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Eight Acres Hotel & Leisure Club

4 out of 5 from 2 reviews
Morriston Rd, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 6UL
Located one mile from the centre of Elgin, in the Scottish highlands, this hotel set in rambling surroundings perfect for you to explore. The hotel offers a lovely leisure club with indoor poor for guests to enjoy and relax by. There are conference facilities on offer if required.

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Good food, shame about the service
6 years 2 months ago
I had bought a Groupon deal back in November. However when I tried to book 3 weeks ahead they said their allocation of Groupon rooms was full so I booked instead with Easy Breaks at the same price.

I had requested a room on the first floor near reception and we were allocated Room 22 which couldn’t have been any closer. However the room was tiny and the back of the chair touched the bed when I was sitting at the desk. There wasn’t even that much room on the desk for the netbook with the flat screen TV and kettle.

The shower room was also tiny, no bath, and nowhere to lay anything down unless you put it on the actual sink or cistern. There wasn’t anywhere to put shower gel, etc in the built-in shower cubicle. There were extra pillows in the wardrobe and the room was spotlessly clean.

Went to the restaurant and we were seated promptly at 7.30, but the restaurant was busy so we had a table near the kitchen. Our order was taken within 5 minutes, but we weren’t offered drinks. 20 minutes later we still hadn’t received our starters so I called the waiter over. When he checked he said they had been scored out. We eventually got them 30 minutes after entering the restaurant.

I had caramelised red onion and chicken liver parfait with redcurrant sauce on toasted brioche and hubby had crayfish salad. We both had chicken stuffed with haggis and wrapped in bacon on a bed of mashed potatoes with boiled potato, baton carrots, fine beans, mange tout, cauliflower and broccoli. It was all really good.

As we still hadn’t been offered a drink, hubby went to the bar, but I just had water. The meal was good, just a pity about the service. Accepted that we arrived at a busy time, but there were only a few tables occupied by the time we left at 9.

Dinner was included in our package, but the 3 course meal was £19.95. There were additional items available at a supplement, but the supplement was more like the full price, eg £6 for a starter and £17.95 for lamb.

The shower was OK, just a bit cramped for trying to bend down and had to put the shower gel and shampoo in the shower tray as there was nowhere to put it.

Went for breakfast about 8.30 and the restaurant wasn’t too busy. There were3 types of juice, grapefruit, yogurts, pastries and cereal to help yourself to. The hot food was cooked to order and there was a good selection from full Scottish to eggs Benedict and Finnan Haddie with poached eggs.

The Wi-Fi is free in the rooms, but is extremely slow.

There is a leisure centre at the hotel with a spa, pool and gym, but we didn’t use it this time.

We spend at least 6 weeks a year in hotels ranging from 5* in Vegas to the Premier Inn in the UK so know what to expect for the price paid.


Travel operator: Easy Breaks

Throughly enjoyed our stay here
6 years 6 months ago
The rooms are on the first and second floor and with 2 flights of stairs to the first floor and no lift, the hotel wouldn't be suitable for disabled people. All the double and twin rooms have been recently refurbished and they are in process of doing the single rooms. Check in is at 3 and check out at 11.

I had requested a room near Reception with good Wi-Fi access as I had been told that the rooms nearest Reception had the best signal.

We were allocated room 54 which turned out to be a hike up several flights of stairs and along corridors as it was on the second floor and as far from Reception as you could get. Called down and asked if there were any rooms nearer. The Receptionist checked and said Room 6 was available and she would meet us at the top of the stairs with the key. The keys are actual keys and not keycards.

This room was bigger and brighter than the first one. The room was quite nice with nice linens which appeared to be new and it overlooked the gardens. There was a main road about 200m away, but we weren't disturbed by noise.

The bed was super king size at 6ft as it was 2 singles zipped together and there were extra pillows in the wardrobe. There was a desk with a 24" flat screen TV and a mirror above. Unfortunately, due to the location of the electric sockets, the kettle was in front of the TV. There was a shelf under the desk with tea/coffee making supplies, cups and a teapot and a drawer which housed the hairdryer. The built in wardrobe had ample hangers and 4 drawers.

The bathroom was in good order with a white suite and shower over the bath. A bath mat for inside the bath was provided which you normally have to ask for and there was soap, shower gel and shampoo. The shower was good and powerful and may have been a power shower. The towels were nice and not thin like some hotels. The bed was comfy enough, but you could feel the join where the beds were zipped together. The room temperature was good. There was a heater which we only put on briefly and it was fine despite being 0C with a ground frost outside.

There is a Leisure Club with a pool, hot tub and gym for guests use. The gym looked well equipped, but the water in the pool was cold.

The restaurant was busy for dinner, but we were seated right away. Starters were green pea soup, mackerel mousse with oatcakes and a vegetarian option. Main course was roast lamb, grilled salmon or gnocchi. Desserts were Cranachan, poached pear with ice cream, toffee sauce and a strawberry and something else. What we had was very good. However some people might struggle with the choices available.

There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel which worked well at times, but I couldn't get a signal at other times.

We really enjoyed our stay at the Eight Acres and we are already planning to return in the next few months.

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