Long gone are the airport hotels that featured drab décor, boring design, hum-drum food outlets and dull ballroom facilities. Airport properties now cater to savvy meeting planners offering the best in technology, value and convenience. As a result, group business is booming at airport hotels. Today’s top airport facilities are an oasis for meeting planners seeking an alternative to costly full-service downtown properties. These new and revamped offerings have all the features and amenities you’d expect in city centers without additional transportation costs and travel time.
It’s now commonplace to find AAA Four Diamond hotels connected to airport terminals or within a short shuttle ride of the tarmac. Airport hotels have tapped into the lucrative group business market in a unique way. Not only do airport hotels traditionally offer lower rates than downtown properties, these hotels can also provide an additional booking incentive to planners… convenience. In today’s fast-paced world, planners and attendees alike are strapped for time. A three to four-day meeting downtown can be stripped down to a two to three-day meeting at an airport hotel. Additional travel time and transportation costs are eliminated. The motto to remember… “get in, get out and get business done.”
Keep a few key items in mind when booking an airport property for your next meeting:
You’ll need to determine which airport is the most centrally located and convenient for your group after accounting for flight and check-in times. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the world’s busiest processing more than 100 million passengers in 2018 and is a hub for Delta Airlines making it a leading location choice among planners. Other top choices within the United States are Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX) and Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW). Each has a plethora of first-rate hotels either connected by terminal or located nearby.
Today’s airport hotels offer all kinds of amenities sure to please even the most discerning meeting planners. State-of-the-art audio visual and high-speed Wi-Fi are now standard. Airport shuttle service, accessible guestrooms, valet and self-parking, and pet-friendly guestrooms are just a few amenities being offered. Many airport hotels now feature full-service spas and gourmet restaurants as well
Finally, consider the size and scope of your meeting. Airport hotels can accommodate small to large programs. Many properties feature flexible meeting space that showcase their location with airport views at every turn. Meeting rooms and pre-function spaces may feature natural light, local art exhibitions and soaring views of the surrounding tarmac. Be sure to utilize any outdoor plaza and patio space as well to take full advantage of fresh air.
Airport hotels offer value, convenience and all the bells and whistles you’d expect at a downtown property without distraction. Attendees can get down to brass tacks right out of the gate. Which translates into a successful meeting for you and your group!