While I am a fan of some rustic Scottish charm, I think this hotel is being far too generous with the use of that description. Dated, poor quality and bad food – overall it was not impressive. This is also not in Pitlochry so don’t book this if you expect to be close to Pitclochry. It’s about 8 miles away and is a better base than Blair Atholl.
Our room (302) was in the eaves of the hotel. If you are unable to walk comfortable up many stairs, ask for a room on another floor, if you have to stay here at all. The ceiling was very low, with a very small window to the side of the room, which made us feel a little claustrophobic. While we weren’t there to spend much time in our room, we still expect it to be of a certain comfort and we found this lacking.
The tartan bedding and the canopy over the bed were dated. Wallpaper was also coming off the walls. The tv was tiny and only had three channels. Again, while we weren’t there for tv, it is nice to have something for relaxation. The walls are also paper-thin so we could hear our neighbours very easily, even though they were quiet.
The bathroom was very old and dated. As others have mentioned, the shower pressure is non-existent and the shower makes a very loud noise when it is on. The towels were also threadbare.
The baronial dining room is pleasant, however, it is disappointing that the chef has no idea how to cook a good breakfast. The service was also poor, with the staff forgetting to serve us or to even put on the order. When it arrived, the eggs were solid, and the mushrooms were soaked in butter.
Dinner in the bar was more pleasant and it had a nice atmosphere. This is unfortunately the only positive we can give. Reception was uninterested when we gave them our comments and I would not recommend a stay here. Go to Pitlochry instead.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Atholl Arms
- Atholl Arms Pitlochry
- Atholl Arms Hotel Pitlochry, Scotland