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“Exactly what I expect from Holiday Inn Express” 5 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Chapel Street, Aberdeen AB10 1SQ, Scotland   |  
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Houston, TX
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“Exactly what I expect from Holiday Inn Express”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2008

I spent 1 night at the Express by Holiday Inn Aberdeen City Centre while in town on business. The hotel is located on Chapel Street, just a block or so from Union Street, the main shopping/dining street in Aberdeen. The hotel was exactly what I expect from the Express chain – clean, functional, and no frills.

Room: After traveling overnight from Houston (complete with a connection in Heathrow), I was very pleased to discover that the hotel was able to allow me to check in shortly after 11 AM. It was nice to be able to take a quick nap and a shower before heading to the office. The hotel assigned me room #419, a standard room with two twin beds and overlooking Chapel Street. The room was very much standard fare for the Express chain (i.e. a focus on functionality). I appreciated the good size desk, however I was disappointed that the high speed wireless internet was not working on the night of my stay. The room had a heater but no air conditioner (not an issue during the winter). I was able to open the window to let in some fresh air. The bathroom was also very typical for this particular chain – nothing spectacular but perfectly functional (the extra towels were nice, lighting was good). The only thing I found remotely inconvenient was that the hairdryer was in the middle of the room, not particularly near a mirror. For those needing to freshen up their clothes after a trip, the hotel offers an ironing room on each floor.

Food: Only meal I ate at the hotel was the complimentary breakfast (they also have a small bar that opens in the evenings). I was very impressed by the breakfast. They had a number of cereals, bread items, some fresh fruit, yogurt, and various juices. They also had a very large seating area that made finding a table no problem. They also had 2-3 staff members who were devoted to refreshing the food and keeping the dining area neat. There are TVs in the breakfast area that are tuned to the local news. For dinner on the night of my stay, we went wandering on Union Street where there are many options ranging from fast food to regional cuisine (Indian, Italian, etc.). There’s an ice machine in the lobby for those of you who need ice with your drinks.

Transportation: There’s a taxi stand a block from the hotel at the corner of Chapel and Union Street. We paid roughly 15 pounds to get from the airport to the hotel during midday. Aberdeen also has what appears to be a very efficient bus system however we did not have the opportunity to use it during our stay. Aberdeen’s main train station (near the other end of Union Street) is a roughly 10-15 minute walk from the hotel.

Service: Housekeeping appears to keep the room and linens very clean. The front desk was helpful with all questions and there were always 2-3 people around to help.

Area & Safety: The hotel is located a block from Union Street, the City’s main shopping/dining street. We always felt very safe walking around.

Price: I paid 99 pounds per night with a rate booked through the hotel's website. Wireless internet was 10 pounds for 12 hours.

Overall, I was very pleased by my stay at the Express by Holiday Inn Aberdeen City Centre. The room was functional and clean and I felt like the amount paid was consistent with the value received. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay in this hotel on future trips to Aberdeen.

  • Liked — Cleanliness of room
  • Disliked — Wireless internet was not working during stay
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2008

A basic, value-for-money, city centre hotel. Clean basic rooms with a great, strong shower.

If you have children ask for a room that doesn't face Chapel Street, particularly at the weekends as this is one of the main streets to catch a taxi after a night out (can be quite noisy).

  • Liked — Value, location
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2008

I spent three nights at this hotel last August -- my first stay at an HIE --and was pleasantly surprised. It's a budget hotel, but what they do, they do well. Concerned about noise, I asked for a room at the back and got it , so I had only the seagulls to worry about (I also had earplugs) The rooms are small, but pretty well planned. I agree the bed is a bit soft (and I like soft beds.) I also thought the smallish bath was well planned.The breakfast room could be crowded at certain times on the weekend, but it was a large space, and always seemed to have room for everyone. They were also good at promptly replenishing the buffet. They had a coin operated computer terminal set up in the lobby and it worked well for me.

The hotel is in a nice area off the quieter end of Union Street, at the beginning of an area I believe is called the West End. If you turn right going out of the hotel on Chapel St., then make the first right off Chapel, you go down a street (can't remember the name, maybe Thistle), with a number of interesting shops, cafes, patisseries and antique stores on and off it.

I got the impression this hotel chain did a fair amount of market research in developing this brand, and it seems to have paid off for them.

Stayed August 2008
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2008

Fairly standard for a Holiay Inn Express. The room(s) I had were ample, although the view out the window was into a wall. The price of the hotel was quite high as is the case in aberdeen (£99) for what it was. Best part is a number of very good restaurants within 2mins walk.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2008

We stayed here for 3 days. Room was okay, average size, very clean. Bathroom was very clean as well. The bed was a little uncomfortable, but no big deal, I've slept on worse! The only problem that I had was there was some noise outside that wouldn't let me fall asleep on the first night (which was a Fri night). Sounded like drunk teenagers yelling and talking. I tryed to find where it was coming from outside but I couldn't see anthing and seemed odd to hear people partying since the hotel is about a block or two from the main street through town. Obviously, not the hotel's fault, but you might request a room away from the street noise. Breakfast was fantastic, a better than expected continental breakfast. Overall, a nice stay.

  • Liked — breakfast, location
  • Disliked — bed uncomfortable
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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British Columbia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2008

This was a rest stop on our journey. The hotel staff were kind enough to let us into our room very early after a rough ferry ride from the Orkney islands. Our room was reasonably sized, clean and comfortable although the bed was a little soft. Breakfast was an excellent continental buffet but it was very busy at peak times (8-9am). This hotel was excellent value for the money. The location is good too.

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — the line ups at the breakfast buffet
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2008

Standard HE Express. Quiet location, convenient for city. Dont get excited about it, its not cheap and breakfast is a crush at weekends.

  • Stayed October 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Chapel Street, Aberdeen AB10 1SQ, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Aberdeen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Aberdeen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre Hotel is situated in the West End of Aberdeen City Centre within easy walking distance of all the City Centre attractions. The hotel is only a stone's throw from Union Street and is ideally situated for your business or leisure stay. Holiday Inn Express is the common sense choice for the value-conscious traveller. All of our bedrooms boast a power shower, direct dial telephone and satellite TV channels. There's a bar in the hotel and many restaurants and pubs close by including the stylish new Albyn Restaurant & Bar just 5 minutes away. The Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre Hotel is the perfect base to explore Royal Deeside, The Whisky Trail, the many Castles or some of the North East's Championship Golf Courses. If you are travelling to Aberdeen on business, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel is located close to many large companies such as Shell, Exxon Mobil and BP. At the Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre Hotel we also have 2 superb air-conditioned meeting rooms with natural daylight which can accommodate up to 40 delegates theatre style. ... more   less 
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