We have stayed at this hotel from time to time since the mid 1980's and it always has a special place in our heart.
This time we were celebrating a special birthday for my wife so we booked the gate house lodge. An extravagance for just two people but well worth it for a special occasion.
The lodge is at the entrance to the long driveway leading up to the hotel. Very convenient for both the town and the hotel. Importantly we had no perception of being in such a prominent position when in the property. It was quiet and well insulated. The lodge itself is very well appointed, in excellent condition and with a four poster feature bedroom and a wood burner in the lounge we felt we were having a real treat being there. Highly recommended and I'm sure excellent value if 4-6 people were there to share the cost. That in mind, there is plenty of segregation between the 3 bedrooms/bathrooms though you do have to be mindful that the bathroom from the four poster room is off the main landing so not entirely private.
In the hotel itself, we were disappointed that the bar was shut every time we tried to use it even for pre-dinner drinks on Saturday evening. The restaurant food choice was limited and quality bland. We actually struggled to find something we wanted to eat. Pay attention to your bill on checking out. Although we had pre-paid for the accommodation in full there was an attempt to insert a supplementary charge amongst the expenses we'd charged to the room during the stay though in fairness when challenged it was removed without question.
- 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