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The Chester Hotel 4.5

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Pros

  • Lovely Queen’s Road location surrounded by historic buildings
  • Tastefully decorated rooms with upscale touches like Smart TVs
  • Excellent buffet breakfast with a la carte items available
  • On-site restaurant -- IX Restaurant -- considered among the best in Aberdeen
  • Gym with modern equipment
  • Two beauty rooms with variety of nail and beauty treatments
  • Room service available
  • Meeting rooms and private dining spaces available 
  • Free outdoor parking and Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Location a long walk from Aberdeen city center
  • No pool or sauna
  • Wi-Fi can be spotty in places

Bottom Line

Refurbished in 2013, the four-pearl Chester Hotel is among the most renowned luxury hotels in the Aberdeen area. Its 54 rooms are modern and have high-end coffeemakers and Smart TVs, although the Classic Rooms are a bit small. Amenities include a celebrated restaurant, a small gym, meeting spaces, and a couple of beauty treatment rooms. Elegant as it is, the Chester’s luxury is understated and a little more low-key compared to the Malmaison and other high-end hotels in the area -- although the lofty price tag is similar.

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Scene

Stone buildings with dark interiors featuring black trim and stripes

Housed in a series of old two-story stone buildings, The Chester more closely resembles a set of classy condominiums than a hotel. Its outdoor parking area is dotted with Rolls-Royces, Aston Martins, Porsches, and other luxury cars, and there's a half-stone, half-Formica outdoor lounge area between the buildings and the parking lot. There are several big, beautiful trees lining the paths around the hotel as well as sculpted hedges. 

The entrance is a simple door atop a few stone stairs, marked by a pair of lanterns with candles that are lit every evening, adding a romantic ambience. Inside, the lobby area is small but elegant, and features black trim and furniture, from the compact reception desk to the tony lobby bar. Mauve streamlined couches topped with gold and black pillows, armchairs with ikat patterns, a white fireplace, and dentil moulding add to the refined atmosphere in the lobby. A couple of elegant chandeliers with dangling crystal loops hang from the ceiling. The small elevator and a narrow jet-black staircase lead guests to their rooms through hallways lined with striped carpet. 

Location

On Queen's Road, an easy drive into Aberdeen's city center

The Hotel is located on Queen’s Road -- the most prestigious road in Aberdeen -- surrounded by elegant residences, schools, a couple of offices, and other luxury hotels. The Malmaison Hotel is right next door, and there's a bus stop directly in front of The Chester, which offers regular service around Aberdeen and its surrounding areas. The city center and the railway station take about 18 minutes to reach by bus or seven minutes by car. The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is a 10-minute drive away. Edinburgh Airport is about two hours away by car, while Glasgow takes two and a half hours to reach.

Rooms

Compact but comfortable modern rooms and suites in black-and-white decor

There are 54 rooms at The Chester, including two Suites. Rooms have black-and-white checkered upholstery with vertical striped headboards and plush beds covered with high thread-count Egyptian cotton linens. Each room has a Smart TV with a variety of cable channels, free Wi-Fi access, a large desk and office chair, and a small vase of fresh flowers. Token pieces of artwork, usually an original pencil drawing or a painting, adorn the walls. Bathrooms are compact but immaculate and slick, and feature large off-white panel walls and floors, heated towel racks, and shower/tub combos with partial glass doors. The Classic Rooms are admittedly compact, with very little extra space on either side of the beds, but the large windows looking out onto the hotel’s green lawn make them feel roomier. The two Suites are large and elegant, with huge separate living areas lit by lots of windows featuring large couches, several armchairs, fireplaces, and meeting tables. 

Features

Free parking and Wi-Fi, meeting spaces, superb restaurant, and small but modern fitness center

The IX Restaurant -- considered one of Scotland's finest -- is housed in a separate stone building in a modern, refined space with a black-leather banquette on one end and an open kitchen on another, separated by an illuminated counter of fresh seafood filets presented in glass cases. IX serves fresh steak and seafood for lunch and dinner and offers a la carte breakfast items and a large breakfast buffet (included in some room rates) with hot and cold dishes. The wine list is on display in a floor-to-ceiling wine vault, and accent walls use mismatched wood panels. Cozy and classy as it is, there are only a few small windows and the place is a little dark. The same goes for the small gym, which is  surrounded by vertical striped wallpaper with just a couple of small windows. There are about 12 high-end machines but not a lot of floor space for free weights or stretching. Beauty treatments are also available on-site and there are a couple of meeting and private dining areas available for special events. The hotel offers free parking and (sometimes spotty) hotel-wide Wi-Fi. 

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Address

59-63 Queens Road, Aberdeen AB15 4YP, United Kingdom

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