5 Best Hotels in Aberdeen, Aberdeen and the Northeast

Atholl Hotel

$ | 54 King's Gate, Aberdeen, AB15 4YN, Scotland

With its many turrets and gables, this granite hotel recalls a bygone era but has modern amenities that now include an elevator and two rooms specially designed for people with disabilities. It's in the middle of a leafy residential area about five minutes west of the city center. The well-maintained rooms are of varying sizes, but all have modern furniture and good-quality bedding. If space is more important than a view, opt for a room on the first floor. The reasonably priced restaurant serves nicely prepared dishes that are a hit with local families.

Pros

  • Family-run establishment
  • Outdoor garden seating for sunny days
  • Private parking

Cons

  • Rooms are blandly decorated
  • Popular with locals for wedding and funeral receptions
  • Unexciting bar
54 King's Gate, Aberdeen, AB15 4YN, Scotland
01224-323505
hotel Details
34 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Chester Hotel

$ | 59–63 Queen's Rd., Aberdeen, AB15 4YP, Scotland Fodor's Choice
Contemporary style meets original 19th-century architectural detail within this gracious hotel. The color scheme in the rooms and suites emphasizes muted gray, beige, and cream shades, which marks a welcome change from the omnipresent tartanry in this part of the world. Look out for original artwork by Scottish artist John Byrne in bedrooms and public areas, which include a swank cocktail bar. The on-site IX Restaurant is highly regarded.

Pros

  • Fine dining at on-site restaurant
  • Ultracomfortable accommodations
  • Lively bar

Cons

  • Gym is small and basic
  • Popular for meetings and events
  • Bar can get crowded and noisy on weekends
59–63 Queen's Rd., Aberdeen, AB15 4YP, Scotland
01224-327777
hotel Details
50 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Craibstone Suites

$ | 15 Bon Accord Sq., Aberdeen, AB11 6DJ, Scotland

On one of Aberdeen's most attractive squares, these 18 modern and comfortable suites come with fully equipped kitchens. (Look in the refrigerator and you'll find your continental breakfast.) The rooms are well designed and include luxe touches like LCD TVs and king-size beds. There are lots of complimentary goodies in the bathroom.

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Feels more like an apartment than a hotel room
  • Good self-catering facilities

Cons

  • Executive suites are small—go for the grand or superior suites if you need elbow room
  • Breakfast is pretty basic
  • Devoid of character
15 Bon Accord Sq., Aberdeen, AB11 6DJ, Scotland
01224-857950
hotel Details
18 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Malmaison

$ | 49–53 Queen's Rd., Aberdeen, AB15 4YP, Scotland Fodor's Choice

Part of a British minichain, this boutique hotel with fabulously comfy rooms and suites---some with terraces from which you can watch the sunset---sets the standard by which all rivals in Aberdeen are judged. Think deep-burgundy-and-purple-velvet throws, softly colored plaids, high-thread-count linens, fluffy robes, stand-alone tubs, rain showers, and luxury toiletries.

Pros

  • Stylish rooms
  • Excellent restaurant
  • Delightful staff

Cons

  • Not very central
  • No pool
  • Meat-heavy restaurant could do more for vegetarians
49–53 Queen's Rd., Aberdeen, AB15 4YP, Scotland
01224-507097
hotel Details
77 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Marcliffe Hotel and Spa

$$ | N. Deeside Rd., Aberdeen, AB15 9YA, Scotland

Offering a perfect combination of town and country outside the city center, this elegant hotel stands on 11 acres of wooded grounds and combines old and new to impressive effect. Service is equally impressive. The bedrooms are large and softly furnished with huge beds. The restaurant serves expertly prepared local lobster and crab and top-quality Aberdeen Angus beef, and you can choose from more than 400 wines.

Pros

  • The wooded environs means a stunning dawn chorus of birds
  • Big rooms
  • Well-regarded restaurant

Cons

  • If you struggle to sleep, the dawn chorus
  • A little out of town
  • Popular with wedding parties
N. Deeside Rd., Aberdeen, AB15 9YA, Scotland
01224-861000
hotel Details
39 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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