“I was looking for a different kind of city break, and Aberdeen seemed to have a lot to offer. My girlfriend (who’s American) hadn’t been either, so when we saw a special offer for Village Aberdeen, we went ahead and booked it!”
COBBLED STREETS AND STREET-WARE
“I didn’t know much about the city other than the North Sea oil and gas industry is there, but there’s loads of modern cultural stuff going on. I’m a bit of a trainer fanatic, and Aberdeen happens to have one of the best independent skate and street-wear shops in the UK, so I was keen to check that out. The shop is on a really cool, old cobbled street called ‘The Green’ which also has some great new bars and cafes all around it.
We wanted to find out some of the city’s history too, so we headed to the Maritime Museum, which is a brilliant place that’s free to get in and has some amazing interactive exhibits. I’d also really recommend a visit to Footdee, which is a traditional fishing village near Aberdeen Harbour. Being quite tall, I felt like a giant walking around the tiny streets there.
KICKING BACK IN VILLAGE ABERDEEN
So, we covered a lot of ground the first day, but getting back to the hotel was really easy – it’s only about 15 minutes on the bus from the city centre. When we’d arrived earlier on, we decided to upgrade to a Club Room, which was really reasonable pricewise, and the big bed, TV and coffee machine made it all extra comfy.
Because I do kickboxing in my spare time, I always look for hotels with gyms, but Village Hotel gyms are some of the best. They’re not just ‘add-ons’ to the main hotel – they’re proper, fully-equipped spaces. The pool opens quite late too – I think we were still in there at about 8.30!
Now we’ve done Aberdeen, we’re looking for more less-obvious city breaks. Right now, Village Chester seems to be winning.”
Aberdeen is known as The Granite City, due to the grey-stone buildings that makes up many of the city centre buildings. Its mix of history and industry make it an interesting place to visit, while the mix of locals, university students and international offshore workers means there’s a huge choice of places to eat and drink too.