Having to spend a few hours at an airport can be tiresome in the extreme; there is often a lack of seating and if you have luggage you can't stray far away from it.
If you are lucky you might be able to gain access to an airline lounge, but probably not - unless you are a frequent flyer.
There is a new solution to the problem at Melbourne Airport, however, with Parkroyal Melbourne Airport Hotel offering a "swim and lounge" package for up to three hours for only $15.
That fee gains casual visitors access to the hotel's leisure facilities, including the swimming pool, the lounge and AIRO Bar & Restaurant.
The hotel is just a two-minute walk from both domestic and international terminals via two pedestrian sky bridges - and the service is generally very good.
Day guests can relax and rejuvenate in the hotel's gymnasium, heated pool, whirlpool bath, sauna, steam room and bathrooms with complimentary amenities.
There is also free wi-fi in the AIRO Restaurant & Bar, although you'll need to pay for food and beverages.
For those preferring to unwind in a spacious and well-appointed day room, from just $85 guests can relax in a standard room with the use of all facilities (pricing for three-hours $85, five-hours $105 and eight-hours $130; available between 7am-7pm daily).
Sounds like a most relaxing stopover if you have several hours before check in. For more information, visit www.parkroyalhotels.com.