Geographically, Perth is the Bullseye on the Scottish dartboard. A beautiful ancestral city that runs adjacent to the River Tay in central Scotland, home of the Black Watch Museum which provides a unique insight into the origins and heritage of this famous Regiment.
Those keeping up with my travels on Instagram will know I spent a few days there at the good grace of the fine people at the Mercure Hotel; located in the very heart of the historic town on West Mill Street, it’s a short walk to the Perth Concert Hall, Museum and Art Gallery. This converted 15th century watermill is quite simply, utterly beguiling. On arrival you're greeted by thick stone walls overlooking a few scattered white willow trees; guarding a stream that runs serpentine through into the valley below.
Inside, the reception desk is low-lit, ameliorated with solid oak beams off-set by the spiral-wave carpet motif that is in keeping with the aquatic theme. The mill stream is visible through the floor of the Reception and Brasserie Lounge Bar, which is pristinely decked with rustic coloured chairs and a piano that's become a clothes horse for board games and a single candelabra.
In total the hotel boasts 76 bedrooms all of which have garden views. Mine was adequately sized with an open feel, but fairly run of the mill (pun intended) furnished with violet dandelion wallpaper.
The staff are pleasant, (and had some hustle which was good to see) the location and the history of the building are really the main draws. You'd want to stay in this hotel to optimise your time in the city. If you were here on business the original medieval oak beams, period features and private balconies that can be found in The Kinnoull Suite will offer a nice alternative to the usual uniformed-corporate atmosphere.
If I were to be hyper critical the insides could be a bit lighter. Perhaps some of the interiors, outside of the beautiful oak beams, could do with a little 'reimagining'. I appreciate this is a 3-star hotel. The amenities, the service, the food all superseded expectations of a 3 star, but with the character of the building and it's heritage already in place it is far capable and deserved of much much more.