Hate to give this hotel less than 4 stars....but....
The location is perfect, not right in the heart of Pitlochry like the multitude of hotels and B&Bs on the high street but a short walk, expansive picturesque grounds and an amazing building (very grand). So much to do on the grounds: the spa, tennis, a little putting etc.
But, everything is just a little old and dated, well worn I suppose. I wouldnt say it was dirty as some of the harsher reviewers have suggested, everything seemed as clean as it could be when it is all so well worn. A few fixtures and fittings seemed a bit wobbly and in need of maintenance, yellowed grout in bathroom, sanitation that looks like it hasn't been updated for 20+ years. So if you are looking for something as shiny and fresh as I think the atholl palace website suggests, you might be a little disappointed.
I think the above would be tolerable in such a grand old building, if the things that could be so very easily modernised were. I'm thinking particularly of the menu. The food was just astonishingly mediocre. Not bad, or poorly cooked, but just really substandard in this day and age. It might have been fine dining 20 years ago but most of us cook on a par with this kind of food at home now and expect better when we eat out. Bascially various cuts of meat plus veg plus sauce and none too amazing or unusual. And I had the knickerbockerglory someone else mentioned -it is just jelly, tinned fruit and cream with a few random jelly babies. They forgot to light my sparkler!
The staff were generally pleasant and courteous. I was also really suprised to find that we were almost entirely unbothered by a wedding party here at the same time and presume that good organisation was the key to this.
I'd so like to leave a better review as we had a good weekend in a fine old building but we just weren't wowed. The food was probably the main reason for this -I actually felt quite embarrased as a Scot that the international visitors might think this is what passes for cuisine here. The irritating thing is that they have such a slick and modern looking website, you get the sense that they know what is needed to wow and get your booking, so the failure to deliver is less forgiveable.
- 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