George, Zippy, and Bungle had a lovely time at the Atholl Palace last week. They all had very pretty tower rooms. Bungle had an enormous bathroom. Zippy had the smallest room and bathroom but as she's only partially sighted that was no bad thing. George lost out as his bathroom was freezing but that was the only real negative.
This is a lovely hotel. if you like the modern unfriendly minimalistic style you'll hate it but they don't so they loved it. It's a real old-fashioned big hotel with huge lounges, comfy squashy chairs, board games, friendly helpful staff, open fires, antiques, good food, and beautiful views.
Breakfasts were magnificent, although Bungle was disappointed with her rather small kipper one morning. The meat was excellent and obviously local. There's a good range of hot food and bread but they could do with more than one type of cheese in the chiller cabinet. Bungle would have liked some blue cheese one morning. She would like to kill the moron who first thought of putting icky custard into Danish pastries making them inedible.
We were on half board and the suppers were very good, considering they were feeding three very fussy and greedy people. The Chieftain's purse is divine a must-have when it's on the menu. The ice cream was good but there is only a very limited choice.
The bar is a bit of a backwater and could do with some attention. It was quite difficult to get served there at 6.30 p.m., but it was very nice and quiet.
Overall this hotel is in a bit of a time warp, which is no bad thing! It's really a hotel for older people, which was a huge relief for Bungle who has to go to work every day on buses stuffed with noisy mannerless young people. One word to the wise - Bungle particularly noticed that she did not see any non-white faces all week.
On the whole the service was excellent and it was all jolly good value. They love it and will be back asap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Scottish Highlands, wild and rugged, have a timeless romantic quality. At their very heart, where the River Tummel flows to the Tay, sits the historic small town of Pitlochry. The Atholl Palace Hotel, the epitome of Scottish Baronial splendour, stands overlooking wooded parkland grounds and the town to the surrounding hills. Originally opened as the Athole Hydropathic in Victorian times, the hotel retains many features of the traditional large country house, with bedroom facilities and standards which often exceed expectations and complement spacious, relaxing public areas.With 107 bedrooms, self-catering lodges, apartments and 10 function suites we can cater for your needs whether it is leisure or business purposes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atholl Palace Pitlochry
- Hotel Atholl Palace
- Atholl Palace Hotel Pitlochry, Scotland