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An Airport Hotel You'll Actually Enjoy: CitizenM Paris at Charles de Gaulle

Where: 7 Rue de Rome, Tremblay-en-France , France, 93290
July 2, 2015 at 3:25 PM | by | ()

Airport hotels with their deserted lobbies, lifeless guest rooms and sad and stranded travelers, can be depressing places, but the CitizenM Paris at Charles De Gaulle airport shattered every airport hotel stereotype from the moment we walked inside.

Natural light streamed in from all sides of the whimsically decorated lobby, which held bright red chairs and sofas, ceiling-height black bookshelves crammed with books and tchotchkes, and subtle nods to airplanes. More refreshingly, there were actual people hanging out in the lobby-- watching TV, working at one of the many tables, having drinks at the bar or reading a book/tablet in a quiet nook.

Given that the rooms upstairs are tiny, it makes sense that guests would choose to socialize downstairs but if you want to hunker down in your guestroom, you'll have a giant king bed, a Samsung tablet next to you that controls everything in the room from the blinds to the TV and mood-lighting, free movies, free WiFi, a narrow desk to work at or to place all your gadgets on for charging, a wide shower berth, and just enough space on the floor to do some squats and sit-ups.

Best of all, the hotel windows are triple-glazed, meaning you won't hear the rumble of the airplane engines unless you step outside.

In short, the world's airport needs more of CitizenM Hotels, which are genuinely fun (and not some forced corporate idea of fun) and make that random layover actually enjoyable.

Here's a quick breakdown of our stay at the CitizenM Paris at Charles de Gaulle:

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So True, CitizenM, So True

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  Site Where: 7 Rue de Rome, Tremblay-en-France , France, 93290
June 23, 2015 at 1:12 PM | by | ()

We've griped before about hotel housekeeping barging in on us when we fail to hang the Privacy or Do Not Disturb sign on the door, but CitizenM Hotels sums up our exact intentions for keeping housekeeping out of rooms--"Don't come in, there's someone naked In here."

We spied this door hanger at the year-old CitizenM at Charles De Gaulle, along with a bunch of other clever amenities and offerings that have made what could have been a dull airport hotel stay quite fun. But CitizenM has been touting this truth on a Do Not Disturb sign since 2010. Some things never change, especially when you don't have pants on.

We'll have more from inside this CitizenM at CDG this week but in short, the world's airports need more CitizenM Hotels (but especially JFK Airport in NYC.)

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Hilton Heathrow Opens a Formula One-Inspired Racing Room

June 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

It’s been quite some time since we sleot in a race car bed, as socially it’s kind of frowned upon for an adult—and well, we don’t exactly fit in it anymore. Hilton has heard our dilemma, and they recently opened up the next best thing thanks to their F1 partnership with the folks over at McLaren-Honda.

At Hilton London Heathrow Airport Hotel within the airport’s Terminal 4 there’s now a great place to welcome race fans, and that’s especially the case with the racing series coming to the UK during the first weekend of July.

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6 New Hotels for Singapore

June 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Never one to shy away from doing things big, Singapore keeps building, building, building like there is no tomorrow: offices, apartment buildings, and of course, hotels. Marina Bay Sands landed a few years ago like a three-pillared spaceship ready for endless rooftop pool selfies, and Karl Lagerfeld brought a few design touches and one of his inimitable pearls of wisdom to Sofitel So just last year. Yet more is to come – here are six new hotels coming to the Lion City over the next few years:

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Maybe Kate Moss Should Steer Clear of Punishing Health Retreats

June 8, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Mossy at The LifeCo in happier times

Celebs – they’re just like us! Or rather, some of them are. Others trash their hotel rooms or get so affected by a stay that they end up being seen to by the police.

While Brad and Angelina flew economy to the French Riviera, Kate Moss and Tom Hanks’ son have flown the flag for celebs behaving badly.

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Could JFK's TWA Terminal Turn into a JetBlue Hotel?

April 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | ()

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.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Singapore's Changi Airport Is Building a Yotel (and Giant Indoor Waterfall)

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  Site Where: Changi Airport, Singapore, Singapore
April 9, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

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?

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Rydges Sydney Airport Has Both the Good and Bad of (Airport) Hotels

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  Site Where: 8 Arrival Court, Mascot, NSW, Australia, 2020
March 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

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.

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Where Was Your Worst Airport Hotel Experience?

March 4, 2015 at 5:51 PM | by | ()

Yesterday, our Front Desk Guy sounded off on some basics that all airport hotels should have, among them soundproofed rooms, free WiFi and flexible hours. (Here's where Hotels By Day comes in handy.)

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!

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6 Basic Amenities and Services Airport Hotels Should Offer Guests

March 3, 2015 at 2:45 PM | by | ()

The Aloft Hotel Phoenix Airport

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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Watch the New Hilton Schiphol Get Its Diamonds

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  Site Where: Schiphol Boulevard 701, Schiphol, Netherlands, 1118 BN
February 6, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

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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Hilton Wants to Own the Airport Hotel Game in Europe

January 5, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

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.

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