The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a beautiful, historic city thats well worth a weekend of exploring
Aberdeen is a beautiful, historic city that's well worth a weekend of exploring | © Arterra Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo
Deborah Chu

If you’re travelling to the Granite City on a tight budget, Scotland’s northern port city is replete with affordable and convenient-yet-comfortable places to lay your head. Check out Culture Trip’s guide to the best budget hotels and where to stay in Aberdeen.

1. Britannia Aberdeen Hotel

Budget Hotel

Combining upscale amenities with an irresistible Scottish charm, the Britannia Aberdeen has it all. A stone’s throw from the River Don, modern hotel is a short drive from the city centre, and has plenty of on-site facilities to make it your perfect home away from home, including parking, a pet-friendly policy and a live band some Friday evenings. If you’re looking for a homely, unfussy getaway, the Britannia Aberdeen has everything you need.

2. Travelodge Aberdeen Central

Budget Hotel

A light bedroom with a bed, reading lights and light wooden headboard against a pale blue wall, at Travelodge Aberdeen Central
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One of the great titans of budget accommodation, Travelodge hits it out of the park yet again with its Aberdeen Central location. Within walking distance of the Maritime Museum, the Duthie Park Winter Gardens and Aberdeen Beach, its seafront views are unbeatable. All the rooms feature plush king-size beds and more downy pillows than you’ll know what to do with, and its bright, funky dining room serves up hearty Scottish breakfasts that’ll keep you running all day. If you’re in town for work and need to get an early night, one of the quieter business floors will make sure you get your beauty sleep before that board meeting.

3. Siberia Bar and Hotel

Budget Hotel

A modern bedroom at Siberia Bar and Hotel, with colourful curtains, a cushioned bed and reading lights
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Located right in the heart of Granite City, a mere 200m (656ft) from the Aberdeen Art Gallery and His Majesty’s Theatre, Siberia Bar & Hotel has all the trappings of an upscale hotel without the heart-stopping price tag. Stylish yet intimate, it has a range of rooms on offer, from the basic single room to the grand serviced apartments, featuring a Jacuzzi bath and kitchen. The bar downstairs has an excellent selection of classic board games, so you can gleefully plunder your friends’ Monopoly money well into the evening.

4. Hotel ibis Aberdeen Centre

Hotel

A light bedroom at ibis Aberdeen Centre - Quayside, with two beds, a TV, wooden floor, a desk, chair and window
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Another bastion of the hotel industry, ibis Aberdeen is the ideal option for those looking for a taste of the famed Union Street nightlife. This hotel, built in 2010, is beautifully furnished with bright wooden panelling in the rooms, lightning-fast wifi, plus complimentary coffee and tea facilities. The breakfast will satisfy even the pickiest of foodies, with a cooked buffet or continental breakfast every morning. Best of all, check-out time isn’t until noon, so you can have that lie in you so richly deserve.

5. Rosemount Palace

Hotel

A bright bedroom at Rosemount Palace, with a striped carpet, a bed with a red throw, grey walls, a TV and bedside tables
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Set in a magnificent converted granite church, the Rosemount Palace promises traditional hospitality in an unparalleled setting. Within strolling distance of beautiful Old Aberdeen, Rosemount Palace is perfect for your inner historian. Breakfast is included in the booking and all rooms have flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, so leaving the premises – even to explore the riches on your doorstep – could be a struggle.

6. Station Hotel

Hotel

A stylish bedroom at Station Hotel, with a grey carpet, a bed, dressing table, chair, mirror and TV
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Dating back to the Victorian period, the Station Hotel combines old-world charm with modern comforts. Located right next to the main railway station, the Station Hotel is perfect for the weary traveller in need of plush leather sofas and a stiff drink from the Montrose Bar. The grand staircases and wide corridors are sumptuously decorated yet restfully informal. The Denburn Restaurant serves a much-lauded afternoon tea, so make sure to pack away a few cakes before you check out.

7. Moxy

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

A modern bedroom with two beds, a TV, a reading light and windows at Moxy Abderseen
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Just five minutes away from Aberdeen Airport, Moxy is excellent for travellers on the go. The rooms and amenities are basic yet comfortable, while downstairs the funky lobby is great for grabbing a quick coffee while catching up on emails. Moxy is also on the outskirts of Aberdeen with convenient airport access as well as Pictish stone circles to explore on your doorstep.

8. Park Inn

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

A stylish room at Park Inn, with a red sofa with cushions, large and colourful paintings hung on the wall and a wooden floor
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Located in Aberdeen’s Granite Mile, the Park Inn is one of the few hotels in the city centre that offers both car parking and quick access to the bus and train station. Rooms include standard doubles up to family interconnected rooms. Drop in for a wee dram in the Innov8 Bar before tucking into a juicy steak at the RBG Bar & Grill.

9. Residence Inn

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

An open plan kitchen and living area at Residence Inn, with a cream sofa, coffee table, TV, dining table and chairs
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Just a stone’s throw away from the historic beauty of Old Aberdeen and its university, the Residence Inn surrounds itself with the best the city has to offer. Sink into one of their comfortable beds or make use of the handy in-room work station with free high-speed wifi. The seafront is just a short stroll away. Although it does not have an in-house dining room, it is surrounded by many fine restaurants, with the mouth-watering pasta and pizza from Rustico’s only ten minutes away.

10. The Caledonian

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

A stylish bedroom at The Caledonian, with a bed, red armchairs, bedside lights and large windows
Courtesy of The Caledonian / Expedia

You would be hard-pressed to find a more central hotel than The Caley (as the locals call it). With its magnificent granite entrance and the impressive views of Union Terrace Gardens, rooms are comfortably kitted out, including single rooms right up to accessible double suites. Everything you could want is on the doorstep – including the marvellous His Majesty’s Theatre for a spot of entertainment, or a shopping spree down at Union Square.

11. Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel

Chain Hotel, Hotel

A modern lobby at Sandman, with a reception desk, yellow sofas, lights shaped as umbrellas hanging from the ceiling
Courtesy of Sandman / Expedia

This is a perfect stay for those that love a little luxury on a budget. Based in a former university building, the Sandman Signature mixes old classes with new traditions – from the granite exterior to the sleek, modern restaurant and bar, the Chop Grill Bar. Don’t miss out on a trip to the new spa with an infra-red sauna and steam rooms, plus the bespoke mani/pedi service.

Additional reporting by Elise Kennedy
For more hotel options, check out our pick of the best boutique hotels in Aberdeen, Scotland, bookable with Culture Trip.

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