Australia’s Best Airport Hotels

21 October 2015

Words by Todd Sturm

What are the hallmarks that make an airport hotel stay so enjoyable? Convenience, of course, and close proximity to the airport and frequent links to the city can help ease the sometimes remote location. But today, airport hotels are competing more and more with their inner-city counterparts both on style and substance.

A mix of stylish new airport hotels have sprung up in several Australian capital cities and more are on the way. If these hotels are any indication, airport hotels will be redefining the travel habits for many.

Novotel Brisbane Airport

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Located just off Airport Drive and minutes from Brisbane’s sprawling domestic and international terminals, Novotel Brisbane Airport is one of the newest airport properties in Australia. Brisbane’s first airport property, Novotel offers spacious, functional rooms with all the mod-cons one would expect.

Perfect for business, family holidays or a quick stopover, this hotel offers a stylish, rooftop pool and relaxation area, top-notch restaurants and plenty of shopping nearby. Taxis are readily available for the 15-minute ride into the city and the airport train station is just two kilometres away.

Stamford Grand Adelaide

While the Stamford Grand Adelaide may be mere kilometres from the airport runway, the fact that it’s on the opposite side of the airport entrance might preclude it from being considered a true airport hotel, especially when the driving distance to city hotels is not much greater. However, for lovely seaside settings and stylish hotel amenities, the Stamford Grand is a cut above many CBD locations and well worth a visit.

The rooms have undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2015 and upgrades include state-of-the-art connectivity, new carpets and lighting and all-new bathrooms with walk-in showers. And for those warm Adelaide days, Glenelg Beach is just across the street.


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ParkRoyal Melbourne Airport

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The airport doesn’t get any closer than this! Just metres from Melbourne’s domestic and international terminals, the ParkRoyal provides guests with upscale surroundings in typical Melbourne city style.

The rooms are modern and bright, with views towards the city or nearby ranges, while hotel amenities include a fully equipped gymnasium, heated pool, spa, sauna and steam room. The wine region is a short drive away and transport to the city is a breeze with taxis and the SkyBus Express just inside the terminal.  

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

At fewer than two kilometres away, getting to Sydney’s Stamford Plaza is quick and straightforward. The Sydney Super Shuttle makes several airport stops, with fares of less than $7 a person.

Upon entering the sleek, glass tower, guests are met with an impressive grand staircase and a sophisticated lobby. With views of Botany Bay, the city skyline or the airport, rooms are equally elegant, with a modern touch.

The outdoor lap pool and sundeck provide an inviting leisure space and workout devotees can work up a sweat in the fully equipped gym. A destination in itself, the hotel’s Argentinian restaurant, La Boca Bar and Grill, prepares the finest dishes with locally sourced ingredients.

Rydges Capital Hill – Canberra

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Even though it’s nowhere near the airport, Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra offers the convenience of location in other respects. Just minutes from Parliament House and within walking distance of Lake Burley Griffin, Manuka Oval and the many CBD attractions, this 4-star property is perfect for a family getaway or for business.

Best of all, as a SmartStay property, guests are treated to free Wi-Fi, free parking and even a $40 credit for food and beverage when booked through Corporate Traveller. Even with its CBD location, the airport is just 15 minutes away and can be reached with little hassle.

Crown Hotels – Perth

Located a short distance from Perth Airport and just across the Swan River from the CBD, the three hotels that make up the Crown Casino complex provide a most entertaining stay. Rooms are fresh and modern, the food choices are endless and the entertainment is non-stop. Crown Perth and Crown Metropol provide 5-star luxury, while the 4-star Crown Promenade offers smaller, yet equally stylish rooms. Airport runs are quick and easy, with a direct route provided by the Great Eastern Highway. 

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