Setting a new benchmark for renovated castle hotel, Fonab was excellent from arrival to our departure. We stayed two separate times, both in the new wing of the hotel in the suite. On arrival, we were greeted at the car by very helpful porters who helped with umbrellas to escort us inside then they managed the luggage in the rain. The hotel has been extensively renovated, sympathetically in the original castle but everywhere else is uber modern...perhaps a bit over the top for some. My boys particularly liked the lift, with its mirrored walls and colour changing lights..."awesome" was used a lot. Otherwise, the rooms were tastefully decorated to a modern 5 star international standard. The hotel really sets a high bar compared with others of similar "repute" but far more reasonably and appropriately priced. The owners of other castle hotels like Kincraig Castle Hotel and Swinton Park should come and stay here and/or Fawsley Hall to get some ideas of standard of hotel versus price charged.
The other amazing thing about the hotel was the views from the restaurant and lounge above...most excellent views across the loch (lake) and forest /hills beyond and from the hotel you can take walks around the lake and into town if you wish. Although the hotel seems close to a major road..and it is...our room which was on the side of the main road had large sliding doors onto the balcony...but these were double glazed and I heard no traffic noise at all during day or night.
The room in the suite was perfect for us (adult, two children). Each room had its own bathroom with shower/toilet, the bedroom had an excellent king bed on par with Starwood Hotel Chain's "Heavenly Bed" fame. The children slept on a good quality sofa bed, which could probably cope with two kids under 12, but would probably be best for a single teenager/adult. The linen was of good quality and there was a proper Nespresso for a "decent" coffee in the room or Cadbury hot chocolate. They had thought about the design of the rooms, even down to colour matching the glasses int he bathroom (green) to other elements in the room( same green in the wallpaper and green cushions). Those kinds of touches really made this hotel stand out from others on our recent road trip through England.
Breakfast was of excellent quality and had Scottish style items on the menu, like scottish styles crumpets (quite different from english muffins) as well as continental and full scottish breakfast (including haggis...for breakfast, a bit much for me but others may be game!). For dinner, they were flexible and creative in making tailor made kids dinner beyonds the somewhat limited kids menu, which worked out great and showed that the chef was really considerate, which was most appreciated.
The staff were really very good all round and were always willing to help and had happy attitudes.
We only wished we had more time to spend at the hotel as well as Pitlochry and surrounds has much to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fonab Castle is a wonderful and historic building on the banks of Loch Faskally, by Pitlochry. It has been transformed by the Clark family into a fabulous and glamorous new 5 Star hotel. The hotel offers 26 bedrooms including 4 suites and a luxurious Penthouse suite (a number with loch views). The hotel brasserie and lounge provide outstanding vistas of the loch itself and Sandemans our fine dining restaurant is a tranquil setting for experiencing exquisite cuisine and fine wines. The Spa at Fonab is our brand new Spa offering a host of pampering and relaxation experiences. With Thermal Suite, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, treatment rooms and nail bar and pedicure. We look forward to welcoming you to a unique experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fonab Castle Hotel Pitlochry, Scotland