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Macdonald Morlich Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

Dear o dear, The room was old, run down, that’s even after paying for a upgraded room, thick in dust. We did complain & was told “sorry” No glasses or plates removed from the room from the night before. Room not hoovered (hence thick in dust) Nothing much for the kids to do in the evening. We won’t be back here. 4 star no way, 2-3 maybe

We stayed at the Macdonald Morlich for the Aviemore half marathon. The room was spacious, the bed was huge and comfortable, and everything was very clean. Breakfast was great with a lot of options and good service. We found the details from staff a bit lacking (we didn't even know the check out time) and the price was a little high, but this could be due to the busy event over the weekend. There was also a bit of noise from other guests in the corridor. Would come back if we got a better deal.

I thought I'd been here before, but didn't recognise name... It was then I realised that this was the old Aviemore Inn hotel that has been refurbished and renamed. Unlike the abysmal attempts to rebrand the ill-reputed Four Seasons to the Strathspey (which is just as bad as it's always been!), this hotel has improved alot. Not only does the name sound better, the rooms, service and condition of the Morlich Hotel are of a much higher standard than they were before. The reception staff were great, my 1st floor room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The bed was large and soft, plenty of desk and storage space and the en suite spotless with good water pressure. The bar is comfortable, and the staff great, although the drinks a tad overpriced. Breakfast is now served in the Italian restaurant within the hotel, rather than in the main resort building, which is a far better idea and was of a good standard. Location wise its perfect- a few minutes walk from Aviemore station and all the shops and restaurants on the main street, and a stones throw from the beautiful Cairngorms, Glenmore (home to the stunning Loch after which this hotel is named) and Rothiemurcus. Within the resort, the Morlich is right opposite the Spey Valley shopping- despite having lost count of how many times I've stayed on the resort, I'd never been into the shop before and it really is worth a look, you can pick up anything and everything and get some good bargains. Overall, the Morlich is a very good hotel and I'm sure I'll be back.

I had not stayed in a hotel in Aviemore since the 70's. We had just sold our house in Cumbria and moved to Crieff. So decided on a stay in Aviemore. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of staff and the cleanliness of our room, hitel and area. On our first night we decided to visit the Aspects Resteraunt for the two steaks and a bottle of wine deal. On our second night we booked the Scottish Steakhouse for something a little special. We mistakenly thought this was a two minute walk from the Morlich hotel. When we realised we cancelled and called into the Aspect lounge at 6pm and was duly informed by the receptionist just to go up and we'll be looked after. Unfortunately, a young waiter guided us to a table in the centre of an empty resteraunt. I asked to be seated in an outer table, he instantly stated all tables fully booked without checking. As I feel very uncomfortable in this situation I refused the offer and withdrew from the resteraunt. After leaving I decided to mention this to the duty manager who reacted and dealt with our concerns in the most considerate and professional manner. We were treated like VIPs. Even without this I would recommend McDonald's Hotel Resort at Aviemore to all my family and friends for an unforgettable experience. Of special note are the staff at Morlich and Mario of the Scottish Steakhouse. Just mention John and Julie Wrightson and the great Fillet Steaks we had. 10 out of 10. Hope to return again soon.

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.

Room options

Classic Double Room Single Use (King)

King 1 | Sleeps 1

Executive Double Room (King)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

48% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 212 reviews