Wednesday, 2 July 2014

An airport hotel that gets everything spot on

You've just spent 24 hours flying halfway across the world. It's late and all you want to do is sleep. 

You've booked into an airport hotel but have to wait 45 minutes for the Sydney Supershuttle (a misnomer if ever there was one) to arrive, load your luggage, take you to your hotel (which is actually not at the airport at all, but in a nearby suburb) and then unload your luggage again. 

Or, alternatively, you could walk 50 metres across the road from the international arrivals hall and be asleep within a couple of minutes if you are staying at Rydges Sydney Airport. 

The hotel is part of the international airport precinct and you can check-in online, meaning you just pick up your room key and head upstairs. 

Having stayed at the hotel this week after a series of flights from Ljubljana in Slovenia I was extremely impressed. Here is an airport hotel that gets all the basics right: comfortable rooms, free wi-fi for all guests, a free shuttle running very half an hour to the domestic terminal and a restaurant that serves breakfast from 4am - recognising the fact that some guests might have early morning flights and need sustenance. 

And while the hotel virtually overlooks the runway - making it perfect for plane spotters - it is also extremely quiet. 

There are 318 rooms here, but the facility retains a boutique feel and the facilities include a bar, café, restaurant and gymnasium. 

And the beds, described as "Rydges Dream Beds", are extremely comfortable - so comfortable I was concerned about sleeping in and missing my connecting flight. 
All rooms feature air-conditioning, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, broadband and wi-fi, cable TV channels (and flat-screen TVs), minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and blackout curtains for those who want to sleep during the day. The bathrooms are large and well equipped.  

I didn't get to try dinner at the Blackwattle Grill restaurant, but it serves a very good buffet breakfast, while another dining option is the Touchdown Sports Bar. 

Overall I couldn't find a single thing to complain about - which will come as a surprise to those who know me well. Online prices start from a very reasonable $186. 


Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, 8 Arrivals Court, Sydney International Airport, 2020. +61 2 9313 2500. www.rydges.com/SydneyAirportHotel‎. 

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