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Macdonald Morlich Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Me, my husband and 2 year old son stayed here for a 2 night stay to visit aviemore. We chose this hotel due to the facilities it had catering for families/young children and we were not dissapointed! The hotel itself is like its website describes - a resort comprising of a couple of different hotel blocks, a main reception and restaraunt block, an activity center/pool and a cinema. Our hotel room was great. We had a superking size bed which we all shared (you can get cribs for rooms which we were offered but we were fine sharing), which had crisp bed linen and was extreamly comfy and well presented. A table and chairs, tv, dressing table, hair dryer, kettle with teas and a ironing board and iron and substantial cupcoard. The bathroom had a bath with shower over top and was nice and clean with plenty of towels suplied. The seccond night we put a sign on our door to get the room serviced and agai it was cleaned and presented to a high standard and all complementary touletries were replenished which was nice. There was also an option for room service or breakfast to your room and fresh milk for teas if you wanted but we didnt use this feature. We paid for breakfast included in our stay in the 'aspects' restaraunt which is an onsite restauraunt above reception, and i have to say i think it was the best hotel breakfast we have ever had. The restaraunt, although nicley presented was welcoming for fsmilies with young children. There was a buffet style hot breakfast which was really good in comparason to others we have tried and exentsive continental breakst with lots of pastries (which tasted of high quality), fresh fruits, yogurt, muslie with different toppings, lots of cereals, bannana bread, muffins, porridge, different breads and fresh juices and condiments - it was really really good! We also had an evening meal there 1 night which was nice but i do think it was over priced for the evening meal (mains starting at about £16.00 and about £25.00 for some meat dishes and kids meals at £8.00) it was nice but just abit expensive for what I would class alongside good pub grub. The activity center and pool were really great and as a hotel guest you got unlimited acess free of charge which was amazing - my son loved every bit of it. There was a soft play area and cafe which qas a good one - huge and kept him happy for hours and we had fun with him too. Theres also an indoor play room/rooms which had so many toys/xbox for older kids/lego/dolls/dress up/craft was so so good. You also had the option of supervised play sessions/childcare from the registered staff there which ee didnt use but would have been handy if you wanted to use the onsite gym etc. The pool was really good too, very clean, and provided clean towels for you to use. It also has a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna which were nice. Staff were all friendly and welcoming and staff at reception were very helpful, all in all a great experience and i would definatley go back and highly reccomend!

We arrived at the Morlich only to find a printed card on a stand saying that this hotel was close and could we please check in at the sister hotel across the road We have only booked the day before and we told that this hotel had just been refurbished just recently and we managed to get a classic king size room?? This is the Morlich. £105.00 per night bed and breakfast good deal? Or we could have there sister hotel £102. 00. After finding out where to check in we where told that we had been upgraded lol and no other reason after a 15 min conversation with the desk Clark we where ask if we would like to see the manager this not is at 3 pm after driven 3 hours. I said no and handed off to our room. Only to find as we were told this is an executive room. The room was dark and the furniture and beds had seen better days but the bath room was great lol. As I rang the man reception to question the bill once again I was to this is executive a room. Food walked down stair to find out about the restaurants only to be met by a member of staff that gave me a menu and walked away so we eat out Came back to the hotel to find a que of people given the staff a right hard time. Back to the room run a hot bath and just forget the stress of the day only to find the hot water with body temperature. Getting up early to go snowboarding . What a great day. Arrived back at the hotel around 6 pm cold and wet. We had already decided to use the hotel sauna and steam room just in case on hot water only to find that our room had not been made lol. So making the bed where we found loads old socks. Slippers.old paper work under the bed once again I have to say in executive room. There was a knock on the door 6.20 do you need your room maken up as I said I have made our bed thanks lol One good thing about this place breakfast was great. 5 out of 5 All in all For the money I would stay somewhere next time

So can't overly fault the hotel, it was lovely to look at - the features of the hotel like the pool, restaurants and shopping centre & cinema were fantastic. Breakfast was also splendid. My only gripe was being put in the room which neighbours the lift. The lift doors are ridiculously loud, they keep you awake to the point where this room is unusable. We should have asked for a different room, but we were only staying 3 nights and didn't get round to it. Just avoid the room near the lift!

We stayed at this hotel last year and after problems with our first room being freezing cold they upgraded us to an Executive Suite - very nice indeed. So this year we booked online and specifically selected the Executive Suite as we loved it so much last year. So we arrive and check in and get our room - not an Executive Suite at all! After complaining to reception they told us we had not booked an Executive Suite but an Executive Double. The website did not make clear the difference. The duty manager did however give us another Executive Double as the first one was tiny! Plus we could hear very clearly someone coughing in the next room. If they had not changed us we would have been very unhappy in the first room.

Ok I will keep this brief as possible as I hate typing these things. The hotel was very nice indeed but does look a bit tired and worn in places even after a major refurb. after a few years. I won't give my age away but I did stay here a few time in the 80's when it was called The Badenoch Hotel but was not great then but a vast improvement now. I have to say all the staff were most helpful from the check in to housekeeping. Bar prices a touch on the high side. Buffet breakfast again could not fault. The only downside was when we got into our room 7/170 inside was as cold as outside. I switched the electric heater and sort of made a difference. We decided to go to the bar for a drink while the room warmed up. About 40 mins later back up to the room and was not much better. I went to the window to find it in the closed position but the gap a the top you could get your finger tips into and well as the sides near the top. This was where the cold draft was coming from as it was well below freezing outside. What I then did was to get toilet roll paper and stuff it into the gaps and that did the job drafts gone. I then phoned the deck downstairs to complain about the room being cold. They again could not be more helpful. Within about an hour another electric heater ( free standing ) arrived. Took again say a couple of hours and with the curtains closed a very nice temp. However we did leave them on all the time. So apart from that was pretty much faultless and our complaint was dealt with. Over and above this I would recommend this hotel to family and friends.

Quaint Town A couple restaurants and shops Friendly Staff Bar and Restaurant within establishment Food a little pricey Decent-sized room No Air Conditioning, just Heaters Windows open, but no screen so bugs can fly/crawl in Comfy bed with two pillows Flatscreen Television with moderate amount of channels Desk with standard chair Closet has Double-Sliding Mirrored Doors Safe in closet Seating Chair with Table Bathroom small, but done properly even though the door swings in Standing Shower with heated towel rack Sink with two-knob faucets: one for hot, one for cold Toilet too close to door which can hit knee; awkward Toilet incased in wall; very cool One can hear the television in the loo, as well Decent breakfast Okay Staff Good Bar Staff

We went on a group tour to Aviemore, Scotland in the United Kingdom and were booked at the Morlich Hotel at Macdonald Resort. The hotel is very modern and very clean. The check-in process as a touring group was very quick, efficient and painless. The rooms are very modern and very clean. The bathroom have new and modern fixtures and very bright, and even have a television speaker inside. However, there is no air conditioning which is really not necessary, as weather was very mild and cool during the time we were there (July). I would recommend this hotel 100% and would definitely stay here again when in Aviemore!!!

If everything else had been great I would have forgiven them the small room (2 twins pushed together is not a king), the loose tap, dodgy wardrobe door and shower lacking in both power and heat but it wasn't. Despite always looking for a hotel with a bar and restaurant this had neither as they were closed. There were "dine with us" leaflets all over the place (and in the rooms) but the only open places were in another hotel and as it was very dark and poorly lit outside we had bother finding it. The bar was lacking in any ambience and the service was odd to say the least so we were not keep to try the restaurant. He also struggled to find the prices on the computer and when I later looked I saw my large glass of wine had been overcharged as 2 x small glasses. I had lost the will to complain by this stage and we left to find somewhere nicer (and bumped into a lot of other hotel people doing the same - helping 2 ladies looking to "get the hell out") - we were charged almost £4 less elsewhere for the same round of drinks. As stated the lack of lighting made it difficult to find the way out but we managed. The promised Italian and Burger restaurants were what we had fancied checking out on the 2nd night but we were forced into Aviemore. I am not able-bodied and by the 2nd night usually eat in but unless you send your partner to Tesco's that's not an option (don't be fooled by the takeaway pizza you can order - its the size of a saucer). I did ask (twice) why everything was shut but am still without an answer. I tried to complain on checking out but first couldn't find anyone and then he said "its not my fault" - this is my least favourite response so I just left. If you work there you are representing the hotel! I had to get a taxi back up the road as I could not walk any further. Gee thanks - we won't be back. Breakfast was fine and staff there also fine and I had requested to be in a quiet room away from the lift which it was - still left feeling we have paid for services we did not get!

A lovely hotel in the Aviemore hotel was a nice surprise to find how good the hotel is inside which contradicts its rather ugly exterior . The staff very friendly and efficient, food excellent and the facilities on the site are great. Rooms are very comfortable. A great​ a base in the Cairngorms with lots of places and mountain activities to visit nearby. Easy walking distance from Aviemore train station.

On arrival the reception staff are very nice, friendly and helpful. Our double room was well equipped and laid out, the bathroom was especially nice. Disappointing that the "double room" contained 2 beds pushed together and the bar that holds them together was not attached meaning some "separation" in the night, a bit irritating. The room was also excessively hot, as was the hotel in general. I know some people like it cosy but the heat was oppressive. Breakfast was nice, loads of choice and well cooked and laid out. Also had a drink in the bar which was pleasant but found it odd that it didn't open til 5pm, we were looking forward to a sneaky afternoon drink. Also the lift needs painted or something, I seriously thought it was the service lift. The best things about this hotel are the staff and the location, which just a couple of minutes walk from Aviemore centre.

Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

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.

Property features

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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

49% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 221 reviews