Beat the polar vortex with’s 5 best airport hotels

2014 has not been kind to travelers. On-time departures, flights and even entire airports have been frozen like the rest of us in the insane, polar vortex-level cold that’s gripped most of North America thus far. And it’s not over yet.

With forecasts suggesting more of the same may be on the way next week, (which I’ve covered before) has offered up at least a little peace of mind to carry with you to the airport—or at least to the airports of five cities. Below are the five highest-scoring airport hotels, by customer review, just in case things don’t go as planned:

London 2

Sofitel London Heathrow

1. Sofitel London Heathrow, London — 9.0/10

  • Direct access to Heathrow’s Terminal 5 via covered walkway
  • Luxurious health spa
  • 24-hour gym
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Direct train services to central London


Kempinski Hotel Airport München

Kempinski Hotel Airport München

2. Kempinski Hotel Airport München, Munich — 9.0/10

  • Located between Terminals 1 and 2 of Munich Airport
  • Large, soundproof windows
  • Spa
  • 24-hour gym
  • American buffet
  • Fine cuisine at Restaurant Charles Lindbergh


Hyatt Regency O'Hare

Hyatt Regency O’Hare

3. Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago — 8.9/10

  • Minutes from Chicago O’Hare International
  • Airport shuttle
  • Easy access to downtown Chicago an entertainment and restaurants
  • Incredible interior architecture
  • Full-service business center
  • 24-hour gym


Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

4. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Bangkok — 8.3/10

  • 24-hour airport shuttle leaving every 15 minutes
  • Beautiful outdoor pool
  • Massages available
  • Fitness center
  • Thai food at Sala Thai, international dishes at The Square, as well as Cantonese and Japanese options
  • Up to 2 children (15 or under) stay free with parents


Westin DFW Airport Hotel

Westin DFW Airport Hotel

5. Westin DFW Airport Hotel, Dallas — 8.5/10

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Outdoor rooftop pool
  • Fitness room
  • Business center
  • Authentic southwestern cuisine at The BlueFire Grille
Ian Livingston

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Ian Livingston
Traveler and writer Ian Livingston has lost his bearings in 52 countries, six continents and five NYC boroughs. He is better for it. Now living in Brooklyn, he reports on the world's lesser-known quantities as a self-calibrating writer and by way of his roles as Editor at and Chat Manager for the weekly #TravelSkills Twitter chat with Johnny Jet and Chris McGinnis. In his sights now: the polar regions.

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