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Atholl Palace Hotel 4.0

Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

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Pros

  • Impressive, turreted manor house set on sprawling green grounds
  • Elegant, traditional interiors with lots of lounge areas and open fireplaces
  • Spacious, tastefully appointed rooms and suites with lovely views
  • Self-catering cottages, lodges, and apartments are also available
  • Elegant restaurant with beautiful views over the grounds and an attractive bar
  • Full-service spa with a wide list of treatments
  • Indoor pool and fitness center
  • Four tennis courts and a small putting green
  • On-site historical museum
  • Breakfast included in room rate (plus dinner in some room packages)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No in-room mini-fridges or minibars
  • Restaurant gets mixed reviews
  • Some bathrooms are a bit dated

Bottom Line

Housed in a grandiose and historic stone manor house, the Atholl Palace Hotel, with its turrets and regal hilltop position overlooking beautiful grounds and parkland, is a sight to behold. The upscale property offers a bevy of activities, be it tennis on one of its courts, a pamper session at the Lavender Spa, or a swim in the indoor pool. There’s even a museum dedicated to the hotel's rich history, which dates back to 1871. Its 106 rooms, all with lovely views over the grounds or nearby mountains, are spacious and tastefully decorated with contemporary furnishings;  a variety of self-catering cottages, lodges, and apartments are also available. The hotel has a restaurant that serves locally sourced Scottish fare, and an attractive bar with a fireplace, but guests can also easily walk to many of Pitlochry’s restaurants and bars. Travelers might also want to consider the Pitlochry Hydro Hotel, which is similar to the Atholl Palace and also has lovely grounds and a pool (though no spa), but at lower rates.

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Historic manor house hotel with elegant, traditional interiors

The upscale Atholl Palace Hotel is an impressive and majestic sight, reigning from a hilltop over lush lawns and parkland. The grand stone manor, complete with turrets, dates to 1871, and even has a museum for those wishing to learn more about its rich history. Interiors are traditionally furnished, paved in patterned carpets and strewn with elegant old-world-style details like damask wallpaper, oil paintings in ornate gilded frames, glass chandeliers, decorative ceiling moldings, and plenty of fireplaces to curl up in front of. Large windows framed by plush floor-length curtains illuminate rooms and hallways that are filled with leather couches and armchairs, with lots of corners for guests to settle into, be it in the spacious, high-ceilinged lobby, or with a drink at the handsome Stag’s Head Bar, where dark burgundy hues prevail and hunting paraphernalia, such as taxidermy game on the walls, imbues the space with a masculine edge. The hotel’s restaurant is equally elegant, with stately and refined decor that includes white tablecloth-clad tables and lavish damask curtains on huge windows that offer beautiful views of the grounds and Tummel Valley.

Location

Located on the edges of Pitlochry and within walking distance of the town center

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The hotel is situated on the edges of the small Victorian town of Pitlochry, surrounded by lovely green grounds, woodlands, and countryside. The location is easy to reach and close to town but is removed enough to offer a dose of seclusion and privacy. The town center is within walking distance of the hotel, and several restaurants, shops, and bars lining the main street, Atholl Road, can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes. The bus and train stations are a bit farther away -- about a 20-minute walk from the property. There are several sights in the area that are worth visiting, including Blair Castle (15-minute drive) or one of the nearby whiskey distilleries, such as the Edradour Distillery (seven-minute drive) or the Blair Atholl Distillery (two-minute drive or 10-minute walk). Edinburgh is about an hour-and-a-half drive away.

Rooms

Spacious rooms feature tasteful contemporary decor and lovely views of grounds, mountains, or valley

Rooms at the Atholl Palace Hotel are spacious, comfortable, and tastefully decorated with elegant contemporary furnishings. Though decor varies from room to room, all are bright and fresh, full of natural light and a soft color palette. Many have lovely patterned wallpaper accent walls that complement the bedspreads and wooden furniture. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, work desks, tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi, and lovely views over the gardens, mountains, or valley. Bathrooms are standard, with shower/tub combos or walk-in showers as well as toiletries and heated towel racks, though some are more modern than others. The Turret Suites are duplexes located in the circular towers and offer the best views, as well as spacious separate living rooms. Self-catering cottages, lodges, and apartments are also available (though guests should note that Wi-Fi is not available in all of these), and for particularly large groups, the 10-bedroom manor house is also available.

Features

Extensive amenities include spa with indoor pool, tennis courts, history museum, restaurant, and bar, plus free breakfast and Wi-Fi

The hotel’s Verandah Restaurant serves locally sourced Scottish fare (though it gets mixed reviews) in an elegant and refined setting with beautiful views over the grounds and valley. There’s also an atmospheric bar with rich leather couches, a fireplace, and hunting decor along the walls. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and some rates also include dinner.

There’s also a full-service spa, which offers a wide list of treatments, including massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. The spa facilities include a heated indoor pool, sauna, and steam room, as well as a fitness center with a variety of modern machines. The sprawling grounds also include tennis courts and a small putting green for those seeking some outdoor activity, as well as various walking trails to explore. The hotel even has a museum dedicated to the property's history, and the town of Pitlochry. The hotel has several meeting rooms and event space, as well as a conference center that can accommodate up to 400 people.

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Perth Road, Pitlochry PH16 5LY, United Kingdom

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