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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre Hotel Aberdeen
- Express Aberdeen City Centre
- Aberdeen Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre Scotland