Skene House, a family business
Charles Skene’s original aim for Skene House, 40 years
ago, was to provide a better alternative to traditional hotel
accommodation for the many families and individuals relocating to
Aberdeen in the 1970s. It's been an eventful four decades. Read more
to find out about the fact that Skene House is still a family business,
owned and run by Charles Skene, his children and a team of hospitality
professionals many of whom have been with the company for many years.
Charles Skene joined the family photographic firm of Studio Morgan, a family business that specialised in wedding and portraiture, following his National Service and a brief stint working in Glasgow apprenticed to a photographer, when he was just 20, in 1955.
What could he do with 400 properties, the majority of which were in Aberdeen's city centre and west end? In the 1970s the oil boom was generating opportunities for many local business people and Charles Skene was no exception.
By the mid-eighties, Skene House Rosemount was clearly the flagship location for Skene House. Its city centre location and proximity to all of Aberdeen's key leisure attractions, and within easy access of the train station and roads from the south and to the north made it ideal for business guests.
By the mid-nineties, Charles was looking for a new project. In 1996, following an investment of £7m, he developed the B-listed buildings on the corner of Union Grove and Holburn Street, into Skene House Holburn, a luxury boutique HotelSuites development which included an Honour Bar, a Breakfast Restaurant and a Guest Lounge.
Skene House, under the leadership of serial-entrepreneur Charles Skene, has always adapted and evolved to meet or exceed the expectations of its guests. And last year, Skene House is 40 and Charles Skene, at nearly 85, is still "at the helm".