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Queens - feels like royalty
Hotels in Aberdeen in general
Member Name: RotweilerC
Hotels in Aberdeen in general
Date: 02/12/03, updated on 02/12/03 (57 review reads)
Advantages: Reasonably priced, Near city centre, Quiet
Disadvantages: None so far
Getting off the Squeezyjet and walking straight out of Aberdeen airport with just a laptop and a change of clothes in the hand baggage gives you a sensation a bit like wetting yourself in dark trousers - a warm feeling and no-one else notices!!!
Getting to the taxi rank and, because you are one of the first out of the airport from the flight, there are still taxis waiting for you - not the reverse, as becomes the case shortly after.
About £10 later and you are at the Queens Hotel. Situated on Queens Road, the hotel is the building lit with the white lights, next door but one to the greenly lit Simpsons hotel and restaurant. I'll save that review for another day.
OK, going into Reception is not one of the more earth shattering experiences, not very imposing and, as an avid bookworm, the fake books/library effect is a bit of an affront, but I'm not paying to stay in reception am I? Very polite, courteous and helpful staff, who efficiently check me and give me directions to the room - "Through the door, down the stairs, through the door on the left, along the corridor, up the stairs, across the hall, through the door and its on your left - you can't miss it" Where did I put the boots and crampons?
Joking aside, getting to the large door is a two minute walk. Open the door and wow!!!
The room is huge (and I mean Queen size bed looks tiny in it) and is complimented by a huge bathroom. I could nearly stretch out in the wash-basin alone - there was a full size tub and a shower cubicle to go with it. The carpets have that lush feeling that makes you want to sink your toes into it and scrunch them up and it was clean enough that you might well do it...Large new widescreen TV, lots of channels, decent shortbread biscuits (after an hour or so on Squeezy, free food...)
Bed very comfy, room quiet. Good night Gracey.
OK, breakfast is a bit of an anticlimax. Very nicely cooked and all that but eat
ing in the bar, being assaulted by old cigarette smoke and last nights beer, brings back memories of being a student - and I'm getting too old for that (what you used to do all night etc)
Dinner in the hotel - very well cooked, nice food, reasonable price. Beer is pretty good too, although there was a funeral in the hotel that afternoon and the bar was a bit rowdy - difference between a Scottish wedding and Scottish funeral? One less drunk.....
When I left early around 06:00, the Night Porter couldn't have been more helpful - got the taxi arranged, sorted the bill with no hassles and even made me a cup of tea.
The Queens isn't a plush "cloned" hotel like some chains - but the facilities are good and the staff have always been really excellent. Maybe that's why I go back there regularly. It's also near some good restaurants and a reasonable walk from the centre of town...
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