This was the second time my partner and I choose the Atholl Palace having first been here in September 2009 for a long weekend - that too was great!
We decided to treat ourselves and have Christmas somewhere romantic....we were not disappointed. We had never 'done' Christmas away before and the experience was one to remember. We arrived on the 23 Dec and left on the 27th Dec.
Our room had lovely views down the Tummel Valley. Our room (2nd Floor) altho' a bit on the small side to what we are normally used too was exceptionally clean and the bathroom was immaculate and of a generous size. Food was great considering the amount of people they were catering for and I challenge anyone to feel hungry!!! The Christmas Package was great value for money with the entertainment that was laid on and the amount of food that was on offer (breakfast, lunch and dinner, not to mention the afternoon tea with savouries and cakes!!).
I liked the casual buffet style breakfast and yes maybe the continental choice was limited but the Scottish Breakfast Selection was immense!!! And lets be real - most people while away go for the cooked breakfast as it's deemed as a treat!!
The whole atmosphere was one of faded granduar with just the right amount of attentivness from the excellent staff. We had snow, stunning scenery,log fires, beautiful music and even Father Christmas!!!! What more could you ask for?
I would hate this place to be sanitised by some interior designer, the whole charm of the place is the building and the orginal ceiling roses, cornices etc.
Great place to go either for something special i.e. Christmas or a long weekend.........
Yes, the bar wasn't always manned but within a couple of minutes someone always appeared - CCTV shows reception that someone is there.
The only thing to avoid and this has NOTHING to do with the hotel, if you happen to be there at Christmas and wish to attend the Christmas Eve Service at the local Church (the Hotel does provide transport there and back), please note that you sit in the DARK for the whole service!! Bizzare, I know, but apparently they have being doing this for some years - there is a power point screen with all the words for the Carols but if you are short in staure (like me) then take a torch!! You won't see the screen and may require the torch to read the carols from the hymm book!! Weirdest service where you sit in complete darkness - gave me and a few other guests a good laugh when we returned to the hotel - mulled wine and roasted chestnuts were served on our return, that cheered us all up!
Special mention must go to the staff who made our Holiday treat special - nothing was too much trouble and they even came out to help dig cars out of the snow on departure day.
Both my partner and I will return..............
- 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