IF you’re a serious traveller, you probably know that feeling when you begin to think you’re spending more time in the clouds than on the ground.
When you’re rushing to catch a flight, dealing with lost baggage and sometimes sleeping in cramped cabins, the last thing you need to deal with during your travels is another long haul to and from your hotel – especially if you have an overnight layover.
Startle.com has searched high and low for hotels that are as close to airports as they are comfortable – these five airport hotels from Seattle to Hong Kong will get you from gate to check-in (or vice versa) in no time at all.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Vancouver
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport features rooms with soundproof windows and unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains, Gulf Islands and, if you can’t get enough of your travels, the runway – it’s actually located inside the airport directly above the US departures terminal.
Whether you’re taking advantage of a day room or an overnight layover, Jetside Bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain and runway views, and Laurentian stone fireplaces will set your travel jitters at ease while you sip on a unique honey lager made from homegrown honey (and brewed through a partnership with the local Whistler Brewing Company).
If that doesn’t do it, head to the Absolute Spa and indulge in one of the more than 130 body treatments and therapies.
Sofitel London Heathrow
You can’t get much closer to London Heathrow Airport than Sofitel London Heathrow – it’s literally linked to the airport’s Terminal 5 so it’s super convenient whether you’re flying in or out. The modern hotel features standard rooms that are sharply designed (some with zen garden landscapes), as well as a three-bedroom Imperial Suite with luxurious touches such as Swarovski Crystal bathrooms.
The posh accommodations don’t stop with the rooms, however. Sofitel London Heathrow also includes three restaurants and pair of bars serving everything from gourmet French cuisine to international fare. Of course, it wouldn’t be an ideal airport hotel without a spa, and Sofitel’s includes a mix of hardwood, stone and glass touches, plus a sauna, and massage and hammam services.
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