This was booked for an important family event – we were a party of 19 people, including several small children. We had checked beforehand, to ensure that the hotel was family-friendly and had been assured that it was. The staff were generally helpful and provided a travel cot for the youngest baby. There was another family party in this hotel, with small children, but the general age level of the other guests was actually quite elderly.
Entertainment was provided and this went well on the Friday evening. The female singer had no problems with several small children dancing as she sang and the children enjoyed it. However, the Saturday night ‘entertainment’ was a different matter. The male act appeared to think he was god’s gift and performing in Las Vegas instead of a backwater like Pitlochry. He was boorish, rude and objected to the children in the party dancing around as they had the pevious evening. Some of his comments included: ‘I’ll take my belt off and slap the back of your legs with it’ - this comment was to a TWO year old.
Another choice comment was: ‘they’re all needing discipline, that’s what’s lacking nowadays. I used to be a teacher’. As a teacher myself, I am not surprised at the ‘used to be’ – in my opinion, he was an ill-mannered boor with neither the ability nor the charisma necessary for dealing with children - or for being an entertainer, for that matter. He claimed his was an ‘adult’ show, a fact not given to us when booking.
If you are looking for a similar hotel for a big family event, this is not the hotel for you. The entertainer’s ego and lack of ability appear to be more important than ensuring ALL guests are made welcome. Avoid!
- Also Known As:
- Pitlochry Hydro
- Pitlochry Hydro Hotel
- The Pitlochry Hydro Hotel Scotland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just ten minutes walk from the town centre, the historic and recently refurbished Pitlochry Hydro Hotel overlooks the town of Pitlochry itself. The Pitlochry Hydro hotel offers an excellent range of facilities for visitors, including a modern, well-equipped gym and heated indoor swimming pool. The hotel houses all of the amenities and facilities you would expect from a Coast & Country venue. In addition, our staff will offer you a warm, friendly welcome, and ensure that your stay is as relaxing and memorable as possible. Pitlochry is a superb base for walkers. Ben Vrackie towers above the town, and the Cairngorm Massif is close by to the North. Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch are also easily explored using the hotel as a base. ... more less
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