Salutation Hotel

The Salutation Hotel is a hotel and restaurant in Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It is a Category B listed building dating to around 1810, with earlier embellishments and later alterations.[1] The building claims to being the oldest established hotel in Scotland, but it is not.[2] It has expanded to occupy three neighbouring tenements, one to the right and two to the left.[1]

Salutation Hotel
Salutation Hotel, Perth, Scotland (8924365279).jpg
The building in 2013
General information
TypeHotel and restaurant
Architectural styleGeorgian
Address30–36 South Street
Perth, Perth and Kinross
Coordinates56°23′42″N 3°25′40″W / 56.395069°N 3.4276793°W / 56.395069; -3.4276793Coordinates: 56°23′42″N 3°25′40″W / 56.395069°N 3.4276793°W / 56.395069; -3.4276793
CompletedCirca 1810; 212 years ago (1810)
OwnerStrathmore Hotels
Technical details
Floor count2–4
Other information
Public transit accessNational Rail Perth
Listed Building – Category B
Designated20 May 1965
Reference no.LB39646

The earliest building recorded on this site was a private house belonging to the Murray family. It operated as a coaching inn between 1699 and 1745, and was a resting point on the coach roads from Edinburgh and Glasgow to the south to Aberdeen and Inverness to the north. The current street elevation was constructed in the early 19th century, at which time the Venetian window was added by Sir Robert Reid, the King's architect in Scotland.[1]

On 31 December 1745, a belated 25th birthday party for Bonnie Prince Charlie was held at the hotel.[3]

The building's facade has distinctive painted Black Watch figures.[1]

Inside, in room number 20, a stone fireplace is dated 1699. In the courtyard, to the rear, there is a stone dated 1619 bearing arms of the Earl of Moray.[1]

David Bowie played a show at the hotel, in the Moncreiffe Suite, on 7 November 1969. The Beatles have also stayed at the hotel.[4]

A renovation project of the hotel's exterior won the biennial Perth Civic Trust Award in 2016.[5]


The hotel has a bar (Reid's Bar) and a restaurant (The Adam Restaurant).[6]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e 30-36 SOUTH STREET, SALUTATION HOTELHistoric Environment Scotland
  2. ^ Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Graphic and Accurate Description of Every Place in Scotland, Francis Hindes Groome (1901)
  3. ^ 'On the Trail of Bonnie Prince Charlie, David R. Ross (2000) ISBN 9780946487684
  4. ^ "David Bowie: Perth music fans share their memories of legendary 1969 gig at the Salutation Hotel"Daily Record, 19 January 2016
  5. ^ "Historic Perth property project nets award"The Courier, 22 July 2016
  6. ^ Food and drink – Salutation Hotel official website

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