In December 2020 I stayed for one night at the new Courtyard by Marriott, Inverness Airport, more commonly known at the Inverness airport hotel. This is a new hotel which opened in March 2020. It’s great for Inverness to have an airport hotel, although there are plenty of hotels in Inverness which is not far away.
At the time of staying the Highlands was in Tier 1 so it was OK to stay overnight. Not long after our stay the Highlands went into Tier 4 so overnight stays are only allowed in connection with essential work or as per the Government list of exemptions.
Getting to Inverness Airport Hotel
We drove from Inverness to Inverness Airport. It is just under 9 miles from Inverness to the airport and therefore the airport hotel.
There are bus services from Inverness city centre to the airport. Timetables are currently changed due to the reduced number of flights from the airport.
Arriving at the Inverness Airport Hotel
Inverness airport hotel is easily accessed from the roundabout just before entering the airport car park. The hotel has it’s own private parking with around 6 spaces at the front of the hotel, with more beside the hotel and towards the back. There are 3 electric car charging spaces at the front of the hotel alongwith a number of disabled parking bays.
Parking is free but you must enter your registration number into the terminal on entering the hotel to avoid any fines.
Checking In at The Courtyard by Marriott, Inverness Airport
The check in was quick and friendly. The hotel was very quiet so there was no queue as there were very few guests.
Courtyard by Marriott, Inverness Airport Hotel Facilities
On the ground floor to the left of the check in desks is the bar, lounge and restaurant area. There are two large screen TV’s showing the news.
Screens have been put in place to partition the tables and ensure physical distancing.
Continental breakfast is served from 7am – 9.30am
The bar is open all day until 10pm
Dinner is served from 6pm – 8.15pm with booking advised as being essential.
Just across from the reception there is a small gym area. This was available to use but guests had to contact reception to access.
To the right of the reception desks are two lifts.
The hotel has front facing rooms which face towards the airport and rear facing rooms.
Rooms 101-119 are on the front so 201-219, 301-319 also. These rooms are on the right hand side of the hotel if you were standing outside facing the hotel i.e. furthest away from the runway.
Rooms 102-120 are at the back of the hotel so 202-220, 302-320 also and they are opposite the rooms above. These rooms have a view across the parking at the rear of the hotel and open land.
Rooms 121-141 are front facing rooms nearest the runway. 221-241 and 321-341 are also front facing to the airport side. The best runway views would be from rooms 141, 241 and 341. These may be double rather than twin rooms – 241 is a double room, as is 239 which is the next closest room. Room 237 is the closest twin room on the second floor with a runway view. These rooms are to the left hand side of the hotel if you were standing outside facing the hotel.
Roos 122-142 are at the back of the hotel, so is 222-242 and 322-342. These rooms look over the parking area and open land.
Please note that at the time of reviewing only one half of the hotel was open. The left hand side as you face the hotel from the outside.
(I would recommend just double checking the room configuration as I didn’t physically check all the floors and room layouts due to Covid19 restrictions)
- We stayed in room 237. This was a twin bedded room.
- It was located at the front of the building nearest the airport as we had asked for a runway view.
- The room was accessed via keycard.
- On entering the room there was a key holder on the wall which activated the electric supply in the room.
- On the left entering the room was a spacious shower room with toilet and washbasin.
- The room was spacious and light with floor to ceiling windows.
- The twin beds had duvets and they were very comfy. Each bed had two pillows.
- Each bed had a bedside light and bedside spotlight making it easy to read in bed. Only one bed had a power socket beside it.
- On the wall there was a large TV with a good selection of channels. You could also connect your device through YouTube.
- The room had a work desk and a small table and stool.
- There was a minibar in the room, although this wasn’t stocked. There was also a kettle with tea and coffee supplies.
- In the drawer was a hairdryer.
- The windows had privacy curtains and blackout curtains.
- On the wall near the bathroom were the heating controls.
Using the Room
The room was spacious enough for two of us to sleep, watch TV and have something to eat in the room.k
There were two sets of nice fluffy towels.
We struggled initially to get the heating to work and had to have the temperature set on 32 degrees to get heat coming out of the heating unit, but the room warmed up quickly so it wasn’t a problem.
The shower wasn’t a power shower but it was spacious. There were also toiletries in the bathroom.
Breakfast at the Courtyard by Marriott, Inverness
We decided at the last minute to have breakfast and hadn’t booked. Breakfast was £7.50 per person.
- There was a continental buffet and the team had worked hard to make sure things were safe. There was a coffee machine to use which also dispensed hot water.
- Nearby was a fridge was individually wrapped bowls of fruit salad, yoghurt, cheeses and wrapped glasses of apple or orange juice.
- The bread was individually labelled paper bags of brown or white bread.
- On he main buffet were individually wrapped pain au chocolate, croissants, muffins and breakfast bars.
- You could also order a hot filled roll with sausage, egg or bacon.
- The service was also very warm and friendly.
What I Liked
- The room location was great. It was lovely to see a plane take off and another land. Any of the rooms nearest the runway would give a good view, but the 2nd and 3rd floors would be the best.
- The room was spacious and bright.
- It was exceptionally clean.
- It was good to have tea and coffee facilities in the room as well as toiletries, given some hotels have removed these.
- It was nice to use the lounge and we watched a Government announcement on the big TV downstairs while enjoying a cup of tea.
- The price was great value – it was £45 for one night (not including breakfast).
What I Liked Less
- The rooms do not have door closers on them. This is a bit of a pet hate of mine. It just means there is a danger of being disturbed by a door banging.
- There wasn’t free WIFI in the room. I think I am just so used to this that it seems unusual when it isn’t free now. I used my 4G to do some emails while I was in the room so it wasn’t a problem. The WIFI is free in public areas of the hotel.
Overall Hotel Experience
- It was lovely to stay in this hotel having been so pleased to see it finally built. The staff were very warm and friendly making us feel very welcome.
- We felt safe as we felt the hotel was very clean with good distancing measures in place.
- It was great to have a view of the runway.
Getting to Inverness Airport from the Hotel
Just outside the front of the hotel there is a tarmac path which leads around the outside of the car hire parking area and into the terminal building near the check in desks.
It is flat and level walking and around 5 minutes to walk from the hotel front door to the terminal entrance.
We thought we would take a wander over to the airport to see a plane taking off from the lounge. However, the airport building is only for those that are actually taking a flight so we didn’t go inside.
Video Review of Bedroom
Here is a little video that I made of our room. It shows you the facilities, the layout, the decor and the view from the room.
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I have written a series of articles on the Scottish Highlands which you might find useful;
- Getting to the Highlands
- All about the Scottish Highlands
- Loch Ness Tour
- Inverness Airport Hotel Review
- Inverness Airport Lounge Review
- Inverness Hotels – Reviewed by a Local
- 16 Fun Things to Do in Inverness – By a Local
- Reelig Glen – Beautiful Walk with Fairytale Views
- Plodda Falls – Circular Drive, Circular Walk and Stunning Views
- 1 or 2 Stay Circular Drive to Gairloch – Simply Beautiful
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