Fairmont St Andrews
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairmont St Andrews St. Andrews
First Class Hogmany Celebration
We stayed at this hotel for Hogmany when it opened 4 years ago and decided to go back for 2 nights this year. Even although we only stay 15-20 miles away, we have also stayed twice during the year for a mini-break!
The hotel looks stunning with its Christmas decorations and the events incorporated in the package are enough to satisfy kids and adults: with Wellie Boot Hurling & Haggis Throwing competition, whisky tasting, call my bluff wine competition, Family Treasure Hunts, etc
On arrival, there was Afternoon Tea with lovely sandwiches, cakes & scones. However it was disappointing that the staff failed to clear tables (even when asked) and most people were left to eat with previous guests plates on the table! Kids are well looked after with their own Hogmany party, meaning that its mostly adults for the formal dinner.
The Hogmany Party was a scrumptous 5 course meal, maintaining a wonderful standard considering there were 400-500 people. A 7-piece Jazz Band with singers/dancers played until midnight when, after a countdown to the bells, a full Scottish Pipe Band came in to complete the traditional scene. Then it was outside (nicely prepared with foil cloaks to keep us warm) for a superb fireworks display. Then back inside for another band which played music from throughout the decades until 2am when the disco took over! So a bit of everything for everyone!
On 1 January, Brunch was from 11am-2pm which is wonderfully considerate, although again they were not good at clearing and setting up tables. With more activities throughout the day, dinner was a Carvery Buffet and then a Casino in the evening (although only using pretend money!)
The hotel is located outside St Andrews, although not really walking distance but a good shuttle service. The rooms are excellent and the pool is quite large, with a good spa attached. Service is normally 1st class, which is why the table clearing was so disappointing (hence 4/5 rating).
During the year, the hotel loses it's granduer without the decorations as the atrium is so big there is no ambience to it. Depending on prices at time of booking, for couples I would suggest The Old Course for intimacy/ambience, as well as being within walking distance to St Andrews. However St Andrews Bay is a first class option and a wonderful experience.
My wife and I stayed a week and found the facilities and the service to be excellent. Between the suite, food and personal service provided by the staff, we were quite impressed and would certainly return.
Fantastic Golf and Hotel
Stayed at The St Andrews Bay Resort for 5 nights and had a truely fantastic time. We were in St Andrews primarily for golf but some of our group were non golfers so were overjoyed with the fantastic spa facilities. The Golf Courses were first class and definately worth playing. The Torrance in particular was great with a real links feel and The Devin also good with the added bonus of having golf carts available.
As for the hotel. Great to find such spacious rooms and wonderful service. A must stay and play for anyone visiting St Andrews.
Golf & Hotel both fantastic
In my previous two trips to St Andrews I had no where near as good an experience as when I spent 7 days at the St Andrews Bay Hotel. I was there primarily for golf but also wanted to enjoy the local hospitality. The service was fantastic and the food simply amazing. We played both courses during our stay. My favourite was The Devlin (spectacular views over the North Ocean) but The Torrence was fantastic also. Both great tests of golf. Will definately return to this hotel the next time I visit Scotland.
Best Scotland has to offer
The best hospitality I've ever received in the UKWarm, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. A must when in Scotland (you don't have to golf!) Hotel facilities were to a very high standard - just what Scotland needs.
Driving up to the hotel you know you are in for a treat. From start to finnish we had an excellent stay, the staff were so attentive and friendly and the service was outstanding. The clubhouse is amazing and the views make you want to come back again and again. I definately advise that you take a trip here.
Best 5* Resort In Scotland
I have stayed in a number of 5 Star Resorts in Scotland over my many years of travelling. I can gladly say my stay was the best I have ever experience.
The level of service, customer care and attention to detail cannot be matched. The rooms are well equipped and are larger than any I have stayed in.
I played on both the hotels golf courses, which are only a stone throw away from walking out my bedroom door. Mean while my wife enjoyed the luxury Spa facilities and treatment rooms.
In the evening we eat in the clubhouse, which over looks St Andrews Bay, this was truly a magical experience watching the Sun set over the bay.
If you are looking for a 5* Hotel to stay in Scotland, I would highly recommend staying at St Andrews Bay Resort and Spa, We have already booked a return visit for the summer.
The best in Fife !!
From the moment we arrived at the hotel our stay was wonderful. The hotel has fantastic views over to St Andrews itself and the staff make you feel so welcome. We had a room with a view across the sea, played golf on one of the two courses, drank champagne on the terrace over at the club house and then each had a hot stone treatment in the spa.
Great atmosphere, superb food and helpful friendly staff - perfect!!
Would i stay at this hotel again? NO!!!
My 2 sisters and I arrived at the hotel for a Spa break to find no Spa treatments had not been booked for us. Our room was only prepared for 2 instead of 3, Dinner at night we waited 3/4 of an hour between courses (our waitress explained its because Chef is in a bad mood). But the high light was they tried to overcharge us by £174.00.
As it was my birthday the manager said i will do something special at
dinner for you, something special was a cupcake decorated with
chocolate, between three how hearty can you be! To sum up my visit a
TOTAL waste of MONEY!
The best by far...
Fantastic new hotel with excellent food, top notch service and well equiped, sizeable, elegant bedrooms. Situated on the cliff top with fantastic views of St Andrews and North sea. Great golf courses. You must try the Bar and the Club House.
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The Fairmont was as imposing as the pictures indicate. We were met by concierges in tartan trousers. We had been upgraded to an ocean view room but due to the haar we couldn't see much. Afternoon tea in the bar and then tea at the club house. A walk around St Andrews the next morning revealed nothing spectacular. We drove out to the old course and …
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It was odd sitting so near a kitchen and hearing (as we did) Australian accents in the kitchen. No, it did not make me want to rethink my career.
After dinner, we headed back to the hotel (despite the boys saying they would come to the bar with me for a drink before bed!) and I had another hot shower.
I've just time to finish this entry before taking another shower and heading for bed.
... seaside village. We walked up to the abbey, then came back down looking at the funny named streets as well as popping into a National Trust properties garden. I really liked this village. On our way to St Andrews we followed the costal road, perfect for a day like this one! We found a great spot next to the beach of St Andrews, but as soon as we arrived this huge wall of mist came bellowing in. Our idea of getting the deck chairs out was ...
... weather, too hot at times in July, but those are days the Scots still talk about, wonderingly, ("was that Scotland, or were we all magicked to Spain?") in late September (I had a conversation about the July heat-wave today, with my hairdresser.) But mostly the weather is just as you imagine: grey, low skies, with drizzle from time to time. We both felt that it makes the country if anything, even more beautiful, to be viewed through the veils of mist or rain - we felt ...
... amongst the birds and wildflowers?
My back's still lousy, and walking can be rather painful, so we think we'll just take the bus to Leuchers ("boardwalks through the bird-filled wetlands" says the official Fife Coastal Path website) and walk back to St Andrews - that way we know there's a bus for us to bail onto if the lovely sunny coast and the wild birds don't distract me fully from the pain. Nice short walk, probably only 6 or 7 miles (hmm, I know, some ...