The Northern Hotel is one of Aberdeen's Art Deco landmarks, an original and familiar presence, that I'd previously taken for granted as it had poor kerb appeal.
The belated decision to pay a visit to this hotel,had been made for me as I had an invite to a function there.
I had pre-booked my room stipulating that I required a quiet room with a decent shower and gave my card details some weeks previously.
Therefore upon arrival I was somewhat put off by the demand that I pay upfront and the signing of a non-smoking policy especially as I'm a non-smoker. These requests are un-necessary and give quite a seedy impression to any prospective guests.
My partner was already grumpy about the lack of car parking facilities and having to leave his car on street,so judging at face value things did not bode well.
Our room was a pleasant surprise,clean and spacious with secondary glazing to cut out traffic noise There is some traffic noise and you can hear the plumbing from other rooms but bear in mind this is a GRADE A Listed building,so the owners will have onerous restrictions placed on them regarding double glazing and insulation.
This was a minor inconvenience but considering the reasonable price charged,it was a pleasant surprise, a clean and traditional Scottish hotel that was excellent value.
One of the group who was severely inconvenienced by the lift use policy where the lift is not used between the hours of midnight and 7am were generously compensated,nothing was too much bother to the management,so brownie points there.
Our function took place in a charming room, festooned with thousands of twinkling little lights that emphasised the central oval in the ceiling, newly decorated with tiny bluebirds in true Deco style. None of the characterless decor found in many more upmarket hotels could be found here.
The tables were neatly set with crisp white Damask table linen but I would have avoided the silver candalabra as it had a whiff of the jilted Miss Haversham and her ghostly wedding feast as described by Charles Dickens.
Our meal was plain and hearty,consisting of lentil soup or melon fan,followed by a choice of 3 roasts (tender beef,succulent pork or turkey) at the carvery and a help yourself buffet of pigs in blankets,skirlie,piping hot roast potatoes,new potatoes,mashed turnip and cabbage(should have offered carrots,broccolli or peas as the choice of cabbage and turnip, though tasty, always reminds one of school food!).
The pudding was honeycomb ice cream in a brandy snap basket or a light cheese cake.
The food was not frivolous, but it was tasty.
Excellent service was provided from the waiting staff under the beady eye of the owner who was an amusing M.C.
The breakfast was a hot buffet of fried eggs,bacon,tattie scones,black pudding,beans,mushrooms and Lorne sausage,the quality of which needs to be improved even it means adding on a few pounds to the bill.
But the choice of assorted yoghurts,fresh fruit salad,prunes,grapefruit and a choice of cereals and fruit juices were more than satisfactory.
In these straightened times,don't let the exterior of the Northern Hotel fool you,come in and give it a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a family friendly Hotel based 5 minutes from the town centre and 20 minutes on route to the airport. We have 32 on suite rooms, restaurant, bar and function/conference rooms. We pride ourselves on our locally sourced food and friendly customer service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Northern Hotel Aberdeen, Scotland