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The Waterside Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed here in January after coming in November with a friend when visiting Peterhead prison museum. Both times stayed one night and ate in the dining room. Rooms are basic but some have recently been done up. Have everything you need tea and coffee, en suite. Dining room is beautiful and good it off every high standard. The second time I came I used the swimming pool and sauna and steam room. A little dated in steam room area and shower area but still a nice pool. We had to pay a little extra to use but it was worth it as we only paid around £40 for room. The time before we paid £29 each for DB&B so great value but this is in winter season. Not a lot to do in Peterhead but the Prison Museam worth a visit. Will defiantly go again just for a relaxing night away. And I need to say staff are very friendly and helpful. Some of the happiest staff I've come across.

Hotel is stuck in the dark ages from the 60s 70s old curtains carpet and pictures you would fine in a charity shop, the hotel smelled old and damp bath had a chip in it could have been doing with a new shower curtain and surround round the bath was plastic and going yellow furniture was all scraped only thing good was the bed and that I could take my dog out the back door at night, didn't have food as staying there was bad enough. Will be going back to tufted duck hotel fraserburgh so much better and cleaner for same money and beast included.

Used to be one of my favourite hotels - over 30 years I have been stopping here😉 Went up to see a puppy for sale so decided to stay over to break the travel. Fantastic to see familiar faces - lovely greeting from reception staff (blonde hair lady ) Hotel hasn’t changed much over the 30 years- room was spotless and comfortable. Bathroom was in need of a bit Tlc but still very clean. Leisure good - everything working Again a bit tired and need of some tlc Breakfast was good dining room staff kinda let it down - not very friendly. Asked one of the staff if they had any croissants she did not understand so waited until another staff member came out she shrugged her shoulders and mumbled they ran out. But awkward all round 🤪 No way would that of happened in Hilda’s day she was super efficient ❤️ Hope you make a speedy recovery and be back working when we return with pup 🐶

Stay here for 1 night while working in peterhead. Beds and pillows are like concrete. Bedroom furniture, carpets, bathroom are from the 80s. It does have a spa and gym which are ok. Food wasn't too bad. 2 course for £15. But £25 for a ribeye 🤔🤔🤔.

Stayed here for 5days while working in Peterhead. Only good for getting your head down & a wash before/ after your work. Bar doesn’t have any televisions or anything so very boring atmosphere & for the restaurant i didn’t try it as i was made aware that it was not up to much.

The hotel is fairly average at best. A tired decor with little atmosphere. Although large and spacious, the rooms are dated with signs of wear and tear visible all over. The bathroom fulfils a purpose, but would also benefit from renovation. The service in the restaurant was fantastic with the staff very attentive, unfortunately when it came to the food, the wide selection I tried ranged from just about edible to averagely bland. The gym and pool are ok, but there is an additional charge for usage. Overall, an average hotel that requires improvement throughout.

I stayed here for a few nights whilst working in peterhead and that was more than enough to make my decision to move to another hotel in the area which I have reviewed separately. In a nutshell the hotel and particularly the rooms are severly run down (read the other terrible reviews for more info). The rooms need a total overhaul and be freshened up from scratch, they are too far gone to touch up. The reception area was freezing cold when I had to sit there with my laptop because the wireless signal was too weak and intermittent to reach the rooms. The entrance road looks like a meteor shower has hit it, I had a 4x4 hire car and that struggled to navigate the crevices. The only saving grace is that I didn't have to use my personal cash to pay for it otherwise this review would probably be worse. Peterhead is dull as dishwater and this hotel does nothing to improve its image. Stay down the road instead,there is far better available!

Hotel itself is quite nice, To find staff to serve in the bar is a challenge.Food is terrible, possibly the worst we have had anywhere & we travel a lot. Hilda is probably the highlight of the whole hotel, she is very friendly & hard working, puts all the younger staff to shame.

We stayed at this hotel over Xmas 2017. We were on a Xmas special offer and were absolutely amazed at the value for money this turned out to be. We were on a half board basis for 4 nights and this included Xmas dinner. The rooms were large and pleasantly decorated with full en-suite facilities. The staff were all very pleasant especially the restaurant staff. The only one thing that let it down was the service, or lack of it, on Xmas day. We were left, basically, to fend for ourselves on that day to leave the waiters free to serve non resident guests. While we understand that the hotel is trying to re build its business, we felt a little let down on that particular day. Otherwise a fantastic stay and would not hesitate to recommend.

I booked this trip with Caledonian Travel, first time with them and a Christmas away too, so I was a bit nervous what to expect. Both hotel and tour company exceeded my expectations. The hotel was clean and comfortable and the staff were all excellent, very pleasant and helpful, I only recall 2 names, Roger and Tanya, a real asset to the hotel. The meals were buffet style, so a little limited in choice but perfectly good for the price. The room was a good size and well equipped. Our main disappointment was the spa and pool was closed over Xmas, that was one of the reasons I'd booked the Waterside, so a big downer after all the tasty food, I couldn't use the gym, pool or spa! I did enjoy a walk along the river into town, so managed to work off a few of those calories. I thought the fact the housekeeping advised they were off the 2 public holidays and stocked us up with towels, teas, coffee etc was excellent. The entertainment was a bit mixed, for my taste, but a great idea over the Xmas period. Thanks to all the hotel staff for taking such good care of us, and making this a lovely Christmas.

Fraserburgh Road Peterhead Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

The Waterside Hotel places you within a few miles (5 km) of Peterhead Marina and Peterhead Maritime Heritage. This 3-star hotel has 125 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. Balmedie Country Park is also 26.3 mi (42.4 km) away.


In addition to a restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


All of The Waterside Hotel's 125 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers, free newspapers, and ironing boards. Guests can enjoy satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include hair dryers.

Property features

Guests of The Waterside Hotel enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club. Free parking is included with your stay. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a spa tub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

27.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 483 reviews