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“This was our base for our son's wedding weekend.”
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Atholl Arms Hotel
Ranked #12 of 18 Hotels in Pitlochry
Dundee, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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“This was our base for our son's wedding weekend.”
Reviewed 3 August 2011

With friends & family, we took over almost the whole hotel for the weekend for our son's wedding at Blair Castle on 30.07.11.
We had a very happy and relaxing time at the Atholl Arms; staff were quietly helpful and made every effort to ensure that the needs of all our guests were catered for........children, young folk and more mature guests!
We had several guests from overseas and they were looked after well by staff - from explanations of all sorts, to special food requirements.

The food was extremely good, fresh and well presented. The dinner on the Friday evening was particularly enjoyed by all in our party, with an attractive variety of well cooked dishes from which to choose. We all appreciated the supply of coffee in the lounge area after dinner when we wanted to sit about and chat.
Breakfasts offered something to suit everyone, were plentiful and set folk up for the day.

The children in our party enjoyed the freedom of the outside garden area, where they could run about and have fun: their parents enjoyed the fact that it was a safe area where their children could have some space and they could enjoy drinks and company in the sunshine.

There were some minor concerns from guests in standard rooms situated over the kitchen: the one complaint voiced was addressed by staff.

Rooms were clean and fresh on arrival. Our twin room was comfortable, the bathroom was clean but the decor was dated and the shower not good.
The rooms were quite hot at night - not often a problem in Scotland I know, but maybe lighter weight, summer duvets would help.
For the ladies, the rather dim lighting in rooms and bathrooms was a problem - energy saving bulbs may be environmentally sound, but they don't provide good light for doing hair and makeup for a wedding !

We were all there to enjoy a very special family weekend and we certainly did that. Our thanks go to all the staff.

Room Tip: Rooms over or close to the kitchen don't seem to be the best choice.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

Tonight my wife and I drove an hour or a half or so up north to meet up with friends and family who were staying at a nearby camping site as part of a cycle tour holiday in Scotland. After a day in Blair Atholl (where the Atholl Arms Hotel is located) we planned to pop into the hotel for dinner (it was a Wednesday evening).

On arrival, the decor was very warm and welcoming although the same cannot be said about our experience. There was no one in the hotel lobby so we proceeded into the dining room where after a minute or so a member of staff asked if we were looking to eat. Although the fairly large dining room was empty, strangely enough the staff member said I'll need to check with the chef. She returned to say that it would be fine and we should take a seat in the hotel lobby in order to get our table set up.

So we got the menus, took some time to look over and then ordered when another member of staff approached us. Once we ordered we asked if our table was ready to which the waiter responded that actually we should really have booked in advance and that there was also a dress code (set out in the menu) that doesn't allow trainers etc so we would need to wait. I can understand that some restaurants have a dress code - although to be honest I can't ever remember eating out in a restaurant in Glasgow/Edinburgh that has imposed this - but putting it on the menu is not really the right place is it? And also, I appreciate restaurants like to know in advance how many tables they will have but in a tourist location like Blair Atholl is it realistic to expect traveling visitors to book?

Now, to be fair we weren't wearing shorts and t shirts but a few of us did have jeans and trainers on, as you can imagine, no formal attire was packed for the cycle trip! Also, we wouldn't have had much of an issue if this was raised in a polite manner, perhaps when we first entered the hotel but it all came across very condescending and unwelcoming.

Putting the unfriendly service aside, I must say that the food was very good and the mechanics of the service during the meal was fine. However, unfortunately the unfriendly service left a bad taste in our mouths. The meal for 6 came to around £170 but there is no way I will be back and wouldn't recommend this restaurant to holiday makers!

Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2011

We stopped there for a night on the way to the Highlands. Great place to stay: very comfortable traditional Scottish rooms, really helpful staff and good pub food available in the bar at reasonable prices. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

I spent one night at this hotel recently while I was in Scotland on business. I thought it was good, honest and straightforward. I had a small single room but the rate I secured was very competitive. I had dinner in the restaurant and thought the food was fine, I had only one small complaint regarding the soup. The staff were friendly, efficient and helpful. I would stay here again very happily, especially at the room rate I was able to secure.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Birmingham England
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

We've travelled throughout Scotland almost every year for the past 33 years but only recently came across this hotel by chance on a local website.

It is superbly located, whether you want to use it as a base to discover the Highlands or Tayside, or even just to relax and enjoy its setting in the lovely village of Blair Atholl. It's right in the centre of this village with stunning views and comfortable riverside walks.

The locals make a point of saying hello as you pass by. Everyone seems pleased to see you.

The hotel is furnished true to its scottish traditions and there are many objects on display to take your interest without having to visit the nearby museum for the area. Throughout our stay the staff greeted you with a smile and were always anxious to please. The breakfast team were particularly pleasant with a wee bit of banter if you wish. Check in-out was effortless and friendly.

OK so the room we stayed in was a bit in need of a refresh. The TV was very dated and the electric shower a tad challenging to master the extremes of temperature being piped through without warning but that did not detract from the fact that the room was otherwise spotlessly clean, tidy and well furnished with a wonderful view out to the southern cairngorms. The jewel with this hotel is the Bothy bar at the rear. An historic inn for this was originally a coach house on the road between Inverness and Edinburgh. If you love real ale (Moulin brewery), great food and a good old fashioned pub with atmosphere then you will be in heaven here.

Blair Atholl train station is right next to the hotel but fear not you don't notice or hear the trains slipping through. On the contrary it's a fabulous reason for getting on and travelling to nearby Pitlochry or north to Inverness through the stunning mountain scenery.

Even though we live over 400 miles away, we'll be back. We really enjoyed our stay here and can't wait to return.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

dusty dirty room, we booked the 4 poster room thinking it would be the best in the hotel so bad we checked out a day early.
Never go there again

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

The Atholl Arms played host to our wedding reception on the 8th of June 2011 & home for our guests for between 2 and 5 days. We ate in the dinning room & bar during our stay as well as breakfast & the wedding meal. Before our wedding we have stayed at the hotel & have been delighted with the team, the food & amenities on offer.

The food we consumed was beautiful, plentiful & tasted fantastic. Breakfast was a traditional Scottish feast & dinner had a number of options to choose from.

We have stayed in a few of the standard rooms, best & the four poster suite during the past year. All rooms were clean, comfortable, well presented & decorated with themes to complement the traditional Scottish feel to the hotel.

In terms of service & etiquette; it is really delightful that the teamexcel at this. Far more than generally expected. We feel the personal, friendly & well delivered service is far better than other places we have stayed. This has been constant before we enquired about the hotel being our wedding host.

At the time of writing the hotel was child, dog & cyclist friendly. The garden has a climbing frame for youngsters & the duty managers cared for our 18 week old godson during breakfast. If you have any specific requirements, check when you book.

For our wedding reception the team have excelled themselves; the menu choices were open for us to choose, the food fantastic, service was impressive & venue superb. Every intricate detail was covered. It is important to add that the support in planning & assistance we have received in the past year has been magnificent.

Room Tip: A romantic break we recommend the 4 poster room
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Atholl Arms Hotel
Address: Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5SG, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Pitlochry
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Pitlochry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Atholl Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Atholl Arms offers guests comfortable highland grandeur, standing proudly at the northern end of the quiet highland village of Blair Atholl near Pitlochry. Traditional with a wonderful heritage, Atholl Arms is a perfect base for a short leisure break. ... more   less 
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