9 Unique Airport Hotel Experiences

The idea of staying in an airport hotel isn’t always the most exciting or glamorous. Usually a necessity of convenience, people often don’t think of airport hotels as destinations in themselves… but that doesn’t need to be the case.

Many airports all over the world offer unique or luxury experiences that will make you never want to leave the airport at all!

In no particular order, we’ve rounded up a few of the coolest airport hotel experiences. Check out some unique places to stay on your next trip.

Jumbo Stay Hotel Arlanda

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Sleeping in the cockpit of a 747? Sign us up! | © JumboStay

JumboStay in Arlanda, Sweden is a must-stay for any aviation enthusiast. Stay in one of the hostel’s 33 rooms inside a decommissioned Boeing 747, or rent out the Cockpit Suite for a truly unique and more private experience. Guests are even encouraged to test out the aircraft’s equipment… non-functioning, of course! The 747’s once first-class lounge now features a cafe that is open to the public. Only a 15-minute walk to the airport, the hostel offers incredible views of Stockholm Arlanda Airport, perfect for aviation geeks and plane spotters alike.


TWA Hotel

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There is no better view while sipping a cocktail by the pool. | © TWA Hotel

The TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York is a flashback to the golden age of flying and no list of unique airport hotel experiences is complete without it. Opened in 2019, the hotel makes use of the former Trans World Airlines (TWA) flight centre, and even features a decommissioned Lockheed Constellation aircraft – an icon of TWA’s glory days – that has been converted into a stunning cocktail lounge. Additionally, the hotel offers day passes for passengers travelling through JFK looking for the TWA experience. During your stay, check out the museum which features TWA uniforms and memorabilia, relax in the incredibly detailed 1960’s lounge, or enjoy a swim in the hotel’s infinity pool and rooftop deck for an amazing view.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport

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The Gold Signature Suite with runway view is a spotter’s dream. | © Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Accor Hotels

In addition to the usual touches that make Fairmont hotels appealing, Fairmont Vancouver Airport has two major features going for it: the fact that it’s only steps away from the check-in counters at Vancouver International Airport, and a truly spectacular view of the airfield. So spectacular, in fact, that the hotel features complimentary plane spotting guides to help guests identify aircraft from the hotel’s large windows. When you’re done being in awe of the view, enjoy some drinks at the hotel’s upscale bar, or take a meal with live music at the luxurious restaurant. The hotel also features a spa for some quiet layover relaxation.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

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Take in a view of the airfield in quiet peace with soundproofed rooms and floor to ceiling windows. | © Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

Dubbed ‘the world’s best airport hotel’, the Crowne Plaza at Singapore Changi Airport is probably just as you would expect it to be. Take one look at the airport’s gorgeous Rain Vortex and you’ll agree that this hotel fits the bill. Located in Terminal 3, the hotel is a quick walk across the link bridge or a skytrain ride away and features stunning architecture. The runway views are amazing and soundproofing means you’ll be able to sleep in peace, even while planes are taking off and landing just a short distance away. When you need a bite to eat, visit one of the airport’s four restaurants and bars. Also, check out the hotel’s gorgeous outdoor landscaped pool, fitness centre, club lounge, and calming spa for a moment of relaxation.

citizenM Charles de Gualle Airport

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The citizenM at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport is stylish, easy, and super trendy. | © citizenM

citizenM hotels are known for being super stylish, and Charles De Gaulle Airport’s citizenM definitely fits the bill. The ultra-cool, contemporary style mixed with vintage aviation accents and the Parisian flair of this hotel will make you forget you’re still at the airport. It’s easy to check in with the hotel’s self-check-in/out system. Inside, wall to wall windows offer amazing views, and each room is equipped with a custom MoodPad to control the lighting, blinds, and temperature. Flip through the many books in the hotel’s spacious living room while you wait for your flight and grab a quick snack at the 24-hour canteen.

Hilton Munich Airport Hotel

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Looking for a night out at the airport? Look no further! | © Hilton Munich Hotel, Hilton

Situated between Terminals 1 and 2 at Munich International Airport, the Hilton Munich Airport Hotel offers convenient access to the airport while maintaining the luxury hotel feeling. The Nightflight bar in the hotel’s beautiful glass atrium comes alive in the evening, with sparkling lights and tall trees. Ideal for world travellers, the Charles Lindbergh Restaurant rotates its buffet offerings each week to feature different international flavours. Other amenities include a luxe spa and an indoor heated pool. Upgrade your room to an executive room for floor to ceiling windows and fantastic, unobstructed views of the airport.

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

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W Abu Dhabi is a stylish way to enjoy a layover in luxury. | © W Abu Dhabi, Marriott

A short shuttle ride from Abu Dhabi International Airport is W Abu Dhabi, an experience in itself. If you’re a Formula 1 fan, you’re in luck – the ultra-luxe hotel is set at the Yas Marina F1 circuit. With floor to ceiling windows and spectacular views, you won’t want to be anywhere else. Each room features mood lighting and speakers that can be synced with your own devices. The hotel features eleven restaurants and just about every amenity you could possibly need, such as a relaxing spa, two outdoor parks, a gym, and a kids zone. You can also enjoy a lively night out at one of the hotel’s bars, featuring DJs and a rooftop terrace. Besides being close to the airport, you’ll find two golf courses, shopping malls, a marina, and a beach nearby.

Sofitel London Heathrow

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Relax and recharge, without leaving the airport. | © Sofitel London Heathrow Airport, Accor Hotels

Sofitel London Heathrow Airport is a haven for weary travellers. The crown jewel of the hotel is its premium spa experience, the perfect place to relax pre, post, or even mid-vacation. If you’re hungry, experience high-class international cuisine at the hotel’s open kitchen restaurant, Vivre, or enjoy French cuisine with an Asian twist at La Belle Époque. The hotel also features two bars and a tea salon. The rooms are plush and stylish, making for a very comfortable stay. It’s also the only hotel with direct access to Heathrow’s Terminal 5, just steps away from the airport.

Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel

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Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel is a top choice for luxury lovers. |  © Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel, Accor Hotels

The Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel features exquisite furnishings, a relaxing spa, and delicious dining options for guests – all within a 15-second walk to Gate 12 of the airport’s Terminal 1 Departure Hall! It has been awarded Best Airport Hotel in China by Skytrax for five years running, and it’s not hard to tell why. The architecturally stunning outdoor space is a great place to relax and get some air, as well as the hotel’s outdoor pool on the third floor. The hotel is excellent for business travellers, as you can arrange for a private gallery bridge pick-up service with a deluxe room (or above) and a private tarmac pick-up service with an executive room (or above).

There are many more unique airport hotels to explore. Let us know your favourite airport hotel experiences in the comments below! 

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Sarah Livingston
Sarah Livingston
Assistant Editor (Americas) - Sarah is a digital marketer and writer based in Canada with a passion for aviation and travel. In addition to her background in broadcasting and content creation, she also has experience in the aviation industry working in the Marketing & Communications Department for a popular Canadian LCC and has an interest in aviation photography. She is one of Travel Radar's Americas region Assistant Editors


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