I'll admit we didn't spend much time in Aberdeen, and indeed the Aberdeen Douglas Hotel was more of an overnight waypoint for us than anything else.
This places loses points for it's terrible parking location - down around a corner in a hillside lot for maybe 10 vehicles. As a North American, driving in the UK is difficult enough without having to manoeuvre to that degree!
The staff were great, particularly the morning crew who assisted us with purchasing some train tickets and generally were very helpful and friendly. The hotel itself was more of a business spot, for conferences I think, than traveller. The rooms were large but dated, but the free wi-fi and new TVs were nice. I think there was a jacuzzi tub in the spacious but otherwise spartan bathroom. Restaurant was pretty good - try the fish since you're 50m away from the port. The Steak & Ale pie wasn't bad either.
The location is in the heart of the old city near the port and train station. We read that it's the oldest Hotel in town, and it feels like a part of the neighbourhood, which itself retains a bit of a dingy vibe thanks to the ranks of oil and fishing vessels populating the busy harbour just the street from the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aberdeen Douglas Hotel has been welcoming guests since 1848 and in recent years has re-established itself as one of Aberdeen's premier hotels. As an independently owned, family-run business with friendliness and efficiency at it's heart - our experienced staff will do everything to make your stay in the Granite City, now Oil and Gas Capital of Europe, a truly enjoyable experience. The hotel is located in the heart of the city centre, just a stones throw away from Aberdeen Bus Station and Aberdeen Train Station. Close to the whirl of city life, just off Union Street in the Merchant Quarter area - The Aberdeen Douglas Hotel is the perfect location to enjoy the very best of Aberdeen whether visiting for business or leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aberdeen Douglas Hotel Scotland