I took my mum in law for a two day break to Crieff Hydro to celebrate her forthcoming 80th birthday.
To be honest, we didnt get to see around the full resort, as she is a bit shaky on her feet, and having only two nights, there were limits to what we could do.
We stayed in an executive studio suite, I will add pics here of this suite location as it is difficult beforehand to figure out where it is in relation to the hotel main entrance. Suffice to say it is a pleasant short walk, with private car parking space for each suite.
We referred to our suite as our "wee hoose", as it is more of a "chalet" type room rather than a bedroom. This was ideal for mum and daughter in law.
The studio has a downstairs lounge, with basic but clean fittings, leading to steps to first landing with nicely fitted bathroom, leading to further steps to bedroom. We had our bed put into twin make up. This was not done for arrival, but one quick and very helpful phonecall instantly took care of this.
Reception - Excellent! I find many times, reception can be the downfall of hotels. Not the case at CH! Wonderful reception team, always smiling, of the best help possible, and keen to please on all occasions.
Mum likes elegance, so we opted on both evenings to dine in the Meikle restaurant. Assistant Maitre'de Stephanie, absolutely wonderful! Stephanie took care of us, providing gluten free breads for our simple but enjoyable "amouse bouche" and a pleasure to chat with. She appointed us a lovely table by the window, and a nice "Happy Birthday" decorated plate for my Mum in law. Little touches which made all the difference.
The food, whilst not Michelin standard, is good large hotel food. The rib eye steak was tender, and sauces made to our requirements. If there was not something on the menu we liked, Stephanie worked with us to ensure we had an excellent meal of our choice.
Midweek, off term, the hotel did not have many kids around, so for us it was the perfect time to go. I am sure familes love this hotel, but for adults only, I would choose outside school term for a romantic or peaceful break.
We enjoyed martinis and cocktails in the meikle bar, yes, a pianist would be nice, but the auto play feature of the baby grand does at least provide ambience which was much appreciated.
On day two, we had a morning stroll round Crieff buying the usual tourist stuff, and enjoying the nice little town. Loved the sweetie shop!
We had lunch in the Brasserie which was very nice, and were able to enjoy some afternoon sunshine with a glass of wine outside on the terrace.
Hair do's in the salon set us ready for another evening of food and cocktails in the Meikle restaurant before retiring to our "wee hoose" for late night irish coffees and cheese plates.
This is definitely a hotel I will return to with my husband. Probably next time I would be looking for a 5 star lodge to bring with us our dogs. As I say, this was just a "wee taster", but first impressions were excellent.
The staff are by far some of the best I have seen in Scotland. I am often disappointed by staff in our own country, this is by far an example of how staff should be! Right down to check out, when management and reception offered to show us around other suites etc, we felt they did their utmost, to ensure our comfort.
Breakfast was better than we expected. Good buffet selection, most of all I appreciated the availability of gluten free bread - a basic staple and yet one many hotels have yet to offer.
We spent around £360 in our two days, but that included our hair do's and also two luxury robes which we inititally thought at £40 a piece was a bit expensive, however, on seeing the robes we were delighted as they are excellent quality which i am sure we will both enjoy for years to come.
Good job Crieff Hydro!
Negatives? Only one, temperature in piano bar on 2nd evening was VERY chilly, the air con was set at 20 degrees, thats cool air! I had a shawl wrapped around me, and the one member of staff who served us that night was not particularly helpful. I told her we were going back to the room due to temperature, she did then "relunctantly" offer to turn it up..but it was too late. She also said when we asked for irish coffees and cheese to be sent to the room "We dont do that you need to go to the Brasserie". We told her "yes you do".. (as per the night before!). I kind of got the impression the cool air and lack of service was for her benefit and not the guests. She was the one member of staff alone, whom we found to be lacking in the customer service department. If she reads this, she will know who she is, sorry, dont mean to get personal, but.. not up to the cut of her colleagues! Perhaps new to the job??
Overall though, a small gripe in what was a perfect short break and made a lady very very happy! Thank you all at Crieff Hydro!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arguably the most comprehensive family resort in Scotland, 4 star Crieff Hydro is centrally located in its own 900 acre estate with an unrivaled range of leisure pursuits for all ages. Choose from over 40 on-site leisure activities and take advantage of inclusive daily childcare for 2-12 year olds in the 700m2 kids club. Extensively redeveloped from top to bottom, Crieff Hydro is only an hours drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Crieff Hydro Resort
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