We stayed here for our Anniversary between Christmas & New Year (the Wife's idea to get married at that time of year, not mine!)
The location is simply perfect for the city centre! A couple of minutes walk for the train station and all main shopping areas but its also tucked away from the main hustle & bustle. If driving you can take advantage of their secured covered parking which is only a 2 minute walk away and very reasonably priced too.
We stayed in the Cabanel Suite which is simply amazing and well worth shelling out a little extra for. I have also seen the design rooms which are very nicely done and look to be a bit of a bargain to me.
The girl on reception when we checked in was simply lovely. She took me to the parking garage, arranged ice bucket and champagne glasses (for the champagne which we has cheekily supplied ourselves to save a few pennies) and couldn't have been more helpful but was never over bearing.
We didn't eat in the Hotel but opted to go to nearby Musa instead - I will write a review for that when I get a minute but to be honest, I wish I'd stayed in and eaten at the Hotel.
Breakfast the next morning was very good. A simple help yourself selection if fruit, juices, cereals, pastries etc all nice ' fresh and well presented. Then there was the cooked menu full of just about anything you could want for breakfast / brunch. When my "Full Scottish" arrived I was impressed. Nicely presented, very well cooked and very tasty. Best of all, the man serving breakfast was polite and jolly and everything was the service was very efficient.
There's no hiding the fact that the Carmelite has received some bad press but I just couldn't see any justification for it. It's clear that money has been spent on upgrading this Hotel and I hope the reviews are more positive from now as this place deserves to be much higher up the "charts" than it is.
The whole Market Street area is fighting to shake off its reputation for being a bit run down and it's gradually working. It's not perfect but it's getting there! Give of a go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carmelite is neatly positioned in the centre of Aberdeen's Merchant Quarter, which is adjacent to the transport hub of rail, bus, coach stations and harbour. The Merchant Quarter is the "grown up" area of the city, full of independent bars and restaurants, and surrounded by the city's 5 under-cover retail shopping centres. An historical Grade B listed building dating back to mid 1800's, Carmelite has undergone major refurbishment program over recent years, introducing a boutique environment on the ground floor of Carmelite Bar & Grill, whilst the 50 bedrooms offer a mix of "Designer" Suites and rooms on the 1st floor, "Dapper" rooms refurbished end of 2012, on the 2nd floor and comfortable standard rooms on the 3rd floor. These enable attractive rates to suit all budgets. Aberdeen is a commercial city, with limited accommodation mid-week, however weekends offer some fantastic deals making an alternative visitor experience very affordable. The 6 Suites are all different, and very quirky - from round beds in turrets, and gigantic sleigh beds, all designer rooms have cast iron baths, monsoon showers. The "Dapper" rooms have un-cluttered designs with a mix of large monsoon shower rooms, double ended steel baths (some designed with 'no taps'), and black-out window blinds. All the bespoke furniture in these rooms were made by A social Enterprise Company in Dundee, called Dovetail. The 3rd floor standard rooms, although not yet refurbished, offer clean, comfortable accommodation, still with all the usual amenities. All rooms have luxury beds made locally by Social Enterprise Aberdeen Company called Glencraft. Designer "Anatomicals" or "Keiji" bath products, 32/40" LED Samsung Freeview TVs, as well as clocks, iPhone docking stations, tea/coffee making facilities, and most rooms with iron and ironing boards. A room service menu is available during restaurant times.The ground floor also is a boutique environment, quirky with a large open plan lounge and dining area, with informal comfy sofas, a Baby Grand Piano playing at weekends, and a dining 4 Poster Bed. The comprehensive bar menu offers superb cocktails, 12 champagnes, and extensive wine and drinks as well as a bar nibbles food options. Menus cover breakfast and brunch from a "Wake Up till Noon" menu, then an A'la Carte "All Day Menu" available from 12noon through till dinner. There is a Shoppers Menu available till 5pm each day with £8 main courses, and a Market Menu options each evening. There are two event rooms, Library and Balmoral for delegates up to 120, private dining to 50 diners, and Mad Hatter Tea Parties from 20 people. Intoxicating Afternoon Teas are a specialty, as well as Rock & Roll Parties in the 4 Poster Bed. Free wi-fi is available throughout the building, with a PC available for guests' use in the library. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmelite Hotel Aberdeen
- Carmelite Aberdeen, Scotland