The Best Hotels in Aberdeen for Every Traveller

After a busy day in the charming, historic city of Aberdeen, enjoy a peaceful night at the Chester Hotel
After a busy day in the charming, historic city of Aberdeen, enjoy a peaceful night at the Chester Hotel | Courtesy of the Chester Hotel / Expedia
Elise Kennedy

Deep in the far north of Scotland, you’ll find the bustling port city of Aberdeen. With its famous granite stone buildings and sweeping views of the North Sea, it’s easy to fall in love with the historic city’s charm. Equipped with everything from hip boutique hotels to foodie havens, Scotland’s port city also buzzes with thousands of students and business travellers each year. Explore the cobbled streets and personalise your trip with a stay in one of the best hotels in Aberdeen.

1. Malmaison Aberdeen

Hotel, Chain Hotel

A stylish bedroom at Malmaison Aberdeen
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For the diehard romantics in our midst, the Malmaison in Aberdeen’s West End will make your heart flutter. This boutique hotel has charming rooms with big beds, huge bathtubs and classy touches of tartan throughout. Malmaison is just a short stroll away from Johnston Gardens with its stunning display of colourful flowers, making it a popular engagement spot.

2. Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel

Chain Hotel, Hotel

A light lobby area at Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel, with colourful sofas and a reception desk
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Romantics who would rather be closer to the beating heart of the city should opt for the Sandman Signature Hotel. Located in a historic building, you can’t help but fall in love with the charm of the Sandman. Book a table at the chic Chop Bar & Grill – there are many options for bubbly and dessert to make your romantic getaway that little bit sweeter.

3. The Ferryhill House Hotel


A modern bedroom at The Ferryhill House Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland, with a cushioned bed, bedside tables and lamps
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If you like a bustling in-house bar, then the Ferryhill House Hotel offers everything you need for a pint or three. Always filled with locals, it is genuinely the best way to judge the city – and you won’t be disappointed, regardless of whether you fancy a craft beer, real ale or fancy G&T. Upstairs, there are nine stylish en-suite rooms with flat-screen TVs and a full Scottish breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

4. Aberdeen Douglas Hotel

Hotel, Independent Hotel

A spacious living area at Aberdeen Douglas Hotel, with a TV, glass coffee table, sofa, dining table, chairs and windows
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If Irish pubs are more to your taste, then the Douglas Hotel is the place to be. Malones Irish Pub is attached to this city centre hotel, which makes it a popular spot every night of the week. Live music, live sport and well-loved beers on draft – what more do you need for a good night out? Choose from a comfortable double suite or a fully kitted out apartment.

5. The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel, Luxury

A stylish bedroom at Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen, Scotland, with a bed, sofa, lamps and carpet
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If you want to discover somewhere with Scottish local charm, the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is a great stay. Located on the outskirts of Aberdeen, on the trail for Royal Deeside, you’ll find yourself away from the city’s hustle and bustle and near some quieter gems. A short walk from the hotel will take you to the historic Deeside Railway Line – well-loved by locals but not on the tourist trail – stretching from the Duthie Park in the city centre, past the hotel, all the way to Ballater. Make sure to relax in the hotel’s on-site spa afterwards.

6. Atholl Aberdeen

Boutique Hotel

A bedroom at Atholl Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland, with an orange carpet, bed, armchairs, a TV and bedside tables
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The Atholl Hotel in the West End offers a taste of local culture while occupying a city centre location. This gorgeous traditional granite building is a real showstopper; curl up by the toasty fireplace before heading up to your spacious en-suite room with Sky TV on demand. If you can tear yourself away from the rugby, tuck into a roast dinner at the well-loved restaurant downstairs. It’s hard not to fall for the allure of this place.

7. Chester Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A stylish room at The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland, with a chandelier, a fireplace and modern armchairs
Courtesy of the Chester Hotel / Expedia

The Chester Hotel on Queen’s Road is a food lover’s paradise. They have a couple of dishes that would be on any foodie’s bucket list, including a Wagyu beef burger, or if you prefer something more traditional, you can’t go wrong with their fish and chips. If the fancy takes you for a more bubbly afternoon tea, they also have you covered with their luxurious smoked applewood cheese scones.

8. Maryculter House

Boutique Hotel

An outside view of Maryculter House, with trees and a small patch of grass on one side of the white building
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Just eight miles (13km) outside of Aberdeen, you’ll find the cosy Maryculter House, known for its excellent on-site restaurants. Foodies should order Grace’s Highland beef served with red wine jus, followed by an oozing marmalade pudding. If you have room afterwards, sample the Mac & Wild Blackwatch Espresso Martini, made with Scottish botanicals. You’ll be sure to sleep soundly in one of their four-poster beds after such an evening.

Looking for more places to stay in Aberdeen? Check out our guide to the best boutique hotels in Aberdeen, bookable with Culture Trip.

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