I was booked into this hotel for one night by my company when working in Aberdeen, and I absolutely loved the room.
There had been some delay at check in, as they wanted a scan of my credit card for any extras, even though I told them there would be none, and they thought I still had the room to pay for, but it was already pre-paid through a booking agent. Not the best first impression.
However, on entering the room, the WOW factor kicked in and blotted that out. The room was beautifully lit, with spotlights, a standard lamp or two, and reading lamps.
The colour scheme was warm and inviting. Crisp white bedding, white inner curtains, and rich red curtains providing a cosy atmosphere. The settee with plump cushion was comfy to sink into after a day at work, much nicer than standard hotel chairs There was an internet cable provided on the desk. There was also a business centre which I used as I had not brought my laptop with me. Also, there was a cube clock radio, with MP3 player, another nice touch. The king size bed was so comfortable, I did not want to get up next day!
The spacious bathroom was lovely too with a separate bath and shower cubicle. The toiletries were displayed in a nice wooden display shelf. The shower itself - bliss. No worries about mixing taps like in most hotels where you have to figure out how to make the water come from shower head not the bath taps. It was easy to use and hands free, with nothing sticking out to bang into, due to the shower unit being totally contained inside roof space, (see photo). My boyfriend who is partially sighted would love this!!! The hairdyer was contained in a drawstring bag with word HAIRDRYER embroidered on it, a nice touch. This meant you could use it anywhere in bedroom, fully portable, unlike the ones usually hidden inside a drawer in other hotels.
The restaurant was Nick Nairn, and as such pricey. Cheapest main course £16. I did not eat there, it may be ok if you are on company expenses, or on a luxury break, but a bit out of price range for many. I did however have breakfast, which was a disappointment. Having served myself sausage, bacon, mushrooms I looked around for eggs, None. No fried eggs, no scrambed eggs. Then I saw a frying pan set up, with empty eggshells beside it, and new eggs in a bowl, but no staff to cook them!
I waited, and eventually a girl appeared from kitchen, she proceeded to fry an egg for me, then walked away and left it unattended. When it was almost ready, she re-appeared. Not good to keep a customer waiting for a breakfast item.
I did go back later, to make toast for myself, and noticed that some scrambled eggs were now available. I had read the in room brocure that they also had waffles and pancakes, I saw neither.
Despite the initial problems at check in, and the poor service at breakfast, the room itself was a delight, and I would definitely come back.
I was here on a business trip, but would like to come back for a weekend treat, and have even checked out weekend prices, they compare favourably with other hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conviniently located modern hotel with great service. Hotel has won several award for its impeccable service and modern decor. Recent addition to the hotels dining scene is Native by Celebrity Chef Nick Nairn. Native by Nick Nairn celebrates the best of land and sea with finest steaks, seafood and wines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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