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About us

A Hotel with a History

Opened in 1938, the hotel was designed by architects A. Marshall Mackenzie & Son as a bold reimagining of the site on the corner of Clifton Road and Great Northern Road formerly occupied by a Victorian hotel destroyed by fire.

Aberdeen Northern Hotel was quickly established as a must-visit destination; its distinctive curves and innovative, cantilevered entrance canopy were themselves worthy of a visit. The assertive design of the building echoes the hull of a ship, celebrating Aberdeen’s strong maritime heritage and suggestive also of a city seeking to redefine itself for the modern age. Progression and aspiration are writ large in the way the hotel bisects the thoroughfare much as a ship cuts through the North Sea.  

Once inside, the hotel’s art deco credentials sit comfortably alongside 21st Century stylings. Many of the original features remain and continue to be celebrated as fine examples of early 20th Century design. Its unique violin-shaped ballroom features a sprung dance floor beneath undulating ceiling curves, while the restaurant’s circular bar makes for stylish dining and drinking, where seeing and being seen becomes just as much a part of the fun now as it was 80 years ago.

This Aberdeen institution has weathered many a storm – from the breakout of WW2 a year after opening through to the challenges and hardships wrought on us all as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to have worked with Aberdeen City Council in supporting our city throughout this difficult time by providing emergency accommodation, and look with optimism to a bright future, throwing open our doors to welcome guests from near and far to enjoy our spaces and honest, friendly hospitality.

Our Environmental Pledge

Hospitality that doesn’t cost the Earth

We take great pride in looking after our guests and endeavour to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. For us, this means making good on our promise to offer spotless, comfortable accommodation and excellent hospitality… that doesn’t cost the Earth.

While we, too, used to enjoy the convenience of complimentary toiletries and a daily replenishment of our towels, we can no longer ignore the cost to our planet in providing these and other little luxuries. With an eye to the future, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact across the hotel and invite our guests to join us in taking small steps that won’t impact upon the enjoyment of the stay, but might just leave you with the warm feeling of having ‘done your bit’.

In your room

We have moved to providing liquid hand and shower soaps in refillable dispensers to cut down on single-use plastics.

We kindly ask that guests re-use towels where possible – although fresh ones are always available, of course.  

A recycling bin is provided alongside a general waste bin to help make disposing of your rubbish and recyclables as easy as possible. Detailed information on what can and can’t be recycled is provided in your room as well as in public areas of the hotel.

You will find fully-stocked tea and coffee-making facilities in your room, but if you’d prefer a jug of real milk instead of the UHT cartons provided, we encourage you to call Reception. A nicer cuppa, and less waste!

Across the Hotel

You will find recycling bins in all public areas of the hotel, including the breakfast room.

At this time more than ever your safety is our focus, so you will find some of our breakfast service offered in single-serve packaging. We hope to be able to reduce the amount of single-serve items on offer when it is safe to do so, taking our lead from Government guidelines. Our catering team is committed to tackling food waste, and your support in this area is much appreciated.

The original Crittall windows have been retrofitted with secondary glazing to reduce heat loss and improve soundproofing. We are in the process of switching all of our lighting to LED to improve energy efficiency.

We’re committed to achieving our sustainability goals and making it easy for our guests to play their part and are always open to suggestions on how we could be doing more.

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