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Review: Moxy Aberdeen Airport hotel, the cheapest Bonvoy redemption in the UK

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This is our review of the Moxy Aberdeen Airport hotel.

It is currently – and will likely remain – the UK’s cheapest Marriott Bonvoy redemption until Marriott’s move to dynamic award pricing in 2022. It is currently a Category 1 hotel which means you need as few as 5,000 points per night during off-peak periods. Given that reward nights count for status, it even offers a mattress run opportunity if you live nearby. A full list of all Category 1 Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Europe is here.

But is Moxy Aberdeen Airport any good? As part of my recent tour of UK airport hotels – the reason for this will become apparent next week – I checked in to take a look.

Moxy

Location

As the name suggests, the Moxy Aberdeen Airport hotel is on, or next to, Aberdeen Airport, just south of the main terminal building.

It is extremely close, as the crow flies. Unfortunately getting to the hotel requires a PhD in orienteering. As you leave the terminal building you follow a covered walkway to the rental car park and Crowne Plaza:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport covered walkway

You are then dumped in the car park. But lo – behind the Sixt office building is another covered walkway.

Moxy Aberdeen Airport sixt

Bad news – it only takes you as far as the Crowne Plaza / Holiday Inn Express. And whilst the Moxy is just behind, there is no easy cut through – you have to walk allllllll the way around the hotels. You can’t even go through them, as they only have an entrance on one side.

But – finally! – there it is, in direct line of sight:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport exterior

Congratulations, you have reached your destination! A bit of extra signage and foresight by the airport planners could make things a LOT simpler.

Moxy Aberdeen Airport building

As you’ll have noticed, the Moxy sits in a cluster of hotels at Aberdeen Airport. In addition to the Moxy, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express, there is also a Courtyard, Jurys Inn and Premier Inn.

To be fair, it is within 5 minutes walk of the airport terminal and you can’t really ask for more than that. Whether or not you want or need to stay at the airport is a different matter, of course. To get into town you’ll need to drive, take a cab or the 727 bus – all of which take 20-30 minutes.

Inside Moxy Aberdeen Airport

With grey cladding it looks like a fairly standard airport hotel on the outside (the Courtyard, which I believe was built at the same time, is effectively a mirror image) but it transforms into a Moxy on the inside.

The dual-height lobby-come-lounge is flooded with natural height by the floor to ceiling windows and filled with the sort of things you’d expect at a Moxy. You have a casual seating area next to a lovely gas fireplace:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport lobby

Further back is a pleasant hot desking area – plus a record player and some old records in case you get bored of work.

Moxy Aberdeen Airport lobby 2

On the other side you have the Moxy bar and reception, which straddles a large dining table:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport dining table

Plus a pool table and table football:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport snooker table

You check in at the bar, as you do with all Moxys, and the process was quick and easy. The hotel recognised my Marriott Bonvoy Gold status and upgraded me to the largest room, a ‘Moxyfied Family Sleeper’. I didn’t get the usual Moxy welcome amenity, normally a free drink at the bar.

Rooms at Moxy Aberdeen Airport

Moxy keeps it simple and there are just three room types – a standard queen, a twin room and the Moxyfied Family Sleeper, effectively one bedroom suite with a large bed and sofa bed. These rooms also appear to be accessible as standard.

Since they are accessible you just tap your keycard and the door automatically opens onto this photo, which is pretty much as ‘funky’ as the rooms get:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport room

Unlike other Moxys you get a ‘proper’ wardrobe here with Rob’s favourite – stealable hangers!

Moxy Aberdeen Airport wardrobe

As the room is fully accessible all the doors and walk-through areas are very spacious, which is nice. Certainly a departure from a smallish room you’d normally find at a Moxy.

The suite opens onto the bedroom first:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport bed

You only get two pillows but the amenities are all modern with plenty of connectivity.

Moxy Aberdeen Airport bedside table

Slightly bizarrely, the bedside sockets are only compatible with European style two-pin plugs, although there are also USB sockets on both sides.

Moxy Aberdeen Airport connectivity

Opposite the bed you have a dividing wall with TV:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport TV

In the next room you have a pleasant living room with sofa bed and another TV:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport living room

…. plus the tea and coffee facilities, which means a Nespresso machine with non-Nespresso pods:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport tea coffee

Next up is the bathroom. It is actually a wet room as this is an accessible room:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport bathroom

A large shower with curtains is in the corner with the usual bright pink ‘Muk’ Moxy toiletries. You get one sink with some non-classy plastic-wrapped plastic cups:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport sink

The bathroom isn’t going to win any awards for style – it is a bit drab and dark – but it does the job.

Views from the room are nothing to shout about:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport view

The Moxy breakfast

The Moxy Aberdeen Airport also offers a continental breakfast. It is actually slightly bigger than I expected, with a range of pastries on offer:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport breakfast pastries

…. a choice of cereals:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport breakfast cereals

…. plus some ham, cheese and other salady bits:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport breakfast cold cuts

Scrambled eggs are pretty much all you’ll get in terms of hot food:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport breakfast scrambled eggs

If you want a hot breakfast then you can go to the Greene King pub across the car park called Dyce Farm, which will serve you a buffet for around £5 – less than half the £12.50 you’d pay at the hotel.

If you’re peckish throughout your stay there is a mini mart featuring a range of soft drinks and snacks. The bar is also on hand for any hot or alcoholic drinks you might want.

The gym

The hotel features a small basic gym comprising of a running machine, exercise bike, elliptical and a handful of weights:

Moxy Aberdeen Airport gym

Conclusion

I spent the good part of 24 hours in the Moxy Aberdeen Airport and, I have to say, I really enjoyed it. The public areas are lovely and bright, and there is a spot for everyone – I enjoyed working from one of the desks.

It was also a pleasant surprise to be upgraded to the biggest room type – it was more than I needed for my one night stay but still nice to have. The rooms are pretty plain for a Moxy – apart from the life-size photo of jumping woman the room feels like it could be in any hotel.

The breakfast, of course, is a poor deal given you can get a cooked breakfast at the pub next door for half the price, but it is well presented.

The Moxy Aberdeen Airport is a Marriott Bonvoy Category 1 hotel which means you need between 5,000 and 10,000 points per night. Cash prices start at £70 per night for a stay in mid November which makes it an excellent redemption. You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.


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Comments (46)

  • The Original David says:

    If all the rooms are “accessible” then I’d definitely avoid this hotel. Who wants water all over the floor of the bathroom? I’ll go to the HIEx…

    • Andrew says:

      At least it’s designed with that in mind. Typical hotel bathrooms with the small glass panel, can have water gushing everywhere just as easily.

    • Rob says:

      No, just this room type. Moxy Excel London is the same.

    • Chrism20 says:

      Personally unless you get the room type Rhys managed to get I’d go to the HIX. The twice I have stayed there I’ve been in a room that was the size of a matchbox that circa 8″ of space between the bed and the wall. Also the bog standard rooms didn’t have any coffee making facilities let alone a Nespresso unless anything has changed. If you can get the Courtyard for even slightly more than the HIX I’d go there as it far superior to the Moxy and the HIX. I’m not a fan of the CP at ABZ and am probably barred. I’ve stayed five times and five times they have screwed up the final bill with them taking about four times the bill on one occasion.

  • Rich says:

    Best feature of the Moxys I’ve stayed in is the nightlight under the bed, which comes on when get up to go for a pee and lights your way to the bathroom. Genuis!

    • Chris says:

      Didn’t agree the first time I stayed where I was in bed trying to figure out how to turn it off. Couldn’t find a switch so kept getting out of bed (obviously triggering the sensor and exacerbating the problem) to check every surface for a switch 😂

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Except when it’s faulty and you spend the night being disturbed by a bloody disco beneath your bed and the clicking that comes with it!

  • Dave says:

    Does the Aberdeen Moxy require ID when checking-in?

  • John T says:

    Why on earth would little Aberdeen airport need SIX airport hotels?!?

    • Chrism20 says:

      As Rich says its all down to oil and there are actually eight hotels – Jurys, Leonardo, Premier Inn, Marriott, Courtyard, Moxy, HIX and CP plus the Best Western/Hallmark at the opposite side of the airfield and then there is the Travelodge, Hampton, Hilton and Aloft all about five minutes drive from the Terminal.

  • Chrism20 says:

    Believe it or not the Courtyard is actually eight years old and opened in the summer of 2013. Moxy didn’t come along until Christmas 2016.

  • Tw33ty says:

    Hope you remembered to use the Amex £50 off £200 spend when you were at the abx moxy

  • Chuck says:

    Looks remarkably similar to the Hilton ?

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