We stayed here for two nights over Christmas with our two young children. The first thing to be aware of is this is a five star hotel with five star prices. There's no avoiding that. That said, if you have the means, I'd heartily recommend a stay here.
It's fair to note that most five star properties tend to tolerate children. The Old Course Hotel welcomed our two tiny terrors with open arms (our boys are busy, busy, busy). Santa piped us into reception on arrival the afternoon of Christmas Eve. The doorman was at our vehicle in seconds to assist with our (many) bags which were whisked to our room. While checking in a manager came out to greet us and toured us around the entire hotel before taking us to our beautiful, large room.
The rooms are large and elegantly decorated. The bathrooms are gorgeous with a huge soaker/whirlpool tub and glassed in shower. The bed was very comfortable with top quality linens, as you would expect. Our older (toddler) son slept on a pull out sofa (the most comfortable one I've ever encountered) while our youngest slept in a cot. There was lots of room for everybody, plus all the luggage and gifts, without ever feeling cramped at all.
The hotel had set up a games/play room for children in their conservatory. This was fantastic for kids of all ages (I'd guilty of a bit of bowling on the Wii they'd arranged) and was just another reason that the hotel was hitting all the marks.
The food was over the top. The quality of the breakfast was the best I've encountered in a fair bit of global travel. The Christmas lunch was a nap inducing indulgence. It was wonderful. The dinners were also fantastic both nights. Lots of little extras were included (Champagne, Christmas crackers, Santa with presents for the kiddies at Christmas lunch).
The small touches were what really topped it all off. Santa came by on Christmas morning with presents for each of the kids. Two treat bags were dropped off on Christmas Eve for the reindeer (each containing a carrot and sugar cubes for the reindeer and mince pie and a bottle of whisky for Santa) as well as a glass of wine for Mom and Dad.
The location of the hotel is quite special, particularly for golfers (think, 16th fairway, Old Course). It's a hop across the golf course to the beach and a 5 minute walk to the village. We walked the village on a blustery Christmas Eve and it was the most quaint place you can imagine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bordering the renowned 17th ‘Road Hole’ of the Old Course in the Home of Golf, the Old Course Hotel enjoys a spectacular location overlooking the famous links courses, the West Sands beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline.Discover the historic university town of St Andrews, just a short stroll from the resort, and explore the surrounding countryside of the ancient Kingdom of Fife.With a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, the hotel offers quietly confident service, luxurious facilities and a warm welcome in the finest traditions of Scottish hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort And Spa
- Old Course Hotel, Golf Hotel St. Andrews
- Old Course Resort
- Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa St. Andrews, Scotland