Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
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While having evening drinks with the other wedding guests, I realized that the golf course that the Old Course Hotel is located on is one of the oldest and most famous golf courses in the world and holds various world championships including the British Open regularly. There is a small bridge on the course and it is said that if you got a picture …
We decided to roam around central London on Thursday. It was a swift train ride from Basildon to London and on our way we decided to check out the famous Portobello road market in Notting Hill. I was on the lookout for some antique woodworking tools but couldn't really find any. At lunch time, we met Susan Shudie who both Shilpa and I worked with …
Finally, it's British Open 2005 recap time! The Open was from the 14-17, but the excitement started on the Sunday. At work at least. Sunday was really busy with tons of people around town and in and out of the shop. Then Monday was quite slow comparatively. I was going to working right through the Open, but I would sneak out at least once a day and …
... Rain had started and it poured for the first 5 holed but then stopped and the sun actually came out by the time we finished. Hard to describe how grueling 36 holes is here. The wind, rain, salt air etc. really beat you up. We finished and nobody quit so considered a success. The boys got a little punchy at the end of the round and you can clearly see the exhaustion in some of the pics. All in all fantastic day.
Need sleep as tomorrow on to Kingsbarns and more ...
... more Italian to me; on the other hand, the "Italian Garden" could have been nowhere but a British country estate - certainly nowhere in Italy, to my way of thinking!
As I walked past the Italian Garden and towards the stately Cypress Walk, also clearly once part of a wealthy estate, I spied through a gap in the hedge a enormous reddish derelict building. Could this have been the stately home at the centre of this enormous estate? I had to find ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa St. Andrews
We have just returned from a one night stay at this hotel. We were on a dinner bed and breakfast package which was a gift - great - and it meant we didn't raise our expectations too much. We were aware that the hotel has / is undergoing extensive refurbishment. We were given a room on the third floor - one of the "cheaper" rooms as this was what our package allowed - these overlook the back of the hotel and have views over the hills of Fife. The rooms and suites at the front overlook the Old Course. I guess that might be priceless to some - however I am not a golfer and not American so I can be more objective! The rooms are generally very pricey however we were not disappointed with our room - freshly decorated in a contemporary style, huge bed and a new luxurious bathroom - only downside was that the bathroom was very small - something American guests may not expect in top class hotel. What it lacked in size, it made up for in its luxurious fittings (Kohler - if you are interested), mirrors and products! From reading other reviews, it sounds as though the suites are very large - I guess it depends on your budget!
We stayed here last summer in one of the suites overlooking the road hole. The suites are quite expensive, but are beautiful and LARGE. The housekeeping staff was excellent and so friendly to us. We enjoyed the breakfast. My only negative comment was that our bed in this lovely suite had no mattress pad, so was not paricularly plush feeling. I think this should be remedied. I also thought that the older more traditionally furnished areas of the hotel were looking a little worn. All in all, a lovely experience.
Stayed one night and got a reasonable enough rate, the hotel is nice enough but generally speaking not 5 star. The rooms on the 1st floor are beginning to show their age, around the windows the paint was peeling and there were signs of poor maintenance, the bathrooms are very basic and needing renewed. Service was very brisk and staff very pleasant if a little 'stiff'. The spa was very nice, huge comfortable changing areas, although the pool area could do with a makeover. Overall we had a pleasant stay and the rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors are being renovated so hopefully that will bring them up to a 5 star standard. Not the best place to stay in St Andrews but by no means the worst if you get a good rate.
Excellent New Year break at the Old Course Hotel
We have just spent a family Hogmany and New Year holiday in the Old Course Hotel at St Andrews and it was superb. The ambience, staff, food and location of the hotel are all first class. We also thoroughly enjoyed a variety of spa treatments on the 1st January - a good way to see in the New Year. The hotel would make an excellent choice for any special occasion holiday in St Andrews since it is so ideally located beside the beach, golf course and only a short stroll from the town.
Stayed here recently and thought that it was vastly over priced.
Institutional to a tee
OK, I did bump into Seve at breakfast and I slept well during my five-day stay this summer. However, the place has no soul whatsoever - you stay in this frosty modern hotel that could be anywhere and you are completely isolating yourself from the experience of being in St.Andrews. You overlook everything and [directly] partake of nothing. It's like staying at an American Hyatt that happens to be in St.Andrews (architecture more reminscient of Randalls Island Hospital in NYC, though). If you want more than a bedroom for the sake of five stars, I recommend sampling one of the smaller hotels in town. The only place more heinously un-scottish to stay would be St. Andrews Bay. I don't like huge impresonal hotels. Good luck.
We spent our summer holidays here, in a suite overlooking the Old Course. For golfers, it is probably the most wonderful location in the world, as the view of the course and of St. Andrews is breathtaking in all lights -- whether at 1 am after returning to our room from dinner, at 6 am upon waking up and at sunset. My husband and I spent a good part of our stay sitting out on the balcony watching golfers tackle the famous 17th Hole -- and perhaps it was familiarization from seeing others play it so many times from our hotel room, but when it was his turn to play the Old Course, he did a fantastic shot from the 17th. The rooms are done in a light style and the arrangements for suites are very livable, with a living room on one side and the bedroom on the other, separated by a wall. There are even 2 bathrooms! The meals at the Road Hole Grill are wonderful, and service is very pleasant. The bar on the top floor is also a lovely place to unwind and meet other golfers flush from playing the game of their life. Of course, it is expensive. But you get the feeling of space and relaxation that would be hard to get from any of the other cheaper hotels in town. We would stay here again, finances allowing. And if you are a golfer, I suggest you splurge and book a suite facing the Old Course for that once in a lifetime trip.
Overlooks the Road Hole
While the Old Course Hotel is a bit on the pricey side, I've stayed here three times and cannot imagine staying anywhere else in St.
Andrews. Get a room overlooking the Road Hole (#17 on the Old Course) and you'll love it.
We are not golfers. We chose the Old Course because we wanted someplace truly special for this trip. The Old Course Hotel is for that particular stay you want to be memorable. If you are going from one hotel to another and traveling here and there, this may not be the place for you. We had a week, and felt at home. At 2am the hotel staff is polishing the baggage racks, always attentive, astonishing service. After just one night our wake-up requests were always greeted with a cheery "Buenas noches", a kind gesture just small enough within the Kindom of Fife but representative of the care we felt while there. We foung Scottish people very kind and friendly and at the Old Course it was always the same. Rooms are great, views wonderful, either side, although the Course side has the golfers to entertain you. The other side has stunning sunsets - you win either way. Quiet on either side. You have to walk or ride to town. About a 5 min walk or a 2 min cab. Ask for a room with a view to St Andrews (the Course side). The town is spectacular in all lights, day and night. Room service was impecable. Breakfasts are until 11 am and can't say enough about them, excellent! A wonderful stay. Worth it, if this is a special trip like this one was for us.
Used to stay here in the old days before refurbishment, but now: they quoted 630 pounds for a 'short break special' = two nights including one meal in the dining room. Well, it's a grand location, but even so, the price is exorbitant. We spent two nights here for the price of a two week holiday in Mexico, all-inclusive. The hotel is lovely, there's a nice but not exactly large pool, and the wine waiter was very arrogant. Gave us a long lecture on wines, strongly advising us against the New Zealand products (why list them, then?), and when we finally found one of which he approved, off he goes, only to report back that it was temporarily out of stock! Doh.