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The Best 5 Hotels In Aberdeen - December 2015

The Best Hotels In Aberdeen
Aberdeen, the best a man (or woman) can get.

After a while away, we are back in Aberdeen blogging again about all the excellent hotels, apartments, guest houses, bed & breakfasts, hostels, bothies and farm houses to stay in.

Aberdeen is blessed with a fantastic range of luxury and well-run accommodation providers. Standards are very high in the city as business people demand the most from their company budgets, and tourists expect the highest of local facilities.

To kick things off I've had a look at all the recent guest reviews that have been made recently and put together a list of the 5 best hotels in Aberdeen.

So let's kick things off;

  1. Dreamhouse Aberdeen - based on 9 reviews (with an average rating of 9.8), the Dreamhouse has made a dream stay for recent guests. These luxury apartments in the West End of Aberdeen will serve up the most comfortable of living spaces and support your stay in the city to ensure it's the best that it possibly can. The wide-range of 4-star apartments that are available will place you near all the best restaurants, bars and nightspots that our fine city has to offer.
  2. Skene House Whitehall - Skene House offer luxury apartments across Aberdeen city centre, and have been more than satisfying guest expectations for years. 527 guests have given Skene House an exceptional rating of 9.5 out of 10. These apartments are very spacious and cater for all kinds of guests, from busy business executives, to holidaying families looking for a bit more space for the children.
  3. Skene House Holburn - Skene House Holburn is the second group of apartments from the Skene Group to make the top 5 best hotels in Aberdeen, Scotland. Ample and free parking, 24-hour concierge, a central location and modern in-room technology, are just a few of the things that have helped achieve a 9.4 rating from 272 guests. You won't be disappointed.
  4. Beeches Aberdeen - this 3-star guest house has been winning critical acclaim. The reviews from 18 guests has given the Beeches an impressive score of 9.4 out of 10. 10 comfortable rooms are on offer and a level of service that can only really be achieved by an independent guest house owner. The breakfasts have been receiving particular praise!
  5. Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre - with a score of 9.2 from 861 guests you can be assured of an excellent stay here in the heart of Aberdeen. This impressive 4-star hotel offers an excellent restaurant, stylish bar, well-equipped gym and 24-hour room service. From this ideal city-centre location, the superb shopping and excellent entertainment off offer here in Aberdeen is only a short walk away.

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Aberdeen - A Home For Golfers

Royal Aberdeen Golf ClubAberdeen, a destination which is an extended hybrid of the Highlands has grown off the back of the Trump Scotland development situated in between two already established world class links course, Royal Aberdeen host to 2014 Scottish Open and Old Tom Morris designed World Top 100 course Cruden Bay. Together with the array of championship links golf courses, the region is proudly home to many of Scotland's famous Malt Whiskies and a number of castles including Dunnottar Castle, recently nominated as Scotland's 8th Wonder of the World. A golf experience with friends or a family retreat Aberdeen and outer Aberdeenshire really has it all.

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Host to the 2014 Scottish Open this golf course,  very much in the city offers some of the most spectacular true Scottish Links experiences you can find anywhere in Scotland. Founded in 1780 making it the 7th oldest golf club in the world brings with it huge historical significance only matched by the quality of golf on offer. The first 9 holes has you heading North playing in among daunting sand dunes on the edge of the North Sea. Finer links holes you may well struggle to find. Enjoy a formal welcome in the club house with superb views over Aberdeen City, a bustling business hub to the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Trump International Golf Links

Like Castle Stuart and Kingsbarns before, establishing a world class golf course among countless other established courses at The Home of Golf is a feat. The creation of Trump International 7 miles north of Royal Aberdeen on the same spectacular dunes, has enhanced the neighbouring historic courses and ultimately placed Aberdeen, the golf destination on the world map. Unsurprisingly the 'Trump Factor' like many of Donald Trump's developments has seen significant investment into getting the best service and experience possible. Play Trump and really experience a Scottish golf experience. The beauty of this development is the lack of 'Trump' surroundings in the way it consists of  no real estate development and no glass waterfalls. As a golfer, you must experience the course and judge the course on its individual merits. In essence a Trump service, in Scottish golfing beauty.

Cruden Bay Golf Club

For years Cruden Bay has been described by visiting golfers from around the world as the most enjoyable course on their itinerary. Old Tom Morris certainly played around with this Championship layout in 1899 having been commissioned by the Great North Railway to provide a golf course to holiday visitors. A blind par 3, bathtub green, elevated tee boxes all set in the dunes which form the Bay of Cruden by a sleepy fishing village. A true unique golfing experience on that golden sand coastline, on the same great dunes 12 miles North of Trump International. I challenge you to stare out of the fabulous Cruden Bay clubhouse, with the unforgettable vista, holding your favourite cold tipple and argue that Cruden Bay, thanks to Old Tom Morris wasn't golf at its most enjoyable.
Base yourselves in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire and have the three before mentioned courses together with other lesser known courses such as Fraserburgh and Murcar on your doorstep. For the longer itinerary Carnoustie, St Andrews, Castle Stuart and Nairn are all easily accessible by road.
Find out more at www.aberdeengolfstop.com 

Aberdeen: A Wonderful City to Explore the Architecture

If you’re considering spending some time in Scotland, Aberdeen is a wonderful city to visit. It’s bursting with interesting sights and things to see and do, such as the Linn O’ Dee waterfall and the beach at Balmedie, which is often rated as one of the best beaches in the country. Culture vultures will enjoy a visit to the Aberdeen maritime museum or the Aberdeen art gallery: a gallery that is small but perfectly formed, and crammed full of local talent. Finally, if you have an interest in architecture and exploring beautiful buildings then Aberdeen is one of the best cities in Scotland to spend some time visiting. It has a rich and diverse architectural history, unlike any other city in the area.

The Silver City

Generally, major buildings in other Scottish cities were constructed in sandstone when the cities were originally built: this was a very common construction material (it is likely you will have seen large sandstone buildings in other cities around the UK) but it is also prone to wearing and damage over time. You are unlikely to see this kind of construction damage in Aberdeen, however, because the main construction material in the city when it was originally built was granite. This lead to the city being called the city of granite, or the city of silver because of the silver flecks in granite that twinkle when they are caught by the sun. Because granite is such a hardwearing material you won’t see any wear and tear on the buildings in Aberdeen: in fact, many of them look brand new despite their age! This means that you can experience the architecture of the city in all of its original glory whenever you choose to visit.

Two of the main areas to check out during you stay are the Union Street and Castlegate. Union Street was originally the main shopping and retail street in Aberdeen when the city was constructed, and you’ll still find plenty of retail here today too. Look beyond the modern shops though to the stunning granite architecture. Buildings of note are the Town and Country bank and the Music Hall. The Aberdeen Music Hall was originally build in 1822 by Archibald Simpson - an architect who was born and lived in Aberdeen, and was responsible for the construction of many of the buildings in the granite city. You will know the building for its dominating duel green domes. Although much of the interior of the theatre was renovated in the 1980s, the building still retains most of its original features.

Once you’ve finished on Union Street head over to Castlegate, where you will find larger and more dominating buildings to enjoy. Here, the Salvation Army citadel dominates the skyline but look beyond that and you will also find some of the oldest streets in Aberdeen still standing in this area. Some of these were originally purposed in as early as the 13th and 14th centuries. Whatever century you prefer to see architecture from, you’ll find it in Aberdeen. And the city is even making steps forward with its modern architecture too.

Modern Architecture in Aberdeen

If your architectural interests lean more to the modern, then be sure to make a visit to the University of Aberdeen, where a recent £53 million investment has seen the construction of an eye-catching new university library. The seven storey high building is constructed from glass, arranged in an unusual geometric pattern, and can be seen from miles around. Contrasted against the much older original university buildings, and its modernity and innovation become even more apparent. This award winning building is a must-see for the modern architecture connoisseur. Further modern and exciting construction projects are currently being planned for Aberdeen, meaning that the silver city will soon find itself back on the map for its innovative architecture once more.

Whatever you are looking for, it’s likely that you’ll find it in Aberdeen! Why not book a visit today, and find out for yourself?


Smartphone Chaperones - Apps for Aberdeen

Given that Aberdeen is home to one of the nation’s premier mobile app developers, it should come as no surprise to visitors that their stay in Aberdeen can be comprehensively organised and chaperoned through the medium of smartphone apps. Forget the need for bulky guidebooks and creased paper maps – the wealth of excellent apps pertaining to Aberdeen and the surrounding area can guide you through your stay with ease. Most are extremely detailed, and very easy to use. Below you will find recommended some of the best:

MyAberdeen and STV Aberdeen

Aberdeen’s ‘official’ app is the MyAberdeen App. This provides an absolute plethora of information on Aberdeen, including details on events, attractions, maps, venues, eateries, pubs, clubs, places to stay, and more. The interface is intuitive and highly easy to use. The app will also make you aware of discounts and offers, and provide you with up to date information on special events and promotions throughout the area. It will even send an e-postcard to family and friends if you so wish! This app can be downloaded for Apple devices here, and for Android here. In a similar vein, the STV Aberdeen app provides a running feed about the local area including promotions and discounts. It also gives great restaurant and event advice alongside weather reports, social buzz, and local news. The app contains honest reviews from Aberdeen residents and visitors, ensuring that you can really tailor your time by picking activities which you can be assured will be right for you.

Safer Aberdeen

If you’re looking to make the most of a night out in Aberdeen, you would be well advised to download the Safer Aberdeen App. Ostensibly designed to keep revellers safe, it also contains a wealth of knowledge, which really takes the hassle out of a night out. Containing detailed knowledge on taxi ranks, bus timetables, pubs and clubs, the app is in many ways a one-stop evening organiser. It also provides contact details for Antisocial Behaviour Wardens, City Wardens, and Grampian Police. It is unlikely that you should ever need to use these latter details, but many people may feel safer and thus more inclined to enjoy their night out with them to hand. This gem of an app is easy to use and completely free. Furthermore, it is compatible with both Android and Apple devices, so you need not worry if one of your party breaks their phone and cannot get it fixed before the crucial night - as the app can be downloaded onto almost any device.

Travel Apps

If you are travelling extensively in and around Aberdeen, there are some great travel apps to take the stress out of the enterprise. First Buses have an excellent app, which provides up to date timetable information, and is very easy to use. Aberdeen Airport also have an app providing news on flights, special offers, interactive terminal maps, flight advice, and even a planner to ease your travel to and from the airport. Perhaps the most comprehensive travel app for the area is that of Traveline Scotland. This provides information on bus links throughout Scotland, and makes finding the right travel link for you an absolute breeze. Simply enter your place of departure, desired destination, and date of travel, and the app will plan your journey for you using the easiest and quickest public transport methods available. The app also provides travel news, estimated journey times (taking any current incidents into account), and taxi contact details for any location you wish.

An App For Everyone

There are plenty of more niche apps pertaining to Aberdeen, so it is worth having a shop around for your particular area of interest. If you are visiting Aberdeen to see the football, you could do worse than to download Aberdeen FC’s app. If you have come to seek out a local business, or require the services of one during your stay, the Big Local App, Aberdeen can help you out with contact details and so on. Students at Aberdeen University can download the iAberdeen app to ease their studying. All in all, Aberdeen is a city which has fully embraced the smartphone revolution, and visitors will find all the information they need to make their stay a successful one at their fingertips.


Aberdeen - Things To See And Do

Aberdeen is a fantastic city to visit. Rich in history and culture, Aberdeen has plenty to offer the discerning tourist. From beautiful beaches to high quality art, from monumental architecture to peaceful gardens, it would be a dull person indeed who could not find something to fascinate and please them in this ancient yet vibrant town. Below are listed just a few of Aberdeen’s attractions.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Aberdeen Art Gallery is small, but fascinating. Housed in a beautiful example of nineteenth century architecture, the gallery comprises a breathtakingly impressive collection of glorious art, including works by such greats as Raeburn, Hogarth, Reynolds, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Bacon to name but a few. The gallery is world-renowned for the quality of its collection, and it makes the most of its assets with an excellent display, comprehensive notes on the pieces, and a vibrant programme of exhibitions and special events. The gallery also does its best to showcase up and coming talent, and frequently plays host to touring exhibitions. This gallery is really quite a gem, and must be visited by anyone wishing to make the most of their stay in Aberdeen.

The Linn O'Dee

The Linn O’Dee is a truly beautiful waterfall, favoured by Queen Victoria for its tranquil yet majestic glories. The word ‘Linn’ refers to either a waterfall or a rocky pool, and the Linn’O Dee has both in abundance. The river Dee tumbles down a channel and cascades into pools within an enchanting woodland setting. This beauty spot is rightly famed, and well worth a visit for anyone wanting to sample the glories which the fresh Scottish outdoors has to offer. The Linn O’Dee is a short drive from Aberdeen, so you may need to hire a car, or find someone to drive you if you are not insured to drive on British roads. Finding the Linn is easy, however – simply head to Braemar (comprehensively signposted), and then follow a B road to a bridge. From there it is no distance at all to a conveniently located car park, from which you can take a pleasant walk through the gorge, following the sound of the crashing waters.

Duthie Park

Duthie Park is a great place to go if you have kids. Containing two children’s play areas, this is very much a family park, with frequent family activities such as lake boating and other events put on throughout the year. Duthie Park is also home to the David Welch Winter Gardens – one of Europe’s biggest indoor gardens, and well worth the visit. Succulent foliage, heady tropical blooms, gorgeous floral scents and a wonderfully lush collection of vegetation makes this a truly brilliant experience for anyone – horticulturalists will be in heaven! Legend has it that the talented Aberdeen gardeners have even managed to grow a talking cactus

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a must for anyone who wishes to know more about this fascinating town’s history. So intricately linked are Aberdeen and the sea that the maritime history of Aberdeen is pretty much the history of Aberdeen itself. Many of the exhibits are thrillingly interactive, bringing the history of Aberdeen’s semi-symbiotic relationship with the sea to vivid and vibrant life. The museum is open six days a week, and frequently hosts special events so be sure to check out what’s on there when you arrive. To make a museum trip even more worthwhile, admission is completely free.

Balmedie Beach

Balmedie Beach, to the north of the town, is part of the beautiful Balmedie Country Park. A peaceful stretch of sand at which the North Sea pounds, this beach has won numerous awards for cleanliness and overall enjoyability. Riders frequently canter their horses through the wavelets, and anyone is welcome to relax and enjoy a pleasant stroll over the sands. Further inland, children’s play areas, toilets, and picnic areas can be found.

St Machar's Cathedral

For a sense of calm, peace, and tranquil awe, a visit to St Machar’s Cathedral may be in order. Even for the non-religious, the sense of history and peaceful atmosphere within this beautiful space are palpable. It is a monumental building, yet it is in no way intimidating. Those who care for it are very friendly indeed, and will be happy to give you a short tour of the building should you so wish. The wood carvings and architecture are simply stunning. Entrance is free, but you may make a donation if you want to.

Plenty to See and Do

These are just some of the experiences Aberdeen has to offer. There is much more besides in just the town itself – while the county of Aberdeenshire is home to some of the most beautiful and interesting places in all of Scotland. So make the most of your trip, and enjoy your stay!

 


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