APH compares airport hotels for business travellers

Boost your business trip: APH shares best airport hotels for savvy business travellers

For business travellers keen to secure a restful night’s sleep ahead of an international work trip, APH has compared six airport hotels well-suited for travel from London, Manchester and Birmingham.

Crowne Plaza Felbridge Pool

Walking Distance to Departure

To avoid the anxiety of a departure day dash to the terminals, four of the hotels researched are located within walking distance to the check-in desks, including the four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel at Manchester Airport and the Novotel at Birmingham Airport. Likewise, the four-star Sofitel at London Gatwick is located within walking distance from the North Terminal and the South Terminal can be reached via a short monorail ride.

In-Room Conveniences

For business travellers keen to catch up on emails, Wi-Fi and in-room work desks are provided at all six of the properties researched. However, guests at Manchester Airport’s Britannia Airport Hotel should note that although complimentary Wi-Fi is provided in public areas, in-room access is charged at £7 per 24 hours, per device, once the two 20-minute complimentary sessions per day are used. Other in-room offerings include tea and coffee making services and irons at the majority of hotels researched, excluding at Birmingham Airport’s Ibis hotel, where an ironing room is instead located on the third floor. Other convenient facilities provided for business travellers includes a USB charging hub in rooms at Ibis Birmingham Airport and a shoe-shining machine plus safe large enough to accommodate a laptop at Novotel Birmingham Airport.

Zone Out Before You Check-In

To shake off any stress ahead of an important business meeting, the Crowne Plaza Felbridge Hotel at Gatwick provides guests with an indoor heated swimming pool and gym, plus a five-treatment-roomed Chakra Spa, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and tennis courts. Likewise, the Britannia Airport Hotel at Manchester Airport boasts three nearby golf clubs, including the Northenden Golf Club. Londoners who want to enjoy the Sussex countryside prior to several hours spend on a plane should considering the four-star Crowne Plaza Felbridge Gatwick, which is nearby to Ashdown Forest and just 15 minutes’ drive away from the airport, plus the new APH Gatwick park and ride car park.

Office Facilities Away from The Office

Professionals who need to print or copy documents ahead of arriving at the check-in desks can make use of the business centres at four of the airport hotels, including at Manchester Airport’s Crowne Plaza hotel, which also offers business centre support staff from 8:30 am – 6 pm. Should business travellers need to gather their team prior to flying off, all six of the airport hotels researched offer conference rooms available to hire, with the capacity ranging from seven people at Birmingham Airport’s Ibis Hotel to 500 delegates at Gatwick’s Crowne Plaza Felbridge.


BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT

IBIS HOTEL

STAR RATING
• 3

HOTEL LOCATION
• Ambassador Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, B26 3AW

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• Within minutes’ walk from the check-in desks

IN-ROOM OFFERINGS
• Work desk
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• No iron, but ironing room is located on third floor
• Wi-Fi
• USB charging hub
• Blackout curtains
• Soundproof room, including door

BUSINESS CENTRE
• Yes, self-service business centre. Printer and copying services are available

MEETING ROOMS
• One on-site meeting room, with capacity for seven people

OTHER BUSINESS TRAVEL FEATURES
• Breakfast available from 04:00 – 10:00, priced from £5.50
• Complimentary shuttle bus to National Exhibition Centre or Birmingham International train station
• Laundry facilities

NOVOTEL

STAR RATING
• 4

HOTEL LOCATION
• Birmingham Airport, Birmingham, B26 3QL

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• Within minutes’ walk of the airport check-in desks

IN-ROOM OFFERINGS
• Work desk
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Iron
• Wi-Fi
• Sound-proofed rooms
• Blackout curtains
• Safe large enough to accommodate a laptop
• Mini bar

BUSINESS CENTRE
• Yes, self-service business centre. Printer and copying services are available

MEETING ROOMS
• Six on-site meeting rooms, with capacity for 8 – 35 people

OTHER BUSINESS TRAVEL FEATURES
• Fitness centre
• Laundry facilities
• Shoeshine machine
• Breakfast buffet priced from £12.45 for a Continental breakfast or £16.45 for a full English breakfast


LONDON GATWICK AIRPORT

CROWNE PLAZA FELBRIDGE GATWICK

STAR RATING
• 4

HOTEL LOCATION
• London Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2BH

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• 15 minutes’ drive

IN-ROOM OFFERINGS
• Work desk
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Iron
• Wi-Fi
• Sound-proofed windows
• Safe
• Blackout curtains
• Charging points
• Mini bar

BUSINESS CENTRE
• No

MEETING ROOMS
• Eight on-site meeting rooms, with capacity from 10 – 500 people

OTHER BUSINESS TRAVEL FEATURES
• Chakra Spa with five treatment rooms
• 24-hour room service
• Indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, boutique gym and tennis courts
• APH customers entitled to an exclusive 20% discount off their food bill when dining in the restaurant or bar areas
• Breakfast available from 06:30 – 10:00 Monday to Friday, or from 07:00 – 10:00 Saturday and Sunday, for £12.95

SOFITEL LONDON GATWICK HOTEL

STAR RATING
• 4

HOTEL LOCATION
• North Terminal Gatwick Airport, Horley, RH6 0PH

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• Within minutes’ walk via covered walkway from Gatwick North Terminal, or a short monorail ride from the South Terminal

IN-ROOM OFFERINGS
• Work desk
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Iron
• Wi-Fi
• Safe
• Trouser press
• Charging points
• Sound-proofed window
• Blackout curtains

BUSINESS CENTRE
• Yes, with support staff included and copy / print services provided

MEETING ROOMS
• 14 on-site meeting rooms, with capacity from 8 – 300 people

OTHER BUSINESS TRAVEL FEATURES
• Luxury Club rooms have access to the Sofitel Club Lounge, which offers breakfasts, drinks and canapés
• Free airport shuttle available
• Flight information screens provided
• Breakfast available from 05:30 – 10:30 for £19.00


MANCHESTER AIRPORT

BRITANNIA AIRPORT HOTEL MANCHESTER AIRPORT

STAR RATING
• 3

HOTEL LOCATION
• Palatine Road Northenden, Manchester, M22 4FH

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• Ten minutes’ drive

IN-ROOM OFFERINGS
• Work desk
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Iron
• Wi-Fi is free in public areas. Two 20-minute complimentary sessions are provided per day, with unlimited access in rooms charged at £7 per 24 hours, per device

BUSINESS CENTRE
• No

MEETING ROOMS
• Six on-site meeting and conference rooms, with capacity for 5 – 120 people

OTHER BUSINESS TRAVEL FEATURES
• Three golf courses are located nearby
• Video conferencing equipment
• Breakfast available from 07:00 – 09:30

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, MANCHESTER AIRPORT

STAR RATING
• 4

HOTEL LOCATION
• Ringway Road, Manchester, M90 3NS

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• Within minutes’ walk of the airport check-in desks

IN-ROOM OFFERINGS
• Work desk
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Iron
• Wi-Fi

BUSINESS CENTRE
• Yes, staffed from 08:30 – 18:00. Printer and copying services available

MEETING ROOMS
• Eight on-site meeting rooms, with capacity for up to 70 people

OTHER BUSINESS TRAVEL FEATURES
• Print and copy service available
• 24-hour health and fitness centre
• Flight information screens
• Dry cleaning pickup/laundry service available, including a same-day service
• Breakfast available from 05:00 – 10:00 at £17 per person


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