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Fonab Castle Hotel

Foss Road, Pitlochry PH16 5ND Scotland
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#5 of 17 hotels in Pitlochry
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Fonab Castle is a wonderful and historic building on the banks of Loch Faskally, by Pitlochry. It has been transformed by the Clark family into a fabulous and glamorous new 5 Star hotel. The hotel offers 42 bedrooms, including 4 suites and a luxurious Penthouse suite (a number with loch views). The hotel brasserie and lounge provide outstanding vistas of the loch itself and Sandemans, our fine dining restaurant, is a tranquil setting for experiencing exquisite cuisine and fine wines. The Woodland Spa at Fonab offers a host of pampering and relaxation experiences, with Thermal Suite, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, treatment rooms, nail bar and pedicures. We look forward to welcoming you to a unique experience.”
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Electric vehicle charging station
Valet parking
Hot tub
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Free shuttle or taxi services
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Private balcony
Room service
VIP room facilities
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Finnish, Romanian
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Louise M wrote a review Sep 26
3 contributions5 helpful votes
As an early adopter of Fonab Castle when it first opened and several other visits over the years, my partner and i felt somewhat underwhelmed by our latest stay. The hotel is currently undergoing some improvements, which gave it a fresh feel, however they come at a cost - service was patchy and the Brasserie food and wine (a bottle of our favourite Italian wine came in at £49, when we Googled it you could buy a bottle for £15 - 300% mark up!) was overpriced and average at best. Our meal on the first evening was a real disappointment- poussin with seasonal veg, gravy and herb stuffing. The dish arrived, beautifully presented albeit a very small portion. The poussin and the veg were cooked perfectly however the gravy was non existent and the herb stuffing had no real flavour and a claggy texture. The dish needed something to bring it together and for £23.95, it really was underwhelming. The service was lacklustre, no-one checked to see if we were enjoying our meal, our wine was not topped up, and when the cheeseboard arrived no explanation of what cheeses were included - definitely not a 5 star service! Our breakfast on the first morning was a mixed bag. The first waiter was excellent, very welcoming and took time to explain the menu. From there it was downhill. Porridge arrived luke warm and a glue like texture. It was inedible and when I raised with the Duty Manager he said he would raise with the kitchen and didn't feel the need to apologise. We waited 45 mins for our hot food, and when we asked when it would be arriving the waiter told us that its because everything is freshly cooked and not frozen (I would hope so for a 5 star hotel) funnily enough the breakfast and service were better the second morning, different Duty Manager in charge. When I think back to our first stay 7 years ago, the quality of service in the restaurant has diminished somewhat, back then you had one waiter who looked after you, today you could have 5-6 waiters - leading to a lack of rapport and continuity of service. While I can't take away from the fabulous setting and the more than comfortable suite, I came away feeling rather underwhelmed. And when I compare to The Bonnie Badger in Gullane, where we stayed for 3 nights the previous week, Fonab Castle is the poor relation. Vastly overpriced and 3 star service. Could do much better to get a Fonabulous rating. I won't be rushing back.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Fiona wrote a review Sep 25
3 contributions
We had a fabulous overnight stay in a gorgeous Castle Signature View room with stunning views of Loch Faskaly. Staff were very attentive and welcoming and the brief tour of the castle on our arrival was a lovely touch. Dinner in the Brasserie was delicious and the extensive selection of gins very impressive! This is a very special hotel in a beautiful setting.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Rebecca G wrote a review Sep 25
Hitchin, United Kingdom139 contributions11 helpful votes
Booked a one night stay for a birthday with dinner included. Upgraded the food from the brasserie to the Sandemans and was not disappointed. 7 course tasting including wine pairings were exceptional and brilliant service throughout. Had a drink beforehand in the bar upstairs which had breathtaking views on the lock. Breakfast the following day also very yummy in the brasserie. Room was brilliant. Had a suite on the ground floor with two bathrooms. Teacakes Instead of biscuits was a nice touch and fresh milk brought to the room when required. Location of the hotel is good, handy little walk along the loch into Pitlochry. Also good location to travel around and see other local sites. Loved the entire stay, would definitely go back for another visit!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
chrismacd wrote a review Sep 24
Edinburgh, United Kingdom20 contributions4 helpful votes
This was our 3rd stay at Fonab and we will definitely return. Some extension/improvement works has been undertaken since our previous stay and they added to the ambience and comfort of dining and bar areas. The woodland suite we had was very large and well appointed, all requests catered to with speed, efficiency and a smile! There was a mix up at dinner one night and what could have been a bad experience was turned around by the contributions of a number of the staff team and was greatly appreciated. The location here really is superb and the walks nearby are tranquil and good for the soul. We will be back again! ❤️
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
vshiel767979 wrote a review Sep 22
Edinburgh, United Kingdom1 contribution
Fonab Castle is an absolute gem, beautiful hotel in a stunning location. The team do everything to ensure a wonderful stay. Both food and service at the Brasserie are marvellous. Excellent comfort in the gorgeous rooms. Everything was perfect! Kudos to the entire team for maintaining such great standards during Covid-19. Thank you for a memorable escape.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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$241 - $413 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomScotlandPerth and KinrossPitlochry
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fonab Castle Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Fonab Castle Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Pitlochry Festival Theatre (0.3 miles), Heathergems (0.5 miles), and Robertsons of Pitlochry (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Fonab Castle Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Fonab Castle Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Fonab Castle Hotel?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fonab Castle Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant at Knockendarroch, Escape Route Cafe, and Steakhouse at the Acarsaid.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Fonab Castle Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a sauna, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Is Fonab Castle Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Pitlochry.
Are any cleaning services offered at Fonab Castle Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Fonab Castle Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Fonab Castle Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Fonab Castle Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Romanian, and Finnish.