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“Old World Charm Beats Modern Comforts”
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Huntingtower Hotel
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Perth
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
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“Old World Charm Beats Modern Comforts”
Reviewed 6 October 2011

We stayed at Huntingtower Hotel for 9 Nights for our Wedding & Honeymoon. All arrangements were made from Australia and we were not disappointed.

Don't expect a modern hotel experience. The rooms we stayed in were charming and large, with a comfortable bed. The bathroom fixtures were of the older style. There was no air-conditioning (although this was not an issue) and there was no fridge in the room (which was inconvenient). Room lighting was dull and didn't provide sufficient bedside lighting to read with.

Despite these shortcomings the "old world charm" of the hotel won us over during our stay.

Whilst we had booked to stay for 10 nights, we only stayed for 9. Our arrival was unexpectedly delayed. Considering the length of our stay, plus our wedding at the hotel, we thought it reasonable to request that we not be charged for the first night. Unfortunately, hotel management did not agree. We maintain that they should have been more lenient under the circumstances.

Dinner - There was no end of choices with a different menu every night (even the Bar menu). It was amazing value for the excellent quality. The chef should be congratulated every night.

Breakfast - Whilst staff probably thought they were providing excellent service, the end result was that we felt rushed. No sooner had we sat down, we were being asked what we wanted to order. Choice of breakfast was excellent.

The free wi-fi was appreciated and also necessary, as mobile reception was limited.

The hotel grounds were picturesque and it was a novelty for us to see squirrels, ducks and rabbits around the grounds of the hotel.

On the whole, our stay was enjoyable and most of the staff were very polite and attentive to our needs during our stay.

Thank you especially to Diane, the Events Manager, for looking after the arrangements for our wedding at the hotel. Our special day ran very smoothly despite having been organised from half way around the world.

If we get the opportunity, we will stay here again to celebrate an anniversary.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front on the ground floor have reduced privacy.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

Very welcoming, nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The rooms are more like suites. We arrived very late Friday for a wedding and everything went very smoothly.
Easy access to main roads

Room Tip: All rooms looked of equal quality
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

I stayed at the Huntingtower for a conference. The rooms are fine, the hotel good, the grounds beautiful and the food is excellent. The beds are comfortable, there are tea/coffee facilities in the room. The carpets are tartantastic and the decor very much along the Scottish Highland theme. This is no bad thing, as so many hotels these days look so much like each other that you wouldn't know where you were. All staff were friendly and helpful. The dinner at £20 was superb. Scallops, duck and panacotta. The wine was £5 a large glass and a liqueur was £3.10. You are not far from Perth but the grounds are so quiet that you feel much more in the HIghlands than you really are. Breakfast was similarly good. The bacon was thick with a good black pudding with mushrooms which were real and not out of a tin.

Room Tip: They are all quiet. From a previous review you should avoid a ground floor room overlooking the car...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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JasonDoga, Manager at Huntingtower Hotel, responded to this review, 5 October 2011
Thank you for posting a review following your stay; it was a pleasure to read that you overall enjoyed your visit.

We hope we can welcome you back to the hotel in the near future.

Kind Regards

The Team at the Huntingtower
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

Stayed for one night on return journey home. Our room was 206 to the front of the hotel, although small was fine for one night, most important a comfortable bed and a quiet place to stay, lovely gardens with seating, surrounded by trees, a stream, ducks, squirrels and rabbits running about. We found all the staff we met to be friendly, attentive and professional. The food in the restaurant was very nice, scallops to start and steak to follow, well presented and beautifully cooked, equally the cooked breakfast the following morning was spot on. We had a lovely night and look forward to staying again in the future.

Room Tip: We stayed in 206, it is a bit small but has a huge comfy bed, with views to gardens and car park at...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Hunting Tower a few years ago when it was in Best Western hands and were very impressed with the standard of the rooms and service offered. As we had need to visit Perth again whilst on a tour of the UK staying in hotels costing at least double the rates at the HT we were still keen to see if it was as good as before. Sadly, we were to learn a lesson in marketing!

Fully happy to pay a reasonable price I started with the hotels own website where we were offered a 'special price' of £75 per night for two nights including dinner for two on one night. Frankly, we could not believe our luck. I rang the hotel to confirm that the double room would contain a king size bed or similar and was told that all rooms were the same and there were no choices in bed size. Remembering our previous visit as being very comfortable I went ahead and booked this very good value web offer.

On arrival we were not given a room similar to our last one, but this time were placed in room 208 which was upstairs behind reception. On entering I was immediately disappointed to find the room dark and gloomy, although well furnished and clean. The gloom was due to the fact that the view was almost totally obscured by the slate roof of a gable end covering the ground floor. (See attached photo)

My first mistake was not to ask for a different room but we agreed we would not be spending any time in it and that the rate had been so good we presumed the price we had to pay was to stay in a less aesthetically attractive room.

We unpacked and went out for the evening, eating locally. As we awoke the next morning however we realised that the view was not the only penalty of our cheap price. The mattress was so worn, and of such cheap manufacture that we were both crippled with back ache from lying in poor posture all night. However the prospect of a full Scottish breakfast offered hope of a cure.....

On arriving in the dining hall we were shown to a table. I politely enquired if tomato juice was available and was frankly shocked at the quickness and verbosity of the reply that not only was it not, there was none to be had. I was well and truly put in my place! (I refrained from suggesting that the little red bottles in the soft drinks section of the bar might well contain some, but the waiter was not in the mood for conversation)

Realising our requested paper had not appeared I went to reception to find that it had not been ordered despite it being written on the booking card. I returned to the restaurant to complete eating my cereal and about half way through we were presented with our cooked plates. As we were still both eating it might have been nice to offer to return shortly and/or keep them warm. No way! The plates were plonked in front of us as we then held our cereal bowls in mid air to complete those. Service with a smile? With a sneer more like!

We enquired about eating in the evening (as we still had our free meals to take) and were told that we could only eat in the bar, and that would have to be at before 6:30 or after 8:30. I note this is not uncommon judging by previous posts although there was no large function on.
As we were hoping to entertain my wife's relatives who would have preferred a relaxed and informal bar meal with a selection from a well cooked 'pub grub' menu we were disappointed to find that the bar menu was really just a restricted version of the main restaurant one. Pleasant, but a bit overblown for bar food. To their credit the staff did say that we could ask for anything that the chef might have in stock, but not knowing what he had available was not something we could bank on for a satisfying choice of food. So, given the appalling service at breakfast, and the poor choice of bar food we forsook the free meal and went to the local pub again.

To the hotels credit as we returned from our meal we thought we might as well anaesthetise our backs with a night cap. After ordering our drinks the bar maid told us our drinks were on the house to apologise for our complaints regarding the room and restaurant service. We appreciate the fact that reception primed the bar and that the hotel at least tried to say sorry for a poor stay. We were assured that if we returned we would only be put in the newer rooms or the '400's' as they seem to be called.

All in all the Hunting Tower is a nice hotel trying to punch above its weight. In general it succeeds but unfortunately on this occasion we were obviously paying the price for not paying the price we should have despite being willing to pay a higher price if that had ensured a more pleasant stay... if you know what I mean.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

We stayed there for the weekend, we had a DBB deal, which was great. food was fine. The hotel is very beautiful and relaxing and the rooms are clean and cosy.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

This hotel is set in lovely grounds and is well signposted from the busy A85. Our room was large , with a good sized bathroom, and situated on the ground floor (some net curtains would give a bit more privacy from people using the car park!). The hotel served delicious evening meals and generous cooked breakfasts and we found the hotel a relaxing and convenient place to stay for visiting the many attractions in Perthshire. Fairly quiet when we were there midweek but probably very different at weekends, as popular for weddings.

Room Tip: maybe not on the ground floor if you value your privacy
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Property: Huntingtower Hotel
Address: Crieff Road, Perth PH1 3NZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Perth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Perth
#2 Family Hotel in Perth
#2 Romantic Hotel in Perth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Huntingtower Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm Scottish welcome awaits you at Huntingtower Hotel, nestled in a quiet country neighbourhood setting, yet only minutes away from the city of Perth. Huntingtower Hotel is one of the friendliest country house hotels in Scotland, designed with your comfort in mind. Enjoy understated elegance and charm, individual and tasteful guest rooms, spacious and contrasting lounges and dining areas, award winning food and service, delightful gardens and grounds. A place where you can relax and feel completely at home. Whether your stay is for business or leisure, Huntingtower Hotel is the perfect choice to make your stay in Perth a memorable one. ... more   less 
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