While convenience, affordability and
accessibility remain major selling points, airport properties have evolved over the years to
also feature wonderful amenities, plush guest
accommodations and meeting spaces that
rival those found in downtown hotels.
In short, the hotels located nearby major
hubs are no longer considered plain Jane
big-box alternatives removed from the
action. Rather, they are some of the coolest
and most luxurious hotels on the market,
where groups can count on top-shelf service and a comfortable experience.
According to Jan D. Freitag, senior vice
president, lodging insights for STR, a hospi-
tality industry data and analytics provider,
“meeting demand in the U.S. is at an all-
time high—we have never sold more group
rooms than this year.”
Considering those great numbers, it
makes sense that airport area portfolios are
getting larger and are regularly spiffing up.
Atlanta is just one of the airport areas
that is booming with new and/or renovated
product, all with an eye on group business.
“These are first-class hotels representing
almost every brand and offering all the
same conveniences as downtown hotels
at a more affordable price,” said Cookie
Smoak, president of ATL Airport District,
a DMO whose primary mission is booking
more meetings at properties nearby Harts-
field-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Upcoming builds include Renaissance
Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel and an
InterContinental hotel, which are scheduled to open in April 2017 and sometime in
2018, respectively, and Solis Hotel, which is
being constructed adjacent to the Porsche
Experience Center and set to open in 2017.
The recent renovations at Sheraton
Gateway Los Angeles Hotel and the newly
branded Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport (formerly Concourse Hotel), which
will unveil its $75 million redesign in January, support the rise in bookings at the LAX
airport corridor, aka Gateway to L.A.
“Not only for short-term meetings but
also long-term, as those properties offer
convenient accessibility to the future Rams
stadium and entertainment complex,
opening in 2019,” said Darren K. Green,
senior vice president of sales for the Los
Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
Like other major hubs throughout the
country, LAX properties especially cater to
the needs of business travelers by offering
“special design touches and amenities that
deliver superb comfort and encourage
interaction,” Green added.
As an example, he cited the Hyatt Regency’s redesign, which will feature the all-new
Hyatt Regency Conference Center with
more than 10,000 square feet of meeting
space and an ideation room to inspire
creativity and mix things up.
The Cool Factor
If you haven’t been to an airport property
in some years, you’ll likely be surprised by
the top-to-bottom experience, including
inviting lobbies, pops of color, fantastic
on-site dining and freshly designed guest
rooms and public spaces.
Located five minutes from Chicago
O’Hare International Airport is one such
impressive hotel with superb meeting
facilities, cutting-edge technology, an art
gallery and tasty dining options.
“Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel is a true
‘destination’ in an airport market,” said the
Airport hotels have long been the go-to option for those groups looking to easily get in, have a quick meeting, and get out, without breaking the bank. No muss and no fuss.
By LEFT TO RIGHT:
WESTIN DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPOR T;
CEDARBROOK LODGE AT SEATAC; CROWNE
PLAZA JFK AIRPORT HOTEL NYC; LOEWS
CHICAGO O’HARE HOTEL
Airport properties take ambience,
decor and amenities to new heights UP&AWAY