About five hours into a flight, the initial thrill and excitement of going on a plane is quelled by the frustration of not being able to leave the confines of the aircraft builds. Whether travelers have already planned to spend a night in a particular city before catching the next flight to their final destination or are forced to make last minute hotel accommodations due to unforeseen circumstances, knowing that there is a luxury hotel near the airport makes all the stress of traveling disappear. The hotels below, located in or nearby the airport, are praised for their exceptional amenities and of course incredible runway views, raising the expectations of other airport hotels around.
1. Crowne Plaza, Changi Airport, Singapore
This architectural masterpiece is constructed to suit the needs of the modern day traveler, echoing the vibes of a typical Singaporean atmosphere with its multicultural theme infused with its high tech design. Featuring 320-guest rooms, 243-business rooms, and six-meeting halls, the Crowne Plaza at Changi Airport is directly accessible via Terminal 3 and can also be reached from Terminals 1 and 2 through the airport’s innovative People Mover System.
Guests will be prepared to tackle the next stretch of their journey after a visit to the high-end spa, where treatments such as jet lag reflexology are specially tailored for weary travelers. Almost too delicate to take a dip in, the breathtaking 540-square-meter pool is the center of attraction at the Crowne Plaza. Unlike the simple dishes served more than 35,000 feet in the air, the dining options at this airport hotel are a treat to travelers’ taste buds. Whether guests choose to watch chefs prepare meals at Azur, sip cocktails at the Club Lounge, play a game of pool at bar’75, or flavor Cantonese delicacies at Imperial Treasure, their hunger will surely be satisfied before they board their next flight.
2. Hotel Sofitel, Heathrow Airport, London
As a popular destination for connecting flights, it’s only fitting that one of the most impressive airport hotels is located in London Heathrow International. With 578-classic rooms and 27-upscale suites, the warm décor coupled with the modern amenities at Hotel Sofitel creates a memorable stay for guests. Appetites of even the pickiest eaters will be pleased at any of the hotel’s three restaurants. La Belle Epoque puts an Asian twist on gourmet French dishes and Vivre appeals to visitors with its thematic themes featuring all types of international cuisine.
Guests can melt into the sofas at Tea 5, savoring an assortment of cold and hot beverages, or unwind at either of the hotel’s two lounges with drinks and small appetizers. Also a venue for conferences, Hotel Sofitel boasts 45-meeting rooms that can hold up to as many as 1300 people. Equipped with a state of the art wellness center, including an in-house salon, this airport hotel has all the facilities needed to reenergize guests after hours of plane time.
3. InterContinental, O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg
Whether it’s anticipated or unexpected, a last minute layover in Johannesburg may turn out to be rather enjoyable, especially at the InterContinental. Mere minutes from the arrival gates of O.R. Tambo International Airport, InterContinental is located nearby the train station that can transport travelers to downtown Johannesburg where they can explore art galleries, museums, and local shops. Whether travelers book a standard room, executive room, or splurge on a presidential suite, an inviting atmosphere will greet them in each space where touches of African décor introduce them to culture of Johannesburg.
The InterContinental’s 24-hour restaurant, Quills, gives guests a chance to experience new types of food crafted with specialty ingredients and featuring a variety of game meats. Following in the footsteps of the hotel’s restaurant, the Quill Bar also features local wines and light dishes throughout the day. The InterContinental would be incomplete without its spectacular spa amenities that include a masseuse and steam baths. Rejuvenating body therapy and soothing beauty treatments will relieve guests of all the exhaustion associated with traveling.
4. Hilton Hotel, Munich Airport, Munich
Passengers aboard flights making descents into Munich will be drawn to the iconic, glass atrium of the Hilton Hotel decorated with palm trees. Nestled between two terminals at Munich Airport, the Hilton is a place for drained travelers to escape the buzzing environment and recharge. Soundproof guest rooms are a tranquil, private space for visitors where they can stretch out and sleep for hours on plush bedding, freshen up in the posh bathroom, or calmly enjoy refreshments from the minibar.
At the 24-hour Fit & Fly Spa, guests can swim laps in the heated indoor pool, relax muscles at the whirlpool or detox in the sauna. The active traveler bored of sitting on a plane for hours will be excited to test out modern equipment at the fitness center. Keeping the toll that traveling takes on the body in mind, meals served at the Hilton are both hearty and nutritious. Guests can fill their stomachs at Charles Lindbergh restaurant that features weekly themed buffets or chat with friends over a drink at the Nightflight Bar. For passengers not spending a night in Munich, booking a day use room will enable them to take advantage of the hotel’s facilities during a layover.
5. Regal Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
Tucked away neatly beside the passenger terminal of Hong Kong International Airport an accessible via an enclosed corridor, the Regal Hotel elevates the standards of airport hotels around the world. Housing 1,171 guest rooms, the Regal Hotel gives visitors a choice of 10 different types of accommodation including standard superior rooms, spacious apartments, and upscale presidential suites. With plenty of natural light coming from the large windows, the soundproof guest rooms are equipped with flat screen televisions, free WiFi, and basic amenities.
Prepared to host events of all sizes, including celebrations and weddings, the Regal Hotel has extensive conference and meeting facilities suited for the travel lifestyle of the business globetrotter. In a city where diverse food plays a vital role in the local culture, it is only natural that the Regal Hotel provides its guests with a dining experience that enables them to taste all sorts of international cuisines. Guests can dine at any of the six restaurants or choose to skip straight to dessert at the patisserie.