Editor’s Note: Grand Hyatt at SFO was added as an additional on-airport hotel on April 11, 2019.
For decades, airport hotels have refreshed passengers with long layovers or canceled flights. Today, these convenient resting places have shifted gears to mimic the upscale evolution of airports by modernizing and offering amenity-rich accommodation. Here are a few airport hotels you can take advantage of while you are on the go!
Located five miles from John Wayne Airport, this resort-style hotel features 343 guest rooms and suites with Juliet balconies that serve travelers looking to enjoy the California sun and cool Newport breezes. The hotel also features a resort-style outdoor pool, a jacuzzi and fitness center with a separate yoga and stretching room. Guests and visitors to the hotel have access to signature restaurant WAVE Newport Beach and an elevated gourmet market and bistro where they can enjoy fresh-pressed juice. This amenity-rich Hyatt also provides a complimentary shuttle service to John Wayne Airport, the West Coast’s largest shopping mall—South Coast Plaza—and Fashion Island.
Located just four miles from LAX airport, Los Angeles’ first Marriott Autograph Collection property is a unique blend of East Coast bold and California cool. The 393-room coastal-themed property features a nine-hole golf course, a Cross-Fit inspired fitness center, a pool with private cabanas and bicycles for guests’ use. Visitors may also dine at an indoor/outdoor restaurant lead by executive chef Octavio Sabado, the hotel’s Jute Coastal Bar and Kitchen, play lawn games, spend a day at the beach and bike to the city’s shopping and entertainment hub—The Point.
TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport
New York’s JFK Airport is all set to welcome its first on-airport hotel. Nearly two decades since JFK’s former TWA Flight Center terminal closed in 2001, the iconic building will reopen as the TWA Hotel. Although it officially opens May 15, the hotel is already accepting bookings. With the largest hotel lobby in the world, at 200,000 sq. ft., the property will also house a museum celebrating the Jet Age.
TWA offers 512 midcentury modern-inspired guest rooms that include striking, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the runways. Guests don’t need to worry about noisy naps since the glass windows are four-and-a-half inches thick, made of seven panes and two gas pockets to block the runway noise. It is the second-thickest window ever manufactured in the world after the new U.S. Embassy in London. This luxury hotel features six restaurants, eight bars, a coffee bar, a ballroom, a 10,000 sq. ft. fitness facility and rooftop observation deck and pool, a restaurant by chef Jean-Georges and a handy AirTrain to all JFK terminals.
Grand Hyatt at SFO
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) also welcomes its first on-airport hotel this summer. Located at the entrance to San Francisco, Grand Hyatt at SFO is close to terminal buildings and parking garages and is directly accessible via the AirTrain light rail system. This luxury hotel offers 351 guest rooms, including 22 suites with floor-to-ceiling soundproof windows in each room. It will also feature amenities such as yoga and movement studio and luxury spa room, complimentary 24-hour Hyatt StayFit gym, 24-hour in room service, a bar, 18 meeting rooms, two spacious ballrooms, and 14,435 sq. ft. of flexible event space.
Guests can enjoy a multi-cultural dining experience at their signature restaurant—Quail & Crane. The menu will represent the coming together of the East and West and will focus on fusion and classic Asian food preparation techniques, alongside Western dishes.