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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.



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


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)

  • Bobby says:

    Any idea if sofas in hotel room are ever cleaned? I hardly ever use them, terrified of what may have happened on them 😳

    • ChrisBCN says:

      If you put your clothes on before sitting on the sofa, it will offer you some protection

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Don’t want to disturb you, but why just the sofa? If your hotel room has been open for a few years, then everything you can imagine has already been done on or in every single surface within it. 😀

  • Martin says:

    Best not to think about what might have been happening on the mattress then….🤐

  • Steven says:

    Perfect timing Rhys, was looking at this hotel last night as a potential booking in two weeks time.

  • Tw33ty says:

    The picture you have off the empty land outside, the plot just beyond the plot outside your window, is going to be a small Tesco and a takeaway unit.

  • David says:

    I ‘stayed here recently’ as a mattress run ( which I later didn’t need!).
    I was checked out on day 9 of a 15 night stay as I hadn’t been in the room for a few nights. phoned the hotel and got it sorted – probably should have told the hotel I may be out of the room for a few nights.
    Had a great just eat curry on the one night I did stay.
    If you are Plat you get a credit for breakfast – I spent mine on beer!
    My room cost 60k points for 15 nights.

    • Matarredondaaa says:

      Don’t understand why you would want to use 60k of points as thought the object of a mattress run was to gain points to top up your total to qualify for something.

      • David says:

        Because I have a huge number of points and breakfast/ upgrade / early – late check make it very worthwhile. Breakfast can easily be £100 plus per couple per night.

        • David says:

          It’s not about the points it’s about the status. That’s why most people do miles/mattress runs.

      • Chas says:

        To help retain Plat status for next year, if you value the benefits of that at greater than 60k points value?

        • David says:

          60K miles currently cost £391
          TPG values Platinum at £2290 ( I think I get more than that – will work it out next year !)

  • Froggitt says:

    “Slightly bizarrely, the bedside sockets are only compatible with European style two-pin plugs”…….banking on another reffy, a YES majority, and joining the EU.

    • Tw33ty says:

      You be amazed at the amount of non Uk people staying at the cluster of hotels around the airport.
      Oil companies fly staff in from all over and use them as hubs to get works on helicopters to the rigs.
      The airport isn’t really a airport for Uk folk to go on holidays, it’s a service for the oil industry, and uk folk coming to Aberdeen tend to stay in the city a few miles away.
      The hotel is catering to their much larger demographic with the plugs,

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Then surely it makes more sense to have the multi plug type sockets not just cater to those from mainland Europe.

      • Michael Jennings says:

        Yes, there are a remarkably large number of airport hotels at Aberdeen given that it isn’t a terribly large city and the city centre is only about 20 minutes away. But as a base for the oil industry it makes sense.

    • RussellH says:

      Being a little geeky, it is actually a CEE 7/3 socket, known as a Schuko socket and designed for a CEE 7/4 plug, as used in many, though by no means all European countries.
      France, Belgium, Poland, Czechia + Slovakia use CEE 7/5 sockets and CEE 7/6 plugs which are dimensionally identical with Schuko, but have an earthing pin built into the socket.
      Most appliances sold in both these sets of countries are now fitted with CEE 7/7 plugs, which are compatible with both types of socket.
      Switzerland has its own, unique, plugs and sockets, which are incompatible with everywhere else.
      Cyprus, Malta and Ireland (so three EU countries) use the same BS1363 13A plugs as the UK (though for a time, Schuko sockets were used in Ireland).
      The Danes and the Italians have their own quirky sockets, which are increasingly becoming more or less compatible with CEE 7/7 plugs.
      In general, the BS1363 system, combined with a 13A ring main, is a better, much more robust system than those used elsewhere.
      The main downside of it is that if you drop a BS1363 plug on the floor, there is a good chance that it will land with the pins sticking upward, which is very uncomfortable if trodden on with bare feet. But electrically, it is far superior.

      • Mike says:

        Russell H – for your knowledge I salute you – seriously thanks

      • TJones says:

        RussellH, am I right in thinking that “universal” sockets which take multiple types of plugs are not permitted in UK?

        • Bagoly says:

          The ones with multiple holes on top of each other like an adapter – true.
          I’m not sure about a power bar bought in the Gulf, since it is not “installed”.

          However, you can install a European socket if it meets UK standards of rigidity/flame retardance etc MK make them , or at least used to.
          And a UK one next to it.

          • RussellH says:

            And you can install BS1363 in Switzerland if you know what you are doing. My brother has a number of UK sockets in his house, and the building inspector passed them.

            I installed a couple of Swiss sockets in my house near Dunblane in the early 1980s – no idea if they are still there now!

        • RussellH says:

          Sorry, no idea what a “universal” sockets which take multiple types of plugs is!

      • Bagoly says:

        I just add that “Schuko plug” is often used to refer to CEE 7/4 rather than CEE 7/7, i.e. will not fit sockets in France, Belgium, Poland, Czechia & Slovakia.
        And “Europlug” is the flat two-pin plug.
        So when many people, especially Brits, say “Schuko plug” or “Euro plug” they actually mean the CEE 7/7, for which I can’t find a snappy name!

      • Bagoly says:

        While the pin arrangement in BS1363 is somewhat superior to the ones used elsewhere, I find more important are the other differences – metal (or at least rigid) backboxes, sockets screwed into the wall rather than just pushed, switches on sockets, live and neutral not crossed on one half of double sockets, holes into which one screws wires (rather than having to put them under a screw which also holds the wire connecting the second socket) etc.

        • RussellH says:

          Personally, I dislike switches on sockets – always seems like overkill – so I always install unswitched ones if I can get them.

  • Steven says:

    Seems like they have actually stopped accepting award bookings for just now. When you search it says this hotel is not offering any award availability. Seems to be all the Marriotts in Aberdeen are the same.

  • riku says:

    the layout of the suite seems the wrong way round. I think it’s much nicer if the door from the corridor opens to the lounge and from there you go into the bedroom. That way the lounge offers some noise insulation between your bedroom and the door into the corridor.

    • Andrew says:

      Given that it’s likely to be children on the sofa bed, better that they have to pass the parents before reaching the bedroom door.

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