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Why settle for the kind of dingy airport hotel that horror movies are inspired by, when you can spend a night in both convenient proximity and the lap of luxury? Today's airport hotels offer many deluxe amenities, like high-end spas, gourmet dining and high-tech room accoutrements. Still, certain airport hotels rise leaps and bounds above the rest, taking pampering and design to unprecedented levels while being located mere minutes from their guests' airport terminals. Read on to discover the 5 finest deluxe airport hotels.
It may be the only hotel connected directly to the Hong Kong International Airport's passenger terminal, but the Regal Airport Hotel's prime location is just one of its many highlights. Many travelers staying at the 1,171-room hotel arrive for only 1 night prior to their flight departure. Still, the Regal is centrally located for folks staying and doing business in the city, and is just 24 minutes from Hong Kong's central business district on the Airport Express Line (AEL) train. Guests can dine at any of the hotel's 6 restaurants, which dish up delightful Cantonese, Shanghainese, Japanese and Western meals. Travelers needing to unwind after a stressful flight of business trip can pamper themselves in the Regal's heated indoor and outdoor pools, or with a spa treatment like an herbal wrap, massage or body scrub at the deluxe OM Spa.
While Sofitel London Heathrow offers guests luxurious accommodations in a contemporary space, other conveniences abound at this airport hotel, such as its Park & Fly discount deal. This special package offers guests lowered rates when they stay for 1 night (assumedly prior to flying) and leave their car parked at the hotel for 4, 8 or 15 days. This could save savvy travelers money on airport parking during a trip. Other amenities include direct access to Heathrow's Terminal 5 via a walkway, and other terminals via an airport train. For guests hoping to stay here for the duration of their trip to London, the hotel is a mere 21 minutes from central London by airport train. During your stay, pop by the Sphere Bar & Lounge for a specialty cocktail or the Perrier-Jouët champagne bar. Should the stress of travel leave you feeling wilted, rejuvenate with a trip to the hotel spa's aromatherapy steam room.
Love the convenience of sleeping at an airport hotel but hate the sound of planes zooming overhead? The Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel is blissfully soundproofed, and conveniently located right inside the Vancouver International Airport -- above the US departures terminal. Long-term parking packages are also available for locals with cars who are spending the night before their multi-day trip here. For travelers passing through the airport on connecting flights with long layovers, the hotel even offers day-use rooms, available for 8-hour stretches so weary folks can catch a comfortable snooze. Come evening, guests should dine at the award-winning Globe@YVR restaurant, which specializes in gourmet, Pacific Northwest cuisine, featuring items such as cedar-roasted Pacific salmon and Queen Charlotte Island sablefish. Finally, unwind after dinner with a drink at Jetside Bar, which offers sprawling, floor-to-ceiling views of the runway and surrounding mountains.
Design lovers will fall head over heels for the ultra-stylish Langham Place. The hotel's 327 rooms feature marble baths, rain showers and high-tech amenities -- not just Wi-Fi, but touchscreen telephones and iPod clock radios. Should a standard room not suit you, check into one of the penthouse suites or the 2-storey "townhouse." Guests staying on the Club Floor enjoy exclusive access to Club L, which features a library, game room and an array of snacks and drinks. When guests are ready for a meal, they can check out one of 4 restaurants, though scenesters should head to the hip Fuel, which offers tasty items like ribs and steaks, in a party-friendly atmosphere complete with DJs, live bands and dancing. The hotel is a mere 1-minute complimentary shuttle ride from the airport's Terminal 3, and 15 minutes from the city center via express train.
The wise staff at the Crowne Plaza Changi know that weary travelers crave 1 thing when they arrive on the hotel's doorstep: relaxation after a long flight. Guests can unwind in the hotel's lushly landscaped courtyard gardens and pool area, or refresh with a meal at Imperial Treasure, where they can choose their own fish from a tank to be prepared Cantonese-style. If muscles are sore after a long flight, book a massage at the onsite Aspara Spa, or loosen up with yoga video on your in-room television. The hotel's design is also eye-catching: Metal latticework in the shape of flowers surrounds the building's exterior, while the lobby's furniture design is said to be inspired by papayas and watermelons. When you're ready to get your '70s groove on, head to Bar '75, where you can sit in a private nook, shoot a game of pool or watch an English soccer league game on the big screen TVs.
About the Author
Valerie Conners is a New York-based freelance writer who has worked in various roles at the Travel Channel for more than 10 years. She has written for digital and print publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Frommer's Travel Guides and Discovery.com. She's happiest when eating spicy Thai food, snorkeling with sea turtles in Indonesia and bargaining for bangles in Indian markets.