Stayed here after finding most other places in Abderdeen and Stonehaven fully booked. Having read the more negative reviews I was pleasantly surprised, although this is probably because I've stayed in loads of B&Bs and the Forbes Arms is perhaps better judged as this than a hotel.
We experienced friendly and helpful service. The evening meal was decent enough pub grub, if a little pricey, and breakfast was fine too. Not gourmet eating but the steak and ale pie was ok.
Room was clean and tidy, had a great view of the river and satellite TV. Slightly uneasy about the electric heaters and lack of smoke alarm in the room itself, but that's maybe just paranoia. Paid £110 for a family room, which seems just a little pricey to me.
On balance the positives outweighed the negatives and we'd stay here again if passing through.
In summary, if you're looking for a boutique hotel or a sanitised Premier Inn/Travelodge you'll be dissapointed, but if you're happy staying in pubs with rooms, or B&Bs then you'll be fine - we were.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Forbes Arms Hotel is a well-known landmark to Sportsmen, visitors and tourists in this charming part of rural Aberdeenshire. Situated just beyond the bridge over the river Don the Forbes Arms Hotel offers modern hotel facilities Including comfortable en suite letting bedrooms with free WI-FI,popular bars and a charming restaurant with a conservatory style extension overlooking the River. The hotel gardens run down to the river and are popular for alfresco dining.Bridge of Alford is a small country village nestling in the Vale of Alford on the banks of the River Don and is surrounded by the Hills of Bennarchie and Coreen. Despite this tranquil litythe City of Aberdeen is only a 40 minute drive away. The Forbes Arms Hotel enjoys a highly visible location in the village and is ideally situated to benefit from sportsmen and visitors to the area together with local patronage. Thearea is reputed to be where the world famous Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle originates and has many attractions to offer the visitor including a Heritage Centre, Transport Museum, Steam Railway, a Country Park in corporating an historic battlefield and a golf course, all within easy reach of the hotel on the banks of the River Don. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forbes Arms Hotel Scotland/Alford, Aberdeenshire