Looking at the other reviews of this hotel I feel slightly mean in not giving it a good rating as it clearly appeals to most of its guests. I wasn't there for golf so I wasn't distracted though so I feel my review is unbiased.
This is a very old fashioned hotel though not in a good way. It has a mustiness and that even extends to refurbished areas which are done in the a clumsy and unstylish fashion. The staff are largely speaking a friendly bunch but the guy in charge of reception was helpful in a plainly sarcastic and patronising fashion that maybe appeals to the eager golfing crowd but otherwise is insulting.
We stayed in one of their new 'suites' which they conveniently neglected to tell us was in the basement. It was large and that was the end of the good points. The lighting is truly horrendous and the decor faux scottish - tartan and dark modern wood. The bathroom lacking a bath with a noisy fan with a twenty minute cycle and a shower that is either raging hot or ice cold with a possibility to find a comfortable temperature if you have the skill of a safebreaker. A warning sign for the over hot towel radiator which you can't help burning yourself on when you reach for the loo paper and a freezing stone floor. Yes - somebody has really thought this one through!
We made a cup of tea from the small kitchen which would be useful for those wanting to stay for more than a few days but that threw up the fact that nobody comes into check the room at any point so we returned to a cold room with all the curtains open and dirty crockery. I went to reception to ask for a couple of tea bags to replenish those we used and was told that there was no such service in this hotel. OK - that was a first in any hotel in any country in the world for me and at a discounted £185 per night I'd have expected better.
Sleep quality was OK but we were below the restaurant and could hear people moving about. Lights shone in through the curtain all night from the street lighting and more brightly until about midnight from the hotel floodlighting.
Breakfast was a very mediocre full English self service with a nice view but food not even close ton the quality of the Russocks where we had stayed before. We were grateful of the free car parking at the back of the hotel.
In summary, with this location this should be a fantastic hotel but it seriously is not and I would not choose to stay again. Its a wasted opportunity trading on the beauty of the town and the fact that it is right on the Old Course. What a shame.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Best Western Scores Hotel is the closest hotel to the 1st tee of the world famous Old Course and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse.A 5 minute walk will take you to many of the towns attractions including the ancient castle and cathedral ruins, the 600 year old university and the historic town centre.The hotel occupies two traditional Victorian town houses dating back to 1864 and 1880 and retains many of the large former drawing rooms as junior suites. 36 rooms in total, many of which have stunning views views over the West Sands beach whilst others enjoy an outlook over the newly landscaped garden and terraces.Champions Grill has unforgettable views of the West Sands and the 1st tee of the Old Course from its 9 large picture windows - there is no better way to start your day!Alexanders Restaurant offer quality Scottish food in a traditional Victorian setting with white linen, gold chandeliers and a magnificent view.Chariots Bar, names after the film 'Chariots of Fire' (which was partially shot on the West Sands) is a typical Scottish Snug serving Bar and Snack Menus daily, with al fresco dining weather permitting! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western St Andrews
- Scores Hotel St Andrews
- St. Andrews Best Western
- Best Western Scores Hotel St. Andrews, Scotland