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“Wonderful place to stay in St Andrews - great value” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Agnes Blackadder Hall - University of St Andrews

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Agnes Blackadder Hall - University of St Andrews
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to stay in St Andrews - great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014

If you are on a budget, this is a fantastic place to stay while visiting St Andrews. My husband had come here to play golf, and my son and I joined him a few days into his trip. The dorm rooms are wonderfully clean, the beds are huge (NOT your typical American teeny single beds with plastic coverings), and there is closet space and a comfortable small bathroom. The only down side was that the tv was tiny, but we actually never even turned it on - we did all our tv watching in pubs because it was FIFA time! You had to pay for the WiFi, but it worked great. Also the laundry facilities were very easy to use and practical. The breakfast was really delicious and incredibly varied - from cereals and porridge to pastries to eggs, blood pudding and haggis! A real treat! And very centrally located - easy walk to the bus station, the beach, or the castle. A great bargain!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Newport, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

Rooms small but pleasant, comfortable and quiet. Better than expected toiletries and coffee making facilities. Breakfast very good with lots of choice. About a 10 min walk into town which was fine. Second stay and would return again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

We stayed for 1 night and had a great experience, the staff were so helpful and friendly. The room was slightly small but perfectly adequate and clean. Breakfast was really good better than some budget hotels I have stayed in. For St Andrews prices I felt it was really worth staying there, especially as it was just for 1 night.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

Stayed from a Monday until a Friday and I had no problems with the room, the food or the staff.
Staff were friendly and immediately changed my room when asked-only to get a view. It was not their fault that the view was not great.
For the price in St Andrews I would rate it highly.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tiffany92
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Nottingham
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

Stayed for 3 nights as part of a conference package and as such it was good value for money.
The breakfasts are excellent - lots of choice on the hot fresh cooked food, large range of baked items(croissants, 3 types of pastry, bread, rolls), 3 choices of fruit salad plus fresh fruit, cheese, meat, cereal and porridge. Drinks wise there was juice, 2 varieties of milk, wide range of teas and fairly decent coffee. Its all served canteen style in a light airy dining room.
We had a double room and it was on the small side, especially if you had a large case, but it had all that we needed.
The 'complaints' (all quite minor) that we had were - rooms very stuffy, towels very small and thin (take your own if possible!), machines such as washing/drinks vending are all independent so problems cannot be rectified by staff, and the beds were just 'ok' - not the most comfortable
Its well located but be aware is a good 15 minute walk to the town.
Our main 'compliment' that we had is- staff all very friendly,
All in all we would recommend and would stay again dependent on the room rate. If I was paying myself I would say its worth about £60 for two people in a double room - and this is mainly due to the location, the friendly staff and large breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JRM12345
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Sudbury
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

I booked a week so that I could attend The Open within walking distance. This was at the last Open 2010 I paid over £600. The service, the food, the rooms were all appallingly bad. So much so that I cut short my visit as I could not stomach the filth and the poor food any longer. The staff were totally unresponsive and could not have cared a jot. There was supposed to be a viewing TV so that folks could watch the progress of the Open. Only one large TV screen in a public room - (not in private rooms) - and they couldn't even get that to work. The chairs were broken and battered. Internet service was down. The canteen was filthy. Tables were not wiped at all. Plates and cutlery were left in heaps on the collecting areas without being taken away by staff. They clearly had used students who had not even been given protective clothing to cover up their own shoddy jeans and hair was not tied back. They had no idea how to serve and just slopped food on to your plate. The quality of the cooking was disgusting. I cannot think of a worse place I have ever stayed in my life. I frequently stay in YHAs and they are complete palaces compared to St Andrews University. The University certainly play on the fact that accommodation is so rare during The Open Week but anywhere would be better than this place to stay.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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New York, NY
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56 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

Main positive was the free breakfast. The rooms were of the poorest quality and the staff was rude and not responsive. One main criticism was that the hotel advertised internet but did not specify that it wasn't free. When we tried to pay for internet the connection within the entire hotel was down. Staff refused to grant us the free conference wi-fi code to accomodate. Staff also refused to adjust the rate to accomodate for the lack of internet service. Would not recomend staying here if at all possible.

Room Tip: Try to get a room close to the check in desk. Our room was a far walk.
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Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Agnes Blackadder Hall - University of St Andrews
Address: Agnes Blackadder Hall North Haugh | North Haugh, St. Andrews KY16 9XW, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Fife > St. Andrews
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 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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