The worlds best
airport hotels

These days, airport hotels don’t have to be the boring, functional places with drab restaurants and identikit rooms that you might be picturing. Instead, many now come armed with top-of-the-range facilities and wonderfully luxurious rooms that rival the very best city centre establishments.

So next time you’ve got an airport stopover, or are catching a late night or early morning flight, why not check into one of these, our choice of the world’s best airport hotels?


The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport was voted the World’s Best Airport Hotel by Skytrax in 2017, the third year in a row that the hotel had been awarded the title. Boasting large, soundproofed rooms, many with runway views, the hotel offers plenty of relaxing spots including a landscaped outdoor pool set in lush, tropical gardens, a spa and a top-notch fitness centre. There’s also a choice of four restaurants and bars, including Imperial Treasure, which serves traditional Cantonese dishes such as roasted duck and mee pok noodles.


A mere 15 seconds walk from Gate 12 of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, which is itself just two hours by train from Hong Kong, this hotel could not be more convenient if it tried. Despite its close proximity to the airport, there is a golf buggy service offered, perfect if you’re laden with luggage. The hotel’s 578 plush rooms are spacious and bright, with extra comfy beds and fresh, soft pillows. If you fancy a spot of exercise before your flight, head for the tennis courts, fitness centre or heated outdoor pool, and don’t miss a taste of the tasty Cantonese food on offer in one of the four restaurants.


You’ll barely know you’re at an airport at this trendy hotel, which is, rather fittingly, transport themed, with plane propellers and bicycles adoring the walls. The citizenM is proud of its state-of-the-art in-room technology, which includes MoodPads, easy to operate tablets that allow you to control everything from your TV, window blinds and temperature to the sound made by your alarm clock and the colour of your lighting. To top it off, the hotel’s open kitchen canteenM, serves local Parisian cuisine, so you can start the day Paris-style with a coffee and a croissant, or even a cocktail.


Who would have thought you could treat yourself to floor-to-ceiling mountain views while staying at an airport? Well here at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, you can. Not only is the hotel soundproofed, blocking out any loud plane noises, but the spacious rooms, attentive staff and classy restaurants are just a few steps from baggage reclaim. Furthermore, you can enjoy a high-end Afternoon Tea or tuck into tapas at the Jetside Bar, which also shows nightly live music. The hotel’s tranquil spa and swimming pool are available for (paying) outside guests too.


The Hong Kong Sky City Marriott Hotel is located very close to Hong Kong International Airport, and provides free shuttles to the terminal building every 20 minutes. Its 658 rooms are all light and airy with king sized beds, and boast sweeping views of either the airport, Lantau Island or the sea. To pass the time, take your pick from the hotel’s five restaurants and bars, treat yourself to a pampering session at the award-winning Quan Spa, take a dip in the indoor heated pool or work out in the 24-hour gym.


You don’t even have to leave the airport to reach the Hilton Munich Airport. Instead, walk straight into the striking glass lobby and find bright, hi-tech, soundproofed rooms with enormous bathrooms, as well as a pool and fitness centre and the excellent Charles Lindbergh resturant, which serves up a decadent breakfast buffet. Should you have extra time to kill, you could take a day trip into the city, just half an hour away by train.


Our second entry from China, the Langham Place is an upscale hotel found right next door to Beijing Capital International Airport’s Terminal 3. Should you not wish to walk, there is a complimentary shuttle to take you the 500 metres to the airport building. The Langham Place’s 283 rooms are stylish, modern and fresh, with huge beds, and boast floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. Whether you’re flying on or continuing your journey overland through China, the hotel is well connected – Beijing city centre is just 15 minutes away by subway and the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace can be reached in about an hour.


Our only entry from Africa, the InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel is the perfect stopover if you’re heading off on safari, or indeed you’re in need of some rest and relaxation after a few days in the wilderness. Found opposite the airport arrivals hall, this handy hotel offers well-appointed rooms decorated with a South African touch. All feature blackout curtains and soundproofing, as well as plenty of space. Meanwhile the Quills Restaurant and Cocktail Bar specialises in game meat paired with the very best local South African wines.


A little closer to home, the award-winning Sofitel London Heathrow is a great option if you’re booked on an early morning departure from Heathrow. Connected to Terminal 5 via an indoor walkway, the hotel is the height of elegance, with Le Bar Parisien serving quality champagne, the Sphere lounge offering cocktails by the fire and the La Belle Époque restaurant delivering gourmet French cuisine. The rooms here are stylish, modern and elegant with soundproofed windows while the Imperial Suites have the added luxury of Swarovski bathrooms.


In the heart of Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3, the Dubai International Hotel is very well situated, ideal for those in transit. Rooms are bright and colourful, with flat screen TVs and complimentary fruit baskets, while the suites offer relaxing massage chairs. There’s a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna here, as well as a choice of no less than 14 restaurants, including a tapas bar, and Irish bar and the excellent Cho Gao Asian restaurant and lounge.