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Skene House Whitehall 3.0

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Pros

  • Quiet location within easy walking distance of city center
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms suitable for large groups and families
  • Rooms have kitchenettes or kitchens stocked with fresh milk
  • On-site self-service bar that operates on honor system
  • Large breakfast available with cooked-to-order eggs and meats
  • Free Wi-Fi and on-site parking

Cons

  • No meeting or conference space
  • No on-site restaurant for lunch or dinner
  • Decor and furniture can feel fussy or dated

Bottom Line

Geared toward long-term visitors, the mid-range Skene House Whitehall comprises of 49 apartments, ranging from Studios to Three-bedroom Suites, all with flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges stocked with fresh milk. Perks include free parking and Wi-Fi, and the hotel offers a buffet breakfast with hot items, a 24-hour front desk, and an honor bar. While the apartment-like lodgings make it a good choice for long-term business guests, it lacks conference rooms. Those in need of a meeting space might prefer the Skene House Rosemont instead.

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Scene

Housed inside old stone buildings with traditional decor 

Part of a local chain started by Charles Skene, the Whitehall property comprises a number of beautiful old stone buildings. A wood-paneled front desk sits bracketed by two zigzag pattered wingback chairs. In the lobby, rose-colored armchairs clustered around circular coffee tables provide a cozy spot to sip coffee or tea and nibble free Scottish shortbread. The breakfast room is either stuffy or charming, depending on perspective, with floral wallpaper and dining chairs in patterned upholstery. There's also a self-service honor bar in one corner that resembles an office kitchenette, with a couple of small refrigerators with soft drinks and a number of bottles lining the countertops. 

Location

Located on a residential block in the northwest corner of the city 

The Skene House Whitehall is located on a quiet, residential block northwest of the city center, right by busy Union Street. There are plenty of bars and restaurants within a 10-minute walk of the hotel, and Union Square Shopping Center, the train station, and the Malt Whiskey Trail are all less than a 20-minute walk away. The Aberdeen Airport is about a 20-minute drive from the hotel.

Rooms

Well-equipped apartment-style rooms with kitchenettes or fully equipped kitchens

The Skene House offers 49 units that range from Studios to Three-Bedroom Suites. They're generally spacious with lots of privacy, though the decor is on the dated end of the spectrum. Beige walls have simple still-life prints and large curtains with floral designs that look rather grandmotherly. Rooms feature beds with simple wooden headboards, dressers, and cabinets, along with flat-screen TVs. All units have kitchenettes with ovens, stoves, dishwashers, mini-fridges, microwaves, toasters, and all the utensils, plus a small dining table that extends to a living room. Bathrooms are a little compact, with narrow shower/tub combos and partial glass doors.

Features

Extensive breakfast, free parking, Wi-Fi, and honor system bar

Although the Skene House Whitehall doesn’t have a full-fledged restaurant or bar, there's a large buffet breakfast served daily with a wide variety of yogurts, fresh fruit, and pastries, as well as cooked-to-order items. There's also a self-service honor bar with soft drinks and liquor. Discounted gym passes can be purchased from the front desk, which is open 24 hours. On-site parking is free, as is hotel-wide Wi-Fi.

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Address

2 Whitehall Place, Aberdeen AB25 2NX, United Kingdom

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