Hotel chains target airports for new-builds

Luxury and no-frills hotels are opening inside airport terminals

As airports become commercial centres, both no-frills and luxury hotels are emerging attached to the airport terminals or within easy walking or transport distance. In addition to the recent opening of the Sheraton Malpensa next to Milan Malpensa Airport’s Terminal One, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is planning to build four new hotels attached to airport terminals by the end of 2012. Hilton Hotels & Resorts unveiled a new 320-room property at Beijing Capital Airport’s Terminal 3 last year, complete with 21 meeting rooms, spa services and two ballrooms. It will open similar hotels at both JFK and Frankfurt in December, then three more in Nigeria, Ghana and Alberta, Canada by 2014.
At the other end of the scale, the UK-based chain Yotel plans five no-frills in-airport hotels in addition to those already up and running at Heathrow, Gatwick and Amsterdam’s Schiphol. Like Rest & Fly at Stockholm’s Arlanda, passengers check in and out of tiny but clean and comfortable rooms at any time of the day. Four hours costs around €33.
[pictured: Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel and Conference Centre]