AMAZ­ING AIR­PORT HO­TELS

Once just crash pads for tired trav­ellers, air­port ho­tels are fly­ing into new ter­ri­tory

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1 HIL­TON FRANK­FURT AIR­PORT

Con­rad Hil­ton’s fa­mous quote “Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion” had to have been in the minds of those who chose the spot for Hil­ton Frank­furt Air­port. Con­nected to Ter­mi­nal 1, but only a 15-minute drive from down­town, the fu­tur­is­ti­clook­ing, four-star ho­tel is ideal for those who want to make the most of their time in Frank­furt. Af­ter a day of city ex­plor­ing, sit in its sauna and steam room and dine at its Rise restau­rant be­fore re­tir­ing to one of the ho­tel’s 100 rooms and suites.

2 FELIX HO­TEL, SYD­NEY

With a self-check-in kiosk and a 24-hour grab-and-go food shop re­plac­ing a restau­rant, it’s clear Felix Ho­tel, steps from Syd­ney’s air­port, is fo­cused on ef­fi­ciency.

But its rooftop cinema, cock­tail bar and pen­t­house lounge prove the four-star ho­tel is equally keen to en­sure its guests can un­wind too.

Spend your time here so­cial­is­ing in the com­mu­nal ar­eas, com­pos­ing in­spired emails in the Sky Lounge, or snooz­ing in one of the 150 flight­themed rooms.

3 H HO­TEL LOS ANGELES, CU­RIO

Wad­ing into the heated rooftop of H Ho­tel Los Angeles, Cu­rio Col­lec­tion by Hil­ton, with sway­ing palm trees all around, you’ll def­i­nitely for­get you’re at an air­port ho­tel. The whoosh­ing of planes pass­ing over­head and the LAX sig­nage vis­i­ble in the dis­tance should quickly give it away though.

But while the deck is im­pres­sive, it’s Han­nah, the ho­tel’s ro­botic but­ler – pro­grammed to de­liver ev­ery­thing from room ser­vice to ex­tra pil­lows to its 168 rooms – that will blow your mind.

4 ANDAZ DELHI

True to the aes­thetic the luxury ho­tel brand is known for, five-star Andaz Delhi brings neigh­bour­hood cul­ture into its decor. Each of its 401 rooms fea­tures an art­work cel­e­brat­ing a rea­son to fall in love with Delhi, while its com­mu­nal spa­ces tap into In­dia’s inim­itable crafts­man­ship. When you’re done ad­mir­ing it all, have lunch at Eu­ro­pean-style food hall An­naMaya or din­ner at multi-level The Hong Kong Club. Knock back a night­cap at cock­tail lounge Ju­niper Bar.

5 RE­GAL AIR­PORT, HONG KONG

The largest ho­tel on this list with 1171 guest rooms, six restau­rants and bars, a spa, gym and in­door and out­door pools, the Re­gal Air­port Ho­tel, Hong Kong, is an adults’ play­ground. If you’re af­ter pre or post­flight pam­per­ing, book the Thai­in­spired Spa Ca­bana Room. Af­ter a com­pli­men­tary hour-long mas­sage or fa­cial treat­ment, the room’s pa­tio, jacuzzi spa, and comfy bed should go down a treat. The ho­tel is also a good base for guests keen to ex­plore Lan­tau Is­land, only a 15-minute drive away.

6 CITIZENM SCHIPHOL AIR­PORT

It makes sense that the founder of citizenM ho­tel brand has a back­ground in fash­ion. Step into any of its ho­tels, and you’ll feel as though you’ve just walked into a real-life home­wares cat­a­logue. Opened in 2008, Am­s­ter­dam Schiphol Air­port was the brand’s first prop­erty. Tak­ing cues from the ac­com­mo­da­tion on luxury yachts and pri­vate jets, its 335 rooms are func­tional, yet still cosy. The best fea­ture would have to be the six mood light­ing set­tings, rang­ing from “re­lax” to “ro­mance”.

7 SOF­I­TEL LON­DON HEATHROW

De­spite its di­rect walk­way from one of the busiest air­ports in the world, Sof­i­tel Lon­don Heathrow still man­ages to drip with so­phis­ti­ca­tion. Choose from 31 teas or var­i­ous fin­ger sand­wiches at its tea sa­lon; dine on gourmet French cui­sine at La Belle Epoque, one of its two restau­rants; or sim­ply peo­ple-watch in its mar­ble­floored lobby.

The five-star ho­tel with 605 rooms also has a hair sa­lon, state-of-the-art gym, and an award-win­ning spa of­fer­ing 25 treat­ments.

8 FAIR­MONT VAN­COU­VER AIR­PORT

Although it scooped up Best Air­port Ho­tel in North Amer­ica at the Sky­trax World Air­port Awards for the fifth year in a row, Fair­mont Van­cou­ver Air­port is show­ing no signs of com­pla­cency. In the past year, the 368-room ho­tel in­tro­duced well­ness rooms with yoga mats and es­sen­tial oils, a Lit­tle Flyer Club for kids, and a six-pas­sen­ger golf cart to shut­tle guests di­rectly to air­line check-ins. And, come June, it will un­veil two swanky Fair­mont Gold rooms.

9 AEROTEL SIN­GA­PORE

Lo­cated within Changi Air­port in Ter­mi­nal One, Aerotel Sin­ga­pore should have your ev­ery trav­el­ling need cov­ered. Only need a bed to get some shut-eye dur­ing a long layover? No prob­lem, each of its four room types can be booked by the hour. Want to kill a few hours us­ing the open-air pool or jacuzzi? They have a Pool Pack­age just for that.

The ho­tel’s most unique fea­ture by far, though, would have to be its li­brary. It’s used as a space for guests to meet one an­other.

10 HO­TEL PULL­MAN SAO PAULO GUARULHOS AIR­PORT

Two words: pool­side bar. That should give you an in­di­ca­tion of how dif­fer­ent Ho­tel Pull­man Sao Paulo Guarulhos Air­port is from other air­port ho­tels. In ad­di­tion to the bar, and the re­sort-style pool, the five-star ho­tel has a ten­nis court, full-ser­vice spa, health club, and restau­rant with a daily chang­ing themed buf­fet.

Its 377 rooms range from clas­sic to pres­i­den­tial suites, with the lat­ter boast­ing an eight-per­son ta­ble and ac­cess to an Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge.

VAN­COU­VER

SAO PAULO

SYD­NEY

FRANK­FURT

PIC­TURES: SUP­PLIED, TADEU BRUNELLI

Slip into uber com­fort straight from your flight at ho­tels such as Fair­mont Van­cou­ver Air­port (main) and fu­tur­is­tic-style Hil­ton Frank­furt.

AM­S­TER­DAM

LOS ANGELES

HONG KONG

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