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Savvy travelers are aware that a good airport hotel can drastically improve a long layover. When your layover accommodations are upscale and unique, the airport hotel starts to feel like a destination in and of itself. Featuring hotels with roller rinks, Michelin Star restaurants, and even an in-house robot, here are some of the coolest airport hotels around the world.
Jumbo Stay, Sweden
Parked in the lot of the Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Jumbo Stay provides the opportunity to sleep inside a luxurious jet, without even leaving the ground. The decommissioned 747-212B, which was built in 1976, has since been converted into a hostel with 33 rooms and 80 beds. Providing a combination of bunk-style dorm rooms, standard rooms, and private suites, these airport accommodations make it easy for aviation enthusiasts to get up close and personal with a jumbo jet.
Of all the rooms, the luxury Cockpit Suite, with its rows of buttons, flying instruments, and panoramic views, is by far the most coveted. Many guests also clamor to stay inside one of the four Engine Rooms, where the motors have been replaced with cozy double beds. Outside of the guest rooms, there is a café, bar, and conference room on the first-class deck, while the airplane’s wings have been converted into an outdoor patio.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel, Singapore
Located inside Singapore Changi Airport, the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel offers a luxurious oasis for travelers looking to unwind without even leaving the terminal. Surrounded by soundproof glass and sound-absorbing door frames, the Premier Runway Rooms provide sweeping views of the airport’s runways, with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow aviation enthusiasts to watch planes take off and land at any time of day.
Outside of the room, the hotel’s heated pool is the next best option for relaxing. Surrounded by tropical plants and palm trees, the pool, located on the rooftop of Terminal 3, is the perfect place to rejuvenate before your next long flight. If you prefer more privacy, the hotel also provides Pool Terrace Rooms, complete with private pools, lush landscaping, and access to the hotel’s upscale Club Lounge.
Sofitel London Heathrow, United Kingdom
Connected to London Heathrow Terminal 5 — which happens to be the main terminal for British Airways — Sofitel London Heathrow is both convenient and posh, making it an ideal place to stay during your travels. With top-notch service, over 600 rooms, and views of the airport, the five-star hotel offers guests the opportunity to unwind between long flights.
Of the three main dining options, La Belle Époque is an award-winning restaurant, serving up gourmet French cuisine in an upscale dining room. For something less decadent, Tea 5 Salon offers guests a cozy ambiance and a choice of over 30 tea options. Best of all, the hotel’s swanky champagne bar, Perrier-Jouet, is sure to lift your spirits with its wide array of bubbly. If you prefer not to leave your room, the variety of suites provide complimentary minibars for all guests, which is an excellent option when combined with the hotel’s expedient room service.
Hilton Munich Airport Hotel, Germany
Situated between Terminal 1 and 2 in Munich International Airport, the Hilton Munich Airport Hotel is a surefire way to enjoy your layover. Best known for its stunning atrium lobby, the hotel’s entrance is airy, bright, and massive — with enough reception space to accommodate 1,000 people. A recent renovation added 162 rooms to the hotel, while also giving the Alps-inspired interior a fresh upgrade.
The hotel’s dining options are aligned with the hotel’s mountain theme, with two main eateries, the Mountain Hub Social and the Mountain Hub Gourmet. Both restaurants provide Alpine-inspired fare, with the latter being a fine-dining option that serves multi-course meals that feature the likes of foie gras and calamari. Of the hotel’s many offerings, the Fit and Fly Spa is especially alluring to weary travelers, boasting a steam bath, sauna, and heated indoor pool.
Westin Denver International Airport Hotel, Colorado, U.S.
Connecting to Denver International Airport’s Jeppesen Terminal, the Westin Denver International Airport Hotel is captivating inside and out. From the outside, the aviation-inspired building resembles a pair of blue wings, while the hotel’s interior is adorned with large-scale pieces of art created by local artists. Keeping the landscape of Colorado in mind, the floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the Rocky Mountains from the hotel’s heated pool, while the fitness studio overlooks the airport’s iconic, mountain-inspired rooftop.
The hotel itself is very much aligned with the outdoorsy Colorado lifestyle — pets are allowed to stay in the rooms and the Grill and Vine hotel restaurant serves seasonal, farm-to-table fare. Since the hotel is also connected to the commuter rail, guests can easily venture into downtown Denver without renting a car.
Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda, Japan
Since it directly connects to Terminal 3 of Haneda Airport, the Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda couldn’t be more convenient for tired travelers. It’s also an impressive hotel, with an avant-garde lobby, massive windows, and a minimalist, modern feel. With 313 rooms in total, the guest rooms may be considered small by international standards, but they are well-appointed and highly efficient, ensuring that guests want for nothing.
Each room is outfitted with fluffy towels, a pair of slippers, and embroidered pajamas, in addition to a luxurious bathroom filled with enticing amenities, such as heated floors, a deep tub, and an electronic Japanese toilet. Outside of the room, the hotel’s restaurant, Tailwind, provides a combination of Western and Japanese fare, making it easy to get your sushi fix before you disembark.
TWA Hotel, New York, U.S.
Situated outside of Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the TWA Hotel has converted the historic 1962 TWA Flight Center into a swanky airport abode. With over 500 soundproof rooms that provide views of the runway, this hotel embodies vintage vibes. From the minute you step inside, the hotel’s lounge and lobby transport you back to the golden age of aviation, with red carpet, swooping ceilings, dramatic staircases, and mid-century furniture.
Other throwbacks include a wall of pay phones, an operational photo booth, a giant Twister room, vintage departure boards, and an outdoor roller skating rink on the tarmac. History buffs will also love the New York Historical Society’s curated exhibits that explore the cultural history of aviation in the ‘60s. In addition to these charming retro touches, the TWA boasts the world’s largest hotel gym and a luxurious infinity pool located on the rooftop.
Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Canada
Positioned inside the main terminal of the Vancouver International Airport, the location of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel couldn’t be more suitable for travelers. Even better, the hotel’s five-star service begins at check-in, as pre-registered guests will have their room key handed to them as soon as they disembark the escalator into the hotel lobby. Another exemplary service offered to guests includes the fish valet, which is directed at customers who are returning from fishing trips and need to store their freshly caught food in a freezer.
For active travelers who would like to explore the trails surrounding the airport, complimentary bicycles are available to borrow, with the option to bring a packed picnic for an added cost. If you want to luxuriate in the privacy of your room, the Fairmont has plenty of in-room wellness packages, while the exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge provides top-notch service and views of the runway.
Cordis Beijing Capital Airport, China
Adjacent to Beijing’s Capital International Airport, Cordis Beijing Capital Airport is a 10-minute walk or short shuttle ride from Terminal 3. Providing contemporary rooms with chic, modern touches, the Cordis feels like a deluxe retreat away from the bustling airport. Above all else, the hotel’s culinary offerings make it a worthy destination. Its high-end dining option, Ming Court, has received two Michelin stars for its authentic Cantonese food and extravagant wine menu.
Guests can expect to find exquisite wine paired with lavish food, such as fresh crab flown in from a coastal province daily. The Cordis Market also provides international dishes from across the globe, with delicacies from China, India, and the Western Hemisphere to choose from throughout the day. Best of all, the hotel has a resident robot that roams the lobby and is available to assist guests with things like the weather report, flight status, and how to find your room.
Regal Airport Hotel, Hong Kong
As the only hotel connected to the Hong Kong International Airport, the Regal Airport Hotel is impressive at first glance, mostly due to its size. With 1,171 spacious guest rooms — many of which face the sea or the runway — this hotel is massive, providing so many offerings within its walls, you won’t ever want to leave. With six restaurants and a bakery, guests have their choice of traditional Shanghai or Cantonese eateries, Japanese fare, a dessert bar, a pub-style grill, and an international buffet.
The Thai-style OM Spa, with its sauna and steam room, provides an array of sumptuous beauty regiments including Jasmine milk baths, herbal steams, and tamarind body scrubs. With day rooms available to book for weary travelers, often with complimentary massages, the Regal Airport is a sought-after place to find some much-needed R&R on the other side of the world.
Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
A short shuttle ride from the Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi is an opulent and uber-modern hotel that is sure to impress. While the hotel’s exterior resembles a spaceship, the interior is equally lavish and eccentric, with welcome desks shaped like oil drops, black-lacquered ceilings, and plush pillows and rugs adorning the seating areas. All the suites and rooms within the hotel are spacious, luxurious, and often have views of the water.
With two rooftop pool decks, guests can take their pick between the SUN Deck for poolside lounging and the WET Deck for live sets from an in-house DJ. The W Lounge is also an experience, serving high-end cocktails in a colorful and retro space that overlooks the racetrack. That’s right — the Yas Marina F1 Circuit surrounds the hotel, which hosts an annual Grand Prix race every autumn.