Trust me, If you stay here, you'll not be disappointed! The Station Hotel is like stepping in to a time warp. It has atmosphere and old fashioned values. I discovered it purely by chance - last minute decision to go away for Hogmanay. Reservation was seamlessly taken by William - reassured me that facilities were available for wheelchair users. Astonishingly good value for money (£50 a night) for 3 nights! I stayed from 30th December until 2nd January. The hotel is conveniently situated opposite the Perth Railway Station.
Checking in was efficiently carried out by Justyna. There is a lift to all floors Now to the quirkiness! You'll not get an electronic keycard. It's an old fashioned door key. Inside the room there isn't a phone. Tip - bring your own mobile and charger - you'll need it! The room itself was spacious for a wheelchair, likewise the bathroom. Some people with disabilities prefer showers (they can be catered for) others (like me) prefer baths. You'll find a deep bath with old fashioned heavy duty taps (With Hot and Cold engraved on them:-))! A shower attachment is also available. Reception do have a non slip bath mat available on request.
There's a 1960's style radio (actually DAB) in the room - very retro!! There is a state of the art TV which didn't have too many channels on it Also in your room, you'll find an Ironing board; a hairdryer; clean towels; and a kettle, with copious supplies of tea ,coffee, sugar and milk . Each guest will find a complimentary Ferrero Rocher chocolate -nice touch!
The bed was comfortable and at wheelchair height. Overall the room was clean and tidy.
The food was very tasty and prepared to order. Don't expect an instant Scottish Breakfast. They are prepared individually. There's a help yourself buffet with tea/coffee and toast and cereals etc available as well. Good value for £6.95!
Don't be surprised, if the person who serves you at breakfast is also on Reception! They multitask here! The staff are pred-ominantlty Polish and very hard working.Part of the charm of the place. The restaurant (as with the rest of the building) is very ornate! Beautiful high ceilings add to the atmosphere.
They have quite an extensive menu from light bites to main meals. There is also a well stocked bar. Plenty of whisky/beer/wine to choose from not to mention soft drinks!
What struck me was the relaxed atmosphere that exists in the hotel. Plenty of places to relax have a coffee or a glass of whisky and read the papers. Also, they have a well stocked library. They have their own chess set;Trivial Pursuits and table football game for guest use. That's quirky!
I was in Perth for Hogmanay. I have no Scottish roots other than I love Scotland. What a splendid Hogmanay "do" it was too. A relaxed occasion where the only restriction was a no jeans policy. There were plenty of kilts on show!
Guests were given the option of attending the celebrations. A menu was emailed out to everyone, for their respective choices. The meal was a 5 course dinner. A choice of starters; some soup; a meat;fish or vegetarian main; a dessert; coffee and a homemade tablet (a local delicacy made from caramel and sugar (I think?). Although It didn't affect me personally, others had an issue, regarding the steak. It's perhaps unwise to only cook it one way? Others may argue, that it shouldn't have been on the menu at all. It's debatable? I opted for the salmon which by common consent people liked . It was tender, moist and attractively served on a bed of vegetables.
For the dessert, I chose apple and cinnamon crumble. This was the quirkiest apple and cinnammon crumble, I've ever eaten (in a positive way). I'm pretty certain, It (the crumble) was made from oatmeal? The apple and cinnamon mixture was good.
The homemade tablet is an acquired taste. Sorry but I didn't acquire it =D! Far too sweet.
The entertainment was in the form of a disco (not really my thing); but hey ho, it was thrown in the package. Have to say I did recognise most of the tunes. A pleasant evening in the company of complete strangers - great fun.
The staff multitasked all night; and made sure that guests were taken care of. They even danced with some of them. I was pleased to see the manager at one point dancing with the staff. That strongly sends the message "we're a team". William and Justyna and others helped make that night -thank you!
Both I hope will go far in the hospitality industry. They deserve too.
Would I go back again? I most certainly would. Hopefully, not in the too distant future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a grand Victorian mansion, the Station Hotel is situated in Perth centre, next to Perth Railway Station. The impressive hotel offers spacious rooms and Scottish breakfasts. Traditional cooked breakfasts are served daily in the bright and airy dining room. Light continental options are also available, including freshly squeezed juices and gourmet coffees. The elegant rooms are individually decorated, and free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout. Some rooms have scenic views across the landscaped grounds, and all feature a private bathroom. Just a 5-minute walk from Perth centre, the Station Hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Perth Theatre and Concert Hall. There is free on-site parking, and the River Tay is half a mile away. ... more less
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- The Station Hotel Perth, Scotland