The top 5 layover airports and their best hotels

Flying can be very stressful. A delayed or cancelled flight can cause a big disruption of your travel plans. It is especially unfortunate if this disruption causes you to miss your connecting flight, since all you can do then as a passenger is sit back and wait for the airline to rebook you on the next available flight.
Terminal 1 of airport in dark

It you do not want to spend an arm and a leg by booking a direct flight to your destination, there are other ways you can reduce the effects a delay or cancellation may have on your journey. For example: you can spend the night at an airport hotel and continue your journey on the next day.

It is true that a night spend in a hotel will cost you a little extra. However, they give you a peace of mind and it is still a lot cheaper then booking a direct flight. Below is a list of Europe’s five biggest layover airports, including their best value hotels:

London Heathrow Airport

Ibis ***
Distance from the airport: 1.2 miles
Services top 3: pets allowed, currency exchange, luggage storage
Our comments: The Ibis has a restaurant with food from all around the world! The soundproof rooms allow for a good night’s rest even tough the hotel is located very close to the airport.

London Heathrow Airport Ibis.

Leonardo ****
Distance from the airport: 1.6 miles
Services top 3: currency exchange, cash machine, packed lunches
Our comments: Hotel Leonardo is kids friendly, they provided kid meals and a kid-friendly buffet. Is your connecting flight from a different London airport? Then a taxi service is offered.

London Heathrow Airport Leonardo.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Park Inn ***
Distance from the airport: 2.3 miles
Services top 3: luggage storage, mini market, free airport shuttle
Our comments: Are you eating lactose free? Gluten free? Egg free? With special diet menus on request, the Park Inn is a great choice for you. A healthy one as well, as the fitness centre and running routes around the hotel will give you the opportunity to stay in shape.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Park Inn.

Mercure ****
Distance from the airport: 2.6 miles
Services top 3: currency exchange, luggage storage, free airport shuttle
Our comments: This hotel is not too far away from the city centre of Amsterdam. You can rent a bike and take a packed lunch with you while you explore the city during your layover.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Mercure.

Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Première Classe **
Distance from the airport: 2.1 miles
Services top 3: family rooms, budget hotel, luggage storage
Our comments: The Première Classe hotels offer you all the essentials for a good stay during your layover. If you have young children you can book a family room with bunkbeds, so you’ll always be able to keep an eye on them.

Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport Première Classe.

Campanile ***
Distance from the airport: 1.9 miles
Services top 3: pets allowed, packed lunches, family rooms
Our comments: If you are on an early morning flight, you don’t have to worry about sleeping through your alarm. The campanile offers a wake-up service to make ensure you won’t be late for your flight.

Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport Campanile.

Frankfurt Airport

Meininger ***
Distance from the airport: 0.2 miles
Services top 3: pets allowed, luggage storage, family rooms
Our comments: The Meininger’s front desk, which is open 24 hours a day, provides live flight information and tickets services. Unfortunately the hotel doesn’t offer a shuttle service from terminal 1.

Frankfurt Airport Meininger.

Global ***
Distance from the airport: 1.8 miles
Services top 3: extra long beds, wake-up service, budget hotel
Our comments: Since you are saving so much money by taking an indirect flight to your destination, you might as well spend some in this nearby casino. Other activities include a fitness room and forest trails close to the hotel.

Frankfurt Airport Global.

Madrid-Barajas Airport

Don Luis ***
Distance from the airport: 1.8 miles
Services top 3: wake-up service, budget hotel, minibar
Our comments: Don Luis is very accessible by public transport. While the front office is open 24 hours a day, you have to check out before 12:00. That might not be a good time if you have an evening flight.

Madrid-Barajas Airport Don Luis.

Petit Palace ****
Distance from the airport: 2.1 miles
Services top 3: pets allowed, free airport shuffle, outdoor pool
Our comments: The Petit Palace hotel provide coffee and pastries throughout the day, free of charge. It’s a nice break from the expensive airport snacks. And to the football fans: Real Madrid’s training grounds are a short ways away.

Madrid-Barajas Airport Petit Palace.

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