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“Cape Horn Bar at the Mariner, Aberdeen.”
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The Mariner Hotel
Ranked #36 of 65 Hotels in Aberdeen
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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117 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Cape Horn Bar at the Mariner, Aberdeen.”
Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Great Pub Food, at a friendly location.

The service was quick, prices good, quality of food excellent. Wine choice wide, and prices OK.

Ambience - superior to the ordinary pub. Panelled wood, normal levels of conversation.

The menu had a wide range of dishes; but the 'Specials' Board nearly doubled the choices.

Staff were friendly, prices affordable - and a wide choice - who could ask for anything more!

We really enjoyed this pub bar restaurant - had we not liked the menu; there is the hotel restaurant right next door, with different choices, presumably at another price point.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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plato42, Owner at The Mariner Hotel, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for the lovely well rounded review.

As you may or may not know we recently won the Bar Food Award for Grampian, and it is nice to hear that you feel it well deserved!.

The specials board gives us a chance to not only have more variety but to provide a seasonal twist with lovely local produce .

And in the end it is all about the experience, and it is glad to know you enjoyed yours.

Mike
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Nice, France
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I stayed in the mariner with my 16 year old daughter and 75 year old mother in one of their suites - it was perfect for all of us, a lovely bathroom, extremely big comfortable room, really nice staff, brilliant food, and well worth the price - I will definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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plato42, Owner at The Mariner Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review- so glad you enjoyed your stay.
It was an absolute pleasure to have you with us - and I'm glad you liked the room (esp' as you were the inaugural guests to use our new Bunk-Beds in that suite!)
we really hope to see you and the rest of the family back with us soon.
Best Regards,
Mike
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

I have stayed in the Mariner several times over the past few years. Some of the rooms could do with a bit of a spruce up, but the friendly staff and good food more than make up for this. Quiet (best ask for rooms at the back or in the annex) and only 20 mins walk from town, or 10 mins by bus from the bus stop outside the hotel.

Room Tip: A few rooms face the fairly busy road, for a quiet night ask for rooms at the back or in the annex.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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plato42, Owner at The Mariner Hotel, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Thanks for the lovely review-and for taking the time to post it.

a bit like the painting of the Forth Road Bridge, we're working our way through all twenty five bedrooms with a programme of sprucing, re-design and general tarting up.

Glad the staff, food & location all added up to a good stay.

Hope to see you again soon.

Mike
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

Decent enough hotel, very middle of the road.

Staff were pleasant and helpful
Good parking
Nice bar and restaurant
Pretty good location

Tired decor
Noisy external doors
Very small tv in room 402

Don't think I would go back

Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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plato42, Owner at The Mariner Hotel, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel. Very decent of you.
As a three star, 'middle-of-the-road' sounds good to me... (then I always did have a penchant for Brotherhood of Man and Demis Roussos!).

I'm glad the staff looked after you and that you liked our Atlantis Restaurant and Cape Horn Bar.

Sorry you
Wouldn't come back
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mike
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights end of May. Travel agent booked a suit since there were no regular rooms available for my length of stay. The suit itself was nice and spacious and seemed to have been converted from a residence. It was made up of a small hallway where there was a fridge and sink. The bathroom was through the door straight ahead and the bedroom off to the right.

Right away I noticed a smell, like a u-tube/water lock had dried up and an odor was coming up from the sewer. Fortunately this was not a very strong odor and it was only contained to the hallway and not noticeably in the bathroom or bedroom. Bathroom was large, nice and clean. Looked to have been recently renovated with a towel heater, heated floor, large shower area and bath tub. On the negative side was a standard UK sink with two seperate taps which I absolutely hate. The sink was also very small with hardly any area for my items. There was also a small shelf next to the sink, but also this was too narrow for any more than a couple of toiletries.

As mentioned, bedroom was quite large with a corner chair, an office desk, a sitting area and a couch in another corner. I like a nice, large bedroom where I can move about. On the negative side, the carpet was not well cleaned and I found toe nail clippings on the floor (no, they were not mine). I called the front desk and they came and vacuumed the room while I was out for dinner that same evening. I also think they could have taken the time to change a couple of light bulbs that I mentioned to them my first night there, but which was not taken care off during my stay. The bed was way too hard for my liking.

One of the mornings there, the waitress was obviously stressed and not having the best day, which can happen to all of us. I did not make an issue of her getting my order wrong or forgot to bring items I had ordered. But it does not go in the favor of the hotel that they were not able to have sufficient staff there to handle the normal breakfast crowd.

Room Tip: The Shackleton suit is nice and spacious, but there was a slight stench of sewer in the hallway when...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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plato42, Owner at The Mariner Hotel, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review.

I am glad you enjoyed the spacious room and clean bathroom. Thank you for pointing out the plumbing issue, we have since rectified the problem, a broken u-bend under the floor-and it now again smells like a summer meadow!

Breakfast can be a bit hectic at times, we are normally well staffed but when all 25 rooms come down at once it can be a bit much for 1 waitress to handle. But I thank you for your patience and understanding.

I hope that you will stay with us again if you return to Aberdeen.

Mike
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Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

The Mariner is a bit dated and in need of a refurb but benefits from a nice location and good sized rooms. The reception area does not smell nice and i was not pleased to find my shower gel bottle empty!

  • Stayed May 2013
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plato42, Owner at The Mariner Hotel, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you for the response.

I am curious and worried to know what smell was so troubling to you, I hope it wasn’t me!

We are happy to deal with any problems you have during the stay, if you made us aware of the issue we would have dealt with it straight away.

Hope to see you back here on your next visit.

Mike
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We have just spent a lovely Sunday afternoon at the Cape Horn Bar. A party of 20 people celebrating a Holy Communion. The table was beautifully set, excellent food and great service. The lounge area was kept private for us so children were able to play.
We will definitely come back there! Thank you!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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plato42, Owner at The Mariner Hotel, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you for your very positive review.

It was our pleasure to host the event for you and glad everything was to your liking.

If ever you need our services again, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hope to see you back again soon.

Mike
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Property: The Mariner Hotel
Address: 349 Great Western Road, Aberdeen AB10 6NW, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Aberdeen
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#14 Business Hotel in Aberdeen
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Mariner Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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