Old Course Hotel wins three awards25th January, 2013 by Rebecca Haydock
The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews has been awarded three very high profile accolades already this year.
The accolades are from VisitScotland, Conde Nast Traveller and world travel guide, Travel & Leisure.
The award from VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism organisation, has acknowledged the resorts ‘exceptional standards’, awarding the golfing haven with five gold stars through its national tourism ‘Quality Assurance Scheme’. The gold award recognises serviced accommodation businesses across Scotland that consistently achieve the highest levels of excellence; standards that the Old Course Hotel has maintained. Discussing the Old Course Hotel’s achievement, VisitScotland’s regional director, Richard Pinn, stated: “Establishments such as the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa are the stand-out businesses when it comes to exceptional quality and service in providing accommodation for visitors. It is a real pleasure to make this announcement – and we congratulate all at the St Andrews resort.”
The resort has also been recognised by Conde Nast Traveler in its ‘Platinum Circle’, an award for destinations that have made its gold list every year for five consecutive years. The 144 bedroom hotel achieved over 90 per cent of votes for the ‘killer location’, ‘Jacques Garcia-designed rooms’ and the array of activities available to guests. The service provided by the resort staff has been complimented as ‘courteous, prompt and professional’ with the award-winning Kohler Waters Spa, the three AA rosette Road Hole Restaurant and the world famous Road Hole Bar all receiving mentions within the award summary.
The third accolade Old Course Hotel has received is the resort’s inclusion in the exclusive Travel & Leisure’s Top 500 Worldwide Resorts, alongside The Savoy, Claridges and The Dorchester. It is the only destination in Scotland that has been recognised.
Old Course Hotel general manager, Daniel Pereira, stated: “When we share news of this kind, it helps to show that the resort is so much more than a hotel. It is the day-to-day enthusiasm, dedication and commitment from our entire team that results in such recognition, benefiting not just the resort but also our many local, regional and Scottish suppliers as well as the wider tourism market. It is wonderful news of which we are enormously proud – and the best possible start to 2013.”