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Pitlochry Hydro Hotel – Video Room Review and Helpful Tips

Are you thinking of visiting Pitlochry?

Looking for somewhere to stay that has free parking but is within easy reach of the High Street?

Looking for somewhere with a pool and spa facilities, restaurant and lift?

The Pitlochry Hydro has all of those things, alongwith a bar and a pool room and a couple of lounges. scores the Pitlochry Hydro as 6.6 with a score of 8.00 for staff.

Read on for my review of the Pitlochry Hydro Hotel based on a 1-night stay in November 2023.

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Pitlochry Hydro – Summary of Visit

Pitlochry Hydro Hotel Address

The address of the hotel is;

Knockard Road, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, PH16 5JH.

Pitlochry Hydro Phone Number

The telephone number of the hotel is;

01796 472666

pitlochry hydro hotel front view

Getting to the Pitlochry Hydro Hotel

The Pitlochry Hydro Hotel is located just up above the main street in Pitlochry.

Head into Pitlochry. If coming from the North drive down into the town centre. Keep on the main street and turn left just past Mountain Warehouse. Mountain Warehouse will be on your left-hand side.

If coming from the South turn right just after Fishers Hotel. Fishers Hotel will be on your left-hand side.

Turn into West Moulin Road and head up the hill. You will pass a Co-operative store on your right-hand side. Continue up the hill.

You will pass Craigmhor Lodge on your left-hand side. This has a small white footbridge going over a stream close to the road.

Take the next right onto Knockard Road. There is a sign here for the Pitlochry Hydro even though it seems like you are going into a housing estate.

Continue straight on Knockard Road and the Pitlochry Hydro will be on your right-hand side.

Hotel Parking

There is plenty of parking at the hotel.

Some parking, including disabled bays, is available right outside the front of the hotel.

There is also a car park just on the other side of Knockard Road.

Checking In

The reception is located just inside the entrance of the hotel to the right.

There is a step to go in and a revolving door to get into reception.

pitlochry hydro pool

Pitlochry Hydro Hotel Facilities

Hotel facilities;

  • Lift to 1st and 2nd floor
  • Pool table
  • Bar
  • 2 lounges
  • Restaurant serving dinner and breakfast
  • 73 bedrooms
  • Dog-friendly rooms
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fitness room

Room Facilities

  • Free WIFI
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Spare blankets in the wardrobe
  • Soap and shower gel in the bathroom

Pitlochry Hydro Breakfast

Breakfast, if not included in your room rate, is £10 per person.

The reviews of breakfast weren’t that great so we didn’t bother and headed out for breakfast.

pitlochry hydro room

Hotel Review

Close to attractions😀Super handy for Enchanted Forest bus pick up
Accessible by public transport🙂There is a bus that runs along West Moulin Road
24 hour reception🙂
Swimming Pool🙂
Spa/Leisure Facilities🙂
Breakfast😐We didn't try breakfast but it is available
Evening Meals🙂Available but didn't try them
Bar/Coffee🙂Welcoming bar
Business Centre🙂
Lift🙂Some rooms have steps to them
Luggage Storagen/a
Parking🙂Free parking on site
Laundry Servicen/a
Room Service Mealsn/a
Free WIFI🙂
Tea and Coffee🙂
Bed Type🙂Twin beds
Shower😐Water pressure bit low and no heat in bathroom
Bath🙂Bit dated but OK
Sofa/Chairs🙂Two chairs and a table - handy for sitting, eating etc
Ironing BoardNo
Air ConditioningNo
Heating😐Single glazing meant lots of condensation and additional oil fired radiator needed
Noise Levels😀Nice and quiet as at end of corridor
Light Levels😐Curtains didn't close so used a trouser hanter to secure
Temperature😐Room was comfortable with two heaters but had to turn oil fired one off due to clicking in and out when thermostat kicked in. Bit cool in the morning as a result
Bed Comfort🙂Comfortable beds, pillows a bit flat
Shower Pressure😐Shower pressure low, it is an old building though
Shower Temperature🙂Temperature OK - would have liked a bit more water
BathDidn't try
Fixtures and Fittings🙂Bit older but OK
Pre Arrival🙂
Front Desk🙂Welcoming
Hospitality StaffDidn't eat or drink in the hotel
WOULD I STAY AGAIN?🙂Yes I would especially if visiting Enchanted Forest again as it was super handy for the bus pick up

Pitlochry Hydro – What’s Nearby

The centre of Pitlochry is a 5-minute walk downhill and a 10-minute walk back up the hill.

There are lots of shops and cafes in the centre of Pitlochry.

There is also Blair Athol Distillery at the Southern end of Pitlochry and the Faskally Dam visitor centre at the North end, with an on-site cafe.

Pitlochry Station is a 10-minute walk away from the Pitlochry Hydro Hotel.

Professional Traveller Tips

Walking To and From Pitlochry

If you are walking back up to the hotel from Pitlochry main street along West Moulin Road there is a gate on your right-hand side just after Bonnethill Road.

There are a series of steps which take you up to the hotel. It is quite dark so a torch is a good idea. The handrail has broken in a couple of places and the steps are uneven with a couple missing.

However, it’s still quicker than walking to reception via the route you would take with a car.

You can also walk to the town centre and back via Knockard Road. If walking from the Pitlochry Hydro, walk straight down Knockard Road. At the junction turn right along Well Brae. At the junction turn left into Bonnethill Road and continue down to the junction which will be with the main street in Pitlochry.

Dog-Friendly Stays

Dogs can stay for £10 per night.

When we stayed with our dog in another Coast and Country group hotel we found them very accommodating. They allowed us to eat in the lounge so we could have dinner with our doglet which was lovely.

Pitlochry Hydro Hotel – Video Room Tour

Check out the video below for a quick tour of Room 226. Apologies for the coughing!

Pitlochry Hydro Hotel – Professional Traveller Summary

  • The Pitlochry Hydro Hotel is a bit dated and worn in places but it was super handy for attending the Enchanted Forest with an easy walk to the bus pick-up point.
  • The free parking was handy, especially given all the parking restrictions in Pitlochry for the Enchanted Forest.
  • The room was clean and comfortable and the staff were friendly.
  • Check was anytime from 8 am to 10 am with check-in from 3 pm.

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Further Reading

If you have found my review of the Pitlochry Hydro Hotel useful you might also like;

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