Early morning flights are good because you get to spend more of the day at your resort. But the not-so-good bit is the long, early morning drive to the airport. However, there is a simple, inexpensive way to allow yourself a few extra hours in bed and make the start of your day less of a hassle. An airport hotels can mean you wake up close to the airport terminal, avoiding an unreasonably early start.
Once you’re up, you can either stroll to the terminal, if you pick a hotel close enough, or you can take the hotel’s transfer bus, if you decide to stay in one that’s situated off the airport grounds. Whichever you choose, you’ll save bundles of time.
Airport hotels come in all different price ranges, usually according to their star rating and the facilities they offer. If you’re looking for a comfy bed for the night and a room with all the essentials, you can pick up a 2 or 3-star Gatwick airport hotel or Heathrow airport hotel for next to nothing. If you can afford to spend a little more, 4 and 5-star hotels can provide a quality stay with all the added extras like satellite TV, comfier beds, internet and toiletries. Not only that, but the more expensive the hotel, usually the closer they are to the airport terminal. Some hotels at Gatwick or Heathrow are even connected to the terminal via a walkway; so you can drag yourself out of bed and stroll to check in.
If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll be needing somewhere to leave your car. Instead of forking out on parking separately, you can often get a hotel stay which includes parking at minimal extra cost. You’ll usually get the choice of parking that’s either on-site at the hotel, or parking which is at a secured car park away from the hotel. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be starting your holiday the most stress-free way possible.
If you’re keen on the idea of a few extra hours in bed, remember to book your airport hotel in advance to get the best price. The earlier you make your booking, the cheaper the price will be.