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Reviewed 20 February 2014

I have had afternoon tea at the Marcliffe 3 times (and have 3 more booked in already) and it is definitely the best. The whole experience is far superior to other venues in Aberdeen, with the wonderful ambiance of the drawing room and the high quality service from staff. Unlike most afternoon tea, you are able to select your choice of sandwich are you are given an amazing array of cakes and sweet treats. You are also able to choice from a selection of coffees and hot drinks. Although it is slightly more expensive than mosst afternoon teas at £18, it is definitely good value for money for the quality of food and service you receive. If you are an afternoon tea lover, I would strongly recommend a visit before the Marcliffe sadly closes it doors. Bookings are a must and you usually have to wait several months to get a Saturday booking.

Date of stay: November 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Shelleyclaire1981
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Visited the Marcliffe Courtyard Restaurant with eight family members for a Sunday lunch recently, to celebrate a special and significant birthday - and everything was just absolutely perfect!
We sat in the very comfortable lounge and had a pre-lunch drink and viewed the Sunday lunch menu (all that was on offer on Sunday), which came with a special that was Russian crab and langoustines. The regular Sunday menu included four or five starters and plenty of choice for main courses - beef, fish, pork and a vegetarian trio, with three or four desserts to choose from, as well as a cheese platter, coffee, mints and fudge! All in all, a great selection - and you would be very hard pushed not to find something that you would like!
We had two 'small' people in the group and when we got to the table, there was a highchair in place ready and one other chair missing, to accommodate the buggy!
The meal was served smoothly, with really good 'hidden' organisation, everything arriving for the right person, with not a word spoken and when it came to the main courses, then the hotel owner actually served the dishes himself!
The food from start to finish was simply excellent, no other word for it!
From the outset in the lounge, the staff were very friendly, most helpful and very knowledgeable on both the menu and also the wines to go with the various dishes. In the restaurant, they were again very friendly, attentive and very willing to help in any way - and yet at the same time, unobtrusive and the service was impeccable throughout! They were also very helpful when one of the babies upset his plate from the high chair.
The choices for desserts were taken at the table and the desserts then followed remarkably quickly - and we could all have eaten each others! They were all simply delicious,as was the selection of cheeses, pickle and quince jelly!
The choice of recommended wine was also very much enjoyed by most of the party, while the drivers stuck to soft drinks.
When the bill came, it was not cheap but definitely great value for money, as we all felt that we had enjoyed an absolutely superb lunch!
Well done Marcliffe - a big thank-you to all the staff concerned!

Room tip: Definitely need to book every meal in the restaurant, to avoid being disappointed!
Date of stay: February 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Alan H
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

I've stayed at the Marcliffe innumerable times over the past 20 years for the simple reason that is is the best - best service, best rooms and best restaurant. On top of that it is handy to the airport, the city and the grampians / highlands. Stewart, the owner" truly treats this property and the guests as if this were his home and his family

Room tip: Any of the rooms are first class - no worries!!
Date of stay: January 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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2  Thank Intrepidtravellersx4
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Wow! Spent the day being pampered at the Marcliffe Spa today, along with three other girlfriends.

The package included a Champagne Spa Light Lunch served in the Hotel (soup and sandwich).

Package included a specially blended exfoliation for the body, light massage, 1 hour facial, a luxury manicure and a luxury pedicure. Took about four hours, plus lunch.

Staff were attentive from start to finish. We were so impressed that we booked another visit in three months time!

Date of stay: January 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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2  Thank SwimmerAberdeen
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Reviewed 25 January 2014 via mobile

Undoubtedly and without hesitation a fabulous hotel from the staff to rooms to food service and extras
Stayed two nights in a junior suite which was spotlessly clean and immaculately presented
Heated bathroom floor is a luxury my wife so enjoyed
Fantastic dinner fabulous wine list and no hidden extras .. as the owner states the way it should be
The owners standards are high but so appreciated and I have no hesitation in saying one of the best hotels in the UK which when it closes will be sadly missed
I hope I enjoy a stay again before its demise
Congratulations to the staff and owner for such an establishment
Makes one proud to be scottish

Date of stay: January 2014
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank vacationerfmsing
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