I’ve stayed at the adjacent Holiday Inn a couple of times, and for some reason I decided to try the Express version this time. I’ve always liked the HIE rooms, but have an aversion to their breakfasts.
Price did come into it - £55 in the HIE and £95 next door.
Arrival was a bit negative. I was accosted by a drunk/crackhead as I got out of my car. This is an unusual problem, as the hotels are well out of the city centre. But they are right by the arena where rock concerts are held, and one was in full swing when I arrived. My guess is he was refused entry... Couldn’t understand what he was saying, but it was quite threatening in a deserted car park.
I tried to escape quickly into the hotel, but the entrance from the car park had been locked to keep out such undesirables, and opening it for a guest seemed to be a problem (?!).
My room was great - clean, quiet, comfortable & modern.
Breakfast was included in the price, so with not having been in an HIE for a few years, I gave it a go. Yuk. Yuk. Yuk. Disgusting coffee. Tasteless, meatless sausages. Scrambled eggs like porridge. Croissants which were crunchy. Yes, crunchy. I gave up and went to McDonalds across the street.
In summary, great value for money but skip the breakfast and spend £5 across the street.
Value for money.
We're researching where to stay while in the Aberdeen area and are using our VT accommodation tips as a place to collect our choices! So, we haven't stayed there - we only found it!
Anyway, this is a little tiny fishing village where the front doorstep of the cottage opens to a front yard that is the ocean.
"Number 13 Crovie is an ideal holiday location for exploring the many surrounding attractions. Whether your interest is castles, bird colonies on Troup Head, golfing, fishing, the nearby historic towns of Banff and Fraserburgh, or just pottering on the beach and drinking tea on the bankhead. If you are lucky, you may catch sight of the Moray Firth dolphins, and on clear starry winter nights the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are occasionally visible. Crovie faces west along the Moray Firth, so you can relax in front of the cottages, stare out to sea and enjoy the beautiful summer sunsets. Or maybe you would prefer to curl up beside the real fire, with a large whisky and some freshly cooked seafood, gazing out at the waves splashing off the pier ? Everyone who has stayed at Crovie has fond memories."
" Number 13, Crovie (pron 'Crivvy') is situated at the foot of dramatic 300ft cliffs on the Banffshire coast, approximately 40 miles north of Aberdeen. There are about 55 cottages in the village, separated from the sea by a footpath and seawall. The road terminates at the car park at one end of the village, so all luggage and provisions have to be carried by hand from there. Number 13 (photo) is conveniently less than 100yds from the car park. The entire village is a designated Conservation Area, and the cottage at No13 is a Grade 'B' listed building."
Crovie is 40 miles north of Aberdeen, halfway between Banff (10 miles to the west) and Fraserburgh (off the B9031).
Summer rates are about $500 for 6 beds (US Dollars) per week.
I stayed at a University hostel and commuted by taxi to the Science and Tecnology park in the city centre. If you visit during the school holiday season, I guess it will make good sense to stay at a hostel - I think I paid about Seventeen pounds then
Spartan - no frills accommodation. The heater did not work at night - otherwise it was okay. A pub was not far off where you can get passable food
Any of the bed and breakfasts will make a suitable base but some are, of course, nicer than others. As my primary concern in Scotland was to see Scotland, I was not terribly concerned with the amenities of my lodging. We stayed in a lower end B&B because most of the others were filled due to the Highland Games in two towns very close to Aberdeen. Another option during the summer is to stay at the University. The university opens it's dormitories as bed & breakfast lodgings when school is on summer holiday. The rates there are quite good but I didn't know about that until after other arrangements were already made. You can make reservations for most of the B&B's on the internet.
The prices were about 45 pounds per night.
The cheapest way to stay in Aberdeen is at a university, I used to study at Robert Gordon University, which has the student halls in the city centre, but I advice you to contact them, before you go over, cause it is usually fully booked.
Other place to stay is ofcourse a bed and breakfast, the last b&b I stayed at was just off Queensroad, very clean, nice, comfortable, friendly place, with a good scottish breakfast.
For the B&B about 16 british pounds per night.
For a weeks stay at the university, for two people, it starts with £220 pounds for a week, with a complimentary 'welcome pack' in each individual flat, consisting of tea, coffee, sugar and milk, as well as basic groceries such as bread, butter and preserves.
The b&b costed 16 pounds 2 years ago, but it was worth it....
For accommodation, we stayed at our friends place who studied in the University there but there are lots of Bed & Breakfast around town or if you prefer to stay at the country sites, you may do so....
Prices will meet your budget coz there are lots to choose from.......
Most of the Bed & Breakfast are a family run business so you don't have to worry about anything coz rooms will be in good condition and you'll be taken care of just like a family members..........
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