Overview of Macdonald Aviemore Hotel

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2 indoor pools
2 indoor pools
Water slide

3.5/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.8/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Gym

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays

Explore the area

    Popular LocationLoch an Eilein12 min drive
    Popular LocationLoch Morlich12 min drive
    Popular LocationCairngorm Reindeer Centre17 min drive
    AirportInverness (INV)51 min drive
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About this area


Located in Aviemore, Macdonald Aviemore Hotel is near a train station and near theme parks. Cairngorms National Park and Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre reflect the area's natural beauty and area attractions include Speyside Wildlife and Cairngorm Reindeer Herd. Take in the nearby slopes with cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, or try out other outdoor activities such as sledging. Guests appreciate the hotel's quiet location.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Loch an Eilein - 12 min drive
  • Loch Morlich - 12 min drive
  • Cairngorm Reindeer Centre - 17 min drive
  • Loch Garten Osprey Centre - 20 min drive
  • CairnGorm Mountain - 24 min drive

Getting around

  • Aviemore Station - 1 min walk
  • AirportInverness (INV) - 51 min drive


  • The Mountain Cafe - 4 min walk
  • Royal Tandoori - 4 min walk
  • Happy Haggis - 4 min walk
  • Skiing Doo - 5 min walk
  • Snow Mountain Chinese Take Away - 5 min walk

About this property

Macdonald Aviemore Hotel

Family-friendly hotel with 2 indoor pools and restaurant
Along with 2 indoor pools, this smoke-free hotel has a restaurant and a health club. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a sauna and a conference centre are on-site. All 108 rooms offer free WiFi, coffee makers and TVs with satellite channels. Hairdryers, phones and ironing boards are among the other amenities that guests will find.
Macdonald Aviemore Hotel offers 108 forms of accommodation with coffee/tea makers and a hairdryer. Televisions come with satellite channels and pay-per-view films.

Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

2 indoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool. Other recreational amenities include a waterslide, a health club and a sauna.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • No on-site parking available

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast available for a fee daily 7 AM–10:30 AM: GBP 18.00 for adults and GBP 12.50 for children
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • 2 indoor pools
  • Bike rentals
  • Children's pool
  • Health club
  • Playground
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Steam room

Family friendly

  • 2 indoor pools
  • Children's club (surcharge)
  • Children's pool
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Playground
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge)
  • Water slide


  • Lift
  • Gift shop/newsstand

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Ski passes
  • Ski storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • 10 meeting rooms
  • Conference centre


  • Garden


  • 2 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massages
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Bathroom emergency pull cord
  • Braille signage
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • In-room accessibility
  • Low-height worktop and sink
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Heating
  • Linens


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Towels


  • Films for purchase
  • Satellite channels
  • TV

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker


  • Connecting rooms available
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone



Check-in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Express check-in
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM
Express check-out

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from September 01 2020 to September 30 2020 (dates subject to change):
  • Children's club
  • Fitness facilities
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Hot tub

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets are allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 18.00 for adults and GBP 12.50 for children (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
No on-site parking is available
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQIA friendly)

National rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.

Property is also known as

Macdonald Academy Aviemore
Macdonald Academy Hotel
Macdonald Academy Hotel Aviemore
Academy Hotel At Macdonald Aviemore Resort Scotland
Macdonald Aviemore Hotel
Macdonald Aviemore
Macdonald Aviemore Hotel At Macdonald Aviemore Resort Scotland
Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel Aviemore
Macdonald Aviemore Hotel Hotel
Macdonald Aviemore Hotel Aviemore
Macdonald Aviemore Hotel Hotel Aviemore

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Macdonald Aviemore Hotel and receive a full refund?
Yes, Macdonald Aviemore Hotel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Macdonald Aviemore Hotel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does Macdonald Aviemore Hotel have a pool?
Yes, this property has 2 Indoor pools and a children's pool.
Is Macdonald Aviemore Hotel pet-friendly?
Yes, pets are allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Macdonald Aviemore Hotel?
This hotel doesn't offer parking.
What time is check-in at Macdonald Aviemore Hotel?
Check-in is from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
What time is check-out at Macdonald Aviemore Hotel?
Checkout is at 11 AM.
Where is Macdonald Aviemore Hotel located?
This family-friendly Aviemore hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Speyside Wildlife and Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre. Cairngorm Brewery and Loch an Eilein are also within 3 miles (5 km). Aviemore Station is only a 1-minute walk.
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Travelled with family and small children
Sad face IconDisliked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Great location and good breakfast. Staff are doing their best trying to make it work during Covid-19.
Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities
Staff excellent. Frontage of hotels require update.. More 3 star than 4 star decor..
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2020

2/5 Poor

Travelled with partner
Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
I booked through expedia for the MacDonald Aviemore hotel but got there and it was closed. Finally got hold of a staff member in the shop next door. And was advised that the hotel is closed and i should make my way to the MacDonald Highland Hotel. I had no email or phone call to say about the hotel o booked was closed etc. So we got to the Highland hotel and met by Christine on reception and she was very proffesinional and was very apologetic on the hotels behalf. The room was small and had too much furniture. The kettle was in a area where there was no socket and the TV sits infront of the mirror where you have to move it to sit on the seat in front of the mirror to do your makeup. The bathroom is of good size but the shower water pressure is poor. We put a service our room label on our door from 10am and got back to our room about 5pm and the room didnt get serviced. The receptionist was plesent and apologised and we got fresh towels sent to our room. We went for breakfast but we werent happy with the breakfast..the black pudding had been cooked that much it was very hard,cruchy. So we went to costa coffee for the next couple of mornings. Limited car parking. Lovely helpful staff. Over all we would go back.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2020

2/5 Poor

Sad face IconDisliked: Property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Wouldn't stay again, poor room quality
Stayed at this hotel for a night away with my boyfriend recently. We had had a phone call the night before to inform us that we were being 'upgraded' from the Macdonald Aviemore Hotel to the Highlands Hotel due to low occupany but this was their 'signature' hotel. Upon arrival reception were friendly and we quickly got to our room. Entered the room sat on the bed and the mattress was such poor quality you could feel the bed underneath, you nearly fell through it. We went back down to reception, my boyfriend has back problems and could not have slept on it at all, and neither could I have. We got moved rooms without a bother, however the second room smelled of stale smoke. Off back down to reception we went and got moved again. Thought this one was fine went down for dinner, came back up and there was a very loud clattering noise coming from the wall, sounded like a boiler noise or similar. Phoned reception and the lady came up and she said there was nothing she could do and 'you are only staying for one night so it's up to you if you want to move again' as if to say you can put up with it for one night. Which to be honest we probably would have done had to not paid almost £150 for a room for the night and had already moved so many times it was becoming ridiculous that none of their rooms seemed suitable. Final time we moved there was still a clattering noise coming from the wall however was quieter and just put up with it.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

2/5 Poor

Sad face IconDisliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Not a 4star hotel in my opinion. Needs a good upgrade. Bedroom furniture was dusty even though it was supposed to be cleaned thoroughly due to COVID. No air conditioning in any rooms even though Expedia website States this. No access to leisure facilities which should have been advised before booking
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2020

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