3 Best Hotels in Ballater, Aberdeen and the Northeast

Auld Kirk

$$ | Braemar Rd., Ballater, AB35 5RQ, Scotland

This simply renovated old church, with some interesting architectural features preserved in its public areas, is a comfortable enough base for a night or two in Ballater. The residents-only lounge bar is a cozy sanctum, serving a wide range of malt whiskies. Tables are set outside for summer evenings.

Pros

  • Private lounge bar
  • Pin-tidy bedrooms and public rooms
  • Family-friendly vibe

Cons

  • Showers are small, and most rooms have no tub
  • No restaurant
  • Not a full-service hotel
Braemar Rd., Ballater, AB35 5RQ, Scotland
01339-755762
hotel Details
7 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hilton Grand Vacations Club Craigendarroch Suites

$$ | Braemar Rd., Ballater, AB35 5XA, Scotland Fodor's Choice

This grand mansion has been turned into a resort with a luxury spa and country club, combining Victorian style with modern comforts. Leisure facilities include two pools (one for toddlers) and tennis and squash courts. The hotel has one of the area's better restaurants, and all rooms and suites have kitchenettes.

Pros

  • Great pool and gym facilities
  • No smoking anywhere inside or out
  • Rooms and suites have kitchenettes

Cons

  • If there's a conference, nonattending guests can feel lost among the crowds
  • Incongruously corporate atmosphere
  • A bit pricey for this area
Braemar Rd., Ballater, AB35 5XA, Scotland
01339-755558
hotel Details
51 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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No 45

$ | 45 Braemar Rd., Ballater, AB35 5RQ, Scotland

With touches of period charm, this Victorian-era house offers old-fashioned hospitality and simple, understated comfort. The bedrooms are conservatively decorated but pristine, with bathrooms that shine. The lounge and library are all comfort and crackling fires. The conservatory dining room serves an excellent breakfast: the porridge with Drambuie is fit for a queen.

Pros

  • Unpretentious feel
  • Good price
  • Relaxing lounge

Cons

  • A few bedrooms on the small side
  • Slightly garish decor
  • Not for those seeking a full-service hotel
45 Braemar Rd., Ballater, AB35 5RQ, Scotland
01339-755420
hotel Details
8 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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