Luxury Accommodations in St Andrews, Scotland: Thru Our Eyes

St Andrews view from rooftop of Hamilton Grand
A visit in February was made to St Andrews, Scotland by PerryGolf staff – Daryl Youden, Yasmin Falconer, Gary Sheppard, Michael Paterson. In this article they provide insight to various accommodation and dining options in StAndrews.
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Hotel du Vin St Andrews to Open April 1, 2014

Hotel du Vin St Andrews
Hotel du Vin St Andrews to open April 1, 2014. Located overlooking the famous West Sands beach, a two minute walk from the R&A Clubhouse and 1st Tee on the Old Course. A traditional stone and slate terrace building, with stunning views over the West Sands and the bay of St Andrews, whilst being right in the heart of the old town.

UPDATE 7 March 2014

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The West End of Glasgow

Should you find yourself staying in Glasgow’s West End, it would a waste not to take a stroll along the bustling Byres Road.  Staying in the luxury boutique hotel, Hotel du Vin & Bistro (a 15 minutes drive from Glasgow Airport) means you are but a minute’s walk from one of the most eclectic and intriguing streets in Glasgow.

Hotel du Vin, Glasgow
Hotel du Vin, Glasgow

Full of boutiques, pubs, bars and restaurants; there really is something for everyone.  Only just this weekend a friend and I decided to head there to the new Italian-style tapas restaurant, La Vita Spuntini, for lunch.  After several delicious mini-dishes of meatballs, frittatas, one-too-many slices of homemade Italian bread and a fantastic bottle of wine, we wandered up and down the busy street window-shopping at the clothing, home-ware and music stores.

For something a little different, visit Òran Mór for a Play, a Pie and a Pint – a spot of lunchtime theatre with a difference.

Ashton Lane at night
Ashton Lane at night

As a rule, if you are in the West End of Glasgow, you are ‘morally obligated’ to take a trip along the cobbled back-road of Ashton Lane; a small passageway, only about 170 feet long, but which houses the best bars and pubs in the area.  Naturally, we did not want to ignore this tradition and so resolved to visit another couple of bars before heading home.

Well…it would have been rude not to!

Boutique Hotel Option in Edinburgh

While on a recent visit to Edinburgh, I spent some time at the new Hotel Di Vin property in the city.  The hotel has been open just over a year and is very stylishly decorated.  It has the feel of a small hotel and I was surprised that they have 47 rooms as you would not have thought so from looking at the outside.  

The hotel is a short walk from the city centre and just up the road from the Museum of Scotland.  Entry is via a courtyard that will be excellent in the summer and which also offers a cigar bothy – something I have never seen before but I imagine is very popular with cigar aficionados (especially in the winter).  

Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh
Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh

You can choose from standard or superior rooms or suites.  I would say the standard rooms are a little small for 2 golfers but the superiors are ideal and offer very good value for a hotel of this level and in this location.  The hotel, however, does not have twin rooms; so while it is ideal for couples, guys would have to have their own rooms.  The food and wine is the real strength of the property; they have an excellent bistro with a great wine list and chef’s table that offers a view into the kitchen.  As well as this they have a whisky bar and a specially designed wine tasting room where their sommelier can conduct tastings for up to 8 people.  For a group of 4 couples a wine tasting followed by dinner at the chefs table would make for a great night!  You can find further details on the hotel by clicking here.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 9 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.