
- Bathroom door is half frosted, half clear glass (can be embarrassing when you just need to go!)
We stayed for 2 nights in October for a 'recharge of the batteries' break, and were not disappointed. Our room (one of the 'Hip' rooms) was beatifully finished, and had everything you would need for a short stay, including Molton Brown toiletries, bath robes, mini-bar etc. Staff very friendly and helpful, and with only eleven rooms, everything felt very 'personal'. We also ate here one night, and in the Rocpool Rendezvous in town on our other night, and both meals were fantastic - if you really want a special dining experience the Reserve is the one to go for. We will definitely be back!
Great place. Excellent service in the bar. Let down a little by some amateur service in the restaurant. In fairness this could have been due to the Christmas period and the use of temporary staff.
The dinner was good but definitely not five star. Some of the dishes appeared to have been prepared in advance. Continental breakfast was included in the room rate but a cooked breakfast was extra. A bit much given the cost of the room. The rooms were sleek and modern with a very very comfortable bed.
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Address: 14 Culduthel Road, (formerly Culduthel Lodge), Inverness, Scotland, IV2 4AG, United Kingdom