Fairmont an American based group with some stunning properties is rightly regarded as a global hospitality icon. From the beaches of Hawaii and Bermuda to the heart of San Francisco their offering is wonderfully diverse.

With only eight properties in the whole of Europe you could consider it a bizarre choice to set up a super hotel complex 10 miles from the nearest railway station in a tiny Scottish town with less than 20,000 inhabitants. New York, Barcelona, Seattle, not many tiny towns can sit proudly on an international list like this, but owing to the swinging of a golf club St. Andrews nestles happily as a “superior destination”.

Fairmont St. Andrews is American in size. It has two golf courses within the complex covering over 520 acres of stunning Scottish coast line. There are over 200 bedrooms, a fantastic spa and a few restaurants, making this without doubt a complex in more than name. There is 15,000 square foot of meeting space, which makes it one of the largest and most flexible hotel spaces in Scotland and all of this approx. 45mins from Edinburgh airport.

Fairmont, St. Andrews

Like some of the  well known properties in Scotland they offer a view of the land of Scotland from an American perspective. If you expect tartan, kilts and Scotty dogs (and it’s not just Americans that do) you won’t be disappointed. In fact there is nothing that will disappoint.

This is the second time I’ve stayed at the Fairmont and I imagine I am not alone in returning after a first visit. Just check out the pictures from breakfast below!

Driving down the long winding road to the hotel I started to reminisce. I remembered walking through the doors and landing in one of the two exceptionally comfy grey chairs next to the open fire place opposite reception and thinking that if the bar did table service I wouldn’t need my room! It’s that type of place. It seems so comfy. It’s designed to wrap a blanket around you after you’ve walked through a brazing north sea wind; hug you after a bad round on the course or snuggle up to you at the end of a tiring day.


Our room was large and offered like every other room a stunning view. Every room opens up to a vista across the courses to the town of St. Andrews, or across the water to Fife. With a trip to the spa arranged there was no real need to dip in the massive tub or thrown oneself on the bed to relax. However with a whole day of luxury on tap, the taps ran and the bed was consumed. After a short practice on the driving range and a great hour long treatment in the spa it was back to the bedroom to relax.

Fairmont, as a brand, pride themselves on a “superior guest experience that is uniquely ”Fairmont”. Certainly Fairmont St. Andrews lives up to the definition of an “experience”. The customer service I received on my first stay and during this one was consistently pretty perfect. So perfect in fact that once again they had provided as still, as clear and as beautiful a day as you could wish to spend looking across the most wonderful of coastlines.

Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at the Fairmont, St Andrews.  Our opinions are entirely our own.  Advertised minimum rate per night is £139 (December 2014).

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