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Atholl Palace Hotel
Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Pitlochry
Reviewed 7 October 2012

This hotel looks fantastic, the grounds are beautiful and the public rooms are spacious and look wonderful. My friends and I had three rooms for single occupancy, 2 doubles and a twin. All the rooms were spacious but in need of an upgrade but the beds were comfy We had tickets for the theatre each night so we had to eat in the Stag Bar as the Dining Room didn't open early enough. The menu in the bar didn't change so we had the same six items to choose from each night, however the food was good. Perhaps the hotel could consider putting on a couple of 'specials' onto the bar menu each night. We all used the spa and we each thoroughly enjoyed this, good facilities here. Can I also mention the Hotel Museum in the basement, well worth a visit and free for residents. It is set out in two parts, staff in one section and guests in another and showed the hotel from its inception. All the staff were helpful and friendly and we will all consider coming back to this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

Another excellent stay, to celebrate an important Birthday.
All the staff were Friendly, Helpful and Efficient.
Bedrooms were warm and cosy.
Perfect food, and immacutely clean restuarant.
We will be back
Many thanks.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank NanandTed
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

This building certainly looks like a Palace with its setting in magnificent grounds, thus upon arrival ones expectations are by default set high, but you are destined to be disappointed, as what you see on the outside is not what you get on the inside.
The public rooms are of a palatial scale as befits a hotel billing itself as a ‘Palace’ and on these there is little adverse comments apart from some furniture and fittings look a little tired; BUT although superficially a ‘Palace’ (and with prices to match), like lifting a stone from herein things are not quite as they should be and what one would expect and want for the price:
Bedrooms are small (cramped would also be a valid word), with somewhat worn furnishings – they are though clean and quiet and have good views.
Bathrooms are small (tiny is a word that also describes with accuracy the size) being formed within the room layout of the original building, here the range of toiletries gives an indicator as to the real standards adopted by the management.
Dinning in what is an undoubted an impressively large and grand dining room, allows one to feel very much just a number rather than a customer whose business is valued. The room although impressive in size is simply too big to give any sense of a nice dinning experience, this probably makes it ideal for functions for several hundred people who are expecting mass cooked food, but it’s certainly not the environment in which to enjoy a meal. Surroundings to one-side as this may be matter of personal preference; the food itself is a BIG disappointment in respect of quality and taste and represents very poor value particually given the additional cost of many items on the menu. The food is similar in taste and texture to better class cafeteria type food and one senses that this is mass cooked food that has been kept warm for too long. Service is quick and efficient (as it would be, if as suspected its mass cooked food that’s being served). Breakfast is buffet style, so get down early if you want a selection of food that not been hanging around for too long or no longer is available.
This hotel sells on its outward appearance of which it is well blessed and thus the management have decided that it’s OK to look good even if what is ultimately delivered is of a poor standard that absolutely does not warrant the name ‘Palace’ or the price associated to that name.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

We spent three nights in the palace with small baby. Hotel is nice and clean, but we found it a little overpriced. I would expect more for the charge they take.
Two taps at the bathroom sink drives me crazy. And narrow fire doors in the hallways were not convenient for person with pram. But they got lift!
Good thing that they have small kettle in the room so we could prepare milk for our baby without any trouble.
On third foor they also have baby room where you can find microwave and fridge - this is helpful.
Breakfast was good with great selection of food.
Nice fireplace downstairs in the lobby.
Overall nice, but I would be more pleased if the charge was smaller.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

Pitlochry is a fantastic location and this hotel is good value if your are either staying or traveling through the region. Edradour distillery is near by and as Scotland's smallest it is well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Examiner2010
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed here on the first night of out 4 night trip round Scotland. It is situated well within its own grounds, and just looks fantastic.
We had room 241 which was very nicely appointed, clean and well looked after. The weather wasn't brilliant during our stay but it didn't put us off walking round the grounds. The outdoor pool has been badly filled in, but the indoor pool and spa facilities are excellent. (Pound need for the lockers).
It was the Highlands 110th Tennis competition whilst we were there, so a lot of the guests were tennis players. There is a nice putting green, and if you walk through the woods, remembering to stay to the right as the sign says, you come across their 9 hole pitch and put, which is free to use. We can't comment on the evening meal as we ate in the local town, which was 5 mins drive away, (or even within walking distance depending on the weather).
However the buffet breakfast was very good, no complaints there.
My only gripe was the fact that outside our room were two spring loaded fire doors which tended to bang shut, and when the early morning coach party (Italians) were up, this door was used a few times. Not the end of the world though.
Would thoroughly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

My wife and I are just back from a two day break staying in the Palace. the weather was beautiful when we arrived until we left.
we opted for a deluxe room , which gave us a beautiful view of the surrounding area across the Tummel valley. a bit more expensive but worth it
the rooms were very clean and staff were very courteous and polite.
the Swimming pool and spa facilities a welcome part of this break for us, and were also kept immaculate
the history of this old Victorian hotel is quite amazing, and a trip down to the museum is well worth a visit.
all in all a very good experience , we would certainly go back again possibly xmas time.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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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: £115 - £291 (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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