just back from a 2 night stay. our remit was a hotel in the pitlochry area with a pool, and that brings you down to Scotlands Hotel, Atholl Palace or this one. The latter was booked, and Scotlands was £50 more expensive for a superior room( we drove up to the Palaceon our way home, and its a very impressive buidling. looks like worht a visit ). We therefore went for the Hydro, despite a few reservations that it's owned by Shearings, the coach holiday people. OK, first the genuine good points. Staff all very friendly, our Superior room was actually nicer than expected ( room 219 ) right under the left hand tower as you look at the hotel ( great views over the valley ). The public areas of the hotel have obviously been recently done up, and the pool and jacuzzi are really nice. The devil is in the detail though, which leaves you thinking it could be so much better. The changing rooms of the pool are in need of a good revamp and very old fashioned. Showers are a dribble.Major revamps obviously involve investment, but leaving the showers with mouldy old rubber matts, that you could change for a fiver, just smacks of lack of care. In the room there was a flat screen tv..but its pretty useless if there's no reception. The hotel obviously needs a basic sky package, as DTV continually breaks up, and we kept losing signal completely. in theory not a huge point, but in this day and age its not unreasonable to expect a working tv in your room. Its often difficult for a mid size hotel such as this ( or an overly large one, think Fairmont in St Andrews ), to be able to conjour up any atmosphere in the bar area. this is no exception as the atmosphere was non-existent. This isn't helped ( and apologies for sounding ageist ), by the fact that we were probably the only guests under 60, and the cruise ship style entertainer really not our thing. This review probably sounds overy harsh but its not meant to. Its a decent hotel, with well refurbished rooms ( the Premier that we had a look at wasn't worth the extra money over our Superior ), but let down by small points, and probably more that we are the wrong demographic ( 30s couple ). If you're happy with a decent room and a pool then this hotel is fine. If you're looking for a bit of atmosphere to come back to , then this isn't for you. We had a nice time, but we wouldn't go back ( and we didn't fin Pitlochry itself particularly friendly or interesting) Horses for courses I guess
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just ten minutes walk from the town centre, the historic and recently refurbished Pitlochry Hydro Hotel overlooks the town of Pitlochry itself. The Pitlochry Hydro hotel offers an excellent range of facilities for visitors, including a modern, well-equipped gym and heated indoor swimming pool. The hotel houses all of the amenities and facilities you would expect from a Coast & Country venue. In addition, our staff will offer you a warm, friendly welcome, and ensure that your stay is as relaxing and memorable as possible. Pitlochry is a superb base for walkers. Ben Vrackie towers above the town, and the Cairngorm Massif is close by to the North. Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch are also easily explored using the hotel as a base. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, HRS, Travelocity, Priceline, Agoda, Hotel.de and LateRooms so you can book your The Pitlochry Hydro Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Pitlochry Hydro Hotel
- The Pitlochry Hydro Hotel Scotland