We stayed one night at the Fonab Castle Hotel and really enjoyed our visit.
The location is excellent. Just off the main A9 road so easily reached, yet very secluded. Within walking distance of Pitlochry town centre, yet completely hidden from view. And with stunning views over lovely Loch Faskally.
We received an extremely warm welcome on arrival, and the checking in process was handled efficiently.
Rooms are modern and well appointed, and the decor throughout the hotel we found very appealing.
We dined on the terrace outside the Brasserie, as it was such a lovely evening, and enjoyed a three course meal with wine, followed by coffee and liqueurs in the lounge.
Service throughout was very friendly.
So, all in all a lovely experience.
However, this hotel is marketing itself as 5 star, and there were a couple of issues that we feel fall short of the standards you would expect in a truly 5 star establishment.
We had a ground floor room, which had a patio door that opened onto our own small patio and the hotel grounds. Nice, but the patio door was the only means of ventilation to the room, and as we could not leave a ground floor patio door open all night (and there was no air conditioning) the room was stiflingly hot. If you like a well ventilated bedroom, the ground floor rooms here are not for you.
The bathroom, whilst attractive in design, was quite small and cramped and contained only a shower. For five star, we would have expected a shower and a bath.
Service, whilst friendly, was at times slow and not really attuned to guests needs in the way 5 star hotels normally are. We waited half an hour for a pre dinner drink to be changed, having to finally chase the waitress and ask her to attend to us. Our breakfast was over half and hour in the waiting due to a 'mix up'.
We were there on a mid week special rate, but I think if we had paid the full rate, which is of 5 star proportions, then we would have been slightly less enamoured with our stay.
- 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