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Top 10: best airport hotels in the world

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (April 11, 2016): Top 10 most luxurious airport hotels in the world.

Staying overnight at an airport hotel is often considered a necessary evil for business and/or leisure travelers, since these hotels are associated with noisy rooms, terrible service, bad breakfasts, and overpriced rates. However, the last decade has seen the addition of several high-end properties nearby or in airport terminals, changing the art of the layover with a cutting edge design and a new range of luxurious amenities. Here’s my pick of the 10 best airport hotels in the world.

Do you agree or have a favorite airport hotel that didn’t make my list? Leave it in the comments or take my poll below.

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10. DUBAI INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, UAE

Located throughout the Concourses A, B and C of Dubai International Airport, guests have to be in transit to be able to stay at this high-end hotel. Hotel accommodations range from 5 Royal Suites, 56 Junior Suites, 61 Executive Rooms, and 27 Superior Deluxe Rooms to 381 Deluxe Rooms. The higher room categories come with massage chairs, complimentary fruit baskets, chocolates, canapés and fresh juices. Facilities include a fitness centre with steam room, jacuzzi and swimming pool.

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, UAE

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, UAE


9. HILTON MUNICH AIRPORT, GERMANY

The hustle and noise of Munich Airport is quickly forgotten upon entering the Hilton Munich Airport hotel – formerly known as the Kempinski Hotel Airport München – which enjoys a fantastic location between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Munich Airport, with easy access to the airport, city center and Munich attractions via convenient transport links. The 389-room, five-star hotel features a spectacular, light-flooded glass atrium with reception space for 1000 people. The stylish guest rooms or suites have sound-proofed windows and either courtyard or atrium views. There’s also a heated indoor pool, spa and 24-hour fitness center.

HILTON MUNICH AIRPORT, GERMANY

HILTON MUNICH AIRPORT, GERMANY


8. GRAND HYATT DALLAS FORT WORTH AIRPORT, USA

Grand Hyatt DFW offers a modern oasis, perfectly integrated into Dallas Fort Worth Airport International Terminal D. Warm design elements and chic lighting welcome you from the moment you arrive through the doors of this luxury airport hotel. Here, guests can rest on plush Hyatt Grand Beds, revive in deluxe granite baths with separate showers and soaking tubs, and find a sanctuary of serenity in this soundproofed luxury lodging amid the bustle of DFW.

GRAND HYATT DALLAS FORT WORTH AIRPORT, USA

GRAND HYATT DALLAS FORT WORTH AIRPORT, USA


7. YAS VICEROY ABU DHABI, UAE

Located adjacent to Abu Dhabi’s International Airport, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 impeccable rooms and suites, 11 innovative dining and lounge venues. The hotel enjoys a stunning location – set half on land and half on water, overlooking the Yas Marina and the Yas Marina Circuit (Host of the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix). The interiors of this Abu Dhabi resort embody a contemporary fusion of elegance and momentum, created with sensuous curves and sleek lines.

YAS VICEROY ABU DHABI, UAE

YAS VICEROY ABU DHABI, UAE


6. CROWN PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT, SINGAPORE

Designed by multi-award winning Singapore-based architectural firm WOHA Designs, the 320-room Crowne Plaza Changi Airport – located at terminal 3 – reflects a uniquely Singaporean environment: tropical, Asian, multicultural and comfortable yet also efficient, stylish, high-tech and global in outlook. The hotel features open corridors, courtyards and extensive rainforest-style gardens, creating a balmy tropical ambience. The unique architectural style even allows natural light to flow into the guest bathrooms.

CROWN PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT, SINGAPORE

CROWN PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT, SINGAPORE


5. REGAL AIRPORT HOTEL, HONG KONG

The Regal Airport Hotel is connected to Hong Kong Airport’s Terminal 1 by an air-conditioned bridge. The hotel provides comfortable accommodations with 1,171 guest rooms as well as state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities, including Hong Kong’s largest hotel ballroom with a built-in giant high-definition LED wall. Additionally, the hotel features a variety of authentic cuisines at its 6 restaurants and bars, and it has a complete range of recreational facilities, including a luxurious spa, an outdoor pool and an indoor heated swimming pool.

REGAL AIRPORT HOTEL, HONG KONG

REGAL AIRPORT HOTEL, HONG KONG


4. INTERCONTINENTAL JOHANNESBURG O.R.TAMBO AIRPORT, SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s only luxury hotel at an airport, the InterContinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport is perfectly and safely located for business and travel. You’ll find many complimentary services such as WiFi, gym, swimming pool and self-help business center. The well-appointed rooms are tastefully decorated with subtle influences of Africa. Spacious showers, comfortable king beds, blackout curtains and soundproofing ensure a night of relaxation. The hotel’s signature dining venue, Quills Bar & Restaurant, is one of the top restaurants near Johannesburg, offering everything from game dishes, to seafood and vegetarian fare.

INTERCONTINENTAL JOHANNESBURG O.R.TAMBO AIRPORT, SOUTH AFRICA

INTERCONTINENTAL JOHANNESBURG O.R.TAMBO AIRPORT, SOUTH AFRICA


3. SOFITEL LONDON HEATHROW, UK

Sofitel London Heathrow is an award-winning Heathrow airport hotel that combines luxurious comfort and futurist architecture with a convenient location in the world’s busiest airport. The hotel is connected to Heathrow Terminal 5 via a walkway, to other terminals via free inter-terminal transfers, and to central London by a 21-minute express train. Here, guests experience a cosmopolitan ambiance and a new art of travel inspired by French art de vivre and culinary flair, with refined gastronomy and a pampering spa.

SOFITEL LONDON HEATHROW, UK

SOFITEL LONDON HEATHROW, UK


2. LANGHAM PLACE, BEIJING CAPITAL AIRPORT, CHINA

Neighbouring the Sir Norman Foster-designed Terminal 3, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport is regarded as perfect combinations of fashion, art and luxury lifestyle. The 372 spacious guest rooms, including several lofts, townhouses and one ultra-luxurious penthouse, are appointed with signature “Blissful Beds”, oversized bathrooms and gadgets galore. Exciting dining options include an expansive buffet selection at The Place, the sibling of the Michelin-starred Hong Kong Chinese restaurant at Ming Court, a garden terrace experience at Fuel, and the vibrant Portal—Work & Play offering a space for every mood.

LANGHAM PLACE, BEIJING CAPITAL AIRPORT, CHINA

LANGHAM PLACE, BEIJING CAPITAL AIRPORT, CHINA


1. FAIRMONT VANCOUVER AIRPORT, CANADA

Fairmont Vancouver Airport is the only soundproofed, luxury hotel and spa conveniently located within Vancouver’s International Airport. Situated directly above the US departures terminal, the hotel is only a two-minute stroll from the luggage carousels. Recently voted the #1 airport hotel in North America for the third year in a row at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, this AAA / CAA 4-diamond Vancouver airport luxury hotel features breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views, diverse dining choices and an indoor pool, health club and spa.

FAIRMONT VANCOUVER AIRPORT, CANADA

FAIRMONT VANCOUVER AIRPORT, CANADA


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