3 Best Hotels in Craigellachie, Aberdeen and the Northeast

Craigellachie Hotel

$$ | Victoria St., Craigellachie, AB38 9SR, Scotland
Who would expect a rock-chic hideaway in the heart of sleepy Speyside? But that's what this stylish old town house has become. In part, stars like Kate Moss and Liam Gallagher have been lured by the hotel's Quaich Bar, famed for its 900 single malts. But don't overlook sumptuous bedrooms with four-posters, high-thread-count linens, and cashmere-soft furnishings—or the sybaritic bathrooms.

Pros

  • Stylish decor down to the details
  • Perfectly pitched service
  • Huge range of malt whiskies

Cons

  • Popular for wedding parties
  • Pretentious to a fault
  • Booked up months or years in advance
Victoria St., Craigellachie, AB38 9SR, Scotland
01340-881204
hotel Details
26 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Highlander Inn

$ | Victoria St., Craigellachie, AB38 9SR, Scotland

This very-Scottish hotel prides itself on its whisky bar and its friendly welcome. The good-size guest rooms are nothing fancy, but there is a fine standard of upkeep, especially in the bathrooms. The restaurant serves stomach-lining Scottish meals like haggis and steak-and-ale pie. You are sure to gravitate toward the bar, a belt-and-braces affair that stocks 180 malts: the barman will happily talk you through each and every one of them. Between November and February, connoisseurs who spend £50 a night each on whisky (very doable if you stick to high-end, high-priced malts) earn two free nights' accommodation.

Pros

  • Simple and cozy accommodations
  • Warm atmosphere
  • Great bar

Cons

  • Uninspired decor
  • Could be rather too lively for some
  • Very whisky-focused, so might not be for everyone
Victoria St., Craigellachie, AB38 9SR, Scotland
01340-881446
hotel Details
8 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Station Hotel

$$ | 51 New St., AB38 7BJ, Scotland Fodor's Choice

This historic yet contemporary hotel in the heart of Rothes is renowned for its luxury designer rooms and suites, its excellent café-restaurant serving hearty pub grub, and its enormous selection of world whiskies and gins, to be enjoyed in the comfort of the stunning Spirit Safe bar. The decor in the public areas is traditional without being stuffy—think floral wallpapers, subtle hints of tartan and tweed, and paintings of pastoral scenes—while bedrooms are elegantly muted, with comfy Hypnos beds, smart TVs, and coffee machines. For the height of luxury, book the Caperdonich Suite, complete with four-poster bed, mezzanine floor with freestanding bath, and mood lighting, as well as a very swish television that folds away into the foot of the bed.

Pros

  • Chic contemporary decor
  • Incredible whisky selection
  • Free car parking

Cons

  • Breakfast buffet a little sparse
  • No elevator
  • Expensive for the area
51 New St., AB38 7BJ, Scotland
01340-832200
hotel Details
15 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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