When planning a holiday in Scotland, it’s a complete shame if it’s surrounded solely around cities. However, we understand that sometimes the city is where we (you) have to be, and in those cases, we always look for something connected to nature. The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa was just that. The Marcliffe offers a lovely stay in Aberdeen while tapping into the relaxation and peacefulness only nature can provide.
Walking into the hotel, we were greeted by smiling faces welcoming us to the Marcliffe. A bellman took our bags and escorted us to our room, showing us how to use the key to switch on the electricity and giving us all the information we needed to make the most of our stay.
Whether it was the décor of the room, or the name of the room itself – Castle of Mey – we felt like we were staying as royalty. The large comfy bed, the plush and super cute chairs, the large closet and refreshment area, and the fancy end tables and desk set the scene for a charming stay.
With rain in the forecast for the next two days, we wandered around the Marcliffe grounds to soak in all the nature we could. As we walked throughout the grounds, we found a walled garden, a cute little well, and even a putting green! Like we mentioned above, we chose this hotel because we felt like we could connect with the peacefulness of nature, and we were certainly right.
Even from our room, where we spent the rest of the night and the following day, we could hear the birds chirping and had a view of the trees swaying in the wind. The little noise that we could hear from the road was more like a faint white noise in the background. And honestly, we felt so relaxed working from the room. Maybe even a bit too relaxed with the comfort of the oversized chair and slippers!
OUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THE MARCLIFFE HOTEL
Not going to lie here. At first, when we got back to our room after dinner, we were both so confused. We spent probably five minutes trying to figure out why our curtains were closed and what else was different in the room. After almost calling downstairs to ask about it, we figured it out — a housekeeper had tidied up the room and even prepared it for the evening. They closed the blinds, reorganized the bathroom, and even took the “bed scarf/bed runner” off the bed for us. Neither of us had stayed in a place with afternoon housekeeping before so this was quite the treat!
After reading reviews of how good the restaurant is at the Marcliffe, we were very excited about breakfast. And the breakfast lived up to all our expectations and more. With the amazing Belgian waffles and endless coffee, we left both days in a breakfast coma!
Showers in Scotland are hit or miss, and with more bad showers than good here, we were stoked with the shower at the Marcliffe. This may seem strange to you, but hey, it’s the little things that make us happy!
DETAILS OF THE MARCLIFFE CASTLE OF MEY ROOM
With huge fluffy pillows and a heavy duvet, the bed was just the right amount of comfort. Perfect to sit in to read or work with loads of pillows for back support, and a nice firm base for a comfortable sleep, the bed was great.
Since we said the shower was one of our favorite parts of our stay, we’ll go into more detail here. The temperature was hot and constant, the pressure was great, and the different options for bathing were a nice touch. We loved that we could take long, hot showers or relax in a nice bath and had the option of a handheld showerhead or just a normal one. Like we said, not all places in Scotland have nice showers, so this was really nice! The towels were plush, the counter was large, and there was even a towel warmer too. We’d call that all a win in the bathroom department.
The room has all the bathroom necessities and more! Can we just say when there are slippers and bathrobes waiting in the room, they set the mood for a truly special stay. It’s so refreshing getting out of a shower and being greeted with a warm robe and fresh slippers! And what better way to enjoy the slippers than with a drink from the fully stocked fridge with the option of purchasing any of the drinks or snacks provided.
BREAKFAST AT THE MARCLIFFE HOTEL
How Breakfast Works
There are a few options for breakfast, and none of them will disappoint. Have breakfast delivered to your room, indulge in a nice warm individually prepared breakfast, or simply wander through the conservatory and grab food from the continental breakfast buffet.
Room Service Breakfast
If you decide you’d rather not get dressed and walk downstairs for breakfast, you can get it delivered to your room for a £5 charge. You simply fill out a form of what you want to eat and when you want it delivered, and place it on your door, and wala, you’ll wake up to breakfast in bed!
If you forego room service breakfast and prefer to eat in the conservatory (which we did and recommend), you start by being seated and offered coffee or tea. You then take a look at the menu, and while you wait for your personalized hot breakfast to arrive, you can enjoy a large selection of fruit juices, pastries, and a yogurt bar.
Hot Personalized Breakfast Menu
The list of warm dishes is so extensive! There’s everything from traditional Scottish breakfast, to Belgian waffles, and even eggs with fish! The menu consisting of well over ten breakfast dishes was certainly a huge aspect to why the breakfast was one of the best hotel breakfasts we’ve ever had.
RELAXING AT THE MARCLIFFE HOTEL
Aside from the room, the Marcliffe offers a few other places to enjoy a nice cup of tea, or simply just relax with a good book. The lobby itself has a fireplace and large comfy seating areas, while the Drawing Room just next door offers a more intimate atmosphere where you can enjoy a drink from the bar, board games, or a book from the bookshelf.
If relaxing outside is your thing, you’ll find a plethora of areas to do so at the Marcliffe. In the center of the hotel, there’s a courtyard with beautiful tables and lush flowers – the perfect place to relax tucked away from any wind! The hotel grounds have multiple grass areas to play with the kids or soak up the sun on a picnic blanket, and there’s even a walled garden and old wishing well. If you’re into golfing look no further than the quaint putting green right on the front lawn! The Marcliffe truly has a nature escape fit for anyone!
THINGS TO DO AROUND THE MARCLIFFE HOTEL
Visit Aberdeen City Center
The location of the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is perfect for a trip to Aberdeen. The hotel is just off of A93 (don’t let this scare you, you can’t really hear the road), and you can jump on a bus or drive straight into the city center basically straight down this road. In Aberdeen, you’ll find great shopping opportunities, cute and quirky cafes, and access to the beach! Check out this post here for more inspiration for your time in Aberdeen.
A trip to Aberdeen wouldn’t be complete without visiting some castles within the Aberdeenshire. The Marcliffe is located right on the castle trail making access to these castles super easy! Check out Drum Castle, or the inside of the famous Dunnottar Castle to get excited about visiting these beauties!
If you want to get active, golfing is a great way to experience some of the Scottish culture and scenery. With golf courses along the ocean throughout Aberdeenshire, there’s no better place to play! As the front desk at the Marcliffe to give you more information, and even book a golfing trip with them!
GETTING TO THE MARCLIFFE HOTEL
If arriving to Aberdeen via train or bus, from Union Square in Aberdeen, take bus 119, 201, 202 and get off at Pitfodels International School. From here, you’ll have a couple minute walk (uphill) to the entrance of the hotel.
If flying into Aberdeen, you will arrive at Dyce International Airport. From here, we would suggest arranging a private car, or taxi to take you to the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.
From the airport, you will not need to arrange a cab ahead of time. There will be a cab line in front of the airport to take you straight to the hotel. Simply ask for the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa and expect about a 20-minute cab ride for roughly £25. You can also grab a cab from numerous places within the city to access the hotel.
The Marcliffe staff can arrange a car hire for you to and from the hotel. Either email them ahead of time or if you want to hire a private car from the hotel, simply ask at the reception for assistance!
Accessing the Marcliffe via car could not be easier. Heading towards Aberdeen, just after Cults, you’ll see blue signs for the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa on the left-hand side of the road. If you’re arriving from Aberdeen, the hotel will be on the right just past the international school. There’s ample parking space at the hotel, so no need to worry about reserving a space for your car ahead of time.
If you’ve stayed at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, or are planning a stay there, let us know! We’d love to hear about your experiences at the Marcliffe! If you have any questions regarding our stay or would like more specific details, comment below and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can!
And lastly, if you’re looking for more idea on what to do in and around Aberdeen, or in Scotland in general, check out our Scotland page, where you can find information on all parts of this beautiful country!
**Although the Mr. Spence and the Marcliffe team covered the costs of our stay at the Marcliffe, all opinions are our own from our experience at the Marcliffe in May 2017.