Welcome to the Royal Athenaeum Suites

Designed with high–quality bespoke finishings, furniture and upholstery – we offer studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments that are perfect for short or long term stays.
Built between 1819 and 1822 by renowned Aberdeen architect Archibald Simpson, the building was originally a newsroom and reading room and in 1888 it became a well-established restaurant owned by popular businessman Jimmy Hay.
Scot’s author Eric Linklater wrote eloquently of “Jimmy Hay’s Restaurant,” a name that stuck with an older generation long after it became the equally popular Royal Athenaeum Hotel and Restaurant.
From the 1940s, the hotel and restaurant was a huge part of Aberdeen society. It played host to many prestigious events and civil functions and became a much-loved venue across Scotland for it’s exquisite food and service. In August 1973, it closed after fire destroyed its famous dining room and was converted to offices some years later.
We are now delighted to present this beautiful refurbished building combining its old Georgian style with modern bespoke decor.
These bright and spacious accommodations offer the perfect home away from home in breathtaking surroundings.


Just a five minute stroll from the city’s bus and rail links – the Royal Athenaeum Suites offer the perfect central location to discover Aberdeen’s best attractions as well as it’s restaurants and bars,
Our suites overlook some of the city’s finest architecture – the Castlegate area, Union Street, the Town House and Marischal College.
Aberdeen has plenty to offer visitors from theatre shows to music venues and art galleries to museums.
Here is a snapshot of just some of the City Highlights that are less than 10 minutes walk away >>

For more information check out www.visitscotland.com and the Aberdeen Box Office at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com to find out what’s happening during your visit.