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 this year, Skene House is 40 and Charles Skene, at nearly 84, is still "at the helm".
From its beginnings as a flat rental operation to the genesis of the Skene House concept all the way across the last four decades to where we find ourselves now: Skene House Hotel and Serviced Apartments, meeting rooms and flats. Change therefore, is embedded in the culture of the business and the last few years, due to external factors, have been challenging for Skene House.
However, this hasn't stopped Skene House evolving through anticipating and adapting to the ever-changing needs of our guests and corporate clients.
We noticed that many of our guests were fully embracing the home-from-home comforts of Skene House and staying for extended periods. Individuals and families continued to relocate to Aberdeen, but we were welcoming an increasing number of people who were moving to Aberdeen for fixed-term contracts, secondments or projects. These guests wanted more independence, fewer services and even better value-for-money and the opportunity for more personalisation of their accommodation. For this reason Skene House has introduced a serviced apartment offering at all three locations: lower nightly rates based on minimum stays and housekeeping per week, or per stay depending on the duration.
Skene House Whitehall with its more residential location and benefiting from its private gardens, is the perfect location for extended stay guests, 30 nights plus, who are looking for temporary homes while relocating or on a contract or project. We are delighted that it is now home to many who have created a lovely community. The herb garden is now proving itself with many longer-term guests taking full advantage of their fully equipped kitchens to create home-cooked meals. The local shops, delis and supermarkets on Rosemount Place are a handy stroll away for replenishing provisions and picking up a last-minute essential.
The local parks, Westburn and Victoria, are dog-walking heaven, and the back "yard" a handy amenity for late night "visits".
Our staff are still available 24/7, as usual, to provide support and assistance, when needed, and are happy to take deliveries of post or larger parcels, and even grocery deliveries which can be stored in fridges and freezers or delivered and unpacked in guests' serviced apartments. Guest Lounges and Honour Bars, at Holburn and Rosemount, provide a change of scene or meeting place.
So, if a stay of 3 nights, or longer, at Holburn and Rosemount, or 30 nights, or longer, at all three properties, then our serviced apartments could be what you’re looking for: you'll enjoy the same spacious accommodation, the same great 24/7 support, hotel facilities and amenities and housekeeping at exceptional value for money. And if you decide you want breakfast then you can enjoy our continental and full Scottish cooked breakfast buffets on a pay-as-you go basis.