Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa
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Hi there, well I have been a bit slack I know!
Scotland...... amazing landscapes.
Back to the start, we started in Glasgow, very industrial and is the largest city in Scotland about 1.1 million people and is the commercial centre.
Buildings are a mixture of old sandstone both cream and red dating well back soot …
In Aberlemno, we stopped to view some Pictish standing stones - they were almost directly on the road. Just south of Aberdeen lies Dunnottar Castle - one of our favorite castles. The castle juts out into the ocean on it's own piece of rock. We had to go up and down 217 stairs to reach the entrance of the castle (a scary entrance too). The walkways …
... br> speaking of, when I got back, they let me have a snack (kind of) before we took off for a quickie walk (felt guilty about leaving them) and a play session in the yard. i think we'll hit up the north side this evening barring these nasty looking clouds don't let loose.
do you know what I find disturbing? noting a pile this morning to pick up later and it's no longer there when I come back with the shovel. which run and tug had the snack?
... so that won't be happening again.
been walking/ pulled along (spotty) quite a bit but yesterday was toned down due to rain. today we made up for it with a bit more exercise. started with a trip down to the river for some splash and dash. the dogs splashed than dashed. they come back but God it can be freaky when you can't see them. I think it's b/c they out number me three to one. but who can leave one behind when off walking? it seems ...
... Footdee area near the mouth of the river where fisherman once had a settlement. The 850 year old lighthouse from 1150AD was spectacular. Nev's cold was bad so we went to a medical centre and then the A and E department of the hospital to get him checked out. It was busy due to a local holiday so he had to make an appointment for 9.40 pm. We had tea with Roly and Joyce and talked sociology with Joyce as Roly went to his computer LINUX nerds ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa
You arrive up a sweeping drive into a Victorian Scottish castle with views across the countryside and gardens. Once inside the main areas of the hotel are in keeping with the age of the building and location. The rooms in the newer part of the hotel aren't exactly modern but they're clean and you really won't want to spend much time in them. Definately recommend eating in the hotel the food was fabulous.
Just arrived home from a wonderful weekend break at the Ardoe House. It is a beautiful old building with fantastic original features, olde worlde charm and very efficient and friendly staff. Our room (237) was in the extension part of the hotel which blended in perfectly with the old building. Everything was spotless and furnished to a high standard, especially the bathroom. Free toiletries and bathrobes were supplied. Our break included dinner on one of the nights and we were invited to attend a Ceilidh / Dinner held in one of the function rooms. This is Scottish dancing for those of you who don't know. The four piece Ceilidh band were excellent and talked you through the dances so that even the clumsiest in the room could enjoy it and take part. The food was also of a good standard and local Scottish fair. Breakfast was very enjoyable and not the normal buffet style so common in hotels these days. The staff took your order at the table and the food was prepared freshly just for you. Piping hot and delicious. We had a fabulous two days in the Ardoe House and our only word of caution is to be aware that the bar prices are not cheap. A pint of Guinness was £3.65 and House wine was over £15 a bottle. There was however a full bottle of Champagne deliverd to our room shortly after our arrival along with a selection of quality chocolates.
Having read some of the reviews on Tripadvisor, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Ardoe. What I got was a great break away. We found all staff to be very pleasant and friendly. Our room was great, very spacious and comfortable - however if you have any walking difficulties make sure you advise when you confirm your reservation as many rooms are a fairly long walk from reception. The grounds are lovelyand the ambience of the hotel is very relaxing and warm. Our evening meal was delicious but was let down by inconsistent levels of service. I couldn;t help but notice that some tables received lots of attention where others (myself included) received the most basic (although pleasant) service - i agree that the restaurant is understaffed.
The hotel is well appointed, however, it is understaffed, and the staff is young and not very well trained.
It took 45 minutes for the bistro to bring my order of fish and chips, but they brought a salmon sandwich. The shower did not drain, and although I asked for it to be repaired, it was not.
I would like to recommend GORDON, the concierge. He was very helpful, in both directions, maps (with clearly drawn shortcuts) and out of the way castle ruins.
Grew on us
First impressions very nice indeed, beautiful house to drive up to, lovely grounds. Thought it felt a bit musty in reception-obviously old building and part of the charm. Porter was helpful and took us to our room in the new part of the hotel ( about 5 yrs old). Beautiful room in keeping with the older part of the house. Drawing room special place as was leisure club. Beware parents!- children are not allowed in leisure club after 7.30pm so make sure they eat early! Ardoe house really grew on us and we'd stay there again for sure. Charming and peaceful.
Good but not value for money
We stayed in the Blair suite. We checked in at 2pm as advertised but the room wasn't ready, we eventually got in at 4pm. Suite was very nicely decorated and spacious but spoilt by the damp stained ceiling and dirty dishes left outside the door by the cleaner. They were still there at 9pm when we asked for them to be removed.
The meal was excellent but again spoilt by a £7.50 red meat supplement on top of the menu price ??
The leisure facilities are a private health club within the hotel complex so expect it to get quite busy with members who are non-guests.
The hotel is very nice but just not proportionate to the amount they charge to stop there. Disappointed.
We had a lovely time at Ardoe last year, but it didn't live up to some of the other wonderful experiences we have had in Aberdeenshire hotels.
Stayed in the Blair's Suite at the Ardoe House for Valentine's.
Fabulous rooms, fantastic service, magnificent staff, reasonable price, great location, even the weather was good.
Cute Bar staff
What a super place to stay. My freind had a wedding there and the day as a hole was the best.
The Staff where well trained. And the male bar staff where very cute.
The very best!
Just the most perfect place to stay in Aberdeen! And the food in the restaurant is better than you could ever imagine!