7 International Airport Hotels You'll Actually Want to Stay In
We’ve been there: the hours-from-now flight rescheduled due to a missed connection; the overnight layover between long international flights; the crack-of-dawn departure flight from an airport located more than an hour’s drive from the city center. For many, those scenarios result in long hours waiting in the airport. But as airports are being modernized and expanded, more and more hotels catering to upscale and business travelers are being built right into them, especially in European, Asian, and Middle Eastern cities. Below, we highlight seven airport hotels — all of them walkable from the terminal — that are top-flight.
The Crowne Plaza in Singapore’s Changi Airport is gorgeous and convenient (Photo: Choo Yut Shing/Flickr)
The hotel: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Singapore
Where it is: A link bridge connects the hotel directly to Terminal 3. Terminals 1 and 2 are accessible by Skytrain.
Why we like it: A gorgeous floral design motif, garden courtyard spaces, and huge guest rooms (with deep soaking tubs) give this chic, modern rest stop a resort-like feel. For plane spotters, the hotel is a great vantage point for watching a procession of mega-sized A380s and 747s.
Best amenities: Not only do Executive Club rooms allow access to the terrific Club Lounge (complete with breakfast, all-day canapés, evening cocktails, and two meeting rooms), but a number of Club rooms on the third floor open directly onto the large, tropically landscaped outdoor pool.
The Crowne Plaza’s Azur restaurant is one reason you’ll likely skip room service (Photo: William Cho/Flickr)
Dining options: You’ll likely pass on room service (though it’s 24 hours) in favor of either the theatrical, buffet-style Azur or fine-dining Imperial Treasure (Cantonese) restaurants for their excellent and extensive offerings. Two bar/lounges also serve up small and shareable dishes to go with their cocktails.
Pet peeve: The fitness center and spa are a bit small.
The details: 360 rooms, rates from $209.
The Sofitel London Heathrow is an attractive, full-service hotel (Photo: Sofitel London Heathrow/Facebook)