From spa services to gourmet restaurants, luxurious airport hotels can make travel feel breezy.
For avid travelers, airport hotels must play many roles. They must be a home where guests can rest their weary heads, an office that caters to business needs, a gym for workouts, a restaurant to refuel, an entertainment spot to unwind and a centralized hub so travelers can get where they need to go. And some airport hotels do it leagues better than the competition. Take a look at the most luxurious airport hotels in the world:
Regal Airport Hotel, Hong Kong
For the fourth consecutive year, Regal Airport Hotel in Hong Kong has been crowned the World's Best Airport Hotel by the 2014 Skytrax World Airport Awards. The luxury airport is directly connected to the passenger terminal of Hong Kong International Airport via a covered walkway, and there's also a complimentary shuttle service between the airport, Tung Chung and downtown. High-flying guests take advantage of the spa suite, complete with an outdoor hot tub, a couples massage service and a mosaic steam room. Besides that, there's a hotel swimming pool surrounded by lush foliage and lounge chairs.
Langham Place, Beijing
Langham Place Beijing clinched second place in the Skytrax Awards, thanks to a top-notch, on-site Chinese restaurant and swanky guest rooms, for starters. Fitness-conscious travelers can get their fix at the 24-hour gym and studio and then kick back at the private Club L Lounge, which offers two floors of sleek luxury and an upscale vibe. Best yet, Langham Place is just one minute away from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3, allowing travelers to skip the headache of inner-city traffic.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Vancouver
Typically, people don't pair "stylish" and "airport hotel" into the same sentence. But The Fairmont Vancouver Airport does just that, with its soundproof windows and fantastic views of the North Shore Mountains and Gulf Islands. In the Jetside Bar, you'll find Laurentian stone fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows that complement the unique honey lager made from homegrown honey and brewed through a partnership with the local Whistler Brewing Company. That should be enough to ease any travel anxiety.
Grand Hyatt, Dallas-Fort Worth
Relax and recharge during your next layover at Grand Hyatt in Dallas-Fort Worth. This airport hotel, integrated into Dallas-Fort Worth Airport International Terminal D and accessible by Skylink or Terminal Link, is ideal for the busy executive stopping in for a round of meetings as well as the tired traveler in need a dreamy night's sleep. For everyone in between, there is a skySPA that offers massage and body treatments, rooftop chlorine-free saline pool and sundeck, and 24-hour gym featuring some of the top brand equipment.
Hilton Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt
This German hub is no stranger to leisure travel. Situated in the modern Squaire office building, this hotel's guest rooms and suites boast adjustable Garden Sleep System beds and 32-inch flat screen televisions. The pedestrian skywalk connected to Terminal 1 makes getting where you need to be easy. Plus, Hilton Frankfurt is directly above the high-speed train station at Frankfurt Airport, with about 185 connections a day and service to dozens of cities in Western Europe.
Sofitel London Heathrow, London
Set down your bags at this modern hotel linked to London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5. At Sofitel London Heathrow, some rooms have Zen gardenscapes, and the three-bedroom Imperial Suite is replete with luxurious finishes such as Swarovski Crystal bathrooms. Beyond the rooms, you will find three restaurants and two bars that serve everything from French cuisine to ethnic fare.