More about Hilton Dunkeld House
Very Nice Indeed
We stayed at the Hilton Dunkeld in the middle of March 07 for two days mid week. We wre lucky enough to get a club room overlooking the
front of the hotel and river. The room was very modern in terms of decor and looked as if it had been recently refubished.
We had a balcony which was very pleasant to stand on and look out over the river and enjoy the early spring sunshine. Being mid week the hotel seemed quite quiet and this made the stay more pleasant.
We went there for a relaxing couple of days and that is certainly what we enjoyed. We walked by the river and within the extensive grounds of the hotel.
The hotel itself is made up of the original building and modern extensions with bedrooms and leisure centre.
We had thought of staying at the Dunkeld House hotel on a number of occasions but this is the first time we decided to have a break there
and we weren't disappointed.
There are a number of slightly negative reviews but we couldn't fault
the hotel especially as we enjoyed a complimentary dram on arrival - we thought this was a nice touch.
The dining room and small lounge bar area are very traditional in design with wood panelling and various fire places - some gas fired and at least one real fire. Only complaint was that it wasn't particularly efficient and the smoky smell seemed to linger however that perhaps added to the ambiance!
Like most UK hotels a lot of the staff were foreign and particularly of eastern european origins. Unlike other reviewers we found them to be very pleasant and helpful with a good command of english and we were well served by them.
The food was of good quality and we have no complaints about it at all. There is cause to complain about the price of wine by the glass (around £7.50) but this seems to be the norm in any upmarket hotel. It was certainly better value to buy a bottle which was reasonably priced for a hotel and quite drinkable. If you wanted to push the boat out they also had more expensive wines for the real connoisseur.
We walked into Dunkeld in the afternoon through the grounds and past the abbey and had a drink at the Taybank hotel which doesn't look too great in the daylight but seems to specialise in being a traditional music venue at weekends. I imagine it would be a great place if you liked that sort of thing. It also has picnic tables at which to enjoy a drink al freasco which we did in the early spring sunshine along with a number of others. At least two and probably three drinks for the price of one at the Dunkeld House!
In summary we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hilton Dunkeld House
Hotel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing mid week break stay away from it all!
Hard to Beat Hotel
Stayed at the Dunkeld Hilton on Sunday 20th May, This was my third time at the hotel but the first since joining Trip Advisor. I truly cannot fault this property.
I'll start with the location.
Its set on the banks of the river tay, a short walk from Dunkeld. You can walk for miles in either direction along the river, which boasts some fantasic scenery.
The property has excellent leisure facilities inc pool,spa,tennis, putting and an outdoor centre with clay shooting, archery and 4x4 driving.
Inside does not dissapoint either, high back leather chairs, open fires and top quality service.
The restaurant serves quality local produce and won't dissapoint.
We travelled with our young daughter and the staff could not have been nicer.
Superb Location, Great Hotel & Facilities
Just returned from our fourth overnight stay this year; we keep going back because, for us, it has all the right ingredients and we rate it as excellent value for money.
Dunkeld House Hotel is located in one of the loveliest parts of Scotland, bordering the Southern Highlands. The hotel, which was built as the summer home of the 7th Duke of Atholl, is in a 280 acre woodland estate which skirts the River Tay; Scotland’s longest river and famous for its salmon fishing. The hotel is just on the outskirts of Dunkeld, a picturesque small town steeped in both royal and religious Scottish history.
Yes it is a Hilton but it doesn’t really feel like it; they have retained that unique country house hotel ambience, wood panelled main rooms with plush décor, high-backed leather chairs and settees, and a log-fire in the main hall; and a nice welcoming touch - a complementary whisky or sherry on arrival.
Although there are a number of themed bedrooms/suites in the original house the majority of the rooms are in a sympathetically added extension. We always opt for a club room, slightly more expensive than standard, but well worth it; they have just been recently refurbished very tastefully and comfortably, and boast a river view and nice touches such as a sitting area, complimentary dressing gowns, fresh fruit, and beverages; some also have balconies.
We always take the inclusive dinner & breakfast option and rate both as excellent value for money. We feel that the dinner menu has a good range of options and the quality and presentation are excellent. Breakfast is buffet style with lots of choice of hot & cold dishes – there is even a bottle of whisky left out to pour over your porridge, if you so desire. The staff are predominately young, foreign and transient (in no sense is this unique in Scotland) but they are well trained, pleasant and enthusiastic and are mentored and supervised by a number of senior staff who have been with the hotel for a long time.
Yes drinks are expensive, but that’s just a reflection of the UK hospitality industry in general.
Facilities & Surroundings
The superbly kept hotel estate is a mixture of pasture and woodlands which offers a range of on-site facilities for all tastes, from gentle walks & indoor swimming to quad biking & clay pigeon shooting and of course fishing. Within a five mile radius of the hotel there are; superb woodland river walks through the Hermitage where you can see Britain’s tallest tree; a wildlife observation centre with nesting ospreys and red squirrels at the Loch of the Lowes; a challenging heathland/hillside 18 hole course; and of course Dunkeld and neighbouring Birnam are well worth strolling through to visit the Catherdal, the town square with the 1700s vintage restored old buildings, and the 1809 Telford Bridge over the Tay linking Dunkeld with Birnam; which features the Beatrice Potter Exhibition and Garden.
Room 138 Atholl Suite
We've stayed at Dunkeld House 5 times over the past few years and this was by far our most favorite stay thanks to an upgrade to Room 138/Atholl Suite. It is in the old part of the house with a 4 poster bed and living/dining area overlooking the River Tay. Couldn't ask for any better - only wish we could have stayed a few more nights in this lovely room!
On the downside continues to be the dining room staff - poor command of English, plus if you are not ready to order when the wine waiter, then the food waiter appear, good luck hunting them down to order. When we asked a busboy to get the wine waiter he asked us "is that the guy with the glasses?" How should we know - you work here, we don't, but maybe we should as my husband has been in the restaurant business for 15 years. The wine list has improved, and the prices have been jacked up yet again. 8 pounds for a mediocre glass of Temperanillo is outrageous. The rest of the wines by the glass follow suit, and the bottles of anything you could actually drink rather than cleaning your drains with it start at 25 pounds and up.
The staff is poorly trained and also poorly informed - we asked about where the smoked salmon came from, "Scotland was the reply..we were glad it wasn't from Russia!" The busboys keep trying to take away dishes when you are still eating, so keep a sharp eye on your plates lest your food be snatched out from under you while having a meal. Breakfast service was no better with harried confused staff dashing about, and having to ask 5 times to get a cup of coffee.
The menu choices have improved a bit, but are still a nightmare for anyone who is health conscious seeking to avoid overloads of greasy, heavy food laden with butter and cream. There was not one dessert on the menu that wasn't filled with custard or butter. Requests to prepare dishes without cream and butter leave diners with dull plates of plain boiled potatoes. One dish I asked to have prepared without the butter, cream and other grease did not come out the way I had asked for it and it took two days to recover from the grease overload to my system.
We didn't partake of any sporting activities but noticed there is a new fishing office down by the river to help guests go out in boats or fish from the banks.
We'll return, but will have meals down the road in the village at the Atholl Arms or other spots that serve more interesting food at reasonable prices, and offer wines that are not priced into the stratosphere.
good, but over priced
i guess my expectations of the hilton, like their prices, were slightly high, the room was tired and outdated, the cost of the drinks and the additional charges on the dinner menu i thought were a bit much,
however the setting is incredible, the staff are very friendly, and all in all we enjoyed the stay.
Fantastic location, great sceanery.
The hotel is nice on the outside when you enter its slightly different. We paid for a deluxe room on entering or should i say trying to enter we had to turn sideways to get in must be the smallest corridor ive ever seen crazy layout. The bath is hillarious it is a large sink.
On using the leisure centre the male changing room is the most bizare setup one corridor leading to all the lockers so if one man standing at first locker no one can get passed which is as you have guessed happened. I witnessed one man refusing to pass another naked man drying himself quite rightly so then an argument ensued.
Onentering the bar i was met by a waitor who insisted we sat down and our drinks would be brought straight away. We waited around 20 minutes on being asked if we were alright by a manager i said no we have been waiting for drinks. He then disappeared never to be seen again.
The price of a normal lager well over £4 glass of what tasted like vinegar £6
The meal was awful my steak raw the rest of the meal very basic like a cheap hotel.
I spoke with manager at end of stay, not surprised.
I stayed at Dunkeld for our works "Christmas Night Out" - we had booked for the party night but also stayed the night before and had a night out in Dunkeld.
The hotel is best described as a "bit tired" though the main section does have a traditional coutry house hotel feel. The majority of the rooms however are the usual non descript sterile Hilton rooms and you could be forgiven for thinking you had wakened up in the morning in any Hilton anywhere in the world. The corridors are incredibly noisy - particularly when late night party revellers eventually decide to go to bed.
Yes the setting is fantastic however everywhere looks the same in the pouring rain !!!
For the party night we were situated in a seperate room to the actual party night - bit bizarre and meant that you had to leave your table and go through a door to actually see what was going on !!
The food was OK but the alcohol is vastly overpriced - over £7 for a glass of mediocre pinot grigio is really having a laugh.
In summary - not great.
Dunkeld - Full of History
"The Big Draw"
Well worth a stop off if you are travelling up the A9 (Inverness Road) is the village of Dunkeld.
Dunkelds biggest claim to fame is its Medieval Cathedral. The River Tay runs through Dunkeld and the scenary in the surrounding area is amongst my favourite in Scotland!!
Full of narrow streets with plenty of nooks and crannies to discover. Here is the cross which sits on the High Street of Dunkeld
The main road in dunkeld is Bridge Street, which runs from the bridge at one end of the village through the built up area, which houses some fascinating shops, through to the gates of Dunkeld House Hotel at the other end of the village.