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Nice public areas but room overpriced
Spent a very pleasant night at this hotel.
Enjoyed the restaurant. Service both there and at the front desk was very friendly.
Hotel has been refurbished and they've done a great job with the public areas.
Rooms are fine but not worth £200 a night, in my view. Not really in the same class as the Fairmont St Andrews Bay.
Lino in the bathroom, for example - and that lino smell - doesn't make you feel like you're at an upmarket hotel.
Then again, I got the last room in the hotel so maybe the others are better.
Pearl of Scotland
If you don't know what to do for your next holidays, my husband and I would suggest you go and stay at St Andrews Golf Hotel. No better place for discovering or rediscovering Scotland than staying a few days in one of their charming suites overviewing the famous St Andrews Bay. Upon arrival, we've been welcome with 1/2 bottle of champagne and a chocolate box along with a personal note of the Managing Director; This already made us feel very special I must admit and from that moment, everyone at the hotel literally pampered us like if we were family, until we left.
The typical"British afternoon tea" became one of our nicest habits. We would simply sit outside in the garden or in the lounge near the fireplace, depending on the weather. This was a perfect time for us to grab infos about the area: either from Louise who was used to stopping and asking us how we were and if we had everything we wanted or Graham who would come up with new itineraries for our next day trip while serving us tea and biscuits.
We were also impressed by Sandra and Rowen's efficiency while dealing with some of our stupid requests like finding a babysitter for our 2 year old 1 hour prior diner time or finding us a transportation late at night from a restaurant out of town back to the hotel.
Being French and very difficult about our food in general, I must say we've never been disappointed once with any meals we ordered at the restaurant. Not only was the menu 'variť', diversified as you would say, that we could always find something we'd fancy but we alo took advantage of the high quality of service given either by Arleta or Roy.
The conveniency of going to Ma Bell's for 'un petit creu' was appreciated too and Liam's smile was I am sure part of the pleasure!
In a few words, I would say that St Andrews Golf Hotel represents to us ' a Scottish pearl in a golden case' and we would defenetly recommend it to any one willing to take a trip to Scotland. Thank you for a wondreful moment spending with you!
Everyone is very special
We have stayed at this hotel for many years. There is something quite special about it - ethos perhaps? Pride in how the staff present themselves? Certainly a clear sense of teamwork and knowing each other's job specialities is easy to see.
I rarely see it in a hotel organisation and could actually name the pink hotel in Hawaii where I've witnessed it ... but the staff have a huge respect for each other, its management and especially each and every 'customer'. We have a family member with a disability and he just loves it there. He laughs and gets along with all of the staff - it's a wonderful place to relax, unwind and the views are breathtaking. The location suits us fine - for golf, shops, walks, beach and church. Did I say shops?
The hotel has recently been refurbished and it's just beautiful. The turn down service was spot on and the housekeeping staff were in and out so quickly and efficiently. Everyone smiled a lot which is yet another sign of people being happy at their work. One of the more experienced workers told us how pleased he was working there and how proud they all were of the changes. As a manager of staff myself and knowing the importance of supporting change in an organisation, I could see the positive attitude shown by staff. They appear to be a well managed group and all presented themselves as keen and knowledgeable.
We were very pleased to be able to stay there and will again of course, for hopefully many years to come. By the way, they make a wonderful Old Fashioned!
Promised someone gorgeous I'd write this, though don't normally bother. - Returned home today after a very entertaining stay here. Great location, right beside all the courses and got its own pub below. Caters specifically for golfing groups - we were 8 guys, well behaved and quiet ofcourse. Superb food and great service. Well appointed rooms and internet access too which is a bonus not normally
found in small luxury hotels like this. Nice mix of other guests and staff too, not too stuffy and willing to help with everything from shoe laces to karaoke! Will definitely be back. Could do with some form of car parking attendant and a cloakroom but if that's all that's missing then still rate it in amongst the top hotels I've stayed in recently.
Fabulous St Andrews
My husband and I spent the week at the St Andrews Golf Hotel, located down the street from the 18th green/fairway of the Old Course at St Andrews with a view of St Andrews Bay. The hotel has 22 rooms with modernized baths, a lovely gourmet restaurant, stylish bar and lovely outdoor garden seating. The service is A-One!! Very friendly and helpful staff that contributed greatly to make our vacation extremely enjoyable. The added "turn-down" service is a plus - chamber maid delivers homemade cookies to your room in the evening. We visited Scotland for the golf experience and was pleased to find we were so close to the courses. Across the street is a lovely park leading down to the British Golf Museum and the Aquarium. The one drawback is there is limited parking if you have a car. I can't say more about the accommodations or the staff. They make you feel like family and we really didn't want to leave. Contact the hotel to find out their package deals. The food is excellent!!