Having just returned from a fascinating, but hectic trip to Peru and Ecuador, I have travel logistics on my mind.
Sometimes, we have to do layovers at airport locations in order to catch an early morning flight somewhere else. Make the most of these opportunities. They may give you the opportunity to quickly explore a city you may not otherwise have had time for, they may save you the agony of having to drive to an airport at an ungodly hour, or they may just provide you with an opportunity to savour some local culinary favourites or an exotic spa treatment you may not otherwise have taken the time to try.
As I live an hour from the Winnipeg airport, I’ve had to stay overnight at proximity to the airport on several occasions. There is no place more convenient than the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Unfortunately, with the construction of the new terminal building they lost the privilege and convenience of being a simple walk across the street from the check-in counters. Now, one must take a shuttle to the new terminal building from the hotel. But it is still your quickest option for overnight stays if catching an early morning flight in Winnipeg.
The Starwood chain that owns the global network of Sheraton properties also has a lovely hotel at Terminal 3 of Pearson International Airport in Toronto. (I’ve yet to go wrong with any Starwood property.)
I’ve had the pleasure of staying at the Sheraton Gateway on several occasions and indeed, it was the gateway for my trip to South America last month. It is SO convenient to get off a plane, wheel your luggage to the hotel and relax, refresh or step out a bit.
The Sheraton Gateway has many services including the Vaccaro Spa — which I’ve yet to try. And yes, they have a chocolate wrap, so I think a future visit will have to occur.
On arrival in Peru, we had the pleasure of staying at the Ramada Costa Del Sol Airport Hotel in Lima. Again, this reservation was made to facilitate ease of travel, as we had a morning flight to Tarapoto and our entry into the Amazon jungle from there. But we were thrilled with our stay at the Costa Del Sol. In fact … after a week of trying various meals and beverages throughout Lima, I can say with all honesty that the airport hotel had the best Pisco Sours anywhere! And some lovely Peruvian cuisine as well. So we were very pleased to have had the convenience and authenticity of location all packaged into our entry into the country.
When in Rome in 2010, we took the advantage of staying at the Airport Hilton. Having the convenient location enabled us to catch an early morning flight the next day, and quickly enjoy the sights of Rome before settling in for the night.
How about you? Have you had some positive experiences staying at an airport hotel? Has the convenience opened up an opportunity that may otherwise have passed you by?
I look forward to this discussion. (Thanks to everyone who shared thoughts on travel vaccines in response to the last post.) And please join us back here the week of April 23rd when we’ll talk about our visit to the Amazon jungle of Peru.