Macdonald Ardoe House Hotel

, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Macdonald Ardoe House Hotel

, Aberdeen
4 star

Rooms: 117

South Deeside Road - Aberdeen - Scotland - AB12 5YP - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 1224860600
251 Traveller

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9/10
Scottish Castle Charms And Enchants
Submitted by: Richard Schloss in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The Ardoes House outside of Aberdeen looks like a genuine Scottish castle, although it was built as a hotel in Victorian times without modern improvements (which were added later). Accommodations, while not lavish, were luxurious and comfortable. The setting, among rolling green hills and woods, is utterly charming. Service is courteous and earnest. Definitely worth checking out if your travels bring you to the Aberdeen Highlands.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Macdonald Ardoe House Hotel

Adequate but not special

from verity1
We stayed two nights here on a conference. The bedroom was absolutely standard, with an avocado fibreglass bath and a very hard bed.

The public rooms looked quite impressive, but there were a number of negative points.

The place was used to process endless conferences and weddings, so you were forever weaving through groups of wedding guests and feeling like an intruder. Groups were constantly being mustered at reception. I would not like to stay here as an independent traveller.

The food service was overwhelmed by the numbers of guests. One group was refused bar food at 9.15 pm on the grounds that the last bill had to go through at 9.30. There was a long queue for a table at breakfast.

I don't think there was a single Scottish member of staff either, which rather detracted from the overall experience.

In conclusion, perfectly fine but not luxurious or worth paying a lot of money for.

Loved it

from Morainelake
We have recently come back from staying at Ardoe House Hotel and loved every minute of it. We did check out with trip advisor before we went and read the glowing reports - however since our return have read more reports that were not as good. I went with my husband, mother-in-law, and seven year old daughter and had a fantastic time, ( considering the family age range I was a bit concerned ) the staff couldn't have been more helpful , the room was immaculate and was serviced every day, yes the meals were expensive but all hotels meals seem to be priced highly. The beauty spa was exceptional with a good swimming pool which kept my 7 seven old entertained, my mother-in-law and I had treatments which were also great . The hotel is about 3 miles out of the city centre so you do need transport - the grounds are superb ( of which grandma could relax in ) and you can unwind without the constant sound of the traffic - I would go back again.

Expensive

from A TripAdvisor Member
The first room was really mediocre, so we asked for a better room. This was only marginally better. The room service sucked. My husband and I were looking forward to a nice couple of nights away but I wished we had stayed in a cheaper hotel in central Aberdeen.

Overpriced, and not very good!

from LikeSunshine
We were really dissappointed by this hotel, as it cost us £210/night for a very basic room, on a DB&B basis, and the room was no better than what you'd find in a budget motel, and in dire need of refurbishment.

Many of the communal areas are also very dated, and if you like castles, there are many, better examples.

The location isn't very convenient for Aberdeen, and the restaurant is hugely over-priced.

The staff were friendly, but very incompetent, as many had just arrived from overseas, and had little, if any, hotel experience.

When checking out after a 2 night stay, our bill was £420, but they still insisted on charging us £2, if we wanted to pay by credit card. The cheek of it!

There are weddings going on non stop at this place, and they tend to take over the whole site, which is understandable, but not much fun if you want a quiet break, as come 9-10pm, there were drunks wandering around everywhere.

The buffet breakfast was good, but why do they stop serving at 10am at weekends?

All in all, if I'd paid £50/night, I'd have thought OK, but at these prices, we expected a lot more.

I would give the Ardoe House a miss, as I'm sure there must be far better places to stay.

Would not honor confirmed reservation

from cvansant
We had read so many glowing reports, my wife and I decided to celebrate our 40th anniversary there on our two week trip around Scotland. Our confirmed fully paid reservation was not honored upon arrival. We had made these plans four months in advance. Then they shuffled us off to another hotel which was not even close to comparable without any compensation at all. Make sure if you are going there to call ahead.....they may have given your room away as well. Definitely the shabbiest treatment we have ever received in forty years of traveling.

Great weekend break

from A TripAdvisor Member
I took my wife here for a relaxing weekend. The hotel is approx 15 minutes outside of Aberdeen city centre on the road out towards Royal Deeside. It is set in very picturesque and tranquil grounds and the house itself is grand. There are additional buildings that house most of the rooms, the function suites and the leisure club, however these blend quite nicely into the surroundings and do not stick out like a sore thumb as can happen at some hotels.

We stayed for one night in an executive bedroom in the main house (room 2). The room was a very good size with a huge bathroom a double bed and a large LCD TV. It had also recently been refurbished so the decor was fresh. The view was out on the gardens which was fantastic (see photos).

We stayed on a DBB rate which entitled us to a set menu or a £33.50 allowance on the a la carte. We took a combination of both menus and only ended up paying a £5 supplement. The food was excellent (as you'd expect from a restaurant with AA rosettes).

The following morning, following a hearty breakfast, we booked in for some spa treatments at the health club. After a large breakfast and a 55 minute full body massage I was ready to sleep!

All in all, a great hotel to relax in, a good area to explore and excellent food and service.

BTW - Only thing to watch is weddings. There was one on while we were there and we saw and heard very little, no problems at all. However, reception did say that they can have up to 5 weddings running simultaneously!!! Just worth checking and if it is going to be very busy, make sure and get a quiet room.

Wonderful Hotel!

from Smiley2!
Have just returned from an overnight stay at Ardoe house and I was so impressed!

My Husband and I had booked a double room for the night but as I had mentioned that it was a special occasion, the lovely reception manager upgraded us free of charge to the Blairs suite, which had stunning views across gardens to the winding river and a separate lounge. The suite was huge with a new beautiful bathroom but the bedroom and lounge were very worn indeed and desperatly needed a repair and re-decoration. However, that did not stop us from having a good stay!

In the evening, before dinner, a member of staff came up and knocked on the door and asked us whether we were having a pleasant stay, and handed us chocolates and an evening paper - a nice touch.

Dinner was included and so was breakfast and each meal was suberb, although I did mention that they should stop playing the dreadful piped music in the restaurant!I do think however that the meals are very very expensive (My meal was about 25 pounds and the starter 8 pounds)and the drinks at the bar are even more so.

The pool and leisure facilities were first class although the facilities are not attached to the hotel so if you are staying and it rains, prepare for a walk back in the rain to the hotel!The pool was empty most of the time which was great!

All the staff were very happy, friendly and most helpful and I would stay again!

Real old-fashioned luxury

from LCH001
We have just returned from a 3-night break at the Ardoe House Hotel. It superceded our expectations. We stayed in the Turret Suite which consisted of a bedroom and bathroom on the third floor of the old house together with a livingroom which was accessed by a spiral staircase in the turret. The views were outstanding. The River Dee winding it's way up the hillside.
The service at this hotel is amongst the best we've encountered. The staff are very friendly and helpful.
The food at the 2* AA Rosette restaurant was fresh, well prepared and presented and delicious. I ate from the Table d'Hote menu each evening and was impressed. The fillet steak my husband had from the a la carte menu was so good he had the same the next night.
The leisure facilities were very good and entailed a walk outside from the main old building to the rear of the newish complex.
The grounds were very pleasant, woody, with a lake. We arrived on Valentine's Day and were pleased to find a complimentary fruit plate, decanter of sherry and still and sparkling mineral water in the bedroom.
We also had 2 TV's - one in the bedroom and one in the upstairs livingroom but who wanted to watch TV with such wonderful views to be had.
The hotel is only a £20 taxi ride from Aberdeen airport and only 3 miles from the city. We would certainly recommend this hotel. The decor in the Turret Suite was a bit dated but they are working to update all the suites at present. We will certainly think about going to back to enjoy the improvements.

Friendly, traditional, Quality.

from Alisdair Gray
My fiance and I spent a weekend at Ardoe House in January and were very pleased with the hotel.

The staff were amongst the most friendly I have ever met, and nothing would be a problem for them.

Breakfasts were of the highest standard, and the vegetarian options enjoyed by my fiance were second to none.

Rooms were large and modern, and highly comfortable.

The adjacent health club and pool was well equiped, once again with friendly staff.

On the final night, we had dinner in the restraunt, and were absolutley blown away. Fantastic food, that would not be out of place in any of the world's fine restraunts. Traditional scottish fare, served perfectly.

I would not hesitate to reccomend this fine hotel to anyone. It oozed quality, and had the friendliest staff I have ever met.

Elegant and Relaxing

from MusicSusan
I had the good fortune to stay at the Ardoe House Hotel this summer. It is a beautiful old hotel with extensive woodsy grounds. The room was clean and comfortable, well equipped , complete with complimentary spring water and Scotch shortbread. The pool was fantastic! The staff did their best to meet the needs of the guests. The food was excellent, even for this vegetarian. I would recommend this hotel without reservation!

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Dining Out in Aberdeen We found a great Italian restaurant call POLDINOS in Little Belmont Street. It's fairly central and there are a few car parks nearby. The food was excellent and value for money. It's very popular so worth booking ahead.

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  • Address: South Deeside Road - Aberdeen - Scotland - AB12 5YP - United Kingdom
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