I booked a budget hotel because the sole intention of our visit was to drop stuff in our room, visit family and meet up with friends for drinks later, so we weren't looking for anything flashy (and we didn't expect it for £55), just somewhere to lay our heads.
When we arrived in our room (73) we were surprised to find only one of the two windows had curtains, but we thought, £55 and a free upgrade, lets not make a fuss, we've got eye masks. Dropped our bags and went out visiting. Arrived back a bit later than planned to get ready, the room was FREEZING, but we had to get going, went to jump in the shower, no chance! Water was stone cold! Went to phone reception, phone? No phone? Nope. Didn't have time to get dressed, go down, complain, move rooms, so annoyingly had to have baths, but at least that water was warm. £55 was now seeming steep.
We were very late by now and it was raining, so we asked reception to call us a taxi. The receptionist told us if we went over to the station there was a taxi rank there, couldn't believe it! OK it was a 30 second walk, but it was pouring down, and guess what? No taxis, I called a taxi firm from the station and was told it would be a 20 minute wait, so we ended up walking the 15 minutes into town in the rain, pretty disgusted.
Then overnight we were still freezing, the room is the coldest I have ever stayed in.
All in all I would put a £25 price tag on this stay because the bed was comfy and the room was clean, that was all it had. Don't get me the wrong, the staff weren't horrible, just not quite what you want from a hotel.
A coat hook and a towel rail also wouldn't go amiss, there was nowhere to hang a coat (other than in wardrobe) and nowhere to hang towels.
And I have left this bit until last, although it was our first impression of the hotel, as this may have made the majority of readers lose interest as it will not effect them. I didn't want anyone to miss the point of the issues above which will effect all: On checking in at reception the receptionist was very nice, however (as I note that the management uses reviews for training purposes) I didn't appreciate being asked in the reception area if we had meant to book a double or if we wanted a twin. Yes Perth, this is the noughties, and there is such a thing as a same sex couple. My training tip on this would be to not ask this question, let guests go to their room and then if they have made a mistake, let them ask you for a twin room. It will save causing offence and embarrassment.
We definitely will not be staying again, I would rather stay in the Holiday-Inn where OK you have to get a taxi into town (which I'm sure they'd phone for us), but at least there is a certain standard you can expect, even if it is budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a grand Victorian mansion, the Station Hotel is situated in Perth centre, next to Perth Railway Station. The impressive hotel offers spacious rooms and Scottish breakfasts. Traditional cooked breakfasts are served daily in the bright and airy dining room. Light continental options are also available, including freshly squeezed juices and gourmet coffees. The elegant rooms are individually decorated, and free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout. Some rooms have scenic views across the landscaped grounds, and all feature a private bathroom. Just a 5-minute walk from Perth centre, the Station Hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Perth Theatre and Concert Hall. There is free on-site parking, and the River Tay is half a mile away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Station Hotel Perth, Scotland