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Mercure Aberdeen Caledonian Hotel 3.5

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Pros

  • Quiet but central Aberdeen location
  • Comfortable rooms with mini-fridges, kettles, and chocolates
  • Great pub fare and wine list at Bistro plus ample breakfast buffet
  • Four large meeting rooms for special events
  • Free private parking on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Parking can fill up early

Bottom Line

Located in the heart of Aberdeen's city center, the upper-middle-range Mercure Aberdeen Caledonian Hotel claims to be the oldest hotel in town. Many of the 83 comfortable rooms have great views of the Terrace Gardens below, and all come with perks such as mini-fridges and free chocolates. The location is excellent, within easy walking distance to Union Square and the train station; the immediate surroundings are quiet with a park across the street. There's also free parking, but the lot can fill up quickly, leaving some guests without a free place to leave their cars. Travelers could compare rates and amenities with the neighboring mid-range Skene House Whitehall.

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Scene

Majestic but modern hotel in an old stone building

Designed to be a grand hotel, Mercure Aberdeen Caledonian Hotel is housed in a majestic, six-story old stone building and claims to be the oldest hotel in Aberdeen. The large arched windows bring in plenty of light in the modern lobby, and an old but well-preserved wooden staircase leads upstairs. There's also a modern steel elevator for those headed to higher floors. The Bistro and Terrace Lounge feature small but soft and comfortable purple and gray chairs and walls covered with hip silver wallpaper featuring tree patterns. The hotel attracts more solo travelers and couples than families, and gets its share of both business travelers and tourists. 

Location

Across from the Union Terrace Gardens in central Aberdeen

Surrounded by tall corporate buildings, the hotel is on a relatively quiet block that lacks restaurants and bars, across the street from Union Terrace Gardens. It's right around the corner from busy Union Street, Aberdeen's main strip known for its ample opportunities to eat, drink, shop, and engage in serious people-watching. The railway station takes five minutes to reach on foot while Union Square Shopping Centre is a seven-minute walk away. The Malt Whiskey Trail is accessible on foot in less than 15 minutes. Aberdeen Airport takes about 17 minutes to reach by car, while Balmoral Castle takes closer to 70 minutes. 

Rooms

Crisp, modern rooms with large windows, many with pretty views

There are 83 guest rooms in total, and all but the Single Rooms are reasonably spacious. Rooms are modern and crisp with dark-red bedspreads and accents, black-and-white cityscape photography on the walls, large desks, armchairs, kettles, and mini-fridges. Rooms have large windows and many display lovely views of the park across the street. Bathrooms are immaculate and modern, with heated towel racks and glass walk-in showers. However, bathrooms in Standard and Deluxe Rooms are smallish.  

Features

 Bistro restaurant with large breakfast buffet plus free Wi-Fi and parking

There's a large breakfast buffet included in some room rates, which features a variety of cold and cooked items. The spacious lounge bar serves afternoon tea, and Bistro, the on-site restaurant, serves sandwiches, salads and swanky versions of classic pub fare for lunch and dinner. The hotel also has free private outdoor parking (although the lot can fill up at times). There are four meeting rooms available, and free Wi-Fi throughout. The front desk is open 24/7.

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Address

10-14 Union Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1WE, United Kingdom

Also Known As

  • The Caledonian Hotel
  • Thistle Aberdeen City Centre , The Caledonian
  • Thistle Aberdeen City Centre, The Caledonian

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