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Atholl Arms Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Dunkeld
Certificate of Excellence
Shieldaig, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect for our needs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

This was our 3rd visit to the Atholl Arms as its a perfect stopover on our journeys from the north west Highlands when travelling south. Rooms are very comfortable and staff courteous and helpful. Dinner and breakfast was lovely...(Cullen Skink to die for). On a Friday evening local singers and musicians congregate in the lounge and we had a delightful evening listening to amazing music, singing and great banter. Although we didn't have our dog with us on this occasion she has previously been made very welcome. Can't wait for our next trip south of the border for an excuse to return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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christines89, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad to hear your return stay with us was to your satisfaction. Our award winning management team work very hard to make customer service their top priority. Our music sessions are led by Doug and Hilary Law and can be quite different each week as the lounge is open to all that may want to join in or just relax and enjoy the music.
I agree that Dunkeld is the perfect stopping point for a lot of destinations and we very much appreciate your repeat custom.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Fondly,
The Atholl Team
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  • Sleep Quality
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

This was our second visit to this hotel and staffing has improved so much since our visit the year before. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Public areas are lovely and our room was spacious and clean with lovely big windows and very quiet being at the back of the hotel.

Lots of snow when we visited but loved it.

Room Tip: no street noise a back of hotel.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kat102
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christines89, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad you enjoyed your return visit. Our award winning management team makes customer service paramount as training continues in all departments.
In January we had a chance to close for a week to do some renovations and cleaning. You can see all the daily activities on our facebook page. We will also continue with our 1/4 email newsletter.
Hopefully the weather will allow us to open the beer garden soon where we can all enjoy the wonderful views of the river and bridge.
Thank you again for your great review and we all look forward to your next visit.
Kind Regards,
The Atholl Team
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Dollar, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Had a two day break here. We both found it to be a very comfortable hotel with exceptionally friendly, helpful staff. Good evening meal and good breakfast. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and we will be back. Lovely location overlooking River

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Patsy A
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christines89, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and that you will be making plans to visit again soon.
Our award winning management team continue to make customer service paramount in all aspects and our chefs are committed to offering fresh and interesting dishes.
We are hoping it won't be long until our beer garden is open and we can all enjoy the beautiful surroundings this special place has to offer.
We all look forward to seeing you again soon,
Fondly,
The Atholl Team
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

A Groupon offer persuaded my partner and I to book a room in this hotel. Our impulse buy paid off since we had a very nice experience staying here.

The hotel is located centrally in Dunkeld; though Dunkeld itself is so small that it is hard not be central. The hotel provides parking by the river as you turn off the bridge.

Our first impressions of the hotel were mixed. We were greated by an extremely pleasant (Spanish?) women who showed us to our room. We were lucky to have a nice view over the river. The room was basic but adequate for our needs. The ensuite was small with a tiny bath but it did the job. The other members of staff were really approachable and helpful too.

My only real problem was the uncomfortable bed, it actually had an incline when you lay on it and it gave me back ache. Since it was too late to do anything about my back and we only had one more night to stay I did not ask to move rooms. Judging by the friendliness of the staff I am sure they would have been receptive if I had said something. Had it not been for this I would have rated 'sleep quality' far higher.

One evening we dined in the hotel. The dining room is a little basic in appearance, paintings [presumably a local artist] hang from the walls 'for sale'. However, the food was superb! I had the perfectly cooked pigeon, which was accompanied by a fitting grain side dish. The waitress remembered not to charge us for the wine, which had been included as part of the Groupon deal. I felt this showed attention to detail.

The hotel is a little run down. For instance, there stands a gas fire in the lounge where once there would have been a cosy open fire; and much of the ambience has been lost through historic neglect and now dated remodelling. But it doen't matter. We go to Dunkeld to enjoy the outdoors, the Hermatige and other nice walks are nearby. Dunkeld is one of a succession of picturesque villages and towns in the area worth exploring. The friendliness of the staff made the trip memorable in a way that a larger bath tub or better decor could not. So I leave the hotel with fond memories of it, which is the best thing you could be left with.

Since we booked through a special offer we feel we got great value for money too.

Room Tip: Some rooms have river views
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MyReviewToo2011
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christines89, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review. I agree about Dunkeld being a special place and fabulous for walks, etc.
We have owned the hotel two years now and continue to make improvements keeping in mind the age of the building this is no easy task. You can see most of the renovations on our facebook pages.
As you have mentioned, our main priority is our service to our guests. We have an award winning management team and ongoing training in all departments. Our chefs are committed to using only locally sourced produce wherever possible. Every dish is made from scratch in our kitchen.
We are part of Perthshire Open Studios and do support local artists including hosting fundraisers from time to time. More information about this can be seen in our 1/4 newsletter.
Trip advisor is a great way for us to learn and discover and I do wish you had mentioned the bed issues while staying with us as we could have changed the bed or room. When you next visit please let us know right away if there is anything that is troubling you and we will do our best to fix the problem.
We are hoping it wont be long until the garden is open and we can all enjoy the wonderful, peaceful views.
We all look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Warm Regards,
The Atholl Team
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Leven Fife
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Just returned from 2day bed & breakfast break at atholl arms hotel. we were given a groupon voucher from my partners daughter as Christmas present and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the hotel. We had room 14 which was excellent and spacious and had just been decorated. We also had dinner in the riverview restaurant all courses were on par with a 5 star restaurant as was the breakfast, the staff were very friendly and helpful. Alan who was on reception when we arrived was also taking orders for the meals in the restaurant whilst still on reception is extremely helpful and can't do enough to make your stay more enjoyable. I would visit this hotel again for future break.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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christines89, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us. What a nice Christmas present. Room 14 is one of my favourite rooms with the nice square bathroom and large windows to the back of the building.
This year the Riverview Restaurant is nominated for an award for " informal Dining" from Scottish Hotels. We pride ourselves on using locally sourced food wherever possible, changing the menu with the seasons.
Thank you again for a great review and we hope to see you back at the Atholl soon.
Warm Regards,
The Atholl Team
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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Once again our stay at he Atholl was nothing less than perfect. Service impeccable, staff so friendly and welcoming. Food, almost as good as fine dining. Room comfortable and to keep things perfect the Manager as always ensuring things up to scratch. Thanks again....

Colin & Cath Ferrier (and Oscar the doggy).... Newtonhill.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Colin F
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christines89, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Hello Colin, Cath and Oscar. It is always a pleasure having you stay with us and it's so nice that you notice all the changes we are making to the rooms, lounge and bar. You may already know that the restaurant has been nominated for an " informal Dining" award with Scottish hotels.
This week we will start our pub quiz night, something that we hope will be a lot of fun for the guests and hopefully we will have once a month.
Hope to see you back in Dunkeld soon and thank you for your kind words.
Warm Regards,
The Atholl Team
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Bannockburn, Scotland, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We were meeting up with friends for the night and would use this hotel again clean, friendly staff and food was very good lovely seated area in lounge. Good size rooms. Had an enjoyable meal in the bistro and a very good breakfast in morning and with 11.00 checkout no rushing about.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gina K
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christines89, Owner at Atholl Arms Hotel, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and that you thought the food was enjoyable. This year our hotel has been nominated for a " small country hotel" and " informal Dining" awards from Scottish Hotels 2013.
This week we start out pub quiz in the bar so should be a fun night.
I hope you get the chance to visit Dunkeld again soon and we look forward to looking after you.
Warm Regards,
The Atholl Team
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Property: Atholl Arms Hotel
Address: Tay Terrace, Dunkeld PH8 0AQ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Dunkeld
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Dunkeld
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Atholl Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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