The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa, Aberdeen – 5 Star

The Marcliffe at Pitfodels is a luxurious, relaxed and ultra-elegant five-star Scottish country hotel set in its own picturesque grounds on the outskirts of the historic city of Aberdeen in North-east Scotland.

Since the officially opening in 1993 by Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, it has earned worldwide renown as Aberdeen’s only five-star hotel, and the ideal base for exploring all the many riches that Scotland has to offer.

Although the Marcliffe offers a comprehensive range of superb facilities,  we are members of Connoisseurs Scotland, it is essentially a family-friendly intimate hotel run by Owner Stewart Spence who is fiercely proud of its ambience of warmth, ease and charm.

You will have your own reasons for seeking a hotel of the calibre of the Marcliffe – perhaps you wish to visit the Grampian Region for a business meeting, perhaps you simply want to relax and chill-out in the comforting atmosphere of an exclusive hotel, or perhaps you want to be in adventurous mood and strike out on a famous tourist trail in which Scotland is the perfect place to explore the past, the present and the future.

Steeped in history, with an outstandingly rich heritage, you can discover and explore Scotland and all of its glories from your Marcliffe base which is ideally located to embrace and enjoy many of the country’s finest attractions – all within easy travelling distance.

When you choose the Marcliffe as your hotel of choice, you can select from five suites and 37 bedrooms – all individually designed with your comfort in mind. Suites and rooms have king-size or zip-link beds, while inter-connecting rooms have double and twin beds to accommodate four guests, with extra roll-away beds available for larger families. Naturally, we all have all the ancillary facilities you would expect of a five-star hotel, including 24-hour room service and our attentive staffs who will guarantee to make your stay at the Marcliffe a most memorable experience.

As one of the UK’s most distinguished hotels, the Marcliffe at has welcomed many high-profile guests. From the British Royal Family, there has been HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Anne; foreign dignitaries including the Sultan of Brunei; former British Prime Minister and world statesman Tony Blair; actor Charlton Heston and rock star Rod Stewart from the show business world, and legendary US golfer Tom Watson. It also caters specifically for the business and corporate world.

The hotel offers a choice of six private banqueting and conference rooms. These striking individually-decorated suites are ideal for cocktail parties, private luncheons and dinners, and receptions and board meetings for any number ranging from just two to 400. Many special events such as themed banquets, new product launches, press conferences and satellite conferencing are held in the various suites for our extensive private corporate client portfolio.

And if you seek a romantic wedding, in the most romantic of countries, the Marcliffe at Pitfodels will provide an all-in package to cater for all your needs – even a kilted Scottish piper!

We are especially proud of our culinary delights. In the design and preparation of our cuisine, our team of chefs selects locally-grown vegetables to complement Scotland’s finest fish, meat and game…and reflect the truly Scottish nature of the Marcliffe. Set amid mature trees in 11 acres of wooded grounds, the Marcliffe has an instantly recognisable feeling of the countryside – but is just 10 minutes drive from Aberdeen city centre.

Aberdeen is Europe’s oil capital, and one of the most distinctive and beautiful cities in the UK – highlighted by it’s predominantly granite buildings which has led it to be known as the “Granite City”.

Aberdeen has a rich maritime past as a great trading centre- famous for its shipbuilding and fishing industries in the past, and its current pre-eminence as a major and significant player on the global oil and gas industry scene.

Aberdeen is the gateway to Royal Deeside and Balmoral Castle which has been the holiday home of the British Royal Family’s through seven generations since 1852.

Accommodations :

Our 40 suites and bedrooms have king-size or zip-link beds, while inter-connecting rooms have double and twin beds to amply accommodate four guests. Family rooms available, subject to availability.

Bathrobes, hair-dryers, refrigerated mini-bars with soft drinks and snacks, fresh fruit, biscuits, evening maid service, newspapers and magazines are all part of the service for our suites and bedrooms. And we provide you with a same-day laundry and dry cleaning service.

Each suite and bedroom has two direct-dial telephone lines, and you have the choice of many television channels including Sky News, Sky Sports, CNN and movie channels.

Dogs are especially welcome at The Marcliffe.

Each of our rooms contain an electronic extremely easy-to-use safe.


Our room service menus is available from 12noon until 22:00pm. You are able to order from the breakfast menu from 7:00am until 10:30am, and up to 20:00pm for all the culinary delights from our extensive restaurant menu.


We offer free a WI-FI system which provides a hook up to the Internet for hotel guests throughout the hotel.

Dining :

The Drawing Room Restaurant :

The Drawing Room Bar and Lounge features many original paintings by Scottish artists, as well as a fascinating array of artefacts collected by the Spence family over the years, including a display of 140 cheese dishes – collected from all corners of the globe.

The focal point of this splendid drawing room is the baby grand piano which is festooned with a pictorial record of some of the many VIPs and celebrities who have visited and stayed in our hotel since it opened in 1993.

With a real log fire burning invitingly, our guests and visitors find the Drawing Room an ultra-relaxing retreat – for morning coffee, afternoon tea or for joining friends and colleagues for drinks before and after lunch or dinner

The Conservatory Restaurant :

Our Conservatory Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch (outside in summer) and dinner. Our team of chefs specialise in Grampian Region produce – Aberdeen Angus beef, game, and fish and shellfish from local rivers and ports.

The wine cellar holds more than 400 choice wines, chosen from around the world, and the Drawing Room bar which is stocked with more than 100 choice malt whiskies.

Whether you are looking for a light lunch or a full dinner menu, the conservatory restaurant is the place to dine. Our extensive menu of the finest cuisine and the best of wines, served in relaxed, elegant surroundings, ensure a memorable experience for you.

Our very experienced head waiter is always on hand to provide recommendations to help you make your choice. On a fine summer evening, it is also possible to dine outside on the patio overlooking the garden.

 Golf :

Scottish Golf Trails

Scotland is The Home of Golf. This great game has been played on these shores for centuries and golf balls have been hit round Scotland’s north-east coast for nearly as long as in any other part of the country.

Today, north-east Scotland boasts over 70 golf courses. From stunning links courses to magnificent inland ones, there are plenty of choose from. The region’s courses are often overlooked by golfers keen to play some of their more famous cousins. To overlook the courses of north-east Scotland is to miss out on some of the world’s greatest rounds of golf. It is this choice and the golfing heritage that runs through every Scottish course which inspired us to establish Scottish Golf Trails.

Here are just some of the major golfing attractions in our immediate area:

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

For many pundits, Royal Aberdeen’s Balgownie course is regarded as golf in its purest form. It is recognised as one of the finest natural links courses in the country, and over the years top world-class professionals have made their pilgrimage to these 18 holes – including Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton, Greg Norman and Tom Watson, all of whom have waxed lyrical about the virtues of the course.

Murcar Golf Club

Stepping on to Murcar’s first tee, and looking down towards the humps and bumps of its famous neighbour, Royal Aberdeen, you might wonder what all the fuss is – it’s a birdie opportunity if ever there was one!

Cruden Bay Golf Club

Keen players from every part of the globe make their way here to sample for themselves one of Scotland’s most uniquely designed links courses.

Newburgh on Ythan Golf Club

Newburgh on Ythan Links is a championship course of 6423 yards: par 72: CSS 72. It was established in 1888. The outward nine is characterised by natural hills and undulations, requiring a range of adroit shot-making to meet the challenge of traditional gorse-lined seaside courses.

This course is located just two miles from the newly-constructed magnificent Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie.
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Paul Lawrie Golf Centre

Take your game to the next level. The Paul Lawrie Golf Centre is only 4 miles from the Marcliffe Hotel.


At the Marcliffe Spa we aim to relax, de-stress and indulge you. By using authentic ingredients we will renew and calm your mind, body and spirit.

Our Product Ranges

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SPA treatments available
  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Body Treatments
  • Fake Tanning
  • Luxury Manicures
  • Luxury Pedicures
  • Swedish Massage
  • Aromatherapy Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage

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