Mainstay Scots hotel to close after ‘difficult period’ during coronavirus lockdown


A mainstay Scottish hotel, bar and restaurant has announced it will not reopen after being hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.The Aberdeen Mariner Hotel, on Great Western Road, has been run by the Edwards family for over 30 years.

But it closed at the start of the pandemic and will not reopen.

The city has been placed in localized lockdown for three weeks after a Covid-19 spike linked to Aberdeen nightlife.

The Mariner Hotel in Granite Town will not reopen

All bars, restaurants and cafes have been closed and restrictions have been placed on visitors and travel.

Yesterday we recounted how Granite City’s only major gay venue was temporarily shutting down due to a music ban.

Cheerz bosses said the atmosphere had “changed completely” since they weren’t allowed to play tunes – but said they hoped to reopen when politics changed.

A statement from the Edwards family to the Mariner said it had been “an incredible trip” and they would join the team.

It read: “With a heavy heart, we can confirm that the Mariner Hotel will not reopen.

“The lockdown has been a difficult time for many hotel businesses in Aberdeen – and we are no exception.

“We have had a wonderful journey over the past 30 years – bringing Atlantis to the Malacca Hotel, and making it a home for ourselves, our amazing staff and our locals and patrons.

“We have enjoyed being part of a lovely West End community – it has been a privilege to be part of it.

“Although this is indeed the end of an era – we are heading for a new adventure… joining the great team at Cults Hotel.

“Thank you all for your custom, your support and your friendship.

“Forward and up,

“The Edwards family”

City Council Chief Douglas Lumsden commented: ‘I’m sorry to hear this, I was at the bar on March 20 when the lockdown was announced, never imagined it would be the last time at the bar .

“As a family we have spent many evenings in the sailor, the best in the future. ”

While, Kim Watson wrote: “I am so sorry to hear this sad news of the end of the era. I loved my time or my time working at the Mariner and met so many lovely people… lots of great memories.

“Good luck on your new Cults adventure. I love it there so can’t wait to see you there! “


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