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Skene House Whitehall
Ranked #1 of 63 Hotels in Aberdeen
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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277 reviews
176 hotel reviews
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“Quick stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

I would have preferred somewhere closer to Union Street, but this was only 10 minutes walk away, so no problem.

Check-in was a bit slow, and fortunately I was escorted to my apartment when I look confused as to the directions. Skene House Whitehall is spread over a series of town houses, around a central large courtyard / parking area. To get to my apartment block, it was out the back door, across a courtyard, up a ramp, and across a parking area. About 100 meters in all - in the open. That was all very well, but when I went to return to reception, after dark, it was a bit baffling - there are no signs, and to get to the back door you have to find the narrow gap between two buildings. Some signs would have been good! If it rains, you WILL get wet without an umbrella.

The apartments are old-ish, naturally, but self contained and comfortably furnished - although I didn't use the kitchenette, and only found it the next day! The bathroom is small and has a large towel heater adjacent to the hand basin. I don't know how you can fix this, but I got burned on the towel rail turning around in the confined area.

The lounge area is very nice and the honour bar works very well (first drink on the house).

There is a fair bit of parking, behind a boom gate.

Overall, not a bad stay. I'd be keen to try one of the other Skene Houses next time. The whole lay-out of SH Whitehall just didn't click with me.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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2whitehall, Manager at Skene House Whitehall, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of Skene House Whitehall. As you have found, our suites are decorated in a traditional manner keeping with the traditional Granite buildings and we appreciate this is not to everyone’s taste. We do have an extensive of range of suites available, and perhaps if you are travelling to Aberdeen in the future you will give us another try and we will allocate a suite to your preference.

Kind Regards

Karen Barbour
Manager – Skene House Whitehall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

Really first class experience and exceptional value for money. Amazed to be informed complementary drinks on the house on arrival. Very comy apartment, good quality teas and coffees supplied and wonderful choice of healthy, tastey foods for breakfast !

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2whitehall, Manager at Skene House Whitehall, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review Skene House Whitehall. We greatly appreciate your efforts, as online reviews are extremely helpful to other travellers.

I am delighted that you found your apartment comfortable and enjoyed the choice at breakfast.

We hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back to Skene House Whitehall in the near future.

Kind Regards

Karen Barbour
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

This was our third visit this year and it really couldn't get better. The apartment was beautiful and the bathroom was spotlessly clean. The receptionist was very welcoming and helpful.
We enjoyed a very adequate breakfast with plenty of choices. We will certainly book again and in fact my husband wouldn't go anywhere else!

Room Tip: If you have difficulty with stairs as I have ask for a low floor
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Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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2whitehall, Manager at Skene House Whitehall, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review of Skene House Whitehall. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay and wouldn’t go anywhere else.

I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back soon.

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Karen Barbour
Manager – Skene House Whitehall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013

What a great place to stay in Aberdeen, I would not stay any were else.So close to union street really friendly helpfull staff, absolulty nothing is to much trouble. I stayed in the Executive studio apartment, it was fantastic, clean, tidy and very quiet, The Breakfast is great, more than enough to give you a good start to the day. Well done Lindsay who greeted us on arivall and all the staff thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2whitehall, Manager at Skene House Whitehall, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
It is always a pleasure to read that guests have returned from another enjoyable stay with us and taken the time to leave a review. I am very lucky to have an amazing team of staff here at Skene House Whitehall and Lindsay will be delighted to read your review.

I hope we can welcome you back to stay with us again, hopefully our January Special offers will tempt you back soon.

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Karen Barbour
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

The Skene house is located central in Aberdeen. Just few minutes football away from Union street. The location is really good! Not far away from all the bars & pubs. Several restaurants are around. And it's not a noisy place. The apartment I got was big (2 bed rooms, 1 complete kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 1 living room). Everything is clean and ok! And funny British :-) For a weekend with family it's perfect! Ask for rooms in lower level when you don't like to climb up 4 stocks. The breakfast was served a bit hidden in an other building and is in UK standard good!

Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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2whitehall, Manager at Skene House Whitehall, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Skene House Whitehall. Our suites are designed in
a traditional style in keeping with our traditional granite buildings and unfortunately this style of building can accommodate elevators and therefore all our suites are only accessible only by stairs.
We do however, have 24 hour concierge staff, always on hand to help with luggage, but should you return to Skene House in the future, please do not hesitate to contact Reception prior to your arrival and request a suite on the lower floor, we always do our best to accommodate guest’s requests.

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Karen Barbour
Manager – Skene House Whitehall
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

Really clean and handy location. Great value for money considering everything. Staff were brilliant, helpful and polite. Would happily recommend to anyone needing apartment type facilities in the Granite City

Stayed October 2013
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2whitehall, Manager at Skene House Whitehall, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of Skene House Whitehall, it is lovely to read that you would recommend us to others and found our staff helpful and polite.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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Karen Barbour
Manager – Skene House Whitehall
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a city centre apartment for our family of five, with private parking and two bedrooms. This absolutely ticked all the boxes, right in the centre of Aberdeen, off street parking at no extra cost, a huge two bedroom apartment, with large living room, large kitchen and a bathroom with a bath. Add in the free wifi, free complimentary drink from the honesty bar - the most amazing, varied and fresh continental breakfast and you have the perfect family friendly upmarket accommodation in Aberdeen.

All the staff were first class...

Oh and a real pint of milk in your fridge for coffee in the morning

Will be our go to accommodation in Aberdeen now....

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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2whitehall, Manager at Skene House Whitehall, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of Skene House Whitehall. We are delighted that you found our staff ‘First Class’ and that you would return to stay with Skene House again.

We are very fortunate to have free private parking, spacious guest lounge and honour bar and I am delighted that you enjoyed our breakfast buffet which has been recently re-launched, so it is lovely to have such positive feedback.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Kind Regards

Karen Barbour
Manager – Skene House Whitehall
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Property: Skene House Whitehall
Address: 2 Whitehall Place, Aberdeen AB25 2NX, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Aberdeen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Aberdeen
#1 Family Hotel in Aberdeen
#1 Business Hotel in Aberdeen
#1 Luxury Hotel in Aberdeen
#5 Best Value Hotel in Aberdeen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Skene House Whitehall 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Skene House Whitehall is the best of both worlds - it's a city centre location with a residential feel. Its only 7 minutes walk to the top end of Union Street, fewer than that to the West End boutiques of Rose and Thistle Street, yet benefits from a more relaxed atmosphere due to its private gardens and proximity to the neighbourhood of Rosemount where delicatessens, friendly pubs, cafes and Sainsbury's are within 5 minutes walk. Whitehall's 49, studio and 1-3 bedroom apartments offer business and leisure travelers a range of eclectic interiors providing a homely feel for short or long stays. ... more   less 
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