Stay in an ice hotel, attend a winter festival and wander through an ice castle.
Rates from €94
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.
Rates from $199
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.
Rates from US$249 (US$139 for stays up to six hours)
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.
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.
[This story appears in the September 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]
Party Hotels in Edmonton, New York City and Scottsdale
If you don't plan on sleeping much, want great cocktails or are looking for a pool party vibe, a party hotel is the way to go. Edmonton's Crash Hotel is within walking distance to the ICE district, New York City's Pod 39 has a killer rooftop bar and W Scottsdale's WET Pool is open 24/7.