5 airport hotels you’ll WANT to stay in!
You’re on a multi-stop holiday and you get the dreaded 12-hour gap between a PM landing and an AM take-off; fear of inflated jetlag and missing out on precious ZZZZs settles in.
I endured an airport overnighter once, and even with a travel buddy to help me through the night I would have happily budgeted the money for a bed if I’d known of a great airport hotel nearby.Airport Sleepover vs. Airport Hotel – see the benefits
🙁 Limited seating, so the floor is your only option (which 200k+ peeps could walk on every day – ewww!)
🙁 No open food outlets and no handy pocket change in local currency for vending machines
🙁 Finish your book and your iPod runs out of battery – no bookstores open, no power points in sight
🙁 Luggage gets ‘misplaced’ after you’ve nodded off
🙁 You sleep through your alarm and miss your flight!
🙁 Your flight gets delayed (a casual 4+ hours)
🙂 Plush pillow-top bed with crispy clean linen
🙂 24-hour room service and minibar
🙂 In-room entertainment system
🙂 Secure storage for your belongings
🙂 Room service wake-up calls
🙂 Ask for a late check-out (airport hotels are flexible) and take your time at brekkie
Still nervous? Fear not, we’ve sought out some top hotel airports that you’d be happy to extend your overlay for…
Regal Airport Hotel, Hong Kong
Linked to the Hong Kong airport itself, Regal Airport Hotel offers 5-star digs and comfort. If the meals on your flight fail to hit the spot, you’re sure be able to make up for it here with six restaurants and bars, and 24-hour room service (if your bed is just too comfy to leave).
Wake up the next morning with fully restored energy? Before you hit the high altitudes again, regulate your body’s blood flow with a session in the on-site gym or some laps in the indoor heated pool.
Sofitel London Heathrow
Fit for the Royal Queen, Sofitel London Heathrow is all class and sophistication. Connected to Terminal 5, the hotel has a slick, fresh look, and its facilities can replenish even the weariest traveller. After check-in, unwind in the vitality pool aromatherapy steam room with a massage or treatment. Continue the inner-cleanse-a-thon at Tea 5 with elegant teas, finger sandwiches and Parisian pastries.
Too mellow for you? Then get cultured with a London Pimms or two at Sphere bar before dining at French restaurant Chef’s Table.
Le Meridian Dubai
Although Dubai Airport itself is nothing short of amazing, sometimes the Snoozecubes just don’t make the cut (claustrophobia’s not so relaxing).
For classic luxury, Le Meridian Dubai can be your hidden haven from the rapid activity of the world’s fastest growing city. Whilst your decision to stay here is easy, a big challenge is deciding where to dine from the 18 restaurants and bars. Italian, seafood, Irish, Japanese, specialty beef, Thai… serious dilemma for the gourmet traveller!
If all that choice stresses you out, put your mind to ease at Natural Elements Spa. Here you can easily make one menu decision – hot stone massage or body treatment – before you make your way to your chosen cuisine.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Singapore
One night at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport might have you ticking off “tropical destination” on your trip to-do list. It’s full of rainforest-style gardens and open corridors, which are architecturally designed to allow natural light to hit all the right places. There’s also a stunning outdoor pool with atrium feature.
The hotel rooms are modern and elegant with a balmy feel. The design consists of cream and bamboo tones with floral features, a style which is also carried through the hotel’s bars and cafes.
If you’re craving more than just your in-room rain shower, pop into the Essence Vale Spa. With a menu that features jetlag reflexology, it specifically caters to the needs of the long-distance traveller.
Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport
Flying from or back to home soil is made that much sweeter with a stay at the only 5-star Sydney airport hotel, Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport. You’ll be impressed from the ground up, with the foyer setting the tone for a lavish stay with grand appeal.
The rooms feel like they’ve been upsized to the point where they need their own area code (they’re THAT big). Buzz up to the rooftop and stretch out poolside to unwind and maybe even catch some extra ZZZZZs.
You have three dining options at the Stamford: The Grove Restaurant for the fancypants diners; AV8 Bar & Cafe for something more casual; or the comfiest option – 24hr room service 🙂 .
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