We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good effort but room for improvement”
Review of Aviator Hotel

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Aviator Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Farnborough
Certificate of Excellence
Potton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 445 helpful votes
“Good effort but room for improvement”
Reviewed 9 February 2010

I find myself in general agreement with the two previous reviewers, Phantom and Josh. The design of this hotel is strikingly different and most pleasing to the eye. I cannot fault the bedroom and facilities offered therein. The problems lie within the brasserie.
My wife and I dined on Sunday evening and enjoyed starters of warm scotched egg and smoked chicken caesar. We decided to order the daube of beef which is a sharing dish. Our waitress recommended we augment our choice with a side of green beans. Some time later she returned to inform us that there were no green vegetables available. (We were dining at 1930hrs and the service continued for another two hours). She suggested we might care to order extra carrots (the dish comes with carrots and potatoes) or perhaps the salad (an interesting option considering our choice). Having returned to the kitchen again the waitress came back to our table to offer some curly kale, which we agreed upon. The daube was a glorious dish, rich with a depth of flavour that only careful slow cooking can afford it. The kale was supplied on a minute side dish and bearing in mind our main was a hearty winter warmer, was barely sufficient for one person. We were soon obliged to order again.
Breakfast the following morning was disappointing. Service was poor; we were forgotten about until I asked for coffee and to order and at no stage were we offered any toast. My cooked English was cold and the poached eggs were more like hard boiled. The sausage and bacon seemed like it had been cooked hours before.
Despite these comments I would stay here again, but would hope that the level of service in the brasserie had improved.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank CityGardener
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

1,909 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    1,262
    430
    134
    47
    36
See reviews for
168
948
34
466
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (485)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Farnborough, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2010

Was lucky enough to win an overnight stay at the Aviator in a local competition. On arrival we received a free upgrade to one of the airside suites.
The room was amazing with stunning views out over Farnborough airfield and the surrounding countryside. The room had everything you could wish for fabulous walk in closet, large seating area with large flat screen tv stunning panoromic windows overlooking the airfield. Extra size kingsize bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, large bathroom with a walk in power shower, large bath,
Room amenities were excellent with complimentary mini-bar, teas, cafetiere coffees, biscuits.
Free movies with upto date library of films, dvd player, complimentary music and wifi connections.
The decor is gorgeous with stunning chocolate browns, dark wood. The hotel is modelled around a plane propeller which makes for a stunning building.
All the staff were very friendly, could not do enough for you, very efficient without being intrusive.
We had a drink in the stunning Sky Bar which again has views over the airfield, plush sofa's, candlelight and a very relaxing atmosphere. The bar menu is extensive with a long list of delicious cocktails to work through, plus an extensive list of beers and spirits. We moved onto dinner in the brasserie which was delicious. It is nice to see that the chef uses local suppliers.
I would have no hesitation in recommending the Aviator to anyone and we are looking to return as soon as possible for another stay, but being local we will definitely be returning reguarly to visit both the bar and restaurant. We had a delightful evening and totally forgot we were only about 20 mins from home!!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank cougs88
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2010

Interesting visit here. Firstly it is easy to drive straight pass the entrance to reception, it is not clearly marked also the hotel itself is very difficult to find. The website is very smart but hopeless,it is impossible to read the telephone number (far too small) and impossible to read directions to hotel. Hotel is very attractive on the inside although the very dark corridors are not to everyones taste. Cannot complain about my room although lighting is very poor (impossible to read in bed) and no shaving/magnifying mirror in the bathroom, which is otherwise lovely. Beware no shower caps.Very comfortable bed and pillows and all linen lovely quality. I suggest that room service is not used. Each morning lots of things left off breakfast tray. Not enough milk sent up, no butter, no toast etc. etc. Last morning when I asked where the butter was I was told that butter is only sent up if requested. Food was very good, but only when you actually got it. Service in main restaurant and deli bar very very slow. Lovely young waiting staff, but not well trained. Very helpful reception staff even talking colleagues through their journeys to find the hotel as the postal code does not work in sat navs. Management here needs to sort out the details then you may live up to expectation, but you do not at the moment. I will still suggest people stay here, just keep your fingers crossed that management is sharpened up.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Josh049
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Camberley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
1,081 reviews
120 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 602 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2010

We celebrated New Years eve at the Aviator and also stayed overnight. There is plenty of parking but it's a bit of a hike to reception so drop your cases off before parking. Strange to find reception situated on the first floor level but there is an escalator and lift. Sky Bar had great service and was a comfortable place to "hang out". The meals in the Brasserie were fine but of course this was a special menu and so I cannot comment on the standard of normal meals. We drank a few bottles of wine and although surprised to find them reasonably priced I personally found the cheaper red "vin de pays" to be poor quality. The waiting staff were helpful and able to offer an "off menu" cheese selection for dessert which demonstrated good customer service. The rooms were of a very good standard but it took a while to work out the layout of the floors to find our room.

Overall Farnborough is a drab and soulless town and so this hotel is a welcome addition to the area. We'll probably return for a meal on Valentines Day.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank nnmercman
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London UK
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2009

I booked the Aviator hotel not quite knowing what to expect but I had read a few reviews in the press. This hotel must be one of the newest and most under rated boutique hotels in the UK. Rooms superb and drinking in the hip and trendy Skybar you could be anywhere........But Farnborough

Sleek, Chic and Convenient for the Airport ;-)

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank mapmuppet
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Berkshire
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2009

Each year, my company holds its christmas party at a local hotel. We have visited pretty much all of the "better" hotels in our local area so we were thinking that this year we might have to look further afield when we remembered the new Aviator hotel in Farnborough. Twelve of us stayed over at the weekend and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Check-in was quick and efficient and the free welcome drink was a nice touch. Bedrooms were excellent, very clean, very modern and well equipped. The bed itself was soooo comfortable!! We had a view over the airport which made it that bit more interesting as well. Interesting fact that the hotel corridors are deliberately kept dark as this encourages people to whisper as you walk along them. It works too!! The food was very pleasant and the service we had in our private dining room was very good. We were really well looked after all evening. Breakfast the next morning was well organised too. The normal buffet style lay out. Only one slight criticism here and that was that the plates for your cooked breakfast were cold. They really should have been warmed up so as to keep your breakfast that bit hotter for longer. Check-out again was quick and efficient with the girls on the desk being very pleasant. All in all, an excellent stay in a fresh, modern hotel.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank TricksBerkshire
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Darlington, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
286 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2009

I stayed at The Aviator Hotel in Fanborough as an overnight stay before visiting Mercedez Benz World in Weybridge. The hotel is right next to Farnborough private airport and the rooms have massive windows overlooking the runway which have some great views. The building itself is absolutely gorgeous and styled by the wife of the Mal Maison creator. It has been really well planned out with a spectaculor white staircase up the centre of the building. The building has 4 floors of rooms with a Brasserie on the gruound floor and reception and Skyy Bar on the first floor. The staff were very professional and we were well looked after during our stay. By the time we had checked in we were offered complimentary coktails and that was before we had got to the room! (I was won over by this point lol) The rooms were aviation themed with great views. the bathroom had a rainfall shower with REN toiletries as well as Aviator robes and slippers. All roms are soundproofed so you are not distubed by the runway adjacent. The flat screen tv is preloaded with films, music and sky television. We were able to reserve a tabel for dinner when we checked in, and the restaurant looked very popular for both guests and visitors. The menu draws on local produce and changes daily and the food was very nice with its own unique flair. Service was a little slow but it was a Saturday night and all tables were full. there was a wide range of food served at breakfast but at £15 for a bowl of porridge is is good value when included in the price of your room! A cold buffet was available as well as a selection of hot food to order. The staff throughout the hote were very helpful and friendly. The staff in the cocktail bar are very talented and create a wide variety of signiture drinks and at £9 each they are worth it. We had passional fruit and strawberry plum martinis.

I had a really memorable weekend here and is one of the best hotels I have stayed at in the UK :o)

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Kim R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Farnborough
0.6 mi away
Village Hotel Farnborough
Village Hotel Farnborough
#5 of 7 in Farnborough
1,423 reviews
9.9 mi away
Tylney Hall
Tylney Hall
#1 of 1 in Rotherwick
1,321 reviews
6.3 mi away
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.4 mi away
Holiday Inn Farnborough
Holiday Inn Farnborough
#6 of 7 in Farnborough
637 reviews
19.4 mi away
Oakley Hall Hotel
Oakley Hall Hotel
#1 of 1 in Oakley
1,147 reviews
5.7 mi away
Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Aviator Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Aviator Hotel

Property: Aviator Hotel
Address: 55 Farnborough Road, Farnborough GU14 6EL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Farnborough
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Farnborough
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Aviator Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 169
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, TripOnline SA, Hotels.com, Expedia, MrandMrsSmith, Odigeo, Ebookers, Agoda and Evoline ltd so you can book your Aviator Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Aviator Hotel Farnborough, Hampshire

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing