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Airport Hotels Up Their Ante

Airport hotels are luring road warriors in droves.
March 1, 2007
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/174626

In the old days, when jets were narrow-bodied and Wi-Fi wasn't yet part of the lexicon, airport hotels were lackluster, often Spartan places travelers booked as a last resort--either because of an unscheduled layover, a tight budget or an unavailability of rooms anywhere better, like downtown.

That's all changed. Many airport hotels claim four or five stars, and amenities such as golf courses, full-service spas and decent restaurants can be plentiful.

Some airport hotels are even trendy. Take the Sheraton Gateway at LAX, for example. A renovation in 2004 transformed this clunker into a beauty, with many of the amenities and design elements of a boutique hotel: 24-hour room service, high-thread-count sheets, poolside cabanas and hip modernist furniture.

It's properties like this that encourage road warriors to consider airport hotels as a first choice. In addition, airport hotels are:

Julie Moline is a freelance writer, editor and editorial consultant in New York City.