Scotland’s third largest city has undergone rapid change in recent years and deserves its growing reputation as great city break destination. Aberdeen is a compact, walkable city famous for its granite architecture and increasingly for its beautiful green open spaces. A mix of enticing districts, both historic and modern, will keep you entertained as you explore the city. In this guide, we focus on where to stay and the best boutique hotels in Aberdeen and in greater Aberdeenshire.
Best Boutique Hotels in Aberdeen
Many visitors to Aberdeen prefer to stay in the historic Old Aberdeen district of the city. This is a wonderful area of the city, known for its cobblestone streets and stunning granite architecture. Alternatively, if you are interested in the dynamic foodie scene, you might prefer to stay in the heart of the city where you’ll find excellent pubs, cafes and restaurants that serve local specialties and innovative cuisine.
Top PickMalmaison Aberdeen
Address: 49-53 Queens Road, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Malmaison is widely accepted as the best boutique hotel in Aberdeen thanks to its stylish interiors, quality finishes, excellent brasserie and quality service. Reviews of the hotel are excellent with the comfortable beds, made-to-order breakfast and attentive service being amongst the highlights. The decor in both the rooms and common areas is warm, plush and unique. The original historic facade of the building is beautiful.
- Popular brasserie with highly-rated food.
- Wine tasting cellar.
- Small gym.
- Free parking.
Pros: The rooms are extremely comfortable and the lounge areas are cosy. The Malmaison is ideal for a romantic break.
Cons: The hotel is located 2-3 km from Aberdeen city centre which may not be ideal if you would like everything at your doorstep.Check Availability
Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel & Spa
Address: St. Andrew Street, Aberdeen, UK
I highly recommend staying at the Sandman Signature for its excellent location, facilities, value for money and most importantly for its sustainability initiatives. The Sandman is the most sustainable hotel in Aberdeen due to its water and energy efficiency measures, the elimination of single-use plastic, a focus on local community support and investment, as well as the use of locally sourced organic food. The guest rooms are spacious, clean, bright and some rooms have kitchen facilities. The common areas include a lounge, gym and a luxury spa.
Address: Guestrow, Aberdeen, Scotland
The Residence Inn is owned by the Marriott hotel group so this isn’t an independent boutique hotel but it’s a very nice, highly rated hotel located in the very heart of Aberdeen. The hotel is within walking distance of many of Aberdeen’s popular sights and attractions including Provost Skene’s House, the Footdee (Fittie) fishing district, the Music Hall and St Mary’s Cathedral. Further away is Old Aberdeen and the historic St Machar’s Cathedral.
The City Rooms Aberdeen
Address: 37-39 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen
An alternative to the boutique hotels mentioned above is the City Rooms. This is an affordable hotel located close to Union Street and the Bon Accord Shopping area. Nearby sights include the Beach Ballroom, Marischal College and Aberdeen Art Gallery. The rooms are basic but modern and clean. Note the absence of a 24-hour reception here. I’m only suggesting this hotel as Aberdeen’s best hotels tend to book out early and this is the next best option.
Map: Location of Malmaison Aberdeen
If you would like more information on visiting Aberdeen including things to do, sights, attractions and restaurants, Visit Aberdeenshire has plenty of useful information.
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