Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Travel Blogs from St. Andrews
... train, over the "Way Out" ramp and onto the bus. Ten minutes later, we were in St. Andrews. One thing I've learned on this trip: never ask young people for directions even when they're from the area and looking at a map. I blame GPS on their phones; they never have to develop a mental map of where they are or have been. Anyway, we managed to eventually find our way to Braeside BnB which was a riot of colour at the corner of a ...
... we turfed all the floppy disks as the data had not been accessed for 20 years, only to have one of the other researchers suggest that wee keep it - too late. I spent the day looking for manuals and then testing these. The manuals still have hand drawn schematics and include both use and repair information. But these are the from the old school of electronics when stuff was built to last, so repairs were seldom required.
Well when we decided to travel the UK we didn't really have a plan on where we were going to go. Our travel plan went more or less like this - Guy at the train ticket desk: Where would you like a ticket too? Me: Scotland Guy: Ok, which city? Manda and I look at each other, the only place I know in Scotland is Edinburgh, the capital. So I shrug and say 'Edinburgh?', she agrees. Me: Uh, two tickets to Edinburgh please?! That's pretty ...
... and we had about 2 hours wandering around and in the chapel, the museum of military history and the tower with the crown jewels and of course the stone of DESTINY!!!! sorry there are no pics for these again security was a bit strict. We did get a walk in some of the palace apartments that were lovely then we headed out and back down the Royal Mile passing all the cool tartan and cashmere shops.
Went and saw some comedy and then had Italian for tea.
... apartment and we were met by the owner, Vivienne, a lovely lady who has owned the apartment for about 6 years. We had struck lucky, yet again, in finding this great little apartment. It was better than the web site described and in a most perfect location for exploring around Edinburgh. No sooner had Vivienne left than we set out the door to go and pick up an Open Top Bus Tour. We usually take these on our first-time visit into any ...
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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!
If I have to be really pickey about the room (and why not - this is a 5 star hotel), the TV was older style and the clock on it seemed to light up the whole room in the night - slightly irritating and there was not the full range of Sky TV channels. Only an issue if you are spending lots of time in your room though!
We ate in the Road Hole Restaurant and could not fault it - service was first class, the menu imaginative and the wine list extensive.
Breakfast was out of this world - a huge choice and everything so fresh.
The spa is still undergoing refurbishment but the parts that are completed are very nice, serene surroundings and a well equipped gym. The pool was not completed.
There did not seem to be many public areas where you could just chill out with a cup of coffee and a newspaper - again I am being pickey here!
All in all this resort hotel surpassed our expectations (having read some of the other reviews on this site). What makes it stand out from other Scottish hotels I have stayed in is the service - perhaps because the majority of staff are foreign. (It is fair to say that the service levels from the Scottish staff at the hotel were not so high.) We would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in St Andrews with a hefty 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.
Not up to the pricing
Stayed here recently and thought that it was vastly over priced.
The public areas are very pleasant but to be honest you could enjoy these as a non-guest and stay in the town which is only a 5 minute walk away. The spa facilities are looking dated and are easily outstripped by my local Holmes Place and are nowhere near being in the same class as the Edinburgh Sheraton. The rooms overlooking the old course at the front do have a good view of the golf but be warned you also get the sound of the green being manicured at 6.30am.
Our room was a double, full of character (country house chintz and antiques) but with the firmest and most uncomfortable bed we have ever slept in - we woke up with pins and needles!
The bathroom was showing its age with discoloured marble and a shower control that was either boiling or off (we were there one night only so just reported this on our departure).
We also had a look at the suites which are more modern in decor - very spacious but no character - could be anywhere in the world.
Overall the service is brisk but not great - door/portering presence is laid back, our room was missing a kettle, my colleague's room was not ready until a good hour after the advertised check-in.
If you do stay do get breakfast served in your room as a treat- they do full portions and it is really well presented with a little table and hot box. However I would not return again unless the rates came down radically.
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.
Best location for golf lovers
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.