Places to Stay in St Andrews
Coming up to St Andrews for a weekend of golf or a simple break? Then have a read through some of our hotel suggestions in the local area. Don't forget, of course, that if you do find yourself wondering what to do one Saturday afternoon come down to the Scottish Clay Shooting Centre for a lesson. You can book one today here.
Hotel du vinhttps://www.hotelduvin.com
Almost a decade ago, when Prince William was studying at St Andrews one of his favourite bars was Ma Bells – a matter which has since lead to the self-appointed title of the ‘Prince of Pubs’. Yes, very clever.
Interestingly (for some), the term ‘Ma Bell’ was what the entire Bell telephone conglomerate used to be referred to. Anyway, Ma Bells is now owned by the Hotel du Vin chain and they have 37 “gleefully furnished” rooms attached.
We think that means they’re cheerful rather than being wallpapered with the cast of the hit TV series Glee.
Rufflets Country House Hotelhttp://www.rufflets.co.uk/
Rufflets, literally meaning rough flat lands, was built in 1924 and was originally a private house for Mrs Gilroy, the widow of a Dundonian jute baron. Dundee was known for jute, jam and journalism in the late 19th Century and 60 jute mills provided more than 50,000 jobs. I digress… Rufflets is currently owned by Ann Murray-Smith and is equipped now only with standard rooms, but with suites and lodges.
The Fairmont Hotelhttp://www.fairmont.com/
00 800 0441 1414
Part of a huge worldwide chain, but one of only two Fairmonts in the UK (the other is in London). Not cheap, but then it is luxurious. Weirdly, when you book your room there’s a step called “enhance your stay”. On there are options for chocolate-covered strawberries (£6.50), a one-hour golf lesson (£50) and, obviously, a pet perks package (£20). At least you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your dog will be treated better than you in many other hotels.
The Old Course Hotelhttps://www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk/
+44(0) 1334 474371
Penned by the same French designer who was behind Tour Montparnasse in Paris, The Old Course Hotel is the one you see on postcards, which overlooks the links course and West Sands Beach. Decorated with as many AA stars as it has rooms, it is also equipped with a spa. For a price it offers a “rose-petal turndown”. No doubt that’s provided at cost price.