3 Great Hotels for an Airport Layover

Whether you have an early morning flight, late touchdown or just need a convenient location for that out-of-town business meeting, these airport hotels are worth a reservation.
 

TWA Hotel's rooftop pool, photograph by Three Marks.

citizenM, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris

Rates from €94

Photograph by Richard Powers.

Overview: The focus might be on the location—it’s a seven-minute walk from Terminal 3—but there’s plenty of style, functionality and home comforts at this hotel.

Guest rooms: The beds are so soft that you may struggle to wake up for your flight. Plus, the temperature, lighting and window blinds are all controlled via iPad.

Dining options: Refuel at the 24-hour canteenM that’s stocked with sandwiches, freshly baked snacks, cappuccinos and more. There’s a cocktail bar and mixologist, too.

Good to know: Self check-in allows you to print your own room keys, so you can skip the queue and spend more time enjoying the quirky decor and glossy coffee-table books.

Nearby: If you’re departing from Terminal 2E Hall M, visit the Espace Musées and check out the artwork on loan from some of the city’s most notable museums. —C.G.

citizenm.com

Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel, Calgary, Alberta

Rates from $199

Photograph by Gary Kan.

Overview: Conveniently located between the international and domestic check-in counters, this 318-room hotel has a fitness centre, indoor pool, spa and meeting spaces.

Guest rooms: Choose between spacious single and double rooms and suites. Rooms with runway views have telescopes, so airplane buffs can watch planes taxi to their gates.

Dining options: Located off the lobby, Yakima Social Kitchen + Bar mixes Asian, Indigenous and North American flavours for dishes such as maple and soy cured smoked salmon.

Good to know: Business travellers will love the meeting spaces, which include 12 versatile event rooms with Wi-Fi, built-in screens, drop-down projectors and ClickShare.

Nearby: Get even closer to the planes with a visit to The Hangar Flight Museum. Located nearby, it features 24 aircraft that help tell the history of aviation. —D.L.

marriott.com

TWA Hotel, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City

Rates from US$249 (US$139 for stays up to six hours)

Photograph by Three Marks.

Overview: Located in architect Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center, this hotel boasts the world’s largest hotel gym at 10,000 sq. ft. Plus, there’s a rooftop infinity pool.

Guest rooms: All 512 rooms offer a quiet night’s sleep, thanks to 4.5 inches of window glass. Wooden accents, rotary phones and replica TWA toiletries add to the retro vibes.

Dining options: Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten—whose restaurants have earned Michelin stars—helms the Paris Café, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with cocktails.

Good to know: The hotel features mall-worthy shops, including Detroit’s Shinola and eyewear company Warby Parker. There’s also a grab-and-go food hall on the ground level.

Nearby: Take a cab to birdwatch at the nearby Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge or, if you have time, it’s about an hour’s drive (US$52 cab fare) to Manhattan. —R.S.

twahotel.com

[This story appears in the September 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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