There are good Christmas gifts, there are bad Christmas gifts and there are gifts that are just a little bit ‘blah’.
And then there are gifts that make your other half plant a huge kiss of joy on your lips on Christmas morning (without even a sprig of mistletoe in sight).
A romantic getaway at a lochside hotel in the Highlands definitely falls into that last category.
So why not surprise your favourite person with this tempting Big Deal from the Imperial Hotel, situated at the foot of Loch Linnhe in Fort William?
Hotel with a view
Part of the SGE Group, Imperial Hotel is an attractive getaway in the heart of Fort William. Lovely views over Loch Linnhe and the surrounding hills make it ideal for a relaxing escape for two.
Facilities include two restaurants, a lounge bar with its own menu, room service, free parking and free WiFi.
The hotel is around a two and a half hour drive from Glasgow. If you are travelling by rail, then Fort William train station is just a short stroll away.
One or two night stay
This offer is available seven days a week until 31st March 2019, with supplements for weekend stays and sea view rooms.
Option one is for an overnight escape with breakfast plus complimentary dram of whisky & shortbread on arrival.
Option two adds a two course dinner for two, while option three is for a two night stay with a £10 per person restaurant credit.
Stylish and contemporary rooms
Each of the 36 guest rooms at Imperial Hotel are decorated in a contemporary art style with wall-mounted headboards and desks.
Features include a flat screen HD TV, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone and free WiFi. Room service is also available.
Choice of three dining spots
When it comes to dining, The Imperial Hotel has plenty of variety.
The Blue Restaurant serves creative cuisine showcasing the natural larder of local areas. The menu features traditional Scottish dishes mingled with a few carefully chosen international favourites. All are prepared with fresh ingredients and are accompanied by an extensive wine list. The restaurant also serves a range of curries and pakoras.
Alternatively, if you are in the mood for Italian, you can head to the hotel’s Rio Pizzeria for a range of pizzas and pastas.
For casual dining, try out the bar menu in the relaxing Library Lounge.
Fabulous Fort William
Loch Linnhe is known for being a photographer’s dream due to its amazing scenery, striking sunsets and pretty pebble beaches. Activities include kayaking, sailing and wildlife spotting.
You could explore it all by taking a loch cruise from Fort William, which will give you a chance to spot highlights like Seal Island and Ben Nevis.
Scotland’s most romantic valley, Glencoe, is just a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Other highlights include the Steall Waterfall, the thrilling Nevis Range Mountain Experience gondola, and the ‘greatest railway journey in the world’, the Jacobite Steam Train.
Be sure to also make time to browse the shops and cafes of Fort William itself.
These TripAdvisor reviewers really enjoyed their recent stay at the Imperial Hotel in Fort William:
‘Paradise. We recently returned from our 7th visit to this hotel, in our opinion the best in Fort William, with its friendly staff & welcoming bar. We look forward to our next visit, especially for the cooked breakfast.’
‘My visit was only a one night stay. Room and en-suite were very nice and a good size. The hotel is very central and the staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast choices were very good. Nice relaxing stay.’
‘Exceeded expectations. As I could see from the pictures, this is an older property, I was surprised how good it was. The property had a certain charm, and the location was ideal both for the town and the rail station. The room was rather small, and could have used a chair for use at the desk, but the bed was comfortable, the shower was relatively spacious and the WiFi worked well. The breakfast was excellent — with speedy service. They happily stored a bag for me too, and the bar was suitable too.’
Great Christmas gift idea
As far as amazing scenery goes, Fort William is a little slice of heaven.
And with its stunning views, comfy rooms and choice of dining spaces, the Imperial Hotel is a great base for exploring the whole area.
So why not surprise your favourite person this Christmas with the gift of an enticing lochside getaway?