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Atholl Arms Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Dunkeld
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Booked a double room overlooking the river at this hotel, and weren't disappointed by the location. As you come over the bridge it sits gleaming in white and the downstairs lounge and restaurant are very polished. We had great customer service and were shown up to our room which had original features (original sash windows) overlooking the river and right in the centre of town. The room was adequate. The mattress was comfortable and the bed linen crisp and clean. The room itself was in need of a lick of paint and generally tidying up a bit. Our bathroom was very much in need of some upkeep - the walls were two shades of white, which looked as though someone had started painting the top of the wall, and then run out of energy before they got to the bottom leaving half of it dirty cream. The fittings in there were also in need of replacing, and it took a rather long time to run a bath and for the water to change from freezing to warm (let alone hot).

We wandered from the hotel around Dunkeld which is pretty, and then opted to have dinner at the hotel in the bistro. This again needs some tidying up, and actually surprised us because the food was lovely despite the surroundings looking like a pretty average pub. We opted for venison burgers, which were handmade and very hearty and tasty. All presented very well and very much enjoyed.

Since we had been travelling for most of the day to get to Dunkeld, we had a fairly early night, and the hotel is quiet despite being next door to another pub which has live music and was very active. There was a little road noise from cars crossing the bridge but then that's to be expected and didn't interfere with sleep. The pillows weren't great but at that I'm just being picky.

On the whole, it's a lovely hotel in a beautiful location, with great food and very polite and good customer service. The hotel is just a little tired looking, and needs painting and a good deep clean. Beyond that it is ideal. The view and it's position on the river sells it totally. If we were to visit Dunkeld again, I'm not sure we could find better. To say this hotel is in need of a bit of upkeep, is only to say that it is like the other hotels in this beautiful town. The Royal Dunkeld that we walked past, looked like it hadn't been painted or the outside tidied in years.......The Hilton which has very grand gates and a long drive leading up to it, slightly away from the centre of the town didn't look overly impressive itself! So for the money, and for the perfect location, the Dunkeld is great. Don't expect perfection as it's a bit tired - but other than that - well worth a visit!

Room Tip: Go for one of the suites - we went for a superior double with views to the river, and the river view...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Christine S, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. It is nice to hear you enjoyed your stay in Dunkeld.
We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last 3 years of ownership. Major renovations have taken place every January, you can see many pictures of what we have done on Facebook. As you can imagine in a building of this size and one that was neglected for so long this is quite a challenge. We continue to do smaller jobs where and when we can throughout the year including painting. I do hope that you mentioned the water temperature at the time of stay, It does take a while for the water to come thru in rooms 15, 16,17. There was a new boiler put in last year. I will look into this.
Wonderful to hear you love our food. We have an amazing team in the kitchen winning several awards for their creative menus and style. Everything in our kitchen is homemade.
Please keep in touch thru Facebook or sign up for our 1/4 newsletters as this allows you to see whats happening in and around Dunkeld. I hope there will be something of interest here for you and that you become a frequent visitor to the hotel. If you have any questions about anything don't hesitate to call us direct.
Kindest Regards
The Atholl Team

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, spotlessly clean rooms, top quality food, a well stocked bar and all at a bargain price. What more can you ask for from any hotel?

All this and a beautiful location overlooking the River Tay makes the Atholl an absolute must if we're ever back in Dunkeld.

Last time in Dunkeld we made the mistake of staying at the very over-priced and over-rated Hilton. Never again, the Atholl's just perfect. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Room Tip: The river view rooms are worth every penny of the very small additional charge.
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Christine S, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

Wow, this is a wonderful review, thank you so much for letting us know we are doing a good job.
We continue to endeavour the policy of customer satisfaction being of paramount importance. I am so glad you found us and if there is ever anything that is not quite to your satisfaction we will always do our best there and then to make you happy.
Dunkeld is beautiful at the moment and there always seems to be something going on in the village or a wee bit further a field.
We send out a 1/4 newsletter and often have offerings listed on Facebook. Slow food dinners and menu changes are all on our web site.
Thank you again for a fabulous review and we all look forward to seeing you again soon.
Warmest Regards,
The Atholl Team

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Just back from a 4 night golf break. Had two twin rooms at The Atholl which proved to be a great hotel in a lovely location overlooking the river. Food was first class and a great choice of menu both for breakfast & evening meals. The owner (Alan) and his staff (particularly Sarah) couldn't have been more helpful. Highly recommended and we will be back

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Christine S, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. It's very pleasing to hear you enjoyed your stay with us here at the Atholl.
We have an award winning management team lead by Alan, all working together to achieve customer satisfaction.Your kind words are shared and read by the whole team including Sarah.
I think you got some great weather for your golf. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if there is anything we can help you with for your next visit.
Our breakfasts are cooked to order and eggs from a local farm delivered daily. We have won numerous awards for " informal dining" and " best local produce" for both restaurant and bistro menus. Always seasonal, always reasonable, wonderful food-stunning location.
Thank you again for your review and we all look forward to seeing you again soon on your next trip up to Dunkeld.
Warmest Regards,
The Atholl Team

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Just back from a 2 night break here and we both really enjoyed it. Friendly staff who work very hard. We had room 15...what a view! Very comfortable bed- both slept very well. Had a meal in the bistro which was lovely and my husband enjoyed his full breakfast on both days. I only have cereal and coffee and enjoyed it too. Both feel relaxed--just want we needed.. Thank you.

Room Tip: Get a river view....I sat for ages watching the world go by.
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Christine S, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us here at the Atholl. We work hard to make every aspect of your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible from the moment you check in to the time you leave.
I agree, Room 15, a river view room, is great for watching the world go by from it's huge windows.
Great to hear you enjoyed the dishes we create on a daily bases. Our menus won " best in the region" for locally sourced produce from Scottish Hotel Awards 2014. Quite an honour and very proud as our kitchen team also received best chef for " informal dining". It's been a busy year!
Thank you again for your review and we all look forward to seeing you again soon on your next trip up to Dunkeld.
Warmest Regards,
The Atholl Team

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

My husband and I enjoyed a 2 night stay at the Atholl Arms with an Itison voucher. It was a really lovely experience all the staff were very friendly and eager to please. The room was large and clean with a big bathroom. Only thing I would recommend as there is no lift that you ask for a first floor bedroom. We dined in the restaurant on our first night and the food was lovely. All in all I would recommend this hotel firstly for good scottish hospitality.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Christine S, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2014

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We all work incredibly hard as a team to make sure all our guests enjoy their visit to Dunkeld. It is so nice to hear we are doing a fine job.
We continue to make improvements over the months and hope to get the front elevation of the hotel finished in January. We are also working on the garden, offering more seats and planting interesting borders, etc. We hope to have a more permanent structure there next year...watch this space!
Our award winning chef continues to offer fabulous dishes that are strongly based on local resources.
National Vegetarian Week starts on the 19th and we have some amazing dishes being created along with our regular menu. Worth coming from St. Andrews for a nice meal.
Thanks again for a lovely review, please don't hesitate to call us if you are planning your next trip. That way we can offer you the best deal.
Kind Regards,
The Atholl Team

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Booked a last minute overnight stay here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Asked for a room overlooking the river as recommended by everyone on this site, and they very kindly obliged. Beautiful setting overlooking the river Tay and hills beyond . Loved the hotel and character with sloping floors added to the charm of staying in what must be a very old building. Beautiful decor throughout and very relaxed atmosphere . Had a few drinks at the bar and the girl serving couldn't of been more helpful . Breakfast was gorgeous smoked salmon and scrambled eggs cooked to perfection , my husband had the fry up and was equally impressed. Had a great nights sleep and loved the local area. We will definitely be returning to dunkeld for a short break and wouldn't stay anywhere else but here . Thanks .

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Christine S, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2014

Hello and thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit to Dunkeld and that the Atholl made your stay everything you wanted it to be and more.
We have an award winning team of managers working hard to achieve these goals, your kind words have been shared with all the staff.
Glad to hear you enjoyed your freshly cooked breakfast, it really sets you up for the day with all the toast and homemade jams to follow.
There always seems to be something happening in and around Dunkeld and we try to note any events on Facebook, on our web site and in our newsletters. When booking your next visit please call us direct so we can offer you the best deal possible.
We all look forward to seeing you again soon at the Atholl.
Kindest Regards,
The Atholl Team

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Just got back from an overnight stay at the Atholl Arms in beautiful Dunkeld. This was an Itison deal which included bed and breakfast as well as a bottle of wine. Had a wonderful, relaxing time in the hotel which has a lovely comfortable atmosphere and enjoyed sitting out in the beer garden enjoying the beautiful views of theTay. The evening meal and breakfasts were delicious, and all staff were friendly and helpful. Will definately stay here next time we're in the area.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Christine S, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2014

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review. There is nowhere better on a sunny day that walking along the river bank or relaxing in our garden having lunch or a wee drink.
So glad to hear your stay was everything you expected and more. We were recently awarded best in the region for informal dining by Scottish Hotel Awards. This is quite an accomplishment and we feel honoured to be chosen.
Please know that you can call us anytime to receive the best rates for our rooms and we can also let you know what is going on in and around the area. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch also.
Thank you again for a great review and we all look forward to seeing you again soon.
Kindest Regards,
The Atholl Team

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Address: Tay Terrace, Dunkeld PH8 0AQ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Dunkeld
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Dunkeld
Price Range: £67 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Atholl Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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