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Airport hotels: worth the convenience?

When it comes to airport hotels, it’s all about location, but as Traveltalk’s JENNY ROWLAND discovers, airport hotels don’t always scrimp on luxury or service, just bath tubs.

For some people it's slippers; for others it's a kettle or a great hairdryer. We all have our little triggers that endear us to a certain hotel room; mine is a bath tub and a kettle. Yes I like a cuppa (made with my own tea bag) whilst I'm having a soak!


So recently whilst staying in a couple of airport hotels in Germany I got to wondering what would be the priorities for a hotel room in an airport hotel.




Obviously number one has got to be the proximity and convenience of the hotel to the airport. That's the whole point.



This is a hard one but can be achieved, as I discovered.



After being on a plane for an extended period a great comfy bed is a must



(Already discussed).



In this day and age I need a USB port for charging my phone and multiple plug sockets so I can use my own appliances. This really makes a difference. Trying to wearily explain to the hotel porter at 2am that you need an adaptor for an Australian plug not an Austrian one is painful.



Of course FREE wifi should be included.




  • Efficient timely 24 hours room service.
  • Friendly reception staff happy to deal with grumpy jet lagged guests.
  • Fitness/spa (second to sleep the best way to revive a jet lagged body).  



So how did the two Starwood properties stack up against this criteria?


Sheraton Hotel Frankfurt Airport


One night here and this hotel scores highly.


  • Access from airport terminal to the hotel was easy and well signposted. You can walk from the terminal in less than 10 minutes.
  • Exceptionally good welcome and speedy check in.
  • Great bed, very spacious and unbelievably QUIET room. No plane noise detected at all.
  • No bath tub or kettle but that was easily fixed. Well the kettle was - no sooner had I asked, someone was at the door with a kettle I checked behind him but no bath tub!!
  • Multiple adaptor: tick. So very easy for me to charge my devices.
  • Room service not needed but I asked my next door neighbour who informed me her club sandwich was delicious and speedily delivered.
  • Breakfast was very good. Lots of fresh fruit - cappuccino if you wanted and a great buffet. Extra points for cooking me fresh poached eggs (nice and runny in the middle of course).
  • I loved the gym in the Sheraton. I thought I was back home at Fitness First. Not like a hotel gym at all. High quality equipment and lots of it. Weights and cardio a plenty for any ardent gym junkie.
  • Extra points for Sheraton as I enjoyed a fantastic dinner here. I don't know why but I wasn't expecting an airport hotel to have such a great restaurant so this was a bonus.




My overnight experience here was excellent and I can definitely recommend a stay here to rejuvenate and refresh if you're travelling this way.


Element Frankfurt Airport

A Starwood "Westin" hotel.



In complete contrast to the Sheraton this one year old property is a cool fresh and funky boutique style property that also delivers when it comes to the requisite criteria.


  • A short courtesy bus ride takes you to Element where you can enjoy all the same comfort and service in a relaxed and modern new hotel. The signature King size "heavenly" bed is guaranteed to ease any jet lagged weary traveler.
  • Loads of natural light and the fastest internet ever!
  • Healthy food options and state of the art fitness centre make Element Frankfurt airport a fantastic option whether it's before or during your flight.



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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 23 September 2015

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