A LUXURY Scottish hotel has been named as the best place to stay in the UK.

Gleneagles took first spot in a list compiled by The Times and Sunday Times of the 100 best places to stay across the country.

The guide pointed to Gleneagles’ levels of service and attention to detail and described a “feeling of relaxed contentment among the guests – many of whom return over and over again, bringing children and grandchildren with them to experience the Gleneagles brand of fairydust”.

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The hotel also won Scottish Hotel of the Year and Countryside Hotel of the Year.

Head of travel at The Times and Sunday Times Claire Irvin said: “The rigorous judging process for this year’s Best Places To Stay awards has taken place against the backdrop of a difficult period for our readers and the hoteliers who clamour to welcome them.

“Away breaks have almost never been more coveted, with annual leave, time out with friends and family and the cost of living all at a premium – at a time when the hotel industry is facing ever increasing running costs and a recruitment crisis.

“Therefore UK hotels have an even more challenging task than ever before – offering a unique and memorable experience whilst representing relative value for money.

“The price points of each hotel chosen may differ but they all share the same commitment to consistency and excellence our readers – and their hard earned cash – deserve.”

The guide awards winners in ten different categories including beach, boutique, cheap and chic, city, countryside, foodie, hotels for kids, London, pubs with rooms and romance.