After reading the mixed reviews about the Atholl Palace I was a little apprehensive about my stay. I booked into the hotel for a break 'away from it all' and as much relaxation as I could handle and I wasn't disappointed.
Yes the hotel isn't ultra modern but what can be expected from such a beautiful and old building? I would describe the decor as 'classic' but by no means horrendously out of date, just fitting with the surroundings. There is quite alot of work going on in the hotel of one type or another, but none of it majorly disruptive and it's nice to see the building being cared for and gently updated.
I wouldn't recommend the hotel for people who are into ultra moderm contempory surroundings because this building is never going to live up to that, but if you appreciate beauty and character in your surroundings then this is quite possibly the place for you. The video of the history of the Atholl Palace is well worth watching when you arrive and really helps to understand the history of the building.
The staff couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The girls in the Lavender Spa were equally as pleasant and the treatments I had were very nice.
I ordered my breakfast in bed one morning and like clockwork it arrived on time and completely correct. I asked for room service not to service my room (so I could have a lay in if I wanted) and again like clockwork they kindly left a pile of fresh towels and replacement coffee etc outside my door each morning.
It's been a long time since I stayed in a hotel where I could freely open the windows to let fresh air in when I got too hot and control the radiator when I got a little chilly so being able to do this was a refreshing change. Equally I don't ever remember being in a hotel where the towel radiator in the bathroom was actually working! So this was a real bonus for those relaxing baths.
It's worth saying that I stayed at the Atholl Palace alone for 4 nights and felt safe and secure at all times. I never felt uncomfortable being alone and really enjoyed the lounge areas where I could sit and read my book in front of the log fires for hours on end. One member of staff even asked if I'd like another log on the fire....ideal!
I guess the best way to sum up the Atholl Palace is that you'll like it if you like a historical, but comfortable environment, but will probably hate it if your looking for a brand new contempory accommodation.
Maybe I am easily pleased, but I stay in a variety of hotels throughout the country on business, and the Atholl Palace is by far the type of place I would prefer to spend my time.
- 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