Rocpool Reserve Hotel

Inverness, Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom

At a Glance

  • Inverness' only five-star hotel option

  • Exquisite dining at Albert Roux-run restaurant

  • Great location for exploring Inverness or heading out to the Speyside whisky distilleries and Loch Ness

  • Good option for families as well as couples

  • Excellent Chez Roux Restaurant offering creative and accomplished cuisine

  • Lively cocktail bar popular with the locals

  • Indulgently and individually designed bedrooms with a range of features including the option for a private balcony and outdoor hot tub

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Insider's View

While there's always an outside chance of spotting Nessie, increase your chances of spotting denizens of the deep with a dolphin safari on the nearby Moray Firth.

For a romantic getaway, book one of the Extra Decadent Suites to enjoy your private patio and jacuzzi.

Call us on 020 3993 4743 to start planning your holiday to Rocpool Reserve Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Highlands Islands of Scotland

Description

For modern boutique accommodation with an excellent bar and accomplished Chex Roux restaurant, the Rocpool Reserve Hotel makes a comfortable base in the heart of Inverness, with spa-style ensuite-bathrooms and the option of a private outdoor hot tub.

Housed in a handsome Georgian mansion, the classical exterior of the Rocpool Reserve Hotel does not reflect the indulgent and contemporary interiors, full of modern style and drama, with a palette of deep red, burnished gold and dark chocolate. Each room has been individually-designed and includes a spa-style en-suite bathroom. The staff are warm and welcoming and it is an easy 10-minute stroll into Inverness city centre and Inverness Castle. With a popular cocktail bar and excellent Chez Roux Restaurant, the Rocpool Reserve makes a comfortable boutique base for exploring the city and Scottish Highlands.

There are four room categories: Hip; Chic; Decadent and Extra Decadent. All rooms feature large emperor-size beds and include Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, fully-stocked minibar, premium linens and toiletries, safe, hairdryer and Tassimo coffee, tea and hot chocolate maker. Other features include split-level rooms, Bose Bluetooth sound system, private balcony with outdoor hot tub, sauna, deep bathtubs and double walk-in rain showers, dependent on your choice of room. Hair straighteners, DVDs and in-room massage are available on request. While the general decor is modern and comfortable, some may consider it a little dated.

The Chex Roux Restaurant is Albert Roux’s first in Scotland and uses fresh Scottish ingredients with a French twist. The accomplished chef creates modern elegant cuisine and the food is a highlight of the property. Breakfast is cooked to order and there is both a la carte and set menu dining for both lunch and dinner. There is also a RouXpress Menu of four small courses representing good value for money available at lunchtime and throughout the day in the R Bar, the hotel’s popular cocktail bar. Well-located for exploring the charms of Inverness, the Rocpool Reserve makes a comfortable and friendly base.

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Accommodation

Each room varies in size and design offering a choice from the smaller Hip rooms to the Extra Decadent with private balcony and outdoor hot tub, but all enjoy indulgent spa-style en-suite bathroom. While the décor is not cutting-edge or contemporary in style, it is modern and comfortable.
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Childcare

Children are welcome and extra beds, cots and high chairs can be provided along with a special children’s menu. In addition, board games and DVDs are available to borrow from reception.

Facilities

The Chez Roux Restaurant is a highlight of the property with some creative and inspired cooking. The breakfasts are cooked to order and will set you up for the day. Popular with locals, the R Bar is a lovely place to relax with a pre-dinner cocktail or relaxing nightcap. Board games and DVDs are also available to borrow on request.

Activities

The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre where you will find Inverness Castle and makes a good base for exploring the wider Scottish Highlands. Activities including walking through the beautiful glens, wildlife spotting, fishing, horse riding, boat cruises on Loch Ness, taking a tour of the local whisky distilleries and playing championship golf courses.

Experiences

  • Culloden Battlefield

    Culloden is an evocative place. The site of the last battle on British soil, and the last stand of an ancient royal dynasty whose lineage dates to the Dark Age Kingdom of Dalriada, a visit to Culloden battlefield is a must for keen historians.

  • Dunrobin Castle guided tour

    Make your way to the ancient home of the Sutherland Clan, Dunrobin Castle, where you will enjoy a tour of the historic building and its beautiful grounds. After a delicious lunch you'll be treated to an impressive private falconry display.

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amid a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor centre can be explored at your leisure.

  • Explore the Cairngorms

    The Cairngorms is the largest National Park in the United Kingdom and home to a quarter of Scotland's native forest, a third of the UK's land above 600 meters and a quarter of the rare and endangered species in the British Isles.

  • Fishing the River Spey

    Enjoy some of the finest salmon fishing in the world along Tulchan Water on the River Spey. Whether you're a novice or a highly experienced angler, the experienced ghillies will ensure that you get the most from your day on the river.

  • Highland Games

    The fun and spectacle of the Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral.

  • Hogwarts Express

    The Jacobite Steam Train runs between Fort William and Mallaig on the wonderfully scenic West Highland railway line, famed for its iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct which may seem familiar as it is on the way to Hogwarts in three of the Harry Potter films.

  • Loch Ness cruise from Fort Augustus

    Search for the mythical Loch Ness Monster during a cruise across the impressive loch. Take in the beautiful views as you cruise across the water, before landing at Urquhart Castle and exploring its ancient ruins.

  • Private Luxury Cruise on Loch Ness

    Step aboard a luxury motor cruiser to enjoy an exclusive boat trip along Loch Ness. Your charming local hosts will regale you of stories of the loch and its many mysteries, as well as giving a delightful insight into the local life of Inverness.

  • The Cairngorms by mountain bike and canoe

    Discover the Cairngorms National Park with your knowledgeable guide, exploring by canoe and mountain bike. Make your way across one of the park's most beautiful lochs before continuing by bike on the other side towards a barbecue lunch.

  • Urquhart Castle

    Magnificently positioned above Loch Ness, the ruins of Urquhart Castle has stood for well over a thousand years. Visiting Urquhart Castle offers superlative views and a fascinating history from St Columba to the seventeenth century when it was blown up.

Location & directions

Inverness, Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom

The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Inverness Airport or a five-minute drive from the train station. Trains to Edinburgh take 2.5-hours or take the 12-hour Caledonian Sleeper train from London. Located near the River Ness, Inverness city centre is an easy 10-minute walk from the hotel.

How to get there

Fly to Inverness, from where Rocpool Reserve is around 20 minutes by road.

Inverness can also be reached by rail from Edinburgh (4 hours) and London (11 hours).

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