Hotels attached directly to airport terminals offer benefits for travellers that include private security checkpoints and luggage retrieval, and more airports are building on-site hotels to drive revenues and attract customers, CNBC reports.
The 300-room Intercontinental Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Hotel is the newest terminal hotel in the US, joining the ranks of on-airport hotels at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Boston Logan International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Denver International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Detroit Wayne Country International Airport, Orlando International Airport, and Miami International Airport.
“The hotel serves as an extension of the airport’s goal to provide the best ‘Orlando Experience’ possible and is a wonderful amenity for all airport customers,” said Orlando airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell. “It is also a significant driver of the airport’s annual revenues.”
In addition to convenience, hotel guests can give their luggage claim tickets to the hotel bell personnel and have their bags delivered directly to their room.
The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel, fresh off a $15-million renovation, offers conference rooms, day passes for non-guests, a fitness centre and pool with runway views, a TSA security checkpoint attached to the lobby, and gate passes for guests who want to eat or shop in the airport terminal.
A much-anticipated addition to this list, the redevelopment of Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, will debut in 2019.
Other new terminal hotels on the drawing board include a Grand Hyatt at San Francisco International Airport, also scheduled to open in 2019, and an Intercontinental Hotel slated to debut in 2020 at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.