Air­port ho­tels go glam to woo trav­el­ers

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Real Estate & Homes - BY SHIVANI VORA New York Times News Ser­vice

In re­cent years, sev­eral ho­tel prop­er­ties have opened at air­ports around the globe with at­trac­tive ameni­ties, sleek de­sign and tasty food. They are wel­com­ing places for trav­el­ers to spend a night or even a mul­ti­day lay­over.

“The old stereo­type used to be that air­port ho­tels were dumpy or staid,” said Reneta McCarthy, a se­nior lec­turer at the School of Ho­tel Ad­min­is­tra­tion at Cor­nell Univer­sity. “That’s no longer the case, and you see many more in­ter­est­ing and vi­brant prop­er­ties, most no­tably from com­pa­nies who want to rein­vig­o­rate their brands.”

AN ARTIS­TIC EX­PE­RI­ENCE CLOSE ENOUGH FOR A LAY­OVER

McCarthy re­cently stayed at the Westin Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port, one such ho­tel. “It was such a hap­pen­ing spot with an airy lobby and had a unique de­sign sen­si­bil­ity,” she said. “I would def­i­nitely go back and rec­om­mend it to oth­ers.”

The ho­tel is in a build­ing de­signed by the architecture firm Gensler and is LEED plat­inum cer­ti­fied. Its de­sign is meant to re­sem­ble the wings of a bird; the build­ing has a curved shape that swoops down in the mid­dle, re­veal­ing views of the ad­ja­cent ter­mi­nal, while the glass cur­tain walls re­flect the sky. The Westin com­mis­sioned three artists to cre­ate the large-scale works in and around the prop­erty. One of them is Patrick Marold, a lo­cal artist, whose sculp­ture “Shadow Ar­ray,” is made with 236 bee­tle-kill spruce logs from south­ern Colorado and is sit­u­ated out­side.

Other ameni­ties in­clude a 24-hour gym, free guided group runs and a restau­rant, Grill & Vine, that fea­tures views

of the Rocky Moun­tains and serves farm-to-ta­ble cui­sine.

EM­BRACE 24-HOUR AMENI­TIES

Else­where, Moxy Ho­tels, Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s de­sign-driven hos­pi­tal­ity brand, has sev­eral air­port lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing at Vi­enna Air­port in Aus­tria, Frank­furt Air­port in Ger­many and Heathrow Air­port in Bri­tain.

While each prop­erty has its own dé­cor and amen- ities, all Moxys of­fer a free wel­come cock­tail, 24-hour grab-and-go food and bev­er­age out­lets, and buzzing lob­bies that show­case lo­cal art and dou­ble as hang­out spa­ces. They each also fea­ture photo booth el­e­va­tors where guests are en­cour­aged to take self­ies.

PERKS TO MAKE YOU WANT TO STAY AWHILE

Sim­i­larly, Re­nais­sance Ho­tels has made a push in the past two years to reimag­ine the air­port ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence. The com­pany has un­veiled new prop­er­ties that em­pha­size de­sign and have myr­iad amen- ities that are meant to en­tice trav­el­ers to linger.

The Re­nais­sance War­saw Air­port has mod­ernist-in­spired in­te­ri­ors and is adorned with graphic art from the Pol­ish Poster Gallery. The prop­erty also has a large pool and a restau­rant that serves mod­ern Pol­ish cui­sine.

In Florida, the Re­nais­sance Or­lando Air­port Ho­tel has an out­door pool with spa­cious ca­banas, and a 60-seat am­phithe­ater. It is also home to an in-house bar that serves craft cock­tails us­ing in- house made elixirs.

At Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the Jumeirah Creek­side fea­tures a glass­bot­tom swim­ming pool and a no­table col­lec­tion of more than 480 con­tem­po­rary art pieces at the prop­erty, as well as two pools, one in­door and one out­door on its rooftop. In ad­di­tion, guests are given the flex­i­bil­ity to stay for 24 hours, mean­ing if they check in at 8 p.m., for ex­am­ple, they do not have to check out un­til 8 p.m. the fol­low­ing day.

New York Times

The Moxy Vi­enna is lo­cated just out­side Vi­enna In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The ho­tel is one of a new breed of air­port ho­tels us­ing mod­ern de­sign and lux­ury ameni­ties to be more than just places to sleep.

Moxy Ho­tels

Moxy Ho­tels fea­ture photo booth el­e­va­tors where guests are en­cour­aged to take self­ies.

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