➔ British Airways Club Europe | Airbus A321neo | Heathrow – Aberdeen
➔ Courtyard, Aberdeen Airport
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➔ British Airways Club Europe | Airbus A319 | Aberdeen – Heathrow
With pretty much everything either reset or on hold with regards to hotel status, I had the option of pretty much anything that took my fancy in 2021.
Ideally, I would usually go for something in the city centre on a trip. However, this time around I had an evening arrival and an early morning departure from Aberdeen. Therefore, something within a reasonable distance of the airport was preferred.
As it happened, the two hotel brands I had been collecting points with previously had properties more or less next door to one another, within walking distance of Aberdeen Airport. So it was almost a case of flipping a coin to decide which one I went for! Both were around the same nightly rate.
However, the overall cash price would end up being irrelevant as I used 16,000 Bonvoy points to pay for the two nights at The Courtyard.
Only having around 10k in my IHG account meant that I didn’t have enough for the Crowne Plaza.
The hotel itself was located within walking distance of the main terminal at the airport.
I checked in using the app earlier in the day. When arriving at the hotel, everything was ready and I was handed my key. I was asked whether I wanted to leave a card on file or if I wanted to pay as I went. This is how it should be in my opinion. As I’ve said many times before.
I was allocated a room on the 4th floor.
Whilst not the biggest room that I’ve ever had, the space was used well.
Immediately on the left, there was a bathroom with half a glass wall. As I mentioned, this was done to make the most of the space in the room. In addition, there wasn’t a bath – but an oversized shower instead.
The usual Courtyard amenities were provided.
The room itself was clean and tidy enough. There was a king sized bed, with a pair of bedside tables.
At the far end of the room, there was a decent sized glass table. This worked well for a number of uses. It was handy for using an iPad/laptop, along with providing a decent sized area to eat. Which came in handy later in the day, as the hotels restaurant was closed. Instead, you had to rely on a take away service or order in.
Opposite this was a wardrobe, along with a fridge and safe.
Tea and coffee facilities were provided – in a more Covid safe manner than previously.
Opposite the bed was a large flat screen TV. That I never turned on during the time I was in the room. I suspect there wasn’t anything special in the way of channels. Virtually every other time I’ve stayed in a hotel in the UK, it’s been Freeview and not much else.
Downstairs in the reception area was a bar – which was closed, due to Covid regulations and a market place, selling drinks, crisps, sweets and various other bits. Unsurprisingly, everything was massively overpriced. There is a petrol station with a shop nearby, which would no doubt be cheaper.
There are a number of accommodation options at Aberdeen Airport. I suspect the Courtyard Aberdeen Airport is a step up from the Premier Inn and Holiday Inn Express that are nearby. But I’m not sure if it would beat the Crowne Plaza, which is also on the same road.
One thing that should be noted was that there was no housekeeping during my stay. And only the one set of towels. This meant a call to reception to get them replaced, which wasn’t too much of an issue. They arrived within 5 minutes. But it would have been less hassle to provide two sets in the first place.
One major plus point was that the hotel provided a return bus ticket to the city. And the stop was a short walk from the hotel, so reaching the city is easy from the hotel.