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“Over-priced, poor staff and pretentious”
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Aviator Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Farnborough
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Mytchett, United Kingdom
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“Over-priced, poor staff and pretentious”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

I've said it all in the title really. It's a place that thinks it is the dog's nuts but forgets that it is situated in Farnborough and not to next to Harrods in London.

The beer is awful with no major brands except from some terrible Czech beer that I've never heard of with not much change out out of a fiver for the privilege. Cocktails again are ridiculously over-priced and taste horrendous. I don't mind paying over the odds in these sorts of places but honestly..don't bother.

The staff are too young and rude, especially behind the 'sky bar' which looks more like you've entered a lap dancing club. It's very dark and dinghy and just fairly uncomfortable all round really.

I seriously WOULD NOT bother coming here. You will be severely DISAPPOINTED. Didn't stay here so I can only vouch for the bars - there is another one on the bottom floor but you can only go in it sometimes.

Pointless doormen/bouncers at the entrance are also very annoying and look at you like you are the crap on their shoe when you walk in.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Stayed here just one night on a business trip. The hotel is of a standard compared to London hotels and surprisingly very quiet. Checked in quite late, and was offerred a complimentary mini cocktail, which was delicious. Check in quick. Room was very clean and the bed comfortable. Bathroom has a great power shower and nice toiletries. The dinner in the hotel restaurant was excellent and the food was served piping hot. Good portions of food and didn't have to wait long once ordered. Good wine list too.
I told the hotel I had no time for breakfast as was leaving early. but would like tea. Tea came on time in the morning and they also brought a little takeout bag, with fruit, yougurt, croissant and juice - which was just a lovely thought.
All the staff were very polite and accomodating.
Can't think of anything negative to stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Odiham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Farnborough in Hampshire is not necessarily the place where you look for a stylish high end hotel and fine dining. However - how wrong can one be - this hotel oozes style - picking up the theme of aviation and giving it a luxurious and contemorary edge. It is worth visiting just to have a look at the architecture of the central staircase, which rules the foyer - stunning. I love the detail in the lifts, which are clad in croc leather and feature an airplane porthole - showing the sky - fabulous attention to detail - and underlines the whole theme of the location.
The rooms are furnished to a very high standard and the Sky Suite is simply superb with oodles of room, walk in closet and a huge bathroom with seperate shower. Beautiful touches of objets d'art.
The staff was very helpful and discreet. Only one minor critisism - I could not dock my Ipod in the suite and presume this will be the same in all of the other rooms. And - just sometimes - you can hear a plane lading or taking off - after all - the stylish Sky Bar overlooks the runway of Farnborough Airport.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

Out in Farnborough, it delivers the same type of class, quality, comfort and modern design that is associated with high end hotels in London.

My room was excellent. It was big, and stylish, with a desk and sofa. Very comfortable and quite too. Bathroom was also big. New and modern on design with its tiles, granite wall and rain top shower.

If you take a morning flight from the US to London and then have to be in Farnborough, you will be hungry for dinner. The Aviator has 2 Indian restaurants that are a 5 minute walk away. I was with colleagues of mine and we ordered from Paprika. We ordered take out, a lot of it! For this, they gave us a free bottle of wine. They also have Kingfisher on tap!

The Aviator allowed us to eat in their common area and also offered us plates, cutlery and wine glasses. Most hotels scoff at this, but not the Aviator. I will stay here again on my next business trip to Farnborough.

  • Stayed December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

The Aviator is an astonishing surprise. Halfway between Farnborough and Aldershot, on the edge of Farnborough airfield (a business airport, so don't think Heathrow jumbos and night flights), this hotel couldn't be more unlikely. One of the most stylish hotels I've ever stayed in, superb staff and glorious rooms. Complimentary wifi and movies help with the fact it's not in one of the nearby town centres.

Didn't have chance, or the funds to sample the restaurant - though it looks superb, it's sadly out of my expense budget. There are a few restaurants in walking distance however.

It's not a cheap option but their weekend packages would tempt me back to the area I've only ever considered for work.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Anaheim, California
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

In the middle of a two week stay and so far so great! The staff has been very accommodating to me and my disabled wife. The hotel is very comfortable and the food has been very good! But most of all the staff has been great, very friendly and personable! The Sky Bar is also relaxing and friendly, great drinks!

Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Had a very enjoyable stay at the Aviator, great value with the Mr and Mrs Smith deal...definitely treat yourself and stay in one of the sky suites. Spent a couple of nights here with my boyfriend, relaxing in our gorgeous room, watching the free movies and enjoying the free soft drink mini bar...great turndown service with candles and nice lighting. Very nice touch with strawberries and chocolate and a card when we first arrived in the room. Very comfy bed, brilliant sound system...loved the random ornaments around the room and the Missoni blanket!

Couple of down points:

Only had one meal, room service which was a very poorly cooked burger that cost £23 in total...bought a picnic and had it in our room the next night!

Breakfast in the restaurant was a bit of a mess, terrible service (yet very friendly!) buffet was always nearly empty, had to ask for a plate as they had run out! Practically had to beg for coffee, food dropped all over the floor by a child and took them about 10 minutes to notice it and clean it up...orange juice dispenser always empty...had to constantly ask for items that were missing off the table...

Not much outside of the hotel but a wonderful place to have a couple of nights away somewhere rather special (much better value than London!!)

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aviator Hotel
Address: 55 Farnborough Road, Farnborough GU14 6EL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Farnborough
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center 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 
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