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Macdonald Morlich Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I booked Aviemore for my Birthday weekend and decided to stay at the Morlich again as we were up last October and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. What a pleasant surprise to find that the head of housekeeping had left me a card, chocs and a bottle of wine to wish me a Happy Birthday. And the service from the staff was top class, no complaints. They couldn't be more helpful.

First time at resort and really enjoyed it. Hotel (Morlich) is very good and nice to pop into, and have access, to the other 2 hotels onsite to use restaurants. Good pool (better for younger ones) during the day with more formal lane swimming in evening. Very central and minimal wander to the town and also to the nature walks to the back.

Nice overnight visit. Pleasant hotel .. mostly enjoyed the late night walk around the village. Calling into the local pubs. Breaky and hotel room quite nice .. would like to see the hotel in the snow season

This place exceeded our expectations. Although the rooms weren’t big, they were clean and seemed recently decorated. The hotel was within a short walk of the main street while their breakfast buffet was plentiful and of a good standard. We enjoyed using the pool but we were warned by the attendant that the waterslide might be a bit slippery!

I booked into the Macdonald Morlich Hotel for 4 nights over the Easter weekend for my 11 yr old son and myself and was hugely disappointed It's a Macdonald Hotel so I would have expected 1. Room Service 2. Baths in all rooms 3. Rooms to be cleaned by 4.30pm 4. A reasonably sized room - I'm glad I didn't have a cat !! 5. Not to be kept awake by moving lifts - the shafts of which were adjacent to our room We even left a day early and this wasn't picked up at checking out I would rate this only slightly higher ( due to lovely big white towels) than a travel lodge for more than treble the price !

I took my mine year old daughter for a one night stay. I couldn't fault our room: beautifully decorated and spotless. We, on reflection, ought to have gone out for dinner but, instead, had a fairly mediocre Italian meal at Giovanni's. The service was slow and the food was not remarkable - sorry! Breakfast was adequate. We used the activity centre which was a little tired. £3 for a coffee! Despite this, I'd happily go back as the location is super, quiet, full of birdsong, my daughter loved the pool and the room was lovely. The whole resort seems geared up for families.

Stayed for a night in this hotel, it was a gift we received at Christmas. The hotel is nice and the room was very clean and comfortable. Slept really well in the big comfortable bed and enjoyed a lovely breakfast. All the staff were great and there are good facilities in the resort. I would definitely stay again and can recommend this hotel for a wee break. It was our first trip to Aviemore and we both really enjoyed it.

We stayed here for two nights while on our tour and it was a great stay. The room was lovely - pretty decor with touches of plaid - and the bathroom very nice and modern. The room had a neat energy saving feature in which you'd have to swipe your room card when you first entered the room to turn on the electricity. We slept very well as the beds were comfortable. There was also a hair dryer, too. There's a movie theatre under two minutes away from this hotel at the resort. We didn't get to go because we were busy sight seeing all day, but we thought the option was cool! Nearby there's a Tesco which we walked to a couple of times for snacks like shortbread and chocolate. The town is quite picturesque. I recommend going out for a walk to explore a little, especially to see Carrbridge, a stunning old bridge. We also saw many bunnies on the grounds of the resort itself which isn't something you see where I'm from. Since Aviemore is in the Highlands, the mountain views are spectacular. The one downside for me was the first dinner I had there. We picked the fish dinner. It looked delicious. But in mine, I found fish bones. It turned me off of the meal. As we were dining privately in a room with our tour group, the servers were scarce so I didn't make a complaint at the time. The desert, however, was good. It was a kind of cheesecake, very light and almost mousse-like. Dinner the second night was better (and the dessert was good again). Breakfast had so many options from fruit, vegetables, pastries, eggs, and more. If I got the chance to go back, I definitely would. It's such a lovely hotel and despite the one dinner, I really enjoyed my stay.

The Morlich is one of the hotels in the MacDonald Aviemore resort. The staff are lovely and our 'upgraded super king' room was OK but there was only one drawer, only half the wardrobe was accessible for clothes and had just 8 hangers, as the other half was taken up with the safe and tea and coffee machine. It was ok but very cramped as the exceptionally large bed took up most of the room. The fact that the hotel advertises itself as being part as of the resort seems to be an excuse for not providing proper service to guests. For instance we went down for breakfast on our third day to find the restaurant closed and were told by the receptionist that breakfast was to be taken in the Highlands hotel some 100 yards away - which may not seem far but when it's pouring with rain and you have to go back to your room to get outdoor coats and shoes was to me totally unacceptable. Also on the second evening we had no choice but to visit the steakhouse in the sister hotel as The inhouse one was closed on the Sunday night. The restaurant in the Morlich is Gianni's which styles itself as the best Italian restaurant in the area, sadly this is not the case. It's a soulless cafe that is equipped entirely with hard metal chairs and cheap laminate tables with a hard wood style floor that makes everything echo. The menu is very limited and lacks standard Italian dishes such as carbonara. It is very disappointing and frankly not worth visiting if you want a good Italian meal. The wine is also poor and over priced for what is on offer. If you are on a DBB rate, as were we, it basically means that you have to go over to another hotel, the Highlands which has a steakhouse if Gianni's Italian doesn't suit you. The steaks are fine but the menu is otherwise quite lack lustre, expensive, and if you are vegetarian then you will find almost almost no choice. My advice would be not to book the DBB rate as there are other much better restaurants in Aviemore and which are also much better priced. We were given a £25 allowance each and frankly for £50 could have bought a much better meal in Aviemore at one of the independent restaurants. Personally I wouldn't want to stay there again or if I did it would be room only.

Nice overnight stay at this hotel. We had an excellent sleep with the comfy beds and in peace and quiet! Rooms were standard hotel sized but beautifully presented and very clean. The staff were very helpful and we had a really good breakfast. Only thing lacking was a nice open fire to give some atmosphere in the lounge.

Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore Scotland

Macdonald Morlich Hotel places you within a mile (2 km) of Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre and Speyside Wildlife. This 4-star hotel has 64 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. It's in the mountains and also close to Cairngorm Brewery and Craigellachie National Nature Reserve.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's theme restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the 2 coffee shops/cafés. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.


The 64 rooms have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, phones, and ironing boards. Guests can expect to find satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also included.

Macdonald Morlich Hotel features a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a children's pool. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a health club, a sauna, and WiFi in public areas.

Property features

Room options

Classic King Room Single Use

King 1 | Sleeps 1

Executive King Room

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

47% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 185 reviews