Meetings that take place at airport hotels are unbeatable when it comes to convenience. When it comes to character, however, airport hotels often leave much to be desired. Fortunately, meeting planners that want both the convenience of an airport location and the character of a downtown property can have both thanks to a new generation of airport hotel that is as focused on experience as it is on location.
In a recent article, Northstar Meetings Group shares several examples of next-generation airport hotels, the offerings at which reveal a lot about what meeting planners should look for in order to deliver an upgraded airport meeting to their attendees.
Consider, for example, the Holiday Inn Houston Intercontinental Airport, which recently commenced a multimillion-dollar renovation near George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport. Because modern guests want to stay fit and healthy on the road, the 414-room hotel will have ample fitness and recreational facilities, including new sand volleyball courts, a refurbished tennis court and a revamped fitness center with all-new cardio and weight-lifting equipment.
Or check out the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, which completed a renovation in June 2018. One of the renovation's highlights was a new restaurant, Studio 12, that specializes in California cuisine and local craft beer -- perfect for feeding attendees' appetite for local and chef-driven cuisines.
The lesson from these and other properties: If you have fly-in/fly-out attendees, don't just settle for the hotel that's closest to the airport; rather, look for an airport hotel that has the amenities that best complement attendees' lifestyles.
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