Recommended: Aviator hotel, Hampshire

Last week, Pete and I had a week off work and as we already have a holiday planned in October, decided to stay in the UK. We also had a wedding on both Saturdays flanking the ear-marked week of rest, the latter in Surrey which gave us an excuse to try a hotel I have been curious about for some time – The Aviator in Farnborough, Hampshire.

I’ve spotted it several times on Mr and Mrs Smith, where there are often fantastic deals to be had on the already well priced rooms. Situated near lots of big businesses it receives a lot of corporate visitors during the week, hence the knock down weekend rates.

We arrived on Friday afternoon after a 5 hour drive from Cornwall, hot and bothered and desperate to enjoy the glorious sunshine. We were greeted at the door and taken to the first floor reception where we were offered a welcome cocktail and efficiently checked in before being personally taken to and shown around our room. The hotel takes it’s theming from the airfield it overlooks – all based around a luxurious era of vintage travel with polished woods, leather and chrome. The interior is incredible, all built around a central circular atrium and exuding luxurious style.

After checking out our room, with it’s clever touches like a built in sofa alongside the desk/dressing table and sleek shower room, we headed directly to the terrace and proceeded to sink several cocktails whilst watching the planes arrive in as the sun set.

There was a great range of dining options, with a deli open in the day time that we didn’t experience, a bar and terrace bistro menu, a la carte and a tasting menu for special occasions if you’re pushing the boat out at £95 per person. Although the deal we got on the rooms was cheap, the drinks and food are not – a burger was £14, cocktails around £10 and the lamb main I ordered later that evening was £26, but the quality was fantastic and I cannot express how good the service was, efficient, pleasant and never intrusive yet with your every need pre-empted – far superior to that of your usual ‘business hotel’.

After a restful night we filled up on the cooked breakfast, after sampling nearly every part of the extensive continental spread with everything from meats and cheeses to homemade bircher muesli and pastries or fruit.

The atmosphere was so good that I couldn’t wait to share it here, I wish we had an excuse to go back and if you’re in need of the kind of weekend that involves a lot of doing nothing, good food, lovely drinks and a hefty dose of stylish luxury, I’d highly recommend it. I had previously been put off but the lack of anything to do in the area but having been, its the perfect place to do nothing. (Do drop a note in the comments box if you have any suggestions for local activities!) We actually visited Stonehenge on route to the hotel to break up our journey – one hour to the west, if you fancy that sort of thing.)

We booked through Mr and Mrs Smith and got 2 nights for the price of one, with breakfast included, for £120. (you can stay there a week on Friday for 2 nights B&B for £137.50) An absolute steal.


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12 thoughts on “Recommended: Aviator hotel, Hampshire

  1. This sounds lovely, do you have to be a member of Mr and Mrs Smith? I often look at their website but have never become a member.

    We are off in November for a week and are saving for a big hol in Feb so are thinking of a few nights away instead of a week. This looks like a good idea, I often find really good deals on Secret escapes for nice hotels in this country.

    Are you going anywhere nice in Oct that we can look forward to hearing about? We are nearly at the end of a week in Northumberland in a fab cottage and have enjoyed every minute. Holidays really make work worthwhile eh!


    • Hi Alex

      No – you don’t have to become a member to book through us but members get more – offers, discount and an extra gift on arrival. I do hope we can help you find a great hotel.

      Tamara (AKA Mrs Smith)

  2. Wow that is a total bargain! Have also looked at this one before for a mini break but never taken the plunge, going to earmark it for future trips! Great photos too xx

    • We booked somewhere last year and they upgraded us to the silver membership free! The discount section is also so worth looking at too – there are some great ones like 10% off Liberty online, Graham and Green and Green, Cowshed, Cath Kidson…xx

  3. Wow your hol sounds lovely, we are off to book our hol on Sat for Feb, not sure of destination yet but will be far away to get some sun at that time of year! It’s for our first wedding anniversary 🙂

    I am going to sign up then when I get home, seen some nice hotels in Paris on there!


  4. We got married very near the Aviator and some of our guests stayed in the hotel both the night before and on the night of the wedding, can thoroughly recommend it, it was really lovely! x

  5. I saw your pics on Instagram Rebecca and it looked fabulous then. These pics really make me want to go and anything to do with travel, vintage and aeroplanes is a massive win for me. I’ll be keeping my eye out for a bargain. thanks!

  6. I love the look of this hotel. We get married in Surrey next year and I have been looking at the Aviator as a possible first night hotel.
    Mr and Mrs Smith is often my first port of call when we’re planning a holiday or weekend away. Their selection is excellent and there’s a number of reasonably priced, yet still stylish options too. And I’ve always experienced great service over the phone too!

  7. We stayed here a couple of years ago. It is absolutely stunning inside, I love the moody lighting and the foyer/stairs are incredible. The service was impeccable too.
    Would love to go back!
    Ps very jel of your winter hol plans!

  8. I live near the aviator and hubby works on the business park, I’ve always found it strange that such an amazing hotel is in farnborough when there isn’t much to do…but the airport gets some pretty flash a list / big money passengers so I guess that’s why.
    I would so love to see a wedding held here, those stairs are just dying for a gorgeous dress photo op!

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