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“Efficient and affordable stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Agnes Blackadder Hall - University of St Andrews
3.0 of 5 Specialty Hotel   |   New Hall | North Haugh, St. Andrews KY16 9WX, Scotland   |  
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Efficient and affordable stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

It's not exactly centrally located, but we could still walk to the main sites of St. Andrews. The continental breakfast and the bar that's open until 11 p.m. were both very useful. And the staff was helpful and allowed us to store our luggage for a few hours after checkout so we could see a few more places before our afternoon train. The rooms aren't big, but hey, it's a dorm. Having an en-suite bathroom was enough of an amenity but be sure to ask for a hair dryer at the front desk because they don't come in the room. The WiFi is easy to use once you get the access code and a printer and two computers are available in the front lobby. And most of all, it's way more affordable than anything else in town during the summer. The only thing we'd do differently next time is to look up the directions to the hall from the bus stops because the campus isn't well-signed.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Albany, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

The main attraction of New Hall, a dorm at the University of St. Andrews gussied up as a hotel, is that it's much cheaper than many of the other very expensive hotels in this very expensive city that caters to golfers (who are willing to pay exorbitantly to get a shot at the city's famous course). But it's still nearly $100 for a double and that's a lot for a dorm room. There's free WiFi and nice soap and body wash in the bathroom and the woman in the coffee shop whips up a mean vanilla latte. But there's no place to hang up clothes and no room in the rooms for anything much but sleeping. The breakfast is mediocre. And the elevator was out (all day, on a weekday, Why?) I may just be grouchy about all of this because I had to lug a suitcase up four flights of stairs. On the other hand, New Hall's website makes it look better than it is and whoever wrote in Wikipedia that it is a three-star hotel in the summer was hallucinating -- or a golfer.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Ten or fifteen minutes' walk from town, but not an unpleasant one. You can hop on and off the bus on the main road 5 minutes away instead if you ask reception to point you in the right direction. Friendly staff, spacious bar- even had an ale on, food until 1800. Bit of a warren inside, but comfortable ensuite rooms. Quiet, nice view- lots of rabbits on the lawns. Generous breakfasts- even had gluten free bread, though the hot breakfast was self service with shared tongs so probably tricker for real coeliacs. Wifi worked. I could happily have stayed longer.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

I stayed at New Hall for one night whilst attending a conference and it was exactly what I would expect from university halls of residence.
The rooms are small but sufficient for one person. It would have been a bit of a squeeze if staying there as a couple. The facilities in the room were basic but included everything you need like en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities and a TV. The bed was a standard double but was very firm. Not a problem for me but I suspect people who like a soft mattress might find it uncomfortable.
They obviously work hard to try and make it feel like a hotel and not a university hall with things like individually wrapped complimentary toiletries and even a note with your towels that tells you the name of the person who prepared your room for you. Entirely unnecessary but a nice touch.
My one gripe was the fact that there was nowhere on-site to buy newspapers, food etc. There is a small bar but if you want anything else you have to walk into town. It isn't far but if the weather is as bad as it was for me you have to go without. The other minor irritation was the fact that the wifi signal was poor.
All in all - entirely satisfactory for a night on your own on business but not the sort of place I would want to stay if travelling for pleasure

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scottish Borders
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

We have used this (summer) Youth Hostel before with no problems but this year (on the first night it was being used as such) we experienced two problems: 1) TV not working due to no remote-a remote was supplied by the time we got back in the evening but the TV still did not work. This was remedied by a very helpful night porter (reception closes at 9pm) supplying the correct remote and a missing aerial lead! 2) The cold water tap did not work leaving us with a choice of scalding hot water or nothing. This the helpful night porter obviously could not solve. This was sorted the next day of our two day stay. What rankled,however, from the whole business, was the cursory attitude of the (manageress?) on departure when we enquired if she wanted a note of our complaints, e-mail address etc. was 'they will get in touch'. Well, they never did as regards our complaint and I'm still waiting!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lund, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

As other reviewers have mentioned, the rooms are very small for two people but for a one night stay this is not a major issue, especially given the price in comparison to other hotels in St. Andrews. New Hall is located a short walk from the centre of the town where there are plenty of restaurants and bars as well as a Tesco Metro.

The rooms are modern, clean and have the basics you would expect from a hotel in the same price range, a comfy bed, decent sized desk, TV (though a little bit small, it fit the room well), a good sized bath (Shower) room and tea/coffee making facilities as well as complimentary toiletries.

Disappointing aspects of the stay included the very thin door between the room and the corridor which meant that passing guests engaged in conversation sounded as if they were in the same room. Not too bad as they just passed within seconds but a bit more annoying were the housekeeping staff who conversed outside in the morning for considerably longer. During the night though we were able to sleep well without being disturbed.

The breakfast was served in a very big but boring room with a large selection of hot and cold items. It would have been nice to see more effort made with the cold selection, such as a fresh fruit salad rather than what appeared to be a limited range of tinned fruits and a decent range of bread rolls rather than the soft budget bread rolls provided. Otherwise though, a lot of items to choose from presented in an eat as much as you like buffet style.

Free parking outside and very friendly staff on the reception and in the breakfast area made for an OK stay, if I am in St. Andrews again then New Hall would probably be my choice for a one night stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Limerick, Ireland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

Found the location very central.
Disappointed with the size of the room, a very tight squeeze for two.
Facilities such as laundry room excellent.
Breakfast decent and substantial.
Assistance from Reception Office staff top class. Special mention for Izzie Wood and Jean Rodgers.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: New Hall | North Haugh, St. Andrews KY16 9WX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Fife > St. Andrews
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 16 Specialty Lodging in St. Andrews
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Agnes Blackadder Hall - University of St Andrews 3*
Number of rooms: 225
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Open June-August only. Agnes Blackadder Hall is the University of St Andrews' premier residence. We offer the perfect base for those wanting to explore St Andrews, play on the world famous links courses and discover all that the Kingdom of Fife has to offer during the summer months. Our double rooms all feature an en-suite shower room, television, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. Family rooms are also available. ... more   less 
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