We had a lovely stay at The Aviator.
My boyfriend and I arrived separately (I came by train; he drove). When I arrived, I was greeted, offered to have my bag taken from me, and directed to the check-in desk on the first floor. Check-in was quick and easy; the receptionist was helpful and informative.
I had booked a Studio room with an airside view - I was glad I paid the extra and upgraded; the extra sitting area space really made the room feel large and luxurious. The only downside for me was that by choosing an airside room it meant that the bathroom only had a shower (not a bath as well).
The bed was firm, but still comfy. As the mattress was firm, I would have preferred pillows that were similar, but instead, they were quite flat. This wasn't an issue though - there were plenty of cushions to use!
I watched a movie while getting ready and waiting for my boyfriend to arrive - there's a large selection which was impressive for a free service.
Our dinner reservation was at 20.15. Like other reviewers, I found the service to be very slow. Our drink order wasn't taken until after our food order (we wanted a cocktail menu, not the wine menu) and our drinks arrived after we had finished our starters. From this point, the service picked up. The waiters were all very friendly, but I would prefer a slightly more attentive service, especially as the restaurant wasn't very full. I don't mind waiting for food, but was very thirsty!
The restaurant must have been told by the front desk that we were celebrating my boyfriend's birthday, so even though we declined our desserts (we were stuffed!) they brought out some chocolates for him to sample.
We left the restaurant (2 courses and 1 drink each) at 22:50. It was lovely to have a leisurely dinner, but this took a longer than we anticipated (we had an early start the next morning).
The next day we had breakfast before heading out for the day. There was a large selection, and it was all very tasty, but unfortunately, a little cold.
I wish we had chance to sample the Sky Bar, but our schedule was so jam-packed, we just couldn't - hopefully next time!
We noticed our bed had been turned down on our return, and candles were lit. This was a lovely little touch.
The next morning, our breakfast was much hotter.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and will certainly stay again; but next time, I would spend the whole weekend there, rather than venturing out. That way, we could really relax and enjoy everything the hotel has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aviator was created by TAG Group as a hotel for elite travellers moving between London and the world's leading destinations. Located near London in Farnborough, Hampshire, Aviator opened in 2008 as one of the most striking design hotels in recent times. Innately stylish, Aviator binds the timeless glamour of aviation with seductive interiors and ultimate comfort. The bedroom interiors are contemporary yet rich and comfortable with walnut paneling, leather accented furniture and bathrooms with black glass walls, granite vanity tops and chrome finishing. Sky Suites amplify the indulgent personality of the hotel with walk in wardrobes, generous bath tubs, Missoni blankets and space to lounge surrounded by dark wood Venetian blinds. Guests can discreetly access the fitness studio from their rooms using a guest only stairwell at the north end of the building. The lobby and atrium of the hotel present the Deli, Brasserie and Sky Bar which overlooks the TAG owned private airport. Within the Brasserie sit two of the hotel's private dining rooms, exemplifying the intimacy and allure of the dining experience. The variety of fresh and classical dishes are accompanied by carefully selected boutique wines from producers around the world. Located on the first floor is Sky Bar, a cocktail bar designed with intention. Secluded black leather Rocket chairs and relaxing lounge areas create the ultimate place to sip our signature cocktails. The design of event spaces at Aviator are well considered. The private entrance to the events wing and dedicated relaxing lounge areas provide direct access to the versatile meeting rooms. Used exclusively for tailored events and celebrations, the Sky Lounge overlooks awesome views of the airport and combines with the atrium to create a venue that promises to leave a lasting impression. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aviator Hotel Farnborough, Hampshire