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Ardgowan Hotel
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in St. Andrews
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

Had a fantastic time there. The staff was wonderful and very helpful. Would easily recommend anyone stay there. Perfect location for golf and shopping in St. Andrews!!!
This is a 3 star hotel, so do not expect luxury, but it was a great place and a great value.
Took less than 2 minutes to walk to the Old Course or to Market Street with all the shopping and restaurants. No elevator so it was tiring on the stairs after walking 18 or 36 holes, but we all need the exercise anyway and was not really a bother.

Room Tip: Stayed in room 28. Great views of the area. I think there was a connecting room.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 3, 2011

Friendly & professional service, & a warm welcome. The room was slightly on the small side, especially when a travel cot is added, but well presented & clean, with a very nice en suite. Situated near the centre of St Andrews. Unfortunately no hotel parking, although free parking available very nearby. We would definitely recommend this hotel, & would be happy to return ourselves. Breakfast was lovely too.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

This was the third hotel we had stayed in that week, the most expensive but also the most basic. For that reason it was very disappointing, small room, austere bathroom with shower gel and soap dispensers that did not work and no other soaps, poorly managed staff who unhappily served a poor quality breakfast. And we had to pay to access their wi-fi. It was all clean so would be fine if you had paid a budget price. Go for the location which is great.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

We searched online for a dog friendly hotel in St Andrews and the Ardgowan came up. On arrival the first thing we were told as we checked in was that the dog was not allowed in the Bar which is where all the meals are served. So in reality he was only allowed in the reception and our room. I understand that not everyone is a dog lover but to advertise as a pet friendly hotel and then restrict the pet to the room only is not what dog owners are looking for. This was made even more difficult by the fact that only 1 pub in the whole of St Andrews allowed dogs in, it was tiny and very busy with locals so we couldnt get in. We choose St Andrews as it had a beach and if all else faild i.e. the Scottish Weather we could always retire with our retriever to the bar. Instead we were confined to our room and forced to eat outside a pizza shop in the freezing cold.

Above that the Room was pretty tattie and the bathroom had a very strong hospital smell which was very over powering. Our window opened out above the kitchen and the smell of fat (obviously from the breakfast fry ups) filled our room. Our window looked out into the service yard and a wall directly infront. I guess bringing the dog put us into a second grade room. Not exactly Pet Friendly!

I think it should be made clear on the website that this is the case as it's not what dog owners consider Pet Friendly.

Room Tip: Room 11 looks onto a wall and the service area
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

We really enjoyed staying at the Ardgowan Hotel. It is in a great location in regard to the golf course at St Andrews. Service was good, especially at reception and the restaurant provided good food at a reasonable price. We are sure this place will improve more when the renovations are complete

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

Stayed here for 4 nights, which allowed us to play 5 rounds of golf in some of the best links courses in the world. We were 3 guys staying in a triple room with third bed in a separated room. The breakfast was excellent.

The staff are friendly and extremely helpful.

The hotel is perfectly located with plenty of restaurants, bars (as well as the hotels' of course) and courses within walking distance.

Will come back if I'm lucky enough to visit Scotland again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 1, 2011

Couldn't fault the hotel at all. Stayed 2 nights to play golf at St Andrews and we were delighted with the triple room. Triple room had main bedroom with twin beds and a seperate room off it with the third bed. This suited perfectly as my brother snores like a train lol....Very friendly and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Ardgowan Hotel

Address: 2 Playfair Terrace | North Street, St. Andrews KY16 9HX, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Fife > St. Andrews
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in St. Andrews
#7 Business Hotel in St. Andrews
Price Range: $124 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ardgowan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated 200 yards from the 18th green of the world famous Old Course, and still only 5 minutes from the centre of town The Ardgowan Hotel offers the ideal location whatever the reason for you visit to St Andrews. Our comfortable en suite bedrooms are decorated in a modern Scottish style, perfect for relaxing after a long day’s golfing or sightseeing. Located below the main hotel, our restaurant, Playfair’s, is ever popular with local people as well as with our guests. We serve a wide range of dishes prepared with the fresh local ingredients wherever possible. The Ardgowan hotel does not have its own lift, but staff will be more than happy to assist you with your bags. Free on-street car parking is available close to the hotel. ... more   less 
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