The Thainstone House Hotel, owned by the Crerar hotel group, is an old Victorian style hotel located in Inverurie approx six miles from Aberdeen. The hotel has ample parking located directly outside the front door. Be aware however that these fill up quickly! And you may have to use the overspill areas, which shouldn’t be too troublesome as these are literally 50 yards from the front door.
On arrival, check-in was relatively hassle-free but necessitated a room change as the requested room with a view was, at first look, a concrete wall. However, this was rectified promptly and we were moved to room 214. Reception staff were exceptionally helpful with everything that was thrown at them.
The hotel is generally disabled friendly, with good open plan areas, wide doors, and all floors accessible via lift, however, there is a steep flight of stairs at the front door to the landing leading to reception and public areas. Please note however that disabled guest using wheelchairs may have to access the hotel via a different route.
On arrival on the first floor, it reflected the same spotless condition that the entry hall did. It’s obvious that hygiene and cleanliness is a big thing for the management of this hotel. Do remember though that this is neither a new-build nor a boutique hotel and makes no pretence at being so. It’s an older style of original Victorian hotel and the furnishings and fittings reflect this. The room was a little smaller than a standard sized accommodation unit, nicely furnished in muted shades, it wasn’t garish. The room contained a double bed, dressing table and freestanding wardrobe unit.
The room also helpfully contained all the relevant information guests need, meal times, room service availability, laundry facilities, Cable TV, etc as well as the obligatory tea and coffee making facilities, a hair drier and 24-hr room service. Wi-Fi access is free for guests. The bathroom was a reasonable size and spotlessly clean. One matter of note was the rather small bath. The over-bath power shower was excellent and in perfect working order. How many hotels have you stayed in where a pitiful trickle of water from a shower head is deemed acceptable? Complimentary toiletries are provided, as were a plentiful supply of good quality big fluffy cotton towels. There is not a huge area of shelving and work surface space in the bathroom for even the highest maintenance females. (Note to my dear wife).
Now back to the bed. Please be aware the very subjective nature of someone’s impression of a mattress is exactly that, their personal opinion. What will be ideal and suit one guest will undoubtedly be the next guests’ nemesis. For me, I like a firm mattress, but this was a little too firm, even for me.
Our visit included both evening meals and breakfast on a package deal, and this is taken in the Green Lady formal restaurant, or, for a more informal setting, in the Stockman bar. Again staff were very attentive and pleasant during dinner service. The breakfast buffet service was fine the first day, however, was nowhere near as refined and polished on day two, when we were shown to a table in the lounge bar. There was no butter or condiments on the table, the hastily set up buffet on the bar top was missing the restaurant’s fruit, croissants, pastries etc. The staff were having to continually run back and forth for missing items. Breakfast is the standard ‘full Scottish’ variety along with scrambled eggs with salmon options, smoked haddock with poached eggs, pancakes with bacon/maple syrup etc. A selection of fruit juices is available as are various cereals, grapefruit and orange segments, prunes, yoghurts, croissants etc.
The hotel has a spa with a swimming pool, gym, sauna etc which we did not use on this visit.
There are also plenty of comfy seats around the area beside the reception and bar area for guests who want to use them. Would I return – without a doubt, and I would heartily recommend The Thainstone to anyone wanting a little touch of refinement and luxury in the Aberdeenshire countryside.