Need To Know
232, including 26 suites and 19 Family Rooms, each of which sleep two adults and two children.
12 noon, but can be extended to 2pm for no extra cost (subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £265.00, including tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include a full Scottish (or Continental) breakfast, plus use of the Club’s facilities and fitness classes and transfers from Gleneagles’ railway station.
The hotel has its own mini-mall’s worth of luxury boutiques, including outposts of Dunhill, Escada and Hawick Cashmere. There’s also a well-stocked whisky shop. Mr Smiths in need of a trim can visit the onsite barber’s; Mrs Smiths can enjoy a free consultation at the beauty salon.
At the hotel
Three championship golf courses, equestrian centre, tennis courts, falconry school, gun-dog school, putting green, gardens, boutiques, award-winning spa, swimming pool, restaurants, bar, crèche, kids club, DVD library.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, radio, wired internet (WiFi in some rooms), minibar, mini-fridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities, bathrobes and Asprey bath products. Leave your slippers at home: rooms are stocked with ones for guests to keep.
Our favourite rooms
The spacious Family Rooms are designed for four people: two adults in one bedroom and up to two children on a sofa bed or extra beds. In terms of style, traditionalists will favour the cosy rooms in the main hotel for their checked fabrics and rich colours (ruby, oatmeal and chocolate); for something more contemporary, book one of the Braid House rooms (which also come with balconies). The Estate Suites have a separate sitting room with room for one child to bed down (some also have room for a cot to be added to the bedroom); the Whisky Suites have a dining area designed for leisurely family meals. If you want decadent, two-bedroom living quarters, the Spirit Suite has your name on it.
The Club has a 20-metre indoor pool for laps and a little lagoon pool designed for little ones to splash around in. The main pool has a shallow end and is supervised by hawk-eyed lifeguards. Parents can borrow floats and inflatables for their water babies. Smith Junior can have swimming lessons with qualified staff (£25 a child; book through the leisure club); babies can get accustomed to water with one of the mother-and-child baby swim sessions, which feature a mixture of music, song and movement for relaxation (from £6 a session). There’s also an outdoor pool (with hot bubbles) for balmy days: under-5s aren’t allowed in this pool, but 5–12-year-olds can use the pool with parents’ supervision; older ones can kick about freely.
Glittering and glamorous, with shots of gold and ruby, it’s worth getting to Gleneagles’ spa with bags of time before your treatment, in order to wander around admiring the palm trees and lanterns. The spa has hot tubs, a sauna, steam room and tranquil relaxation areas with reclining beds, reading lamps and a choice of soothing soundtracks. The extensive treatment menu has everything you’d expect to see and then some, including peels, massages, facials, scrubs and manicures. Men aren’t neglected, either.
Book babysitting at least a day ahead.
Well-behaved dogs can come too for £35 a night (up to two dogs in a room). The hotel provides dog beds, foam duvets, plastic floor mats with two bowls and poop scoops; guests just need to bring dog food. Kennel facilities are also available onsite.