The Best Boutique Hotels in Aberdeen, Scotland

Discover Aberdeen's charm for yourself with a stay at one of these boutique hotels
Discover Aberdeen's charm for yourself with a stay at one of these boutique hotels | © Simon Price / Alamy Stock Photo
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26 November 2020

Aberdeen, the Granite City on the Scottish coast, has a long and fascinating history. Whether you want a base for exploring the pretty streets of Old Aberdeen, or prefer trips out of town to Stonehaven and Dunnottar Castle, there are many smaller, unique hotels in the city packed with style and luxury. Here are eight boutique hotels for you to choose from on your trip to Aberdeen.

Malmaison Aberdeen

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Malmaison Aberdeen is an excellent choice when you are planning a stay in the city. With eight different styles of room, ranging from a cosy double to an executive suite, there will be something here to suit all tastes and budgets. Clever little touches at Malmaison include toiletries labelled “the best shampoo you will ever steal” and “better shower gel than you have at home” – which you are encouraged to take – and local decor, such as pictures of Highland cattle, castles and the occasional splash of tartan.
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Skene House Rosemount

Hotel, Apartment
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Skene House Hotels - Rosemount, Aberdeen
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Skene House Rosemount is one of three city-centre locations that Skene House operates. The key difference with Skene House is that it is an apart-hotel (hotel with apartments), where you can book either a one-, two- or three-bedroom suite. Rosemount’s decor is modern and stylish, and some suites even feature a spiral staircase, twirling through different floors. It’s in a central location, with a range of restaurants and activities nearby.
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Carmelite Hotel

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Carmelite Hotel, Aberdeen
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The Carmelite is in the centre of Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter. The building itself is a fine example of Aberdeen architecture, with many traditional features such as spectacular stained glass. Surrounded by nightlife, dining options and the buzz of the city, the Carmelite offers comfortable and unique rooms, with 24-hour in-room dining options available. The restaurant has an extensive range of dishes, with dedicated gluten-free menus, too. The Carmelite also boasts a jazz cafe and is a supporter of the Aberdeen Jazz Festival.
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The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel, Luxury
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Marcliffe Hotel and Spa
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Popular with returning guests year on year, the Marcliffe Hotel offers traditional rooms with luxury Glencraft mattresses, which supply to the Queen – so you are guaranteed a royally good night’s sleep. Breakfast is served in the Drawing Room, where they light an open fire in winter. There’s also an on-site spa with signature packages, such as the Ultimate Tranquility, which lasts four hours and includes a champagne spa lunch.
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The Chester Hotel

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The Chester Hotel
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Recently extensively renovated, the Chester Hotel simply oozes luxury. There are three types of rooms, as well as easy-access rooms. The rooms all have Apple or smart TVs and rainfall showers. All guests have access to the on-site gym. The dining options are mouthwatering, and the bar has a large selection of drinks – including excellent cocktails and plenty of wine. The Chester Hotel also offers several packages, from a romantic getaway to a lazy Sunday.

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  • Atholl Aberdeen

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    Atholl House
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    This privately owned hotel on King’s Gate was built as a private residence in 1892, and still retains a cosy home-from-home feel for families, business travellers and tourists. There’s free parking, friendly staff and Sky Sports in every bedroom while menus offer a hearty taste of traditional Scottish dishes including a kid’s portion of mince and tatties. Save room for the buttery homemade shortbread served during afternoon tea, too.

    BrewDog Kennels Aberdeen

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    BrewDog Kennels
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    Raise a glass to this brilliantly beery mini-hotel directly above Union Street’s BrewDog bar. From a welcome beer at check-in to draft beer on room service, this stylish, dog-friendly property in the city centre is a drinker’s dream come true. Urban-chic rooms come with a record player, guitar and even a bathroom fridge so you can sup while you shower. Guests can also rent bikes or book a tour of the BrewDog brewery in nearby Ellon.
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    Maryculter House

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    Maryculter House
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    This stately property, next to the River Dee, was founded by the Knights Templar in 1227, and is packed with historic features including a ruined chapel and family crests. Forty rooms are situated in the old house or new wing – but all have views of the river or the hotel’s private woodland gardens. After days spent clay-pigeon shooting, fly fishing and golfing, enjoy craft Scottish cocktails including a Foraged Old Fashioned with heather honey and pine-needle tincture.
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