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Alexandra Hotel, hotel in Ballater

Located in Ballater and with Balmoral Castle reachable within 11 miles, Alexandra Hotel has a restaurant, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a bar.

8.8
Scored 8.8
Excellent
Rated excellent
411 reviews
Price from$180.29per night
Cambus O' May Hotel, hotel in Ballater

Cambus O' May Hotel has free bikes, garden, a shared lounge and terrace in Ballater.

8.6
Scored 8.6
Excellent
Rated excellent
1,206 reviews
Price from$162.63per night
Balmoral Arms, hotel in Ballater

Balmoral Arms is located in village of Ballater, in the center of Royal Deeside. The property offers open log fires and free WiFi.

8.1
Scored 8.1
Very Good
Rated very good
1,482 reviews
Price from$174.07per night
The Auld Kirk, hotel in Ballater

This former church has been tastefully converted, enabling retention of the original features. Auld Kirk Hotel is located in the heart of picturesque Royal Deeside.

9.5
Scored 9.5
Exceptional
Rated exceptional
596 reviews
Price from$236.24per night
No 45, Ballater, hotel in Ballater

No 45, Ballater is a guest house set in an acre of gardens and is just 5 minutes' walk from the center of Ballater. The individually designed rooms each offer unique charm.

9.5
Scored 9.5
Exceptional
Rated exceptional
479 reviews
Price from$195.83per night
The Gordon Guest House, hotel in Ballater

The Gordon Guest House is located in Ballater, within Cairngorns National Park. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV.

9.6
Scored 9.6
Exceptional
Rated exceptional
236 reviews
Price from$186.50per night
Ballater Hostel, hotel in Ballater

Located in Ballater and within 11 miles of Balmoral Castle, Ballater Hostel features a shared lounge, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi.

9.2
Scored 9.2
Wonderful
Rated wonderful
246 reviews
Price from$104.19per night
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Craigendarroch Suites Scotland, hotel in Ballater

In the Cairngorms National Park, this luxurious country house is 8 miles from Balmoral Castle and has a swimming pool, a beauty spa, gym and tennis court.

8.0
Scored 8.0
Very Good
Rated very good
186 reviews
Price from$217.59per night
Craggan, hotel in Ballater

Offering garden views, Craggan in Ballater features accommodations and a garden. This bed and breakfast provides free private parking and full-day security.

9.9
Scored 9.9
Exceptional
Rated exceptional
120 reviews
Price from$198.94per night
Celicall, hotel in Ballater

Celicall enjoys a location in Ballater, 11 miles from Balmoral Castle and 29 miles from CairnGorm National Park. This guest house provides free private parking, luggage storage space, and free Wifi.

8.6
Scored 8.6
Excellent
Rated excellent
361 reviews
Price from$130.55per night
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What Guests Said About Ballater:

  • 10
    Scored 10

    Ballater is a lovely old Victorian village alongside the...

    Ballater is a lovely old Victorian village alongside the river Dee and next to the Balmoral Estate, the Scottish home of the King. There is easy accessibility to the mountains river walks, distilleries and more
    Norman
    United Kingdom
  • 10
    Scored 10

    Ballater is a lovely little town, very close to the Balmoral...

    Ballater is a lovely little town, very close to the Balmoral Estate so excellent location if you are planning to visit the Castle and grounds of the royal estate. It has an excellent selection of restaurants, coffee shops and boutique / gift shops to choose from. Free parking in most places and some lovely walks that are all clearly marked that follow the river and circulate the town.
    David
    United Kingdom
  • 10
    Scored 10

    Ballater is a beautiful historic town.

    Ballater is a beautiful historic town. It has lovely architecture, a Victorian train station where Queen Victoria used to travel to. Lots of restaurants, pubs, and the townspeople are very nice. It's close to Balmoral and was a perfect location to drive around and see the sites.
    Kathryn
    United States of America
  • 8.0
    Scored 8.0

    Quaint little village with just enough amenities with plenty...

    Quaint little village with just enough amenities with plenty of activities in and around the place. There's a coop shop for groceries, and some nice restaurant choices too. There's a small petrol station here as well so it's useful for fuelling up if you plan to drive any great distance. I'd happily come back here, but it's a small place so it's limited in some ways if you plan to stay for any great length of time. We ate from two restaurants here, the New Shanghai Chinese takeaway, and the Alexandra Hotel restaurant. Both were very satisfying meals and good value for money, and I'd happily come back to both. The village is fairly small, so it's very walkable if you want to mill around and explore the pubs, shops and cafes.
    Andrew
    United Kingdom
  • 8.0
    Scored 8.0

    Lovely picturesque village in Royal Deeside.

    Lovely picturesque village in Royal Deeside. Shop fronts, the streets and the buildings are immaculately kept. Has many great places to eat and drink. Great walk along the old Deeside railway line. I went on a drench November midweek day, so there wasn't a lot happening, but the surroundings are nice. Fantastic place for solo travellers, couples and people who like the great outdoors.
    David
    United Kingdom
  • 10
    Scored 10

    Ballater is a fantastic area, such beautiful surroundings...

    Ballater is a fantastic area, such beautiful surroundings with lots to do. Lots of walking and cycling options. The town itself has beautiful buildings and architecture. I love the area so much, I'm looking to buy a property and move there permanently.
    David
    United Kingdom

Explore guest reviews of hotels in Ballater

  • From $193.96 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 1,206 reviews
    Absolutely loved this stay here and truly wished we had spent more than one night here. The place has a lovely need and honestly was the best nights sleep I've had in Scotland this far. The place was beautiful and location was perfect. It was close to several hiking trails which we took advantage of. There continental breakfast was quite robust and we were happy with that. The host was an incredibly friendly individual, we enjoyed speaking to him and honestly which we could have known him better.
    Joshua
    United States of America
  • 9.9
    Scored 9.9
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 120 reviews
    Everything was exceptional. The bed and linens were wonderful, the room and bath was large, the breakfast was phenomenal. Louise is a fantastic cook and left lemon cake and homemade shortbread in our room. Martin met us at our car, carried in our bags (such a help as we are older), and told us everything we needed to know about the house and Ballater. Their home is absolutely gorgeous, every detail is complete. It was a joy to stay at Craggan. And the view and terrace is so pretty!
    Geraldine
    United States of America
  • 9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 109 reviews
    Ballater is a lovely place, and this cottage is in a peaceful location. There is also plenty of parking on the large drive. The cottage makes a great base from which to explore the local area. The cottage is spacious, and we loved that dogs are welcome. We would highly recommend a meal at the Fish Shop, which was recently opened by Queen Camilla and is fantastic.
    Catherine
    United Kingdom
  • 9.2
    Scored 9.2
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 27 reviews
    Lovely, quirky, very clean and cosy in a lovely spot. Had fun lighting the stove, learning how to make proper coffee and hot tub. Hosts were quick to answer any queries pre arrival and were on hand during our stay. Walked round nearby loch Muick one day - stunning. Ballater is a lovely wee village with lots of walks, excellent Bakery and Indian restuarant.
    Tanya
    United Kingdom
  • From $193.96 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 1,206 reviews
    I have a very warm welcome from the owner and their lovely dogs, the hotel is amazing! The room I stayed in was perfect for what I was needing. It was vert clean, shower was great and the bed was comfortable. Plenty of parking with lovely peaceful gardens. Only a 5 minute drive and you are into Ballater.
    Jordan
    United Kingdom
  • From $240.90 per night
    9.5
    Scored 9.5
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 479 reviews
    Good location to explore Balmoral and surrounding area. Really friendly and helpful hosts who helped with recommendations. Breakfast cooked to order - delicious pancakes (one of the best!). Nearby restaurants walking distance from the hotel were a high quality and memorable with local produce.
    Christine
    Switzerland
  • From $190.23 per night
    8.1
    Scored 8.1
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,482 reviews
    Lovely hotel in centre of Ballater! Stunning lounge area and very friendly staff. We stayed in one of the more basic rooms , bedroom was nice but the bathroom really needs updated. I know they have done a lot of their rooms up so hopefully will start soon on more.Anyway had a great stay .
    denise
    United Kingdom
  • 9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 151 reviews
    Walking distance to almost everything I needed in the village shopping area. The proximity to Balmoral Castle really surprised me too. Well manicured and very quiet neighbourhood, exactly what I wanted for a good break. Full marks to the self-catering facilities and cottage arrangement.
    Jim
    United Kingdom
  • From $174.07 per night
    8.8
    Scored 8.8
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 411 reviews
    Cosy room with comfy bed, good shower and a delicious breakfast. If you fancy dinner the steak & ale pie is outstanding! Great little town with interesting shops & stunning hiking nearby. Many attractions nearby from art galleries to superb local restaurants.
    Richard
    United Kingdom
  • From $190.23 per night
    8.1
    Scored 8.1
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,482 reviews
    The staff were polite, friendly and doing their best for you but I feel sorry for them as the hotel and its facilities holds them back. The location is good but Ballater is small and it is difficult not to be central in the village
    Graham
    United Kingdom
  • 8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 361 reviews
    A lovely, remodelled building in central Ballater. Lynn and Steve were excellent hosts. The rooms were the perfect size for our needs and the facilities were clean and comfortable. A great breakfast to get started in the morning.
    Michael
    Canada
  • 9.6
    Scored 9.6
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 236 reviews
    We had a lovely stay at the Gordon Guest house. Steve and Beth do a brilliant job of running a small hotel. Breakfast was fab and really comfy bed. We stay in Ballater a lot and will definitely stay again.
    Elizabeth
    United Kingdom
  • 8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 60 reviews
    Location was perfect for Ballater and plenty of parking. Very quiet location. Plenty of good quality pubs, restaurants and coffee shops near by. Also close to very good walks.
    Rowena
    United Kingdom
  • 9.2
    Scored 9.2
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 68 reviews
    Clean, comfortable, well equipped for 2 people. Close to Ballater where there was a very good choice of places to eat. Lovely walks nearby.
    Julie
    United Kingdom
  • 9.5
    Scored 9.5
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 338 reviews
    Hosts were great! The hotel was so elegantly decorated. Great style, subtle details that called out you were in Scotland but not over done.
    Julie
    United States of America
  • From $142.67 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 355 reviews
    Very good breakfast and a very nice host who made our one night stay very good, nice sized room and it’s location to Ballater is very good.
    Michael
    United Kingdom
  • From $174.07 per night
    8.8
    Scored 8.8
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 411 reviews
    After our walk in the Cairngorms, we seized the opportunity to see Ballater not only from the bus. The staff in the hotel were brilliant.
    Verena
    Switzerland
  • 9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 764 reviews
    Great views, great location near Ballater and Balmoral, great service 😍 both the cabin and common areas were perfectly clean
    Janita
    Finland
  • 9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 91 reviews
    The location was fabulous for our trip, minutes from Ballater and Balmoral. Braemar was a wonderful scenic short drive away
    Carys
    United Kingdom
  • 8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 60 reviews
    Great location within walking distance to explore the town of Ballater. Clean and comfortable.
    Maggie
    United Kingdom