I stayed here for a night at the end of April 2008 on business.
The approach to the hotel is amazing. Through the countryside and then up a long semi-steep driveway until you reach the hotel at the top. It’s a very old traditional Scottish brick building – exactly the sort of hotel you’d expect in Scotland! The interior of the hotel is very traditional with dark wood panelling and a small reception by the entrance with a sweeping staircase up to the rooms.
The check-in was efficient and low key which is the correct way to be in such a hotel. No queue. The room key was adjoined to a big silver and solid weighty key ring which had the room number on it. No credit card-esque door keys here – more traditional. I can’t remember the last time I actually used a proper key for a hotel room door! Just a word of warning - remember to lock the door behind you whenever you leave the room as it doesn’t close and lock automatically behind you.
The room price was about £85 for bed and breakfast. I stayed on a weekday (Wednesday night) and it may have been a corporate rate, so not sure if these would make a difference to the price. Payment was upon departure.
The location is fantastic but you do need a car / taxi to get to the hotel. It’s about 10 mins from Perth centre but along country roads and up a driveway. As the hotel is at the top, the view is amazing and looks out onto other hills and down below into Perth. There is nothing near the hotel – it’s surrounded by immaculate hotel gardens, a golf course and countryside - absolute peace and tranquillity and you really feel you’re getting away from everything. The hotel promotes itself for golfing holidays.
The only downside would be that the town isn’t walkable and if your intention was to have a night out in Perth and not want to drive / incur taxi fares etc, then it would be better to stay at a hotel nearer to Perth town.
The room I had (number 7) was a prefect temperature and quite spacious with high ceilings. It was traditional in style with dark wood furniture. The room was only a short walk up the wonderful staircase from the hotel lobby / reception.
The bed was very comfortable - it was 2 single beds pushed together with a double-bed sheet / duvet etc.
It had the facilities you’d expect - tea making (but nice touch with Churchill teapot and cups/saucers), full sized ironing bard and iron, hairdryer and a TV with the usual TV and radio channels (not Sky) and a writing desk. It was the view that really sold the room - out onto the immaculate huge gardens and plants / trees with a tennis court in the distance.
The room and bathroom were immaculately clean, but both need renovating and modernising – they were rough around the edges and would benefit from new bathrooms and redecoration. This was the only negative I can think of about the hotel. Have a look at my pictures of the room on tripadvisor.
The hotel has a bar and lounge and also a dining / breakfast room. I had an evening meal in the hotel and breakfast the next morning. Together with the location, this was the best thing about the hotel – the quality of the food. The dining room had big wooden windows and dark wood panelling - very grand. The windows overlooked the hills and down into Perth – fabulous. I can imagine it being very cosy and romantic in winter.
The tables are well spaced apart so there was no hearing of the table next door’s conversation and vice-versa. The food was sublime. As a starter, and courtesy of the hotel, gaspacchio was brought. Nice touch.
I had lamb and pureed potato for main. The lamb melted in the mouth and the potato was perfect – light and tasty. Not the biggest portion though which is expected with the type of food served. The dessert was ‘assiette de chocolat’ – a small selection of chocolate desserts on a plate which consisted of a scoop of white chocolate ice cream, small chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse and dark chocolate drizzle.
It was all silver service, white table cloths, waiters wearing white gloves and they unfolded your linen napkin onto your knee - polite but unobtrusive service. The plates were Villeroy and Boch – seems a small point to mention but good quality shone through. The table was not pre-booked. When we checked into the hotel, we were given a choice of 2 times that evening for our sitting. . We spent about 3 hours at dinner and were not rushed - it was a given that we had the table for the whole evening. The price was reasonable – about £27 each for 2 courses and a couple of soft drinks and 2 bottles of wine between 3 of us.
The breakfast was also excellent. Various fruit juices, cereals and jams which were all self-service Tea, coffee and toast was brought to the table by the waiters. There was a choice of hot breakfasts - I chose the full breakfast which had the usual bacon, sausages, egg (choice of fried, scrambled or poached) and mushrooms etc, but also had black pudding and haggis.
To summarise, it’s an ‘oldie worldy’ hotel in a fabulous country location about 10 mins drive from Perth. Very reasonably priced – just don’t expect a modern room. Food and service is excellent and would recommend staying there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With forty-one bedrooms including sixteen suites, all our bedrooms are individually styled, furnished and decorated, giving a unique blend of tradition and modern day luxury. All rooms are tastefully designed and well equipped, colour TV, telephone, Wi-Fi broadband Internet, tea and coffee making facilities, plus complimentary mineral water and shortbread. Every bedroom also includes a trouser press, high quality linen and a spacious well-appointed bathroom with luxury Elemis products. We can also provide a gun cupboard, golf club storage, fishing tackle storage and a drying room. Whether you're staying with us on a weekend break, for a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon, or for a field sports or golfing holiday, our varying styles of bedrooms can accommodate all your needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Murrayshall Hotel Perth
- Murrayshall House Hotel Scone, Scotland