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Press Release   •   Mar 09, 2018 12:24 GMT

Credit: Graeme Hart/ Perthshire Picture Agency

A Highland Perthshire hotel, located in one of Scotland’s most popular set-jetting destinations, has achieved one of VisitScotland’s highest quality assurance award.

Dunalastair Hotel Suites, in the village of Kinloch Rannoch, has been given a five-star grading from the national tourism organisation for demonstrating high standards of excellence and customer service.

Having started life as a village inn over 200 years ago, the Victorian hotel has recently undergone a multi- million pound makeover, creating ‘an oasis of luxury’, combining the building’s historic features with the finest in modern interiors.

Today, visitors can stay in one of the hotel’s 32 suites and enjoy fine dining in the hotel’s restaurant, Edina’s Kitchen, which uses local ingredients to prepare traditional Scottish dishes.

As well as being a prime destination for hiking, hill-walking, fishing and cycling, Kinloch Rannochis becoming a hot spot for film tourism. The area’s stunning beautiful has appeared in Harry Potter, Trainspotting, Rob Roy and most recently the smash-hit TV series, Outlander.

Nassar Khalil, Owner and CEO of Dunalastair Hotel Suites said:“We are delighted to be officially bestowed with one of the highest accreditation a hotel can acclaim in the United Kingdom. A five-star grading from VisitScotland only reaffirms Dunalastair Hotel Suites’ position in a prestigious league of exclusive Scottish hotels. Such an accomplishment would not have been possible without our inspirational General Manager, Richard Deak and dynamic Sales Manager, Beth Ardron, and is demonstrative of my hotel team’s exceptional dedication and drive, leaving no stone unturned in their mission to provide the very best in hospitality and guest experience, day in day out, to ensure each guest enjoys the ultimate five-star experience with Dunalastair Hotel Suites.”

It’s hoped the addition of a five-star hotel to the local tourism offering will help attract even more visitors.

Rose Le Terriere, Chair of the The Rannoch and Tummel Tourist Association, added: “We welcome The Dunalastair Hotel Suites as an exciting addition to the high quality accommodation for visitors to this beautiful, unspoilt area of dark skies and rare wildlife where nature and history weave dreams."

Developed over the last four decades in partnership with the tourism industry and informed by visitor research, VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance schemes are world-leading. QA stars alongside online reviews give visitors a balance of objective and subjective views to assist in their decision making and expectations.

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director said: “I would like to congratulate everyone at Dunalastair Hotel Suites on this thoroughly deserved award. The hotel is a fantastic addition to Highland Perthshire’s sterling offering and will undoubtedly attract visitors to Kinloch Rannoch - it really is a little bit of luxury away from home and five-star status shows visitors that they can expect a high quality experience.

“Quality Assurance is about more than just the stars on the door – it’s about the entire visitor experience and driving improvement in that experience throughout Perthshire.

“Visitors want quality and value for money experiences. Star gradings help visitors make informed decisions and select businesses that meet, and exceed, these expectations.”

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