If you think all airport hotels are grim, shuddering buildings decorated in 1970s Travelling Salesman chic, with windows opening directly onto the runway... we're going to let you into a secret. There are some airport hotels so luxurious, so stylish, so brimming with character and stuffed with services - sometimes including hotel and parking packages that work out cheaper than airport parking alone - you're going to wonder why you're even getting that flight tomorrow.
Here's our pick of the best, get ready to be wowed...
Etrop Grange, under a mile from Manchester (££)
A beautiful, Grade II listed, red-brick Georgian mansion, Etrop Grange has 64 individually decorated rooms - all with ensuite, many with four-poster beds, some with Jacuzzi. Throw in the chauffeur driven service to the airport (it's under a mile away) and you could be forgiven for thinking you're a footballer.
Find out more about Etrop Grange.
Luton Hoo, two miles from Luton (£££)
The Queen and Prince Philip came here on honeymoon - and why wouldn't they? A former stately home, Luton Hoo is quite simply, stunning. With 144 rooms, a spa, 18-hole golf course and surrounding Capability Brown-designed park - over 1,000 acres of it including a lake and part of a river - give in to temptation and forget the rest of your holiday.
Find out more about Luton Hoo.
Hilton at Gatwick less than a mile from Gatwick (££)
The luxury, comfort, affordability and convenience of sleeping in at the Hilton at Gatwick Airport are reasons alone worth the time and money. With triple-glazed spacious rooms, the silence makes it impossible to believe you’re next to an airport. It is located only a few minute walk from the South Terminal with the state-of-the-art gym, restaurants and coffee shops further adding quality to your stay. Feel free to try out Hilton's Meet and Greet service. Find out more about Hilton at Gatwick.
Cadbury Hotel, five miles from Bristol (££)
A cheeky little number this - part 18th century house, part saucy boutique love-pad - the the Cadbury builds on its historic roots, adding a stylish contemporary twist. The result? A classically hip British boutique: 72 rooms awash with clean lines, big mirrors, snakeskin wall paper (we're guessing it's not real snakeskin: some of the walls are really quite big) plus a spa and a health club. Lovely.
Cadbury House, Frost Hill, Congresbury, Bristol. Find out more about Cadbury Hotel.
Arora Hotel Heathrow, one mile from Heathrow (££)
From the moment you check in until the time you depart, every moment spent at Arora is filled with pure enjoyment and quality service. You can get picked up and dropped off between the entrance of Arora Hotel and any one of the five terminals of Heathrow free of charge. Bask in the opportunity to shoe shop, gym or get your hair and nails done in between your delectable meals the hotel’s worldwide cuisine has to offer. For more information on Arora Hotel Heathrow.
Crowne Plaza, under a mile from Manchester Airport (£)
Crowne Plaza’s 10 storeys of style and chic invites you to an amazing stay. It is ideally located within walking distance of the Manchester Airport as well as the Victoria and Piccadilly Railway stations. Indulge and relax in the luxury of the Sampans Restaurant where professional Thai chefs cook up superb dishes of quality taste served with the finest wine. Treat yourself to a cocktail or two in between surfing the internet, gyming, and even getting your shoes shined. A complimentary bus is available to and from Manchester Airport. Find out more about Crowne Plaza.
Langshott Manor, two miles from Gatwick (££)
This 16th century manor house is surrounded by three acres of lush gardens. The classy romantic decor of the boutique hotel coupled with a menu of flavourful meals and exquisite wine will ensure a perfect start to your holiday. Spoil yourself with the access to free wi-fi, private parking at no cost and excellent service leaving you feeling like royalty. Check our Langshott Manor page for more information.
The Ambassador Heathrow Hotel, four miles from Heathrow (£)
The cosy 12-bed hotel recently underwent refurbishment solely to heighten the quality and comfort of your stay. It is conveniently situated just ten minutes from Heathrow making it an ideal location to avoid the rush associated with travelling. After a full night’s sleep on only the finest Egyptian cotton linen, you’re welcome to take advantage of the trouser press services while surfing the internet free of charge. Look through The Ambassador Heathrow Hotel for more information on bookings and availability.
Great Hallingbury Manor, two miles from Stansted (££)
The Great Hallingbury Manor will make you reconsider placing all value on only ultra-modern design and decor. This Tudor-style manor is surrounded by stunning greenery with an atmosphere that cannot be described but only experienced while taking in the beauty of the architecture, decor and rich colour combinations. Often a romantic getaway destination, it is not uncommon to spend overnight stays for business and leisure. Start enjoying your holiday even before you leave for your destination at the sensational manor. Accommodation and booking details can be found on the Great Hallingbury Manor site.
Down Hall Country House Hotel, nine miles from Stansted (£)
For a spacious location with picturesque gardens that are simply heavenly, the Down Hall Country House Hotel is where you should be. The four star accommodation provides for your health and fitness with a gym, swimming pool and tennis courts. These can be found within the 110 acre estate including a vegetable patch for the freshest produce used in bringing you healthy meals. Setting off for your vacation in a blissfully calm state of mind is priceless. Find out the complete details of Down Hall Country House Hotel.
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Last Updated: May 2009