I chose Atholl Palace because my husband had attended Medical School dances there while at St. Andrew's when he attended 26 years ago. I had arranged a small 50th birthday surprise party at Atholl and the staff was very helpful by internet beforehand and then once we got there. The hotel is beautiful and set in a lovely spot with a lot to do around it. The town is populated with tourists but fun and a nice retreat to return to. The food was not the best I have had but service made up for it.
We were there for two nights. The second night was the party. 2 exceptional service opportunities: 1 our group stayed in the bar way past closing. Rather than shooing us a way the nice barmaid told us to stay as long as we would like. She did not need to do that... She stayed though she said she may not... Very kind of her! 2nd, when we did leave the bar, my husband and I returned to our room to a couple of bats!!! We were warned to not keep windows open for fear of birds but not bats, (I believe it was because our room was next to a wall that had a wet pipe on the outside of it; perfect spot for bats) After trying, along with the night maid, unsuccessfully to shoo the bats we were moved up to the turret room (upgrade) for the night.
The room size was fine and the bathroom quite nice. Atholl Palace did have bar soap. I have noticed that this has not been standard with all of the spots we have stayed. (You may want to take a travel bar along with you)
- 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