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UPDATE 2:08pm EST: A source familiar with the bid tells us this will NOT be a JetBlue-branded hotel. JetBlue is just a minority investor. Bummer. We'll still hold out some hope for cool partnerships with the airline, whose main terminal is just across the way.
Well, this is certainly an interesting twist. The old TWA terminal at JFK International Airport may turn into a JetBlue Hotel.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the airline has partnered with developer MCR Development LLC, and the duo are now in negotiations with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Even better, they've apparently emerged the "preferred bidder."
You guys. A JetBlue hotel? We can't deal.
Naturally, JetBlue must have been a bit green about the debut of Virgin Hotels earlier this year but given that JFK is JetBlue's home airport, and where the budget airline first originated, this is the perfect spot to launch their hotel business. There aren't many details on the scope of the project other than it will have 500 rooms or so.
While this is exciting for AV and Hotel Geeks alike, it could fall apart as so many other deals have with this iconic terminal, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. In the past five years or so, Marriott Hotels, Ian Schrager, Andre Balazs, Yotel and Donald Trump have all made moves to turn the terminal into a hotel but all have failed for various different reasons. So we fully expect to spend more time at the gate with this flight.
It’s like clockwork: the annual Skytrax awards for best airport come around, and Singapore’s Changi Airport wins. So it did last month, for the third year running, and no US airport even made the top ten.
If flying in and out of Singapore is nice and award-worthy at the moment, wait until their next project is going to be completed. Called Jewel Changi Airport, it is an enormous mixed-use complex that should be ready by the end of 2018, and includes lots of things, like a new Yotel, but we have to start with the above: the 40-metre high Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall that will be at the heart of the complex. Just take in that rendering – can you imagine something like that greeting you at, say, Newark?
We’ve just looked at the basic amenities and services an airport hotel should offer its guests, knowing there is many an airport where you can get a really decent stay, but a total stinker may still be yours to deal with.
Luckily we found a lot of the good of airport hotels during an overnight at Rydges Sydney Airport. We chose to stay at the Rydges (for a second time) mainly for its location, knowing we had an international flight the next morning. The address being Arrival Court should tell you that there is no need for something as bothersome as a shuttle; all you need to do is cross the street and you’re inside the international terminal.
No fusty or dated rooms either; there are 318 of them in total, and all feature modern furniture, clean white sheets on comfortable beds, and proper soundproofing.
But perhaps we should have framed the article differently, as in What Airport Hotels Shouldn't Do.
A reader commented on the story with list of bad airport hotels, along with reasons why the experiences were so awful. Anyone who's ever stayed in an airport hotel before can sympathize.
And then we realized, even though airport hotels have come a long way in recent years, there are still some stinkers (literally) out there. So we want you to tell us the airport hotels you think should be grounded, permanently. Or at least renovated. (Don't worry, we'll start a new OpenThread for Best Airport Hotels soon.)
To start, we're reposting our commenter's top offenders:
· Sheraton Charlotte Airport: musty, very dated rooms, moldy bathroom ceiling, terrible food in the lobby restaurant, very weak wi-fi
· Sheraton Houston Airport: see Charlotte above, but rooms are not so clean, either.
· Aloft Denver International Airport: typical Aloft, just meh, but it is fairly far from the airport. Like a 20 minute (free) shuttle ride far. And the only halfway decent restaurant nearby is Ted's Montana Grill (not so decent).
· Hilton Charles de Gaulle Paris: This place is just one hideous fee after another. Like $27 for wifi. The food at the bar was mediocre and wildly expensive. I was really annoyed at this one.
· Hyatt Regency SFO : Renovate, renovate, renovate and open a real restaurant, not some funky sports bar and grill. This place is stuck in 1994.
Now's the time to vent! Share your worst airport hotel experiences in comments below!
Got a layover, need a room, but dreading a stay at an airport hotel? We feel your pain. Our Front Desk Guy has put together a list of basics airport hotels should offer for its guests to make staying in an airport hotel pleasant for all.
Airport hotels are often seen as the stepchild of the hospitality industry, that are typically characterized by boring interiors, empty lobbies, noisy rooms and bland F&B outlets.
But lately, airport hotels have started to up their game, offering facilities and amenities that often rival or at least mimic, downtown upscale hotels. True, not all airport hotels are created equal but they should all serve one common purpose: to give guests the convenience and accessibility of an airport hotel while not skimping on the comfort and warmth of an urban, city hotel.
Below are a few key requirements of facilities, amenities and offerings that airport hotels should offer if they want our tired, jet lagged and laid-over dollars.
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If you’re expecting jewelry based on that title, we’re sorry for misleading you – we’re talking diamond shapes in the exterior cladding the future Hilton Schiphol Airport gradually takes on as the hotel, right next to its predecessor, is being built.
This video, from the architects behind the 433-room hotel, gives a glimpse of the construction that helps put Hilton front and centre in the European airport hotel game. Due to be completed by the end of the year, you get a sense of the vast atrium (above), which will have daylight stream in through the glass roof.
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Europe’s busiest airports had a good year last year: citizenM arrived at Paris Roissy – Charles de Gaulle, the first European Element came to Frankfurt, and of course, the shirtless men of Moxy welcomed us at Milan Malpensa. With the last two of those openings courtesy of industry giants Starwood and Marriott, it seems appropriate that the latest news comes from Hilton Hotels, which is reflagging the former Kempinski hotel at Munich airport as the Hilton Munich Airport this month.
With that step, the almost proverbial “airport Hilton” is now available at each of the seven largest European airports (that’s London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris CDG, Munich, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Rome). There is more to the change in Munich than a different badge on the front door though, and construction in Amsterdam to replace its dated 1970s hotel is moving along too.
More than 3,000 Yotel cabins (aka rooms) are expected to open in Singapore, Paris, Miami, San Francisco and at a second hotel in New York in Williamsburg. Singapore, San Francisco and New York we've already known about, but Paris (at CDG airport) and Miami are new. Also in negotiations are Yotels for Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto. And Yotel is still keen on expanding to Dubai, London, Milan, Barcelona, Sydney and Hong Kong.
Wow, Yotel has really come a long way from their retracting bed at Gatwick Airport. Sadly, we don't think those cheap airport hotel rates will remain.
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The Andazms won't stop coming!
We gave you a little update last week on the new Andaz Hotels expected to open in the next few years. Thanks to a connected tipster, we've got some scoop on one of those upcoming hotels--The Andaz Delhi in India.
The hotel will be close to the Delhi International Airport in a mixed-use project called, Aerocity. This will be the first airport hotel for the Andaz brand. According to the architect firm, the hotel will have seven stories, 446 guest rooms, ballroom space, meeting rooms, two rooms, gardens, fitness center, a spa and an outdoor pool. Sounds pretty swish for an airport hotel, we have to say. But you know, don't make this a thing, Andaz.
The hotel has no opening date but it is in pre-opening stages and already has a rather experienced general manager, which is a very good sign. In total, there will be three Andaz Hotels in India--Andaz Aerocity, Andaz Gurgaon and Andaz Jaipur. That's good for us, is it good for you?
[Renderings: BauerLatoza Studio]
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Being in the middle of a brand refresh isn’t stopping Le Méridien Hotels from opening new properties, with next month the addition of Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa. While it’s too early for some of the new brand elements to pop up in the room design, the first images show an attractive, if relatively safe, contemporary look, golf course views, and a balcony with sunbed.
The tenth Starwood hotel and third Le Méridien in Bangkok, the hotel brings some much needed competition to the city’s airport hotel game, dominated by the Novotel BKK Airport at the moment. Being a 15-minute drive away, Le Méridien can’t quite beat the Novotel’s terminal location, but with fresh rooms and much more extensive facilities, it should shake things up nonetheless.
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Part of a mixed-use development called Gateway Gardens, the hotel is just over 2 miles from the airport terminal. TripAdvisor reviews haven’t made it onto the site just yet, but a first few questions regarding airport shuttles (there is one 24 hours a day) are being answered by the hotel.
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Yet, this Night Hotel may have been more like a nightmare.
A reader tipped us off to the recent reviews on TripAdvisor and they are horrifyingly bad. Since American Airlines seems to be using this hotel as a place for displaced/delayed passengers, the reviews have come fast and furious. Here are two that are still fit to print:
Walked into the room, two of the light fixtures were non operational, room was dark and the air conditioner was so noisy that I would have needed ear plugs. Windows were beyond filthy. I turned around, walked to the front desk and tossed them my keys. I asked to be given a ride back to the airport immediately and was. The guy at the front desk asked if I was going to catch a late night flight so I told him "yeah, something like that".
I did not feel safe at this hotel. Their shuttle took forever to arrive at the airport, took 2 calls to find out where they were, and was so old and rickety I couldn't talk on my cell phone. The lobby night club attracts an unsavory crowd and people are lurking around everywhere. The halls are dark. The front desk is covered with graffiti and the staff couldn't answer basic questions. My room furniture was covered in vinyl upholstery with lights around the bed. Everything is painted black. The bathroom needs a total make-over. Somehow they thought I'd be fooled by a new shower curtain.