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More than a century ago, Thomas Hamilton treated the world to the Grand Hotel. A chosen retreat boasting infinite views of the Old Course at St Andrews, West Sands Beach and North Sea. It was also the first building in Scotland to have a pneumatic elevator and hot and cold water running in every bathroom, setting the benchmark for the ultimate in luxurious hospitality.
The Second World War saw the Air Ministry of the United Kingdom requisition The Grand Hotel, transforming the landmark into training headquarters for the Royal Air Force. The Grand Hotel was never to host high society again.
Shortly after the War, the University of St Andrews acquired the building and opened it as a halls of residence under the name Hamilton Hall. For 56 years, it faithfully served St Andrews’ student body. And now history has called it for a new purpose.
A new chapter is beginning and this one promises to be the greatest of all.
Learn more about the history of St Andrews, or find out about becoming a resident at Hamilton Grand and the privileges available to residents. View floor plans of the luxury apartments to get a feel for how St Andrews' history is being preserved.