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Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in St. Andrews
Certificate of Excellence
Columbus Ohio
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Way overpriced - disappointing”
Reviewed April 24, 2007

We spent a week in Scotland, staying in small B&B's as well as nice hotels and this was by far the most disappointing experience. It all started when the front desk could not find my reservation. They stated I had a reservation for the following weekend. At first I thought perhaps I booked incorrectly, but I provided them a print off from their website stating that I indeed did have a reservation for that night. They then proceeded to try to put my in a room that did not have a course view. I again demonstrated ON THE PRINT OUT FROM THEIR WEBSITE that I had reserved a course view room. After a bit of scrambling they did find a room for us. When we arrived in our room, I was disappointed to see that the room was tucked in a corner and had a large amount of obstructed view of the course due to the finishings on the building. The only way I could see the course was climbing out of the window and standing on the roof of the other part of the building that was just outside my window. Very disappointing, but as we had already wasted a great deal of time on this already, I chose not to try to move rooms and enjoy the town.
The restaurant upstairs is extremely overpriced. We went there for a drink and found the whisky to be about 12 pounds while downstairs in the Jigger Inn the same whisky was 3 pounds. Ridiculous!!
The people were nice enough, but for the outrageous price, I really expected more. Again, it is a fine place, but not a good value. I love the town of St Andrews and can't wait to return, but there are so many other options for places to stay, I will find another, more reasonable place to stay.

  • Liked — The view - if you had a true course view room
  • Disliked — Price, miscommunication.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2007

Just returned from a 3 night stay with my husband. We had a great time and the hotel can not be faulted. The setting is excellent - we had played with the idea of going to the Fairmont but worried that it was too far out of town (it is) the Old Course is where you would expect it to be - on the old course !! The room was lovely, very clean and well tended throughout our stay. The staff were exceptionally nice and attentive and this is everyone from the golf stewards to the girls in the sauna and the folk in the shops all were excellent. The new spa is lovely , again very clean, very well run and well explained by the staff.

We have stayed in Gleneagles before and really enjoyed it - if anything the Old Course is better as there is more flexibility in what you can do (eat in town or eat in the hotel - golf at the Dukes or on any one of the other courses). The golf stewards not only take you to the course - they come back for you and polish your shoes when you are out !!!

Terrific !

  • Liked — Friendly Staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank hazellea
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2007

We have just returned from a one night stay at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. The Old
Course Hotel has always been enjoyable and this stay was no different. The
hotel is smart and modern ( compared with the more traditional
Turnberry - see separate review ) and public areas are luxurious. Rooms vary greatly in size - we
have previously stayed in a suite where you can lose your partner! This
time however we had an Eden view double room which looks out over the
rear of the hotel and not the golf course - it is much cheaper though.
However although it was smaller the fixtures and fittings were high
quality with a very comfortable bed and new bathroom with a weird double
shower and big bath taps above a tub that would be large enough to drown in
if you are a bad swimmer!

The highlight however was our dinner in the Road Hole Grill which was
faultless. It is an AA three rosette restaurant and the quality of food
certainly supports this. The service was exemplary and attentive. The
restaurant is wood panelled and has large tables with comfortable carver
chairs. The gril kitchen is open but does not interfere with relaxation
and indeed adds atmosphere.

Breakfast was served in the Sands Restaurant which is more contemporary
and would also make a good evening choice. Again service and choice
were faultless.

The only change we did notice is that now Kohler has taken over
ownership you are charged to use the pool facilities. This is complimentary if
you book some spa treatments but some people may dislike the £20 charge
to use the pool. However if this charge was not made it would probably
be added to room rates and not everyone wants to use a pool. Also
children under 16 are not allowed in the pool/spa which makes for a quiter
experience ! However children under 16 can use the pool between 2 and

In summary this hotel has one over-riding theme - great service
throughout with no exception. St Andrews is one of Scotlands most enjoyable
towns with a great hotel just a 5 minute stroll away. Pay more for a golf
view if you like that but whatever you do eat in the Road Hole Grill.
Good value rates on a Sunday night.

  • Liked — Quality of service
  • Disliked — Big suites expensive
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
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7 Thank blackterrier
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2007

I booked this hotel as an overnight treat for my wife and I using my Leaders Club account with the Leading Hotels of the World. Check in was excellent - staff very attentive - and we were shown around the hotel and then up to our room. Checked into the Spa shortly thereafter to use the Kholer water facilities and have a massage each. The Spa has been nicely refurbished but is certainly not what I would expect from a 5 star LHW hotel - and it is certainly not in the League of other hotels such as Alexander House outside London (Utopia Spa). Still, it had a number of nice treatment pools and an outdoor hottub - which was a bit cool for my liking and not functioning properly for some reason. Massage treatments themselves were good.
Dinner in the evening was served in The Road Hole Grill - allegedly the 'fine dining' restaurant in the hotel. I would rate this restaurant as merely OK. My wife's scallops were slightly overcooked and her Halibut (main course) was very dry and overly salty. My courses were satisfactory. The service was mainly good - although no offer of an aperitif/canapes was evident - neither was I asked if I would like coffee/tea afterwards in one of the public rooms. Another negative aspect is the open plan nature of the restaurant - we were seated right next to the open kitchen - all lovely from a health and safety point of view as you can see everything - but it is VERY noisy and throughout dinner we were treated to the various rantings of the head chef for the night. Not exactly romantic!
Finally - off to bed - room nice and spacious - comfortable bed - reasonably quiet.
In the morning, we had breakfast brought to the room - now this was impressive. A large trolley complete with hot storage sections for cooked foods. Freshly squeezed OJ, full Scottish, cereals, toast, cakes etc...all very delicious. Topped off with a vase of flowers.
Two major negative points! Shower - awful. Someone has tried to be very clever and provide a monsoon rain shower directly above your head, complemented by a normal shower head on the wall - with a further waterfall effect tap!!! Great in theory - but the plumbing is dreadful - the temperature fluctuates wildly due to the very fiddly knob system used to regulate the temperature.
Also, for the first time ever, I think we may have been subject to some petty pilfering. Not sure how this happened - perhaps room door left open during turndown service - or perhaps dishonest staff. In any event, my wife was missing a whole new bottle of perfume by the end of the first evening. No sign of it anywhere in the room!! We did lodge our concerns about this with the reception and are currenlty awaiting a follow up phone call. Time will tell!
Overall, as a regular user of Leading Hotels of the World, I found this one a little disappointing. But it is still a nice, modern, clean hotel with some well-mannered and helpful staff.

Stayed February 2007
2 Thank auric1
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Seattle, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2007

Great rooms; even the least expensive Eden Rooms are fantastic, huge, and have great linens. The bathroom is insane; the tub is huge (big enough for two ;)) with a waterfall tub fixture and rainshower + additional shower head. You won't want to leave. Fabulous spa, treatments were first-rate and the thermal pool was very unique. The staff (especially reception) are enthusiastic, cheerful, and helpful. Truly 5 star.

Stayed February 2007
3 Thank Mhet
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2006

My wife and i were married the day before our stay and we decided to book the Old Course Hotel for some "Relaxation" prior to jetting out to Rome. This is our 3rd visit to the Hotel and again, we were not disappointed.
We stayed for 2 nights with the sole intention of un-winding after months of wedding preparation. It's fair to say that we were completely relaxed by the time we left.
Even having stayed previously we could not fail to be impressed with the standard that the Hotel achieves.
We were booked into a Road Hole Suite which had been upgraded since our previous visit and to be honest it took my wifes breath away. It proved a huge effort to get her out of the fantastic bathrrom!
We visited the spa on a number of occassions and both had a massage. The therapists were excellent and well worth the money.
We ate one evening in The Road Hole Grill and would rate it as one of the best 3 meals we have ever had. We were lucky in that it was very quiet and therefore had excellent service, however, we're sure it would be like this even when its full.
Finally, when my very reliable car would not start having been parked for 3 days, The Concierge was on hand with a set of jump leads to set us on our way. 5 star service!

  • Liked — The Views, the service, the food.
  • Disliked — Breakfast tray charge a little expensive
  • Tips/Secrets — Upgrade to an Old Course facing room
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Mansell1
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Property: Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Address: Old Station Road, St. Andrews KY16 9SP, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Fife > St. Andrews
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in St. Andrews
#1 Business Hotel in St. Andrews
#2 Luxury Hotel in St. Andrews
#6 Family Hotel in St. Andrews
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 144
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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