By Mark Chesnut
Few people would choose to vacation at an airport hotel, but whenit comes to convenience, these strategically placed properties are among the best options for anyone looking to catch a flight or make a quick business trip. But not all tarmac-adjacent guest rooms are created equal. Here are a few of the best choices around the nation.
Aloft Denver International Airport
Starwood’s relatively new aloft brand, which aims to combine style elements from W Hotels with value prices, offers a fresh-faced option for travelers stopping in Denver. The property features the brand’s trademark cheery colors and contemporary, loft-style decor, as well as 1,500 square feet of meeting space.
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare
Guests at this multifaceted Illinois hotel are drawn not only by its luxury guest rooms and extensive meeting facilities; they can also enjoy nightly entertainment at the Montrose Room theater, located on-site, and also view original artwork as part of Art Museo, the hotel’s program that exhibits curated artwork from an array of rotating artists.
Grand Hyatt DFW
The top-ranking U.S. airport hotel in the 2011 Skytrax World Airport Awards, the Grand Hyatt DFW is well located at Terminal D. Comfy bedding, upscale decor and 34,000 square feet of meeting and event space make this a favorite with business travelers.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
This 815-room atrium-style luxury palace has an impressive 52,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants and a 24-hour gym that’s ideal for jet-lagged road warriors. Travelers with extra time can make use of the free trolley to the shops and entertainment in downtown Burlingame.
The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Guests at this luxury Michigan hotel are provided with access to a private security entrance at the Edward H. McNamara/World Gateway Terminal. Amenities including 36,000 square feet of meeting space, a gym, spa and indoor pool make this a favored upscale oasis.
Mark Chesnut is a travel writer, editor and publisher of LatinFlyer.com, which focuses on leisure and business travel to Latin America.