For years, hotel general managers trotted out the standard phrase: ‘We’re in the business of selling sleep.’ They have changed their tune with the rise of experiential travel and the urgent need to distract, entertain and delight guests as well as providing the means to help them get unconscious. One category has so far been exempt – the airport hotel.
Who would choose to stay in one of those characterless boxes with views of car parks and runways unless flight schedules and the need to grab a few hours’ sleep forced you to? Well, the answer may still be ‘no-one’. But that’s despite the heroic efforts of some operators to make the dull old airport hotel, well, an experience. And you can take first-class soundproofing as a given in the following selection.