We recently had our third stay so felt the time was right for a review. The first visit was a gift for my husband, he's former RAF so I knew he'd love the aviation theme, which he did. The 2nd visit we also visited the Air Show staying in a Sky Suite. Third visit to make use of the weekend 2 nights price of 1 offer staying in a Sky Suite.
So a bit more info:
Yes the area around it isn't very interesting or picturesque. There's a decent pub down the road as well as a small air museum. However, if you are after a relaxed and romantic break to reconnect in gorgeous hotel surroundings you will do here.
The hotel is always pristine with all communal areas spotless and well styled in 50s style glamour. If you can splash out and get a Sky Suite, double the size of standard rooms they are gorgeous and super comfortable with huge bed and gorgeous seating area (could seat 5!) with separate tv to cuddle up on before bedtime to watch movies, with great surround sound. Walk in wardrobes. Huge bathrooms. You really barely need to leave your room!
There is a pretty good gym, again very nicely styled and overlooking airfield, with several treadmills, bikes and weights.
Restaurant is always a good experience, good dinner food (a few more options for veggies would be nice) but glam setting and fabulous breakfast spread.
We've had some issues with breakfast room service on several occasions with them totally messing up/forgetting our order so recommend going down and eating there if you can!
Staff are sweet and attentive, again as they are a very young staff on the whole sometimes things aren't quite as smooth as you hope.
Last stay in Sky Suite was great but the much advertised Missoni blankets weren't there (we had to call and ask for them) - bit annoying when they specially mention these on the Sky Suit descriptions- and you'll need them to drape over you on sofa area in evening. The small tv by the bed set into the room divider is far too quiet even on highest volume setting so was barely worth watching- this really needs to be looked into as we all love watching tv in bed! The tv in bathroom barely worked and only had 2 channels ! If they could sort these few niggles and get their breakfast service team up to scratch it'd almost be a perfect flawless experience.
But we always look forward to retuning, for such a huge hotel it still feels very personal and as someone who really vales style in a hotel (even though such a glam look is usually not my preference ) it all works brilliantly and is a very comfortable but stylish experience from the moment you enter.
- 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