A Grand History


Thomas Hamilton built the Grand Hotel more than a century ago as an illustrious retreat with unparalleled views of the Old Course at St Andrews, West Sands Beach and the North Sea. It was the first building in Scotland to have a pneumatic elevator and hot and cold running water in every bathroom, setting the benchmark for the ultimate in luxurious hospitality.

During the Second World War, the Air Ministry of the United Kingdom requisitioned the hotel and transformed it into the training headquarters of the Royal Air Force. Shortly after the war, the University of St Andrews acquired the building and opened it as a hall of residence, and for 56 years, Hamilton Hall faithfully served the university’s student body.

Bringing this story up to date, Kohler Co. breathed new life into the property, returning the landmark to its original splendor.

Learn more about the history of St Andrews and find out about becoming a resident at Hamilton Grand and the privileges included. View floor plans of the luxury apartments to get a feel for how the history of St Andrews is preserved.