Easter weekend meant a trip up to see the family in Aberdeen, and perhaps enjoy a little break. We had already decided to try a hotel rather than stay with my parents as we were most likely going to see some friends over the weekend too. That never transpired, but we kept with the hotel idea anyway, after all the shower in the parents house was alternating between hot and cold. So we chose the Simpson Hotel on the girlfriends advice as she had stayed there a few times before.
It’s situated on the large Queens Road, an area which is filled with rows of large granite town houses. Very beautiful buildings and just like typical Aberdeen. There’s plenty parking out front, and at two further levels behind the hotel, as well as onstreet, if you can trust your car to other drivers!
We had booked through laterooms.co.uk and managed to get £85 per room, per night. Now take note there, it’s per room, not per person. So that two of us staying in a double room with breakfast included was for that price, a very nice way of billing. On arrival the check in was quick and friendly, we were even upgraded to an executive suite and placed across from the restaurant.
When we saw the room we were amazed, it was huge. It’s probably about 15×20 feet, and I’m really not joking. The bed is pretty central on the left wall with a cupboard beside it, then at the foot of the bed is plenty of space before a table, two chairs and a sofa. That doesn’t count the high table and two chairs by the patio windows, or the dresser on the far wall with the TV. Bags of space. The bathroom was a smaller, but comfortable enough. Tiled floors, big mirror and a very powerful shower although the roof could have done with a lick of paint.
Our first taste of the restaurant was for breakfast, which was a full Scottish one with added fruit loaf. There doesn’t seem that much to begin with, but it sure fills you up, and it wasn’t at all greasy. That evening though we partook of the evening meal. A small glass, or rather a completed bottle, of Marques de Carces in the room, and then off to the restaurant once again for dinner.
Thankfully they had not cranked up the temperatures to make it feel as though we were in Spain like they had in the morning, and that is a feature of the restaurant, it does feel very Mediterranean. For dinner they lowered the heating though, and the setting was well laid out.
Duck Breast in a wonderful sauce
Beef covered with pate sliceEvening Menu Choices
What really made me appreciate it was the service. Our waitress was quite lively, and when we expressed that we weren’t that sure of having the steaks she quickly suggested that “you can always cook steaks at home, but you can’t make some of the other dishes”. So we took her advice and choose some of her suggestions. Oh my we weren’t disappointed, the food was excellent, and loads of it as well.
Sally, the name of our waitress, was superb. We had some banter with her, and she was trying to suggest the suite that gives you a little taste of everything on the plate…we were sorely tempted but really couldn’t face it.
Overall it was a great stay, the food was superb and the customer service just made the standard experience of staying in a hotel extra special. That, and of course the upgraded room and we were more than happy. There’s no doubt in my mind that the next time we stay in Aberdeen we’ll be straight back to Simpsons.