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Atholl Palace Hotel
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Pitlochry
Reviewed 14 March 2012

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.

Room Tip: In winter, ask for a room with a heated towel rail in the bathroom - it makes a big difference!
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

We stayed at the Atholl Palace Hotel to attend a wedding there in February. The building and setting are impressive. The rooms are well laid out with most things you need. There is a guest ironing room (rather than an iron available in your room) but you have to search to find it.

Staff are generally lovely. Particular mention has to go to Keith the night porter who was very lovely to talk to and was more than helpful when we wanted a wee night cap after hours. Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice. I wouldn't call it a boutique hotel and some parts of the hotel are slightly faded. There is a good choice of amenities, including pool, spa, snooker room and extensive beautiful grounds in the heart of Perthshire. The hotel is situated very close to the centre of Pitlochry with easy access to the main street and the river.

Overally, very good although Pitlochry has some lovely, smaller boutique hotels that are in the same price bracket (the Knockendarroch, for example) if you are looking for something more cosy and personal.

Room Tip: Garden rooms are very large but not as modern as the rooms in the main building.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

First the positives - the building and the setting are quite spectacular (although let down slightly by the tacky modern extension). Our room on the first floor was large and comfortable and had everything that we needed and although the wall mounted tv was on the small side all the furniture was good quality and in keeping with the period feel.

Some of the furnishings around the hotel looked out of place but by and large good.

Service at meal times could be very much better. The staff were polite enough but they seemed to be understaffed and not very efficiently organised. The breakfast buffet is a bit of a scrum and the person that showed us to our table didn't take our tea and coffee order and I had to prompt a waitress quite some time after we were seated.

We had lunch there, which was OK but £36 for two soups and paninis and 2 drinks seemed a bit steep (the drinks were £12 - beer and glass of house wine). Added to the rather slow service we gavce dinner a miss and ate in town (Pashas - v good).

Spa area was clean and pleasant, although if planning any treatments would book well in advance as they were fully booked until the following Wednesday.

Overall OK but it could be so much better.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

Great food and service. Rooms are atmospheric with classic old style but without being worn and shabby

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Atholl Palace Hotel as part of a course on Scottish Country Dancing. We were very well looked after and fed well although I have to say that vegetables were in short supply at our evening meal! The breakfasts were terrific however, with haggis to go with the bacon, eggs (fried and scrambled), mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, black pudding and sausages! Although the weather was cold (February) the hotel was warm and we slept well in our room at the back looking towards the South-East. We walked to the hotel from the station which is less than a mile. Taxis at the station were not in evidence but the hotel will order one to collect you if necessary.

Room Tip: A room at the back will be quieter than one to the side or front.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

My husband and I stayed for one night on Saturday 18th Feb. The price was very reasonable as it included dinner, bed and breakfast plus tickets for the celidh. We arrived about 3pm in the afternoon, my first impression of the lobby was very spacious and cosy. The reception staff were very friendly and we checked in without any problems and then proceeded to our room on the first floor. We had upgraded to a room with a view down the valley and that's what we got however we noticed quite quickly that although the room was spacious with antique furniture the bed, curtains , shower etc was like stepping back into the 1980,s we gathered that this must have been when the room was last renovated. In the afternoon we used the leisure facilities and found exactly the same as the room everything from the 1980 's. After our relaxing time we thought we would go for a pre dinner drink, the bar is situated in a hidden area of the hotel, we had to press the bell then wait for someone to come and serve us. The person who served us was unfriendly and made us feel we were inconveniencing him. Unfortunately our stay just went downhill from here, food very average and dated, we didn't even go into the Celidh as it was full of mature obviously regulars in an unwelcoming room. Small bar with the same person who served us earlier with no personality. In the end we had a couple of more drinks in the bar, then went to bed. In the morning we had breakfast, which again was very average and dated. I think this hotel could do with a bit of reinvesting, updating all the facilities and menus etc, this in turn would generate a more regular clientele. I would suggest if you are going to stay at this hotel don't pay over the odds for it, then you will expect you get what you pay for and no more.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

We stayed in the self-catering Tay Lodge. It sleeps 6 people. It was fantastic. It has everything you need for a comfortable self-catering break. The decor is lovely with beautiful curtains, pictures, couches etc.
We had a delicious meal in the hotel. The food was lovely and the service great.
We also used the pool and spa. Great.
The staff were all helpful, friendly and cheerful.
I would recommend the lodges. Fantastic!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Perth Road, Pitlochry PH16 5LY, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Pitlochry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Pitlochry
#6 Luxury Hotel in Pitlochry
Price Range: £113 - £233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Atholl Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 107
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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