Friday, 12 December 2014

An airport hotel that's perfect for those on a tight budget

Airport hotels are, by their very definition, expensive.

Real estate in and around most airports is premium priced, and hotel chains know they have a captive audience; guests needing to depart on dawn flights or arriving in the small hours of the morning.

It is easy to pay $200-$300 a night for an airport hotel when all you really need is a comfortable bed for a few hours pre- or post flight.

That's what makes the unprepossessing Ibis Budget Melbourne Airport a property worth having in your little black book. 

It is within the airport precinct unlike many impostors that can be several kilometres away and end up costing hefty taxi fees to get there and back, but comes without a hefty price tag.

Just a short stroll along well-marked pathways from both the Melbourne domestic and international terminals, rooms here start from around $120 a night.

For that you get a very good double bed (and sometimes an additional bunk bed), a spacious air-conditioned room with a decent shower, wash basin and toilet, desk, a TV, alarm clock and even a window that opens to let in air.

The shower and toilet are compact, to be blunt, but perfectly adequate for one or two nights, while the hotel and room appeared impeccably clean. Soap is provided, but no shampoo, along with two mid-sized towels not designed for hippopotamus-sized guests such as myself.

There are vending machines should you be hungry or thirsty, a cafe that serves breakfasts, and helpful desk staff. Wi-fi, unfortunately, incurs a charge, There are internet facilities in the lobby and an on-site laundry

If you have lots of luggage then a room on the ground floor would certainly be preferable. And if you arrive outside reception hours then an automated check in kiosk can issue your room key. 

A basic but affordable hotel that ticks a lot of boxes. 

Ibis Budget Melbourne Airport, 12 Caldwell Drive, Melbourne Airport 3045. (03) 8336 1811 ibisbudget.com  accorhotels.com. Check-in from 12 noon. Check out by 10am.   

# The writer was a guest of Accor Hotels



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