Aberdeen has the nickname "granite city" or "grey city", which sounds a little harsh as it makes it sound like it's an ugly grey place. But actually that nickname comes from the fact that the Aberdeen area had extensive quarry deposits of granite. This granite was used to make Waterloo bridge, and the terraces of the Houses of Parliament in London. It's actually quite a pretty place with some lovely historical old buildings and Aberdeen hotels featuring some pretty scenery and views (check out some local hotspots recommended by Aberdeen City Council).
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The following Aberdeen hotels represent some of the prettiest hotels in Aberdeen, they are also consistently in the top of sites like Trip Advisor for value and popularity. Click each one to look up the best possible prices from around the web on dates of your choosing. You will find the cheapest prices for hotels in Aberdeen anywhere on the internet. You can find even more Aberdeen hotels by using our search feature at the top of the page.
Bauhaus Hotel The Bauhaus Hotel has an onsite casino and bowling alley, that's pretty cool - you don't have to go very far for a lot of entertainment. The rooms are large, and so are the bathrooms. It averages an 8.4 rating.
Douglas Hotel Aberdeen The Douglas Hotel is located in the middle of the city, making it a great spot. It also offers massage services alongside roomservice, it's surrounded by local bars and is a 10 minute walk from the station.
Station Hotel Aberdeen It should be quite obvious that the station hotel is right by the station, meaning it is easy to get to if you're on a long commute. It has a pretty lounge area and free Wi-Fi in rooms.
Jurys Inn Aberdeen Jurys Inn hotels tend to be very new and very nice, this follows that trend. It's right by the Union square and is pretty standard aside from that.
Skeen House Whitehall Skeen hotels in Aberdeen are great quality boutique hotels. Featuring free wi-fi and a high quality finish, the Whitehall offers spacious apartments for visitors to Aberdeen.
Skeen House Rosemount Whilst the Whitehall is 3 stars, the Rosemount is 4 stars - both are great quality, and again the Rosemount follows the same concept of apartments.
Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa Just look at how stunning this architecture is! It is like staying in a Disney castle, it features a fitness centre, a day spa and an indoor pool. A real treat - though keep in mind the location is a little out of the Aberdeen city area, but not too far so it is nice to stay there and duck into Aberdeen proper and get out again away from it all.
The Aberdeen Altens Hotel This hotel features an indoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi. It's along the coast south of Aberdeen but again not too far to make travel in to Aberdeen inconvenient.
Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre Hiltons are notoriously excellent, the service quality is top notch, it's more pricey than most but you really do get what you pay for in this regard. A must stay if you can find a great deal using our search tool, and it's right in the centre so excellent for an Aberdeen trip.
Holiday Inn Aberdeen Another one in Aberdeen and quite near the centre, Holiday Inn express is a good budget hotel with a high quality interior finish.
The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa Aberdeen This spa is just outside Aberdeen, and the nearest of the spas. It is a 5 star hotel and the grounds are stunning as well as the services on offer.
As a foodie, I have always found exuberance in trying out new dishes every time I visit a new place, from seafood to waffles, anything that the country has as a special dish in their culture, same was when I recently visited Aberdeen, Scotland. Not only was I charmed by the scenic beauty, but all the warmth of the people that welcomed me anywhere that I went. Their hospitality is something that I will never forget, and also the delicious, absolutely spot-on dishes that they serve. Every morning, I used to wake up and roam the streets trying out anything different and alluring, so if you’re planning to go to Aberdeen anytime soon, these are some of the best food eateries and drinking bars that you must visit!
As a foodie, I would insist you to visit ‘8848 Restaurant’ which serves Aberdeen’s best curry. I can still taste the curry on my lips, delicious! With a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, you can opt for Indian, Asian, and Nepalese as well.
‘Nargile’ is another great place to go to. They have their great coupon deal, so I had Ziyafret Sofrasi, which was such an extravagant treat. And not to mention, very reasonable. They also have a variety of cuisines like Mediterranean, European, Turkish and Middle Eastern.
‘Madame Mew’s’ was an amazing place; I honestly loved their Asian cuisine. My cousin ordered Thai Soup which was the best Thai I had ever eaten out of Thailand. Great place!
I also visited ‘The Marcliffe’, I found the food was a bit overpriced but the taste and presentation was amazing. They offer European, British and Scottish cuisines, what I loved the most were their fast service and smiling staff.
‘Gristo’s Greek Tirvana’ was another very good place, as much as the name attracted me, the food was really good. Their Greek cuisine was like a real taste of Greece. Also, I loved the ambiance; the dim red lights gave a wonderful effect to eat under.
Drink Pubs and Bars:
Aberdeen is literally the night city, and night often calls for a strong whiskey. So for all the whiskey lovers, ‘The Grill’ should be their number one option. With a huge variety of whiskeys at their bar counter, you wouldn’t hesitate having a bit of all of them, but control yourself or else you’ll have a killer hangover the next day.
‘The Tippling House’ is another great pub that has an array of cocktails with almost every flavor you’d crave for. They also offer snacks like the mouth watering blue cheese croquettes.
For all the beer drinkers, ‘Brewdog’ is a wonderful option. Opened late at night on weekends, you can come here with your date and have a little of the amazing collection of beers they offer. With a surprisingly comfortable ambiance to sit within, this is a great place to drink beer.
For anybody who has the hots for food and drink, above are the most amazing places you’ll ever visit while in Aberdeen, so don’t miss out a single from the above list!
Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populated city (with around 200,000 people) behind Edinburgh and Glasgow. There is a significant focus on education in Aberdeen due to its status in the North-East region and its two universities. There is a big economic emphasis on oil and the Aberdeen seaport. It's a beautiful spot, and it's won the Britain in Bloom award 10 times, which is a record in the competition. There's lots to do in Aberdeen and the Union Terrace Gardens are alovely city centre walk with plenty of hotels in aberdeen nearby.
Whilst you are in Aberdeen there are two museums you should check out on your trip. The first is the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, remembering of course that the port plays a huge part in Aberdeen's economy, and as such a lot of Scotland's maritime history rests and originates from the port in Aberdeen. There are 5 floors to the Maritime Museum and there is a big showcase about oil and the history of the area (oil being the other big part of Aberdeen's economy), the centre of the museum features a huge model of an oil rig. The second of the museums is the Gordon Highlanders Museum. As well as having the beautiful gardens to view, the Museum focuses on the Gordon Highlanders who served the British army for 113 years before amalgamating into a modern regiment in 1994. Finally Craigievar Castle is worth a visit, its stunning red castle and growns are sure to be a treat for anybody looking to capture some history on the trip.
There is also the Aberdeen Science Centre which is especially great for children who are visiting with you, but if you don't have kids consider going anyway because it is open to all ages, they have cool events year round so it's worth checking out what exhibits are on, like the AI and Big Data display, the UK Space Agency and Robotics display and so on. Finally if you're in the area and you are keen on fast paced and high impact excitement then you can always consider taking a trip not far out of Aberdeen to the Codonas Amusement Park which features roller coasters and a few other thrill seeking rides, a brand new extension known as Smugglers Cover and even Ten Pin Bowling. It was established in 1969 by the Codonas family and is managed by its third generation of the same family, so they have been looking after it for a very long tim which is quite sweet. It has a real home-love feeling to it as well as being a great day out. They also hav some classic rides like the Galleon Pirate Ship and recently a 4D motion ride with Dino Safari.
But whether you are going to Aberdeen with family, to view the beautiful sights, to take in some history or learn something new through the multitude of museums and exhibits - or to seek some thrills, there really is plenty available to you. So plan accordingly and visit the sites in advance to make sure you have the latest information on what's on!