We’ve all been there. Clients waited till the last minute and the only flight available had a crazy long layover overnight. Or worse – their flight was cancelled and the next flight out wasn’t until the next morning. They dread the thought of sleeping in the airport so they ask you to book a hotel.
Because most airport hotels are generally designed for stays that aren’t longer than a night or two, they often don’t have higher end amenities clients might be used to. Many, however, do offer a pool and some even have a spa so they can relax between flights.
But with so many options, how do you know your clients are going to be happy with their stay? We rounded up the best airport hotels at the busiest airports in the United States so you (and your clients) can rest easy.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport
Are clients trying to stay on top of their fitness game while traveling? Westin Atlanta Airport offers the WestinWorkout Room with a treadmill or spinner in guests’ room. No need to walk to the gym.
If clients are looking for a more social workout, there’s still the WestinWorkout fitness studio with all the basic workout equipment. There’s also a heated indoor and outdoor pool.
Clients forgot their workout gear? No problem! In a collaboration with New Balance, Westin provides gear right to guest rooms. Everything from shoes (with new socks that can be kept afterwards) to clothing can be borrowed.
The hotel also brings guests’ bags directly to the airport on domestic Delta and American Airlines flights. Just drop bags off in the lobby two hours before departure and go.
Planning to spend more than just the night? This hotel offers free shuttle service to not just the airport, but to the light rail station for easy access into the heart of the city. Every room has an HDTV and Wi-Fi, as well as an allergen-free down comforter and pillows. Upgrade to an executive level room for free continental breakfast and soft drinks and snacks in the evening.
Grab dinner at Andiamo Italian restaurant, the quick serve marketplace Herb N’ Kitchen, or Magnolia Grill. There’s also the Finish Line Sports Bar with multiple TVs to watch the game as well as pool tables, darts, and a full pub themed food and drink menu with wine, liquor, and beer.
There’s also an indoor and outdoor pool and fitness center.
Los Angeles International Airport
Clients will never know they’re just a half mile from LAX thanks to the soundproof windows and blackout shades in every room. But they will definitely know they’re in Los Angeles with the themed menus and amenities.
LA is known for its blend of Latin and Asian cuisine, and guests can grab that at unity la Restaurant Open Market and Bar. There, they can grab local favorites like ramen, carne asada, flatbread pizzas, and salads.
Afterwards guests can relax at the cabana lined pool that has a Beverly Hills feel or work out at the StayFit Gym.
If clients won’t have enough time to head to the ocean but still want the views, have them stay at the H Hotel. The rooftop deck offers unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and LAX.
The 168 guest rooms and suites all come with free WiFi and the fitness center and lobby market shop are both open 24 hours.
The Waypoint Kitchen offers modern California cuisine with breakfast and dinner options with flat screen TVs to watch the game.
H Hotel is set to open October, 13.
The only way this hotel could be any more convenient is if it were on the runway. Located on the airport grounds, The Hilton Chicago O’Hare is within walking distance to domestic terminals via underground walkways as well as the Blue-line train to downtown. It’s located in a no fly zone so noise isn’t an issue.
The Gaslight Club is a cool fine dining steakhouse with live music. Resembling a 1920s nightclub, drinks like single malt scotch, bourbon, wine, and cognac are served by the Gaslight Girls.
There’s also the fine dining Italian Andiamo, grab and go marketplace, and sports bar.
Make sure to book a room with runway view rooms to watch the planes take off and land.
This modern style hotel has its own onsite gallery features a revolving lineup of works by local Chicago artists as well as more artwork showcased throughout different areas of the hotel.
The luxury rooms and suites all come with free Wi-Fi and Loews Signature Amenities including a Keurig coffeemaker, cotton bed linens, and on demand movies.
Dining locations include the contemporary gastropub The Ashburn, Capital Grille steakhouse, and the locally sourced focused McCormick & Schmick’s.
Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport
Another on-grounds hotel is the Grand Hyatt. Located in Terminal D near Gate 22, guests are just about sleeping inside the airport; although this is much nicer.
And it’s not just the location that makes it stand out. The hotel also features a chlorine-free rooftop pool perfect for plane watching. Guests can also book a room with runway views.
This hotel offers sustainable and locally sourced food in all its restaurants. Dining locations include Sushi Bar, Moka, a specialty coffee shop, and the global Grand Met and Grand Met Lounge.
There also a Wine Wall located in the main dining room carrying 972 varieties of wines.
This green hotel offers a range of environmentally friendly amenities from recycled paper towels to silverware instead of disposable products.
All guests receive free Wi-Fi and keyless entry through the mobile app.
Additionally guests can spend time on the outdoor patio or outdoor pool with poolside cabanas. The fitness center is open 24 hours and bikes are available for rental.
Denver International Airport
While many airport hotels offer runway views, junior suites at this Westin offer floor to ceiling runway or Rocky Mountain views. Or opt for the Renewal Suite for panoramic views of the nearby landscape.
The views continue into the WestinWorkout studio where guests can work out in full view of the mountains.
Guests can also take in views at the Sky Lounge Bar and Ingredients Coffee. After a drink, adult or otherwise, they can head over to Grill & Vine Restaurant for a modern twist on a classic bar and grill.
There’s also plenty to look at inside – the hotel features its own art collection spread throughout the property. Included in the installations are the 150 foot long mural by Mindy Bay and the 24-carat gold leaf sculptures by Wopo Holup.
This hotel is more like home than your standard hotel. Standard rooms feature a separate living area while suites come with a fully furnished kitchen.
Every guest is offered a complimentary full breakfast buffet with a cooked to order omelet station offered daily. There’s also a 24 hour Guest Market that offers snacks, pre-made salads and sandwiches, and a small selection of groceries to make use of that kitchen.
Other amenities include a complementary evening social event, 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and hot tub.
New York JFK
Expecting a layover in the Big Apple? We love this hotel’s glass enclosed indoor pool that's perfect for any time of the year.
Rooms come with all of Hilton’s standard quality amenities including a king sized bed or two queen beds, large desks, mini-fridge, and Wi-Fi.
Executive level rooms offer free breakfast and access to the exclusive Executive lounge.
144 Restaurant offers both a dining space for casual dining and a sports bar to watch the game. 144 Express offers Starbucks drinks as well as pastries, sandwiches, salads, and snacks.
Just five minutes from the airport, the Radisson Hotel JFK offers a 24-hour shuttle to and from the property. Guests can also rent a car at the hotel and pop into the city for a few hours.
All of the 385 rooms include free Wi-Fi. Booking business travel? Upgrade to a Business Class room for enhanced amenities, free breakfast, a drink voucher each night, and 1,000 Gold Points.
Other amenities at the hotel include a fitness center, sauna, restaurant, and bar.
This doesn’t just have good views for an airport hotel; it has good views for any hotel. San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront is right on the bay, has high-tech amenities, and offers a BART subway station and San Francisco International Airport just a mile away.
Rooms come with Wi-Fi as well as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora, and Crackle. Guests can order room service or a wake-up call with their phone on the app.
Dining options include the steakhouse Hangar Steak, Flight 101 Lobby Lounge for free WiFi and floor to ceiling windows of the runway, and Starbucks coffee.
Other amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, biking and jogging trail, and sauna.
Great for Millennial travelers, the Aloft hotel offers live music at the WXYZ bar featuring a DJ party every Friday. Guests can also check in with the SPG app on their phone to go totally keyless.
This hotel is also for the environmentally conscious. As part of the green initiative, guests are given a $5 voucher at the bar or 250 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints for each night they decline housekeeping.
Guests can bring their kids and pets with the Camp Aloft program for the little ones featuring special bedding and food, and the Pet Friendly program featuring dog bed, bowl, treats, and toys.
There’s also an indoor pool and a 24-hour gym.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
If your client is looking for a cool pool, the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel certainly has one. The indoor / outdoor heated pool connects so guests can swim between the two.
Other cool features include airport transfers, a fitness center, and the option to bring your pet.
When guests upgrade to a Sheraton Club level room, they get access to the Club lounge, daily breakfast, all-day snacks, evening hors d’oeuvres, Starbucks coffee, and free WiFi,
The apartment-style suites are great for those looking for something that doesn’t feel like a hotel. The fully equipped kitchen includes a full-sized refrigerator, two-burner stove, microwave oven and dishwasher. Free daily breakfast is also available to all guests. And Monday through Thursday, guests are offered complimentary evening social.
The fitness center not only includes standard equipment, but also a pool and basketball court.
Las Vegas International Airport
If there’s one place you want to get stuck for a night it’s Las Vegas. The famous Las Vegas Strip is located just a short drive from the airport and there’s shuttle service available for a fee to both the Strip and to downtown. Although the hotels aren’t considered airport hotels, they’re close and convenient enough for extended layovers or those who hate spending time getting to their hotel.
The Venetian is quintessential Las Vegas. It’s got the casino, the dining, the shopping, and the entertainment. There’s almost nothing this hotel doesn’t have. From 10 pools to a spa there’s something for every guest. And because it's located on the Strip, it's easy to hop from one casino or restaurant to another.
All accommodations are suites and bathrooms are made with Italian marble.
For clients looking for a luxury layover, the Venetian is where to stay.
This non-gaming hotel is perfect for guests who don’t want the overwhelming Vegas atmosphere but still want a high-end experience with plenty of extras.
Amenities include the WELL Spa and Salon, indoor and outdoor pools, and fitness center.
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Miami International Airport
While hotel Mia doesn’t have a fancy swimming pool or spa, guests are given the luxury of never having to leave the airport to get to their hotel. That’s because Hotel Mia is located in the airport.
All rooms come with soundproof windows, flatscreen TVs, Smart Phone docking clock, coffee maker, and marble bathrooms.
Rooms range from the twin single room perfect for the lone business traveler who just needs a place to sleep to the Jr. Suite with a living area.
If clients can bare to travel the 2.5 miles on the free shuttle, this hotel offers a little more. Along with a pool with cascade waterfall and fitness center, there’s also a tennis court available.
The 281 rooms all come with free Wi-Fi, a Keurig, and lounge area.
Open for lunch and dinner, La Rivera offers international cuisine while Le Bar offers high-end drinks.