A NEW hotel proposed for Aberdeen city centre would be the most luxurious in more than a century, developers said today.
EDC Hotels promised a level of opulence not offered since the “Victorian era”.
Details have emerged about the £30 million Union Street project after the Evening Express revealed plans had been submitted to the city council.
The 11-storey building would include a massive reception area and piano bar, and a 4,000 sq ft spa.
Plans for the 146-bedroom four star-plus facility have been tabled by city-based EDC Hotels.
Co-owner Ivor Finnie said: “Our city centre has not seen a major new luxury hotel development since The Grand Hotel – now The Caledonian Hotel – in 1892. Our city is looking to the future and everyone agrees on our need to create a more diverse and balanced economy.
“With our new hotel and spa development, our aim is to deliver a modern, stylish and contemporary spa to meet the needs of future visitors, many of whom will be looking for high end leisure.”
The site includes the former Budz Bar on Justice Mill Lane, and the former Aberdein Considine premises on Union Street. Mr Finnie said the hotel would retain its Union Street facade and feature quality material like marble.
He said: “This will be a place to do business or to meet for afternoon tea. It will serve brilliant food, it will have a fantastic spa.
“This is the hotel Aberdeen deserves but has never had.
“We are Aberdonians.
“We believe in our city, we believe in our economy.”
EDC currently has four hotels in its portfolio, the Holiday Inn Westhill and in the city, the Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn at Bridge of Don and Holiday Inn on Chapel Street. Co-owner Alan Wallace said the hotel would complement new office blocks in the west end but also honour the area’s history and heritage.
He said: “Union Street itself has a rich cinematic and theatrical history and our design will re-invent that feeling of glamour and glitz for today’s hotel traveller guest.”