Bring the binoculars and the telephoto lenses; there's plenty to see if you squint. For example, A380s and the first Boeing 747-8i are out there, glinting in sun. WiFi is free at the hotel, so painlessly sharing those images is a breeze.
One problem: the Sheraton Airport Hotel sits between the Hilton Garden Inn and the terminal, blocking views from the lower floors, so this is another instance where you should ask for the highest possible floor on the airport side. 11 is as high as it goes and you'll end up with a slightly curved ceiling, but it's no biggie considering the views of departing aircraft you'll enjoy on a clear day.
· Attached to the airport via a walkway
· Average nightly room rate: We paid 107.40 Euro ($139) total for one night in June, and though it's far less expensive than the Hilton next door, we found that the average on their website can get up to 249 Euro/night ($323) depending on the season. Book in advance and don't be afraid to cross-reference using sites like Hipmunk or Kayak.
· Airlines & airplanes spotted: Lufthansa of course, though there's a slew of others to keep it really interesting.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]