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Best Western Scores Hotel
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in St Andrews
Reviewed 4 April 2013

As always, welcomed as old friends which is great after a long drive to get here from Dorset.

This hotel should be used as a training model by the industry - not every hotel needs a proverbial kick but those that do would learn much from The Scores

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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Just returned from a weekend the views are amazing - overlooking the sea and the famous golf course(s) so well worth paying extra for the sea view - if you don't you'll regret it. Brilliant breakfast go scottish and have the smoked haddock with poached eggs just perfect, The hotel is a bit tired and is having a refurbishment in the future - go now before its too late, I loved the Dickension splendour - once they re-tile the bathrooms etc you'll pay three times the price. The staff are super friendly, nothing is too much trouble, the hotel was full but it didn't feel that way, plenty of space and after a two bight stay I felt I'd been away for a week. St. Andrews is beautiful - go there.

Room Tip: splash out and get a suite
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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GeneralManager_12_12, General Manager at Best Western Scores Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2013

Many thanks for taking the trouble to write a review. The last few months have been hectic and we have not kept up with our responses to Tripadvisor. You found the Breakfast brilliant and the Smoked haddock and poached eggs great. While some of the hotel needs refurbishment, we have added 6 new junior suites and we have spent considerable sums on new beds, flat screen TV's, better free WIFI and in other areas. Where we plan further upgrades, we will still try to maintain the traditional Victorian feel to the building and not go too modern as such. It's great that found that nothing was too much trouble for the staff and we hope to welcome yo back soon Eric Brown

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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Another lovely visit to see my student daughter. We received a warm welcome and as always the rooms were comfortable, warm (which was appreciated in this cold weather) & spotless. The shower was piping hot & the right side of powerful. The towels were thick & a of a good quality. The dinner we had in the restaurant after 7 hours of driving was magnificent. Pam looked after us like we were royalty. Thank you so much - you really went out of your way to make us feel at home.The breakfast was excellent and the service so friendly. Every member of staff I met made a real effort to make our stay even better than the last one. Nothing was too much trouble for the reception staff. Scissors & a sewing kit were found in record time so we could repair a torn sleeve and extra tea bags & milk were supplied upon request. I shall be staying here again

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view - all rooms are lovely but the sea view ones are extra special.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

I recently enjoyed an overnight stay with some friends at the Scores, St Andrews. Our rooms were furnished to the highest standard, comfortable and spotless (with, of course, fabulous views along the West Sands).

All staff we met were helpful and friendly.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

I am a St Andrews alumnus who returned to the UK to visit his beloved campus and patronise some favourite local establishments with a friend from nearby.

Note: I booked a junior suite.

The room is kept in a style I'd call a "traditional guestroom." This may seem antiquated and behind the times to someone used to modern business hotels with a profusion of polished metal and a dearth of usable electrical outlets, but the "at home" feeling can't be beat. While I don't normally stay at 3* properties, I always find myself making an exception for the boutique-feel Best Westerns that one can find tucked around Europe. The staff are always excellent and friendly, while the properties themselves offer old world charm for a relatively modest price. In this case, this property is a converted Victorian school.

Onto the important details, the rooms are spotlessly clean, the wifi is free, and the bathroom is delightfully spacious. If you're coming up from the cramped and expensive rooms of London, this will be a breath of fresh air. There's ample room to sit back and take in the view, curl up with a book etc. Remarkably, the armchairs are comfortable and suitable for sitting!

If I had to fault the room for anything, I don't remember there being a minibar. However, I didn't look too hard, and this is not a major issue, so I can't see subtracting a star. If you wanted anything, it's just a matter of nipping down to the bar where one of the lovely staff will fetch anything you want to have downstairs or bring back to the room.

I didn't patronise the restaurants, because as a combination university and resort town, St Andrews is chock full of eateries ranging from dirt-cheap to fine dining. Also, lots and lots of pubs. ;)

Room Tip: If you can, go for a junior suite. The views over West Sands are stunning.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

This hotel is ideally located across from the ocean and the golf course. They provide a lovely breakfast buffet and the staff (thank you Ben!) worked very hard to accommodate every need. The dinner we had was also wonderful and while the rooms were a touch dated, they were clean and comfortable. The hotel has a small bar which is very cozy and ALL the staff will go out of their way to help (thank you Phil!). We would definitely stay there again.

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GeneralManager_12_12, General Manager at Best Western Scores Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2013

Many thanks for taking time to do a review. We really do appreciate it and I regret that we do not always manage to keep up with responses. You mentioned Phil and Ben as particular members so the team ( Phil is our Senior Manager but very hands on! ) and you loved the location, the lovely breakfast Buffet and the wonderful dinner! While you felt the rooms are "dated", we have 6 brand new and lovely Junior Suites, just finished in June 2012. We have upgraded the TV's to flat screen ( 42" in Junior suites ) and we have new beds and a touch of "Scottishness" with tartan throws and cushions to match, we recognise that further work is still needed especailly in the bathrooms and Reception. We look forward to welcoming you back. Eric Brown

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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Spectacular view, outstanding and friendly staff, perfect location overlooking West Beach at Saint Andrews. Stayed on two separate weekends separated by two weeks, equal and outstanding experiences in both instances. Couldn't ask for more.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the beach, if at all possible.
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Address: 76 The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9BB, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Fife > St Andrews
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in St Andrews
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St Andrews
#4 Business Hotel in St Andrews
#4 Romantic Hotel in St Andrews
Price Range: £114 - £209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Scores Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best Western Scores Hotel is the closest hotel to the 1st tee of the world famous Old Course and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse.A 5 minute walk will take you to many of the towns attractions including the ancient castle and cathedral ruins, the 600 year old university and the historic town centre.The hotel occupies two traditional Victorian town houses dating back to 1864 and 1880 and retains many of the large former drawing rooms as junior suites. 36 rooms in total, many of which have stunning views views over the West Sands beach whilst others enjoy an outlook over the newly landscaped garden and terraces.Champions Grill has unforgettable views of the West Sands and the 1st tee of the Old Course from its 9 large picture windows - there is no better way to start your day!Alexanders Restaurant offer quality Scottish food in a traditional Victorian setting with white linen, gold chandeliers and a magnificent view.Chariots Bar, names after the film 'Chariots of Fire' (which was partially shot on the West Sands) is a typical Scottish Snug serving Bar and Snack Menus daily, with al fresco dining weather permitting! ... more   less 
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