One of the best airport hotels in the world was the Kempinski Munich, recently rebranded as a Hilton.
Price aside (and price matters..) I’ll always pick the property connected to the terminal if there is one, followed by the most recently renovated hotel near the airport.
I love airport hotels as a rewards member, where hotel loyalty programs price awards based on a property’s average daily room rate. Airport hotels tend to have low room rates on average, lower even that what consumers usually see, since they tend to have large and inexpensive airline contracts bringing down those rates. Airport hotels can be a steal on points, even as their public-facing rates can be very ‘lumpy’.
Currently I view the best New York JFK airport hotel as the Hilton. That’s not saying much. The Hilton O’Hare, attached to the terminal, is the preferred option there. (Although the Intercontinental, now Loews, is a fabulous property – a better hotel – just less convenient.)
The Grand Hyatt DFW is attached to the international terminal and is an excellent hotel in its own right.
Near LaGuardia the Sheraton is best. At Pittsburgh, the Hyatt. In Detroit, the Westin. In Los Angeles.. well, there are no great options, the Sheraton is tired but among the best. The Concourse Hotel could challenge it now that it’s part of Hyatt and seeing renovation. There’s nothing I’m fond of near San Francisco.
It’s hard to beat the Bangkok Novotel Suvarnabhumi.
Or the Hyatt Regency Incheon. The Premier Inn Abu Dhabi airport is more than serviceable, largely because it’s new.
I’ve spent many nights at airport hotels, whether flying to and from destinations abroad or for conferences where they tend to be cheap.
So I was fascinated by the Hilton ‘philosophy’ of airport hotels. (HT: Alan H.)
Conrad Hilton pioneered the airport hotel concept with the launch of the San Francisco airport property in 1959. It basically served as a big billboard that directed a lot of eyeballs toward Hilton’s new hotels worldwide and the reality of international travel for more consumers.
“Conrad thought that if people had a good experience in San Francisco, the next logical stop was Tokyo, and so on…