St Andrews is an ideal day trip destination, but to explore everything that it has to offer, a day is not really enough. So, you may wish to consider an overnight stay and here are a few top suggestions for various budgets.
£££££ St Andrews Tourist Hostel – Inchape House, St Marys Place, St Andrews KY16 9UY
If you are travelling on a budget and you don’t mind sharing your space with others, this very centrally located hostel is ideal. There is an excellent fully equipped kitchen, so that you can prepare your own meals, a library stocked with interesting books and a large comfortable living room to relax in. Your room is an 8-bed dorm in a traditional Victorian house and it will only set you back £17 per night. The location is amazing as you can walk very easily to all the attractions.
£££££ University Accommodation – Summer Months Only
During the summer months, the University offers up a number of its halls of residences as accommodation. This can be a great, affordable option for travellers – there is a choice of bed & breakfast and self-catered accommodation. There are four sites each with a different offering and location:
- McIntosh Hall – located in the heart of St Andrews, this residence is the most central of the 4 options. McIntosh Hall is a traditional stone built residence that offers single or twin rooms as well as bed & breakfast.
- University Hall – single, twin or family rooms available in this stunning building that dates back to 1896. You’ll feel like you’re staying in a little chateau! A short 15 minute walk from the centre, University Hall is a great option if you’re looking to stay somewhere historic.
- Agnes Blackadder Hall – modern ensuite bedrooms with bed & breakfast option.
- David Russell Apartments – as the name suggests, these are self-catering apartments sleeping up to 10 guests. These apartments are located the furthest from the town (2kms ) but are a great option for groups or families.
£££££ Rusacks Hotel – Pilmour Links, St Andrews, KY16 9JQ
The Rusacks hotel is an iconic sandstone building placed right next the 18th hole of the Old Course, with views of the Royal and Ancient club house and the Bay of St Andrews. There is a personal feel to the place and the staff are friendly. The newly refurbished rooms are luxurious and have a Scottish theme to the décor. Pay a little extra to gain a fabulous sea view and a view of the golf course.
Nightly rates vary depending on room type, with suites being the most expensive option. There is no gym or spa facility, but the restaurant and bars are top class. Another big selling point is the closeness to town, which is an easy 10-minute walk. Winter golf packages are possible.
£££££ Ardgowan House – 2 Playfair Terrace, North Street, St Andrews, KY16 9HX
This small Georgian hotel is beautifully decorated in a stylish contemporary style and staff are very friendly. The location is superb as it’s just a few minutes’ walk to West Sands beach and the Old Course, while the town centre is 10 minutes away. An excellent restaurant serves up delicious Scottish food and a tasty cooked breakfast in the morning. Prices start from around £150 per night for a twin room, and a small number of family rooms are also available.
£££££ The Albany – 56 North Street, St Andrews, KY16 9AH
This centrally located Georgian terraced hotel is perfectly placed for access to the town centre and all of the main St Andrews tourist attractions. The restaurant serves an excellent breakfast with views of the lovely garden and terrace. In the summer, it’s possible to eat or enjoy a drink from the bar on the terrace. The bar serves a good range of malt whiskies, wines and beers and if you are feeling hungry, there is home baking too. While on a winter’s day, cosy up next to the open fire in the comfortable living room.
£££££ Rooms at the Saint – 170 South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9EG
This super stylish hotel and restaurant offers up trendy and spacious rooms in the town centre near the ancient West Port of St Andrews. A great range of shops and restaurants are immediately nearby while the nearest beach is East Sands.
It’s almost worth staying here for the luxury and extensive breakfast alone. With only 4 rooms, this boutique hotel offers a real personal service and the restaurant is an absolute delight to eat in.
£££££ Hotel Du Vin – 40 The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AS
Recently refurbished, some of the rooms at the Hotel Du Vin overlook the stunning St Andrews Bay and the glorious West Sands beach. Bedrooms are luxurious and the bathrooms have fab rain effect showers with top quality toiletries. If you are a golf fan, you will be glad to know that the Old Course is just a few meters away. Outside there is a large sun terrace where you can relax with a drink.
As you might expect this French style restaurant offers a dreamy wine list and delicious classic gallic cuisine. The hotel offers some good value dinner, bed and breakfast packages for around £200 a night. If you desire a room with a sea view then it will set you back approximately £50 more.
£££££ The Old Course Hotel – Old Station Road, St Andrews, KY16 9SP
This very popular luxury hotel is set right in the middle of the Old Course making it a firm favourite for well healed golf fans. Over the years, it has had its fair share of celebrity guests including Samuel Jackson and Sean Connery. It’s not uncommon to rub shoulders with Hollywood’s finest in the hotel bar during the St Andrews celebrity Open golf completion.
The rooms are pure decadence with th Old Course suite epitomising luxury, weighing in at around £1000 a night in low season, you might need that 2nd mortgage. The Eden double room suddenly seems like a bargain at £200. Luckily you get to use the Kohler spa, roof top hot tub, 21-meter swimming pool and extensive fitness gym. The service is as you might expect, impeccable, while the restaurant has 3 AA rosettes.
£££££ The Fairmont Hotel – Kingask, St Andrews, KY16 8PN
Set on a 520-acre estate, this is more of a resort than a hotel and the biggest selling point for some will be the fact it has its own championship golf courses. A free shuttle bus into town, means that there is no need to stress about being away from the centre. Reasons to stay here include the luxury spa, 15-meter swimming pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna. Facilities are fantastic and there are 4 different places to eat and drink within the grounds.
As you would expect the rooms at this American style resort hotel are large, luxurious and contemporary. There is a wide range of room types from the more reasonable Atrium to a push-the-boat-out suite that has a price tag of around £1000 a night in low season.