I was reminded of the genius of this concept while traveling with my mom, five year old son and seventy-five year old grandmother to Minden, Ontario this summer. Minden is a two and half hour drive from Toronto International Airport and we had an early flight home so we opted to stay at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel inside the terminal. Not only did the hotel have a spacious lobby, decent dining options and a swimming pool, but it allowed my mom and I to load up two luggage carts and transport our mountain o’ bags from room to ticket counter without ever taking the bags off the cart.
Many large, international airports have in-terminal hotel options. Next time you find yourself with an early connection, be sure to check out your options and, if an in-terminal hotel is available, for the sake of your back and your good humor, book it!
Here are a few more examples: Hilton, Chicago O’Hare; Hyatt Regency, Orlando International; Hyatt Regency, Pittsburgh International; Hilton (terminal 4) and Sofitel (terminal 5), London Heathrow; and Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel, Charles de Gaulle. The Costa del Sol at the Lima International Airport if perfect when connecting to Cuzco, the Amazon or other minor airports in Peru.