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“Relaxing bay window view of the bay, cozy & welcoming”
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The Russell Hotel
Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in St Andrews
Certificate of Excellence
Sarasota FL
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Relaxing bay window view of the bay, cozy & welcoming”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

We stayed for 3 nights on the second floor with a bay window view of the water - worth every penny to sit with a cup of tea and look out the window. Everyone we met on the staff was cheerful, hardworking, helpful and made us feel at home. Great choices for the included breakfast. Beds comfortable, plenty of storage/closet space. Deep bath tub greatly appreciated on a cold day. At one point the weather got very cold and our room radiator didn't seem to be doing anything - we asked staff for more heat, and Alex immediately brought/set up an electric heater in our room and we were comfortable once again. Loved relaxing in front of the fireplace in the hotel's little pub....very cozy & friendly. I'm already ready to go back to the Russell Hotel!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

Comfortable quiet rooms with a great sea views. Location is very good next to center of town. Very nice employees and always ready to help or advise.
Good relation price to offer.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Russell for 6 nights the end of August and totally enjoyed the experience. The staff of the Russell - Gordon and Fiona, Helen, Alex, Janice, Pam, Hazel, Julie, and Martha (forgive me if I've forgotten anyone) went out of their way to make our stay pleasant.

Our room was on the top floor; yes, 45 steps, but good exercise! I couldn't believe how quiet the room was - the only sounds we ever heard were the gulls. The room had plenty of storage for clothes with two nighstands, a desk with lots of drawers, and a wardrobe; the bathroom looked to have been recently remodeled; wifi was excellent; everything very clean; and when we asked for a fan to aid in circulation, Janice and Pam readily found one for us. Thanks!

We ate quite a few meals at the hotel, utlizing the bar and restaurant menus. Everything we had was delicious. Breakfast selections ranged from yogurt, fruit, cereals and juices, to hot breakfasts cooked to order. One evening we had dinner in the private dining room - fun to do with a group. Lunch and dinner menus were wide, varied, and creative. Kudos to the chef.

Staying at the Russell was like staying in a comfortable home that happens to have a pub downstairs. There were tables outside the front where you could enjoy the sunset while sipping wine or drinking a beer.

Parking was never an issue. There are plenty of free spaces right by the hotel; we never had to circle more than once before we found a spot. St. Andrews is very easy to get around; don't freak like I did before we got there, worrying about getting from one place to another. It is simple.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Somerset, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

I stayed at the Russell in June with friends on a golf trip. The hotel is in a great location, less than 5 minutes walk to the Old Course. During our stay, Gordon and all his staff provided top-notch service. The meals in the restaurant were great, especially the breakfast. The bar was excellant, very friendly bartenders and a large selction of whiskeys.
If I get back to St. Andrews, I will definately stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

We stayed here 5 nights in May, with another couple. The husbands golfed, the wives explored the town and surrounding countryside. The Russell is well situated to the Old Course and other courses. The weather left something to be desired, but we had little problems with the rooms or the service. The breakfast choices were excellent, and the wait staff very attentive. We had 2 dinners in the dining room and were very pleased with our meals.

The rooms are very small but clean. The walls are well insulated, and the windows can be opened to allow a bit of fresh air in. There is free wifi, which was very reliable as compared to some of the other places we stayed. For those who need it, you can send out for laundry service at a very reasonable 6.5 pounds sterling per load and we were able to get same day service.

The nice thing about St. Andrews was that there was free parking everywhere and mostly readily available.

Thanks to everyone on the Russell staff for making our stay enjoyable.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Russell Hotel
Address: 26 The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AS, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Fife > St Andrews
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in St Andrews
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:2 star — The Russell Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Russell Hotel St Andrews
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