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Review of the Station Hotel Perth, Scotland

I stayed at the Station Hotel In Perth on a Thursday night in November. It cost £40 for the night for a double room including breakfast, booked through the ebookers travel website.

The Station Hotel is a grand Victorian building. There is free parking for guests at the rear of the hotel. You need to get a permit from reception when you check in.

The dark wood staircase from the lobby up to the bedrooms had beautiful flower shaped carvings.

There were also lovely stained glass windows by the staircase.

I had a fair degree of difficulty unlocking the door of my room. My first floor room was pretty large for a standard room. I was happy that it was at the side of hotel. Although that meant that the view was over the railway station roof, it was nice and quiet. I reckoned that you might hear some road noise when staying in the superior rooms located nearer the front of the hotel.

The desk had plenty of space, I could have my Chromebook, both mobile phones charging and paperwork laid out and still have space to boil the kettle. It was also great to have a light directly above the desk.

The shower room was a bit tight. I could hardly wash my face in the sink due to the shelf above the sink.

Initially I thought that the firm bed was really comfortable, but I woke up in a sweat, to discover that there was a plastic backed mattress cover on the bed. I appreciate that hotels want to prolong the life of their mattresses, but I can’t sleep on a bed with plastic underneath me.

The restaurant was nicely done, with grey wooden tables and chairs, and fresh flowers on every table.

The buffet breakfast was really good, with a wide selection of fresh fruit.

In summary, I thought that the Station Hotel offered good value for money at £40 a night for two guests, including breakfast. The room was large and quiet. The only real negative was the plastic mattress cover.

High Tea at the Royal George Hotel Perth

I’d been wanting to have High Tea at the Royal George Hotel in Perth for ages. High Tea is a Scottish meal, usually eaten between 4-7pm, which consists of a hot main course, followed by a selection of scones and cakes, served with either tea or coffee.

I’d previously had High Tea in Perth at both Summer’s restaurant (now closed) and Willow’s (how have now stopped serving High Tea in favour of a more expensive and less substantial Afternoon Tea).

The restaurant at the Royal George is located in the conservatory at the rear of the hotel, which overlooks the River Tay. However it was dark when I went for High Tea, so I couldn’t see the river, just the illuminated bridge,

I hadn’t booked a table. I was lucky to get a table as the restaurant was busy. Obviously their High Teas are very popular.

My Steak Pie main course was very good. The chips were some of the tastiest that I’ve ever eaten, the meat was tender with plenty of gravy. I would have liked to have had 2 or 3 different veg served with the main course, there were just a few sliced carrots.

I was rather disappointed with what followed. In other establishments serving High Tea there has been a selection of cakes. At the Royal George, there were only scones and a meringue. I wasn’t impressed by the scones. they were small, a bit hard and too sweet. The cream meringue was fantastic, crisp on the exterior and gooey in the interior.

Overall, my High Tea at the Royal George in Perth was a mixed bag. The main course was slightly let down by the paucity of vegetables. In my opinion, a wider selection of cakes should be served.

Above Below Beyond by Janeanne Gilchrist at the Fergusson Gallery, Perth, Scotland

When I visited the Fergusson Gallery in mid November 2017, it was the day before the Above Below Beyond exhibition was due to open. The photographer Janeanne Gilchrist is the recipient of the 2018 Fergusson Arts Award.

These underwater images were taken by Gilchrist when free diving off the Scottish coast.

The Above Below Beyond exhibition at Perth’s Fergusson Gallery runs until the 13th of April 2018.

Glass Exhibition in Perth Museum Scotland

I loved the ‘Dazzle: A Glossary of Glass’ gallery at Perth Museum. My favourite piece was a hare entitled ‘Glare’ by Rachel Mary Elliot.

perth museum glass exhibition hare

The Perthshire Blacksheep sculpture by Carrie Fertig had a serene yet quizzical expression.

perth museum glass exhibition sheep sculpture

I visited Perth Museum after dark. I think that the glass displays would look wonderful when the sun is shining through the glass dome of the rotunda above the gallery.

perth museum glass exhibition yellow and lilac pieces

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perth museum glass exhibition

glass exhibition perth museum vases

Perth Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays 10 am to 5 pm (April to October) with free entry.

Review of Best Western Queens Hotel Perth

We stayed at the Best Western Queens Hotel Perth for one night in October 2013. I found the lowest price of £62 for two guests including breakfast though Booking.com, using the HotelsCombined price comparison site. The hotel is located in the city centre opposite Perth railway station. There’s a free car park at the side of the hotel.

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Exterior of Best Western Queens Hotel Perth

The lobby is pretty ghastly with a large monitor counting down the days until Christmas, garish colours and cheap cane furniture. Check-in isn’t until 4pm, which is rather late. The receptionists try hard to get you to book dinner in the hotel and sign up to the Best Western Loyalty Club.

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Lobby at Best Western Queens Hotel Perth

Now Best Western’s strapline is “hotels with personality”. Well, our second floor room was distinctly lacking in that. It was also cold, it felt like walking into a fridge, as the radiator had been turned off. The furniture was a bit tatty and old-fashioned. There were no electrical sockets close the desk. Our room overlooked the Perth ring road at the front of hotel, but I didn’t hear much road noise through the double glazing.

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Room at Best Western Queens Hotel Perth

The room was very clean. There was excellent free WiFi which didn’t require a password, so I was able to connect my netbook, phone and camera simultaneously. The bathroom looked more recently refurbished than the bedroom, but the sink taps seemed to have continuous small leaks.

Breakfast was served in a featureless function room that didn’t have enough tables laid out for the number of guests. Breakfast was OK. There was a buffet with cereal, yoghurt, fresh and tinned fruit, fruit juice, rolls and pastries. You could order a cooked breakfast; we both had smoked haddock with poached egg.

In summary, the Best Western Queens Hotel is located in a convenient central location with clean but depressing rooms, free parking and WiFi. However, the lobby and rooms are in desperate need of a makeover. In cold weather, the heating in the bedrooms should be turned on from midday, to enable the rooms to warm up for the arrival of guests. There are plenty of other hotels with more character and warm bedrooms in Perth for around the same price, e.g. the Station Hotel and the Salutation Hotel.

 

Review of Summers Restaurant in Perth, Scotland

We had High Tea at Summers Restaurant in Perth in mid July 2013. It cost £10.95 per person for a main course, a selection of toast, scones and cakes plus unlimited tea or coffee.

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Exterior of Summer’s Restaurant in Perth

We decided to sit inside as their was a fair breeze blowing down St John’s Street. Alec, the owner, told me that they’d only started serving High Teas three months before and that they were proving very popular.

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Interior of Summers Restaurant in Perth

We both had the Steak Pie, which was delicious. The meat was tender and the accompanying vegetables were very colourful and tasty. I had a sip of my husband’s coffee and it was very good.

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Steak Pie at Summer’s Restaurant in Perth

The cake stand was made from a dinner plate, side plate, saucer with a cup on top. We both thought that the meringues were excellent; crunchy on the outside and goey inside. I thought that the scones were slightly dry and the base of the Millionaire’s Shortbread wasn’t great.

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High Tea selection at Summer’s Restaurant in Perth

Suffice to say that next time I’m in Perth in the early evening, I’ll be heading straight to Summers Restaurant for High Tea.

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Review of Travelodge Perth Broxden Junction

We stayed at the Travelodge Perth Broxden Junction in early May 2012, on the final stop of our budget break in Scotland. The room only cost £10 a night in the Travelodge December 2011 Sale.

Travelodge Perth Broxden Junction

Entrance to Travelodge Perth Broxden Junction

The hotel is located just off the A9/M90 junction, a couple of miles from the centre of Perth. There’s a Harvester pub and a McDonalds adjacent to the hotel. We were allocated a room on the 2nd floor which meant we had some views over the surrounding countryside.

Travelodge Perth Broxden Junction

View from room 212 at the Travelodge Perth Broxden Junction

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