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Airport hotels offer convenience for business travelers
May 20, 1998
Web posted at: 12:42 p.m. EST (1742 GMT)
(CNN) -- If you think staying at an airport hotel means being kept awake all night by roaring plane engines, you may be in for a surprise. Not only can you get a good night's sleep, but you may also get a lot of business done in hotels that are winning kudos from both the travel industry and business travelers.
The Atlanta Airport Hilton and Towers and the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel - Concourse consistently win the AAA "four diamond" rating and the Mobil Travel Guide "four star" award.
"Sixty-three percent of our business is group business, and that is really driven by the traveling business public," says Russ McDonald of the Renaissance Atlanta. "So that's why we've put the emphasis on that, of being able to care and maintain them. "
At the Hyatt Regency near San Francisco's airport, travelers frequently fly in
just for the day.
"Instead of having a meeting in some far-off or inaccessible location, you'll have a meeting at the airport hotel where everyone from different places around the country can fly into a central location, have the meeting and then fly home," says CNN business travel consultant Chris McGinnis. "If you have to meet several people in one city you can just base yourself at the airport hotel and have people come to see you instead."
Guests can take a break from travel at the Miami Airport Hilton and Towers, which even has an outdoor jogging trail.
"Sometimes individual customers who are at the airport for three or more hours
or miss (a) flight or what have you, they come to the hotel to enjoy a nice
meal, or if they feel like it they sit in the outdoor area by the pool, have a
drink, and watch the airplanes take off," says the hotel's Farooq Rehmatwala.
It's one reason Hilton Hotels gives this hotel top honors within its chain.
Perhaps the only drawback to airport lodging: because most airport hotels aren't downtown, you may have to take a ride into town for a wider choice of restaurants and entertainment.
Based on a report from CNN's
Business and Travel and Beyond. The segment appears weekdays on Early
Edition at 7 AM (ET) and on Morning News at 10 AM (ET).
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