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Airport Hotels, Downtown Hideaways and Country Houses - Staying in and around Aberdeen

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Courtesy of its 20th century oil boom, Aberdeen offers plenty of accommodation for business travelers and conference-goers that often extend good deals to leisure visitors too. Boutique hotels occupy elegant downtown corners, with family-run B&Bs and guest houses in suburbs just outside the city center. Arriving late or flying out early? You'll find places to stay within minutes of the airport.

Central Aberdeen

 

Most visitors like to stay in the center of Aberdeen, within walking distance of city shopping, sights, and nightlife. You'll find most of the city's historic and contemporary attractions clustered in the city center and in Old Aberdeen, around a mile away. Aberdeen's sandy beach and Kings Links golf course are a 10-minute walk from the city center.

 

You'll find plenty of modern, no-frills chain hotels in and around Aberdeen city center. Looking for somewhere with a bit of class? Take your pick of boutique hotels in and around buzzing Merchant Quarter. Self-catering suites and serviced apartments in the city center are good for family groups, vacationing couples, and long-stay business travelers.

 

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Bridge of Don

 

Bridge of Don is home to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center. AECC is one of Scotland's biggest and busiest meetings and convention venues, so the district attracts a steady throng of business travelers. But it's not all business in this part of Aberdeen. Bridge of Don is also the home of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, one of the world's oldest. The sights of Old Aberdeen are a short walk away.

 

Conventioneers and business travelers attending events at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Bridge of Don can find well-equipped hotels with good business facilities in this part of town, within walking distance of AECC. For golfers and vacationers, there are B&Bs, guesthouses, and smaller hotels close to the links. Weekenders can always find a quiet, romantic spot near the river or seaside.

 

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Aberdeen Airport and Dyce

 

Aberdeen is not an especially big city, but any resident will tell you that tailbacks can sometimes slow up traffic to and from the airport, especially in rush hour. If you're arriving late, or catching an early morning flight, you may want to look for a place to stay at Aberdeen International Airport, or in nearby Dyce.

 

Airport users will find hotels less than a mile from the airport terminal. Most belong to major international hotel chains. In some you'll find facilities like pools and health clubs. Smaller guest houses and no-frills hotels can be found in and around Dyce, a short taxi ride from the airport.

 

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Aberdeenshire Coast

 

The North Sea coast either side of Aberdeen is hard to beat for scenery, history, and sweeping views. Romantic ruins like Dunottar Castle are reminders of a turbulent Scottish past. Lovers of the wild can look out for dolphins and seabirds like puffins, gannets, and guillemots. The clifftops and long sandy beaches make for bracing, scenic walks in every season.

 

Smaller hotels, B&Bs, and guest houses predominate in harbor villages and small towns like Stonehaven on Aberdeenshire's North Sea coast. You'll find comfortable hotels just outside the city, with gourmet restaurants, pools, and saunas, and rooms with ocean views in places like Pitfodels and Cruden Bay.

 

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Aberdeenshire Countryside

 

Aberdeen's rural hinterland is a region of fertile farmland and wooded river valleys, dotted with dozens of castles. For many travelers, a visit to the British royal family's Scottish retreat at Balmoral is the high point of a trip to Royal Deeside. Rising above this trim and tidy countryside, the peaks and moors of the Cairngorms beckon lovers of wide open spaces.

 

The market towns and villages of Aberdeenshire and Deeside are pleasantly scattered with guesthouses, B&Bs, and family-friendly small hotels. If you're on a road trip, you'll find plenty of places with free car parking. For a special treat, you can stay in castles that are now country house hotels with spas, pools, and gourmet restaurants.

 

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