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Macdonald Pittodrie House

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Have been to weddings at Pittodrie house and have always loved how quaint it is and the views of bennachie. Got a good deal with itison for an overnight stay with bed, Breakfast, evening meal and prosecco in room. Unfortunately our room was not ready at check in time but we went for a lovely walk along the river Don at Inverurie. Our room was nicely decorated, comfortable and the bottle of wine was chilled and in ice. The room was some distance from the reception and up and down stairs which was quaint and fine for us but not suitable for anyone with a disability. There is a small bar in the hotel but the lounge was much more comfortable and had a better atmosphere and a log fire. Our evening meal was nice but we were disappointed that there was no Stornaway black pudding left for the full Scottish breakfast in the morning. We had a nice walk round the grounds and walled garden in the morning before leaving. We really enjoyed our stay and found it really relaxing as there was no wifi connection in the hotel so our mobiles were left in the room. Although the hallways looked tired the rooms were nicely decorated and overall we enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet, tranquil hotel with a good outlook.

My Husband and My Daughter in law to be, were up in Huntly at the Falconry Centre using their Xmas pressie. I seen the Itison deal for DBB plus a bottle of Prosecco, thought It would be a nice treat for them as they had forthcoming birthdays. Hotel is on a lovely setting very peaceful, our rooms were comfortable? We had a few problems which the staff professionally handled to our satisfaction.

I have rated it poor due to the cost in comparison to the experience . The room was nice , a bit of TLC and could be very nice , building throughout much the same . Service and effort from the staff, very poor and it is clear they have no real passion for their work. Food was quite poor , very poor when taking into account the cost , mix ups , slow , more mix ups, slow again , has plenty of potential but certainly no where near value for money . It would be more understanding if it were busy but it was not , would certainly look into elsewhere if in that region . Internet was also very poor , free wifi but could never connect

First time using this hotel after all the years of travelling and wasn't disappointed. Absolutely stunning grounds and a hotel of character. Management and staff were very friendly. Was on a DBB basis and both meals were first class and well presented. The variety of beers and spirits was awesome in the quirky bar. Room was comfortable however wardrobe door had a split in the glass and the hand basin was cracked, but I am sure they will get round to replacing both units (room 6). wishing the new David Tennant look alike General Manager well in his new position and thank you for the warm welcome. Ian Y

Just returned from a day/night at Pittodrie House Hotel. Room was lovely, as were the grounds......that's where the good review ends unfortunately. Food ordered in the afternoon was wrong; cheddar and tomato chutney sandwich was a Swiss cheese sandwich with a scrapping of chutney, chips with the sandwich as opposed to crisps, therefore side order of hand cut chips wasn't required. Meal in the evening was disappointing for a two rosette restaurant....gnocchi with tomatoes, peppers and pesto came in the form of gnocchi with a blue cheese sauce, mushrooms and cauliflower.....this was sent back, the gnocchi regurgitated and returned in some of the cheese sauce with tomatoes mixed peppers or pesto...oh...and left over cauliflower from the first round. The staff, evening staff were lazy, standing about waiting to be offered a drink, finally went and asked to be served, receptionist sitting on her phone, no breakdown of bill offered on departure, no after sales service; did you enjoy your stay etc. No atmosphere in the place, no background music in lounge or restaurant.....resulting in couples whispering to one another in quiet rooms. Final insult was discovering one of the pillowcases on the bed had a dirty water mark on it....thankfully not one we'd slept on. The wifi is so slow that you're timed out before you can get logged in and the phone reception isn't great, not a biggie for us, but might be if you were there with kids. Basically....wouldn't rush back and expected a better level of service from a McDonald hotel.

Where to start! Many years ago this was a quality, luxury hotel so I was really disappointed when I returned to the area after 15 years to have such a disappointing experience for the high price we paid. To start with the room was damaged - glass cracked in the wardrobe door, crack in the porcelain sink and a stain on the wall. It looked like someone had had a party! We went down to have a pre-dinner drink and couldn't find anyone to serve us. Finally someone turned up and they were out of a number of different spirits. At dinner some of the options were not available. We settled for a steak which was not cooked to our wishes and then it appeared the chef had no idea how to cut meat because it was not cut correctly and was therefore not tender at all. Finally at breakfast they were also missing some items from the buffet with the excuse that they were waiting for the morning delivery. I had expected so much more!

Beautiful setting for afternoon tea with my daughter but food failed on all counts. Firstly we were served our pot of tea straight away but by the time we were served our cakes it was cold. The soup was Cullen Skink, which really is a preferred taste. Scones were rock hard, as were any other sponge based cakes. Thankfully it was an Itison voucher and I did not pay full price. Certainly will not be recommending to friends or family. Very poor.

I had an 'itison' voucher for afternoon tea, which promised a selection of sandwiches, scones, tray bakes and fruit loaf, so visited with my mother recently. We were served tea, followed by a cup of luke warm soup (??) and small selection of finger sandwiches. Some time later we received the scones, 'Tray bakes'' and 'fruit loaf'. Sadly, the scones were not fresh and the tray bakes consisted of small profiteroles and sickly sweet unpleasant truffles. No tray bakes, no fruit loaf. The almost lemon posset was bland. Overall I was very disappointed - perhaps the quality and contents of the afternoon tea reflected the fact I used a voucher?? Unfortunately, the experience did not leave me wanting to return nor recommend to friends. So glad I didn't pay full price.

I'll admit it....I was skeptical. Usually old castles that have been turned into hotels are long on the "old'" and short on modern amenities such as "clean", '"comfortable", "roomy etc. But while retaining all of its old castle charm, this place is totally comfortable for any contemporary traveler. Conveniently located for anyone visiting the distilleries west of Aberdeen. Each room is unique in floorplan, decor and furnishings. Each has a modern en-suite bathroom. The dining room serves great dinners and breakfasts. The grounds are great for strolling or just feeling away from it all.

Arrived at back of 1 o'clock and after checking in went up to room to find it wasn't made up from the previous occupants. Went back to reception where they apologised and was offered a drink while waiting for room to be made up. This drink was on my final bill. Whilst waiting found the tiny bar through the back. The young waitress failed in her attempt to pour a pint therefore I had to help out. She served up a brandy in a sherry glass and later on whilst waiting for dinner they cocked up a simple drink order. Asked for a vodka/soda water/ice and lemon and was served a vodka/lemonade no ice or lemon. And that was after writing it down. Our meal was served in what you would call a small reception area and not in the appropriate dining room. Seeing it was a night away to celebrate our engagement I felt the hotel didn't live up to its 4* rating. Then once retired it was found that the toilet would not stop running after being flushed. When reported the following morning it appeared to me that the fault was not new to them as they kind of knew what I was talking about and the fact the cistern was behind a tiled wall wouldn't be an easy fix. Overall I found that there wasn't much to the hotel other than a room to sit and have tea and coffee or a quiet drink, a not so big dining room and a small bar.

Chapel of Garioch Inverurie Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour front desk

Located 2 mi (3.3 km) from Bennachie Centre, Macdonald Pittodrie House is within a 15-minute drive of Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle. This 4-star hotel has 27 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. In central Inverurie, the hotel is also close to Archaeolink Prehistory Park.


This hotel serves as home to a fine-dining restaurant, which has garden views and specializes in British cuisine, along with a bar. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


The 27 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, free newspapers, and safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, bathrobes, and slippers. Other standard amenities include phones and ironing boards.

Property features

Macdonald Pittodrie House features free WiFi in public areas, 4 meeting rooms, and a conference center. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a garden, barbecue grills, and wedding services.

Room options

Executive Double Room (King)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

71% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 593 reviews