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Atholl Arms Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We were a large group of 20 people who had the Hogmanay Dinner, followed by the ceilidh. The restaurant was well set out for us , in 2 tables of 10. The Food was very good, although the venison went back because it was cold. Service was good but the drinks service a little slow. Once dinner was finished we were allowed to move the tables to allow us to see the Ceilidh dancing. This meant our group could stay put but still join in with the dancing. The staff were very helpful and A good night was had by all.

What a wonderful time was had by all for the New Year Bash. Our room (twin) was very spacious and though the shower could be more powerful (the hotel is an old building) it was clean and there was plently space with shelves for our toiletries (I have found large more modern hotels lack this easy solution to keep your things off the floor). We requested more hand towels and this was supplied very quickly. We had a room that overlooked the River which was picturesque. My only complaint is that the lightening could have been better. The staff were so friendly and helpful. They all worked hard to ensure that everyone had what they required and always with a smile on their face. It was their New Year too but they ensured we all had a good time. What I particularly liked was the fact that the Manager Alan did not hesitate to assist. If plates needed clearing, food served etc he did it. The live band played for over 3 hours without a break, having us all join in with ceiladh dancing and singing. They were superb. There was a quiz for the people who had stayed for the New Year Bash on the 1st and a good laugh was had by all. A superb prize for 1 night stay for 2 was won. (sadly not by me) The food was exceptional, piping hot, pleasanly presented and extremely tasty. Yes there was things missing from the table ie butter knives but who cares. Is it really important. The hotel is a bit tired but the staff more than make up for it. It is in a lovely location with fantastic views across the River Tay. It is closing for 3 weeks to have a massive clean etc but I have to say I found no fault. The carpet is a bit grubby but hey, you walk straight in from the street so can't expect anything else. Overall, we had a lovely 2 night stay. Alan, your staff are a credit to you. I look forward to returning very soon.

We arrived on 28th December 2017 and the restaurant and lounge were very busy with families etc having lunch. Food is very good with a vegan menu as well....rooms look a little tired but are getting an update....the hotel has friendly and helpful staff and the hotel is very dog park across the road....hotel worth a visit

As the title says we had a long weekend break away wih friends. The hotel was quite tired and needed a bit of t.l.c. The reception area was spacious but was dull and lacked a bit of colour which would have made it a bit better to sit the night away with a leisurely drink or two. The bar was small but decent with a choice of beers which suited me. The staff were all friendly enough and service was pretty good so no problems there. The room we had was spacious enough and the shower was ok but the dull decor was the let down again. Maybe some brighter colour around the place would make it that bit more inviting to stay in. We had dinner and the selection on the menu was ok, nothing i fancied at the time but i managed to order fish and chips from the bar which was ok. My main complaint would be the dogs, came in from the rain for lunch and allowed their dog to lie on the chair, this was ignored by the barman who served them which was out of order in my opinion. Other customers have to sit here when the family have left. £80 a night i would have expected better.

We stayed one night at the Atholl Arms. The attraction was seeing that they offered a vegan menu, not just a few options but a complete menu from which we could eat anything we chose, bliss Our room was, well, worn. The catch on the bathroom door had failed. The sash windows were missing working sashes but a few found objects kept them open enough. We enjoyed a busy view of the traffic going by, and patrons enjoying the hotel’s garden that runs down to the river edge. Hot water in the bathroom at 3:00pm was non-existent but I’m pleased to say became available later in the evening. But this is an old hotel and we accepted the quirks of the décor, paper thin walls etc We had a drink at the hotels riverside bar. It was late afternoon on a sunny weekend afternoon; the venue was running low on supplies. Not my order but I heard a customer being told that if he wanted Guinness he’d have to walk the couple of hundred yards to the hotel bar. Stocking arrangements are clearly not smooth; the choice of (expensive) white wine was also limited unless I too took a hike to the hotel bar. Maybe the bar would have benefitted from an extra member of staff to keep the place stocked? In plentiful supply were wasps that clearly enjoyed the spilt drinks and empty glasses that were rarely collected. We wandered down from our room for our evening meal and headed towards the dining room. Closed, private function. Instead we were directed next door to the hotels ‘Bistro’ facility. This was a bar and up some stairs a back room. Both were punctuated by large screen TV’s, with the few punters avidly glued zombie like to whatever program was blaring out Fine dining it was not to be. The staff were really friendly and also apologetic and directed us to the one high table in the hotel’s entrance area. This was clearly the naughty table as we could feel the stares of the guests drifting in for the private function Our meals arrived, the surroundings mightn’t have been the best but we were hopeful of our food We retired to our room and studied the menu under the cloud of ‘what was that we’ve just eaten’. From the menu we were able to ascertain that various key ingredients were missing from the dishes we’d chosen. 100 yards away another venue also offered a vegan menu; I fear we’d made the wrong choice At breakfast we gained access into the very pleasant dining room. Had we known when we booked that there was a private function in the hotel we’d have chosen a different date to stay. The staff were really friendly and also apologetic as our cooked breakfasts took twenty+ minutes to prepare. I’m not sure as to how our server managed not to snigger as she presented on a very large plate: one sausage, half a tomato and a couple of tablespoons of mushrooms. The Atholl Arms is not big on the size of its food portions. We left feeling slightly deflated. The hotel is clearly stretched when the weather is fine as its menu is on offer from 12:00pm through till 9:00pm. The number of covers can double if the garden tables are populated; there is also a terrace, the dining room and the Bistro. Staff are stretched to say the least. It’s been great to see the spread in the popularity of veganism over the past few years and establishments recognising this and catering accordingly. Likewise it’s disappointing when food of any sort isn’t good and I’m afraid this applied to our visit to the Atholl Arms. The hotel is currently up for sale; I hope the new owners make a success of it

We stayed here for 3 nights we paid extra for the river view well worth it.although the room was a little gloomy dark wallpaper and the lighting at night was very dim(these new modern lamps)the bed was very comfortable.we had lovely sunsets so we appreciated the river view.We enjoyed our breakfasts and made use of the comfortable lounges. Thank you Jennifer for posting back my gloves I had no idea where i had left them also thank you to Brooklyn(Hudson)!who was helpful and filled us in with a little hotel history. We enjoyed our bar meal the best macaroni cheese i have tasted. Warm friendly hotel and we will be back.

We stayed just one night but would stay again of in Dunkeld. There is a very comfortable lounge area with a fire. The bedroom was on the top floor with a view of the river. It's old fashioned but clean and comfortable. The staff were friendly and helpful and both dinner and breakfast were excellent.

The Atholl Arms hotel is a traditional Scottish hotel in the lovely little town (city actually!) of Dunkeld. It is situated by the side of the river Tay, just by the bridge, and has its own riverside car parking and terrace. Check in was friendly and efficient and our room was very nice. I paid extra for a river view and our room (room 9) was large and very comfortable. The reception area is situated in the large lounge that greets you as you enter the hotel and, with its comfy chairs and settees, it is a great place to relax with a paper or good book. Breakfast included fresh fruit salad, juices and cereals, and there was a good selection of cooked options, including smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or smoked haddock with poached egg. On day one we had the full Scottish and it was very good. It comprised of sausage, bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, tomato, tattie scone and egg of your choice. The secret to a good breakfast is to use good quality ingredients and keep it simple, and that is what they do here. Really enjoyed it. And on day two we had the smoked haddock, which was simply superb. We didn't have evening meals here, but did have a couple of pints. I don't normally like hotel bars, but the one here is perfectly fine. Throughout our stay all members of staff were friendly and efficient and we would certainly stay here again.

Just back from three night stay at the Atholl Arms Hotel. Hotel is very comfortable, staff polite and accommodating (nothing was too much trouble). Room was clean, warm, very spacious with great views (room 10), good bed linen and the bathroom spacious. We ate in the hotel on two evenings, food was very well cooked apart from the wee issue we had with the cheeseboard (which was resolved to the best of their ability). Breakfast is acceptable - good choice of hot items with additional items on the cold buffet (fruit, cereal etc). Thank you for a lovely stay, we will be back

HAD a really good time at this hotel from when we arrived till we left staff very welcoming and helpfull, as it was my wife's 60th birthday I had brought a cake and table decorations and the staff and management were very helpful to see that this ran as smooth as possible. Plenty of choise for breakfast and the evening meal we chose was really delicious, very friendly place to stay.

Bridgehead Dunkeld Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located within a 5-minute walk of Dunkeld Cathedral, Atholl Arms Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of Birnam Oak. This 3-star hotel has 17 guestrooms and offers conveniences like 2 restaurants, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Also nearby are The Hermitage and Loch of the Lowes.


Start your day off right with a free full breakfast, served each morning from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Riverview Restaurant, which specializes in local cuisine. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


All 17 rooms feature coffee makers and desks. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs and stay connected with free WiFi. Free toiletries are also standard.

Property features

Guests staying at Atholl Arms Hotel enjoy free WiFi in public areas, laundry facilities, and a garden. Free parking is included with your stay. Front-desk staff can help with luggage storage, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Additional amenities include barbecue grills and wedding services.

Room options

Double Room (Budget)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, River View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Twin Room, River View

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 531 reviews