Friday, 12 June 2015

In the hot seat with Amanda Aitken from Banchory Lodge

Every other month the marketing team at Guestline distribute a newsletter covering the hospitality industry - If you have yet to read a copy our latest edition can be found here. This time around we caught up with Amanda Aitken, Sales and Marketing Manager at Banchory Lodge to find out a bit more about her role and Hotel. 

If you fancy putting yourself in the hot seat you can contact the team at with the subject 'In the hot seat'. 

Name – Amanda Aitken

Hotel – Banchory Lodge Hotel

Describe your hotel and its facilities – A former Georgian Mansion set on the banks of the River Dee where it meets the River Feugh, the hotel has stunning views over the rivers and grounds. The hotel has 28 individually decorated bedrooms as well as a function Suite which can cater for up to 120 guests, we have Dining room, Lounge and bar area all offering fantastic food and an outdoor terrace for those sunny days.

Describe your job in a nutshell – As a small hotel I get involved in all areas but my main role is to look after the sales & marketing of the hotel, reception and event co-ordination

What’s sets your hotel apart from the rest? – The location, the unique design and the staff, there is always a warm welcome here

What’s your favourite thing to do?  – Walking, whether it be through the city or the countryside, you'll always see something new

What are the first 3 things you do when you come to work? – I normally start around 7am so a check round the hotel and the staff to see all is well, computer on and a cup of hot water

If you weren’t working in the hospitality industry, what would be your dream profession? Have my own patisserie, I love baking cakes & biscuits and also decorating cakes

What’s been your career highlight so far? The transformation of Banchory Lodge, it's gone from a tired, quiet hotel to vibrant and busy, a place to be in the area!

If money were no object what would you have at your hotel? A leisure centre with pool, gym and spa, it would be fantastic

What’s the most embarrassing thing you have done at work? Oh, my colleagues might say there are too many to choose one, I can be a little clumsy at times

What’s your guilty pleasure? A wee sing along at home to Kenny Rodgers whilst cooking & cleaning

If you could describe yourself as a cocktail which one would you be and why? – Bellini, a fun drink with a bit of sparkle but still traditional

What would you do if you won the lottery this weekend? Treat all our family to a holiday, somewhere warm & sunny, oh and a new car for me

Final say: Any special offers, insights or promotions to tempt our readers to your hotel?
We offer a fabulous celebration package which include dinner, breakfast as well as a bottle of prosecco in the room from only £170 per couple, the perfect way to relax and spoil your other half


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