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Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Review – Helpful Things To Know

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Check out this review of the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer, which includes a video tour of the room.

What is the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Like?

Why stay at the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer?

It’s a good dog-friendly option in Strathpeffer. Rooms are refurbished and modern. The building is historic and in a great location. It’s great to be able to dine with your dog!

The Highland Hotel is a large hotel in a historic building. The hotel has a wood-panelled lounge and dining area and some stained glass windows.

The hotel is set at the top of the hill overlooking Strathpeffer Village. There are trees and greenery around the hotel and it is a very easy walk into the village itself.

The Highland Hotel has been used extensively as a hotel for tour groups. It has 147 rooms so can accommodate 3 coaches at one time.

It is a dog-friendly hotel.

During our stay, it was very quiet but if it was busy with 2 or 3 coaches it would be a very different stay. We found the stay to be relaxing and particularly liked how dog friendly it was.

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1. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Address and Phone Number

Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Address:

Strathpeffer, Ross-Shire, IV14 9AN

Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Telephone Number:

0330 094 5919

2. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Location

If you come into Strathpeffer from the East (Contin direction) you will pass an old garage on your left-hand side, which is now a bus company depot. Shortly after that, you will see a sign pointing to a left-hand turn which is the entrance to the hotel.

If you come into Strathpeffer from the West (Dingwall direction) you will pass the various hotels including the Ben Wyvis on your left. You will then pass the main village square, just as you head up the hill you will see a sign pointing to a right-hand turn which is the entrance to the hotel.

3. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Parking

There is free parking around the hotel. The are two entrances to the hotel, one at the back which is the main door into reception, and step-free from the rear car park.

There is another entrance through the bar/restaurant at the front of the hotel which has steps from the car parking area there.

Parking is free.

highland hotel strathpeffer the professional traveller terrace at front of hotel

4. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Getting to Reception

From the rear car park follow the path between the shrubs to the entrance doors. On entering the building turn left and pass the bar to reach the reception area.

From the front car parking area go up the steps and enter using the right-hand door. This will take you through the bar area. The check-in desk is to the left of the main staircase.

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5. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Checking In

There is an option to check in online but you will still need to sign your booking form and collect your key.

Checking in was quick and easy when we stayed with a very warm welcome from the receptionist.

What are the check-in and check-out times at the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer?

Check-in is from 3 pm. Check is a little flexible – anytime between 10 am and 11 am!

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6. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Facilities

  • There is a bar at the hotel with a large lounge seating area
  • Small terrace for outdoor dining
  • Restaurant serving breakfast and dinner
  • Lift (small 3-person lift with a very heavy outer door)
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7. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Eating and Drinking

What kind of breakfast is served?

The breakfast served was a buffet breakfast. On the cold buffet were cereals, yoghurts, and fruit salads. On the hot buffet were sausages, bacon, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, baked beans, and tinned tomatoes. There was also apple and orange juice available as well as a toast maker.

When I asked for vegetarian sausages there were none as they don’t have these available for guests.

What time is breakfast served?

Breakfast is served from 8 am to 9 am.

Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Menu

There was an option to book a meal in advance when checking in online. This was offered at a discounted price of £20 for 3 courses instead of the normal £25.

Dinner was a Table D’Hote menu with 3 or 4 choices for each course.

Starters included;

  • Soup, Caprese Salad, Haddock Fishcake

Main courses included;

  • Vegetarian nut roast, Beef and Ale pie, a fish dish

Deserts included;

  • Ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, cheesecake

The food was good. The vegetarian roast was lovely as was the sticky toffee pudding.

The service was speedy and we actually had all 3 courses served within 30 minutes which made my hungry teenage nephew very happy.

Dog-Friendly Dining

Whilst dogs are not allowed in the restaurant, you can have a table set in the bar area and eat your meals there with your doggie travelling companion. We did this for dinner and breakfast.

8. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer – Bedroom

Having expected an older styled bedroom we were delighted with our modern-looking and furnished room on the 2nd floor.

We stayed in Room 218 a large corner room that had windows looking out over the village of Strathpeffer.

The room was immaculately clean.

9. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer – Bedroom Facilities

Facilities in the bedroom included;

  • Bedside tables
  • Reading lights with a flexible neck and good brightness
  • Sockets and USB sockets beside the bed
  • Desk area with mirror and hairdryer
  • A small table and two seats by the window
  • Wardrobe
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Blankets
  • Luggage rack
  • Bathroom with shower over bath and toiletries
  • Two-drawer unit with tea and coffee-making facilities on top

10. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer – Video Room Tour

Check out the video below for a tour around our hotel room, 218 on the second floor.

11. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer – Cost of Stay

We paid £71 for a twin room, including breakfast, in April 2022.

There was an extra £10 charge for our dog.

Dinner was an extra £20 each.

The total price for the stay was £121

12. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Reviews

The Highland Hotel scores 4 out of 5 overall from 1092 reviews

  • Location 4.5 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 4.5 out of 5
  • Service 4.5 out of 5
  • Value 4.5 out of 5

Read more Tripadvisor reviews here

13. Highland Hotel StrathpefferConclusion

  • Nice hotel for a dog-friendly stay with easy walking to the village area
  • Relaxing and welcoming stay – ideal for 1 or 2 nights
  • Interesting features around the hotel
  • Quality of rooms was much better than expected
  • Breakfast time is a bit limited so would probably eat in a cafe in the square if wanted a more leisurely breakfast

Here is a little video of the view from our 2nd-floor bedroom across the village of Strathpeffer

14. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer – What’s Nearby?

Strathpeffer Pavillion and Pump Room

You can’t miss the Strathpeffer Pavillion – it overlooks the main square of Strathpeffer. There are regular events at the pavilion including concerts.

Check what is upcoming here.

Next to the Pavillion is the Pump Room where you can taste the spa water which made Strathpeffer a popular Victorian village with people coming to ‘take the waters’.

Deli in the Square

Offering delicious takeaway options and lovely eat-in dining too, this Deli has got great reviews from its many satisfied customers. Open 8 am to 10 pm every day apart from Sunday.

Highland Museum of Childhood

Located down the hill from the hotel and at the old railway station this is a tiny but cute museum designed to evoke some fold childhood memories.

The old railway station has a couple of gift shops and a cafe too so it’s a pleasant destination for a walk.

Check out more things to do in and around Strathpeffer

15. Highland Hotel Strathpeffer – Hotels Nearby

Ben Wyvis Hotel

Mackays Hotel

Craigvar Hotel

Further Reading

If you have found this review of the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer useful you might also like;

10 Important Things to Know Before Visiting the Highlands – for an even better stay

Highland Cottages with Hot Tubs – for great self-catering stays in the Highlands

The Scottish Highlands – why this is a great destination to visit any time of the year

Scottish Highlands Road Trip – an easy 1 or 2-day trip that has amazing scenery. You could easily combine this with your stay in Strathpeffer

If you want some more ideas for your next trip check out my Scottish Highlands page

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