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Skene House Holburn

In our neighbourhood – Holburn Street

You’ve arrived in a new city YAY! – BUT you’re only here for 48 hours. Where do you go? what do you do? you might have researched all the touristic things to do but where do you find the simple everyday pleasures and necessities….like where to find the BEST toastie, where is my nearest Starbucks, OR the ultimate nail-fixer in the city? Do not worry, we’ve got answers to all these questions and more right here on the blog.

Named as one of the Top 10 Grilled Cheese Shops in Britain, we are sooo lucky to have this little shop of deliciousness on our doorstep. If you can’t face walking down the street they’ll even deliver using the Deliveroo app service. Choose from ‘Monsieur Melt’ a Three Cheese Melt with Béchamel and Red Onion Marmalade or get a real taste of Scotland with the Haggis and Cheese Melt. There is even a Macaroni and Cheese Melt…and for those with a sweet tooth – a Chocolate Fondue Melt!
58 Holburn Street – 2 minutes walk from Skene House Holburn

Body’n’Sol Beauty Salon
Need a quick fix manicure? Right below your Skene House Apartment Hotel you will find Body’n’Sol, offering Gel and Shellac manicures, eyebrow tidy-ups and relaxing massages. Perfect for squeezing in the beauty essentials whilst you’re travelling for business or leisure.
28 Holburn Street

Scottish Gifts and Souvenirs
Rosie’s Social Enterprises, situated just across the road from Skene House Holburn, sells beautiful hand-crafted Scottish gifts and cards to take back home. What’s more, every penny you spend at Rosie’s goes back into supporting its social aims. Rosie’s Social Enterprises helps to support people recovering from mental health issues or an acquired brain injury.
45-49 Holburn Street

As well as some fantastic independent local businesses on our doorstep, we also have the well-known household names. If you can’t go anywhere without your daily Starbucks coffee fix, just a 5 minute walk from Skene House Holburn on Union street you will find your nearest Starbucks. Speaking of coffee, we now have take-away coffee cups* available from the Skene House lounges, complimentary for all our in-house guests.

*You might also love the fact that our take-away coffee cups are completely compostable, made in the British Isles, have excellent thermal properties and are lined with plant based PLA not plastic.

For all other essentials:

Right on our doorstep, you will find a small pharmacy for any little emergencies you might have.

We have a small convenience store moments from your apartment on Holburn street or a larger Tesco Express or Sainsbury’s Local 5 minutes walk away on Union Street.

Nuffield gym is just across the road and discounted day passes can be purchased from our reception team. No excuses to skip your fitness routine whilst travelling!

To book your stay at Skene House Apartment Hotels contact +44 (0) 1224 659 392 or

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