Which Asian Airport Hotel Was Named Best in the World in 2016?

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Right after Skytrax named the world’s best airports, it also announced the winners of the world’s best airport hotels.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport was named the World's Best Airport Hotel for the second consecutive year in the Skytrax awards. The hotel managed to retain its title in 2016 by a considerable margin. The 320-room hotel is set to expand by adding 243 new rooms by the third quarter of 2016.

A Skytrax representative said that the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport clearly continues to impress and satisfy its guests. It is the only international brand hotel to be located in the immediate vicinity of Changi Airport. Guests can take the Skytrain or link bridge from the airport directly to the hotel, or call the concierge before arriving and request a meet-and-greet service.

The hotel is the perfect facility for corporate and social events, featuring contemporary design, innovative services, and bespoke meeting spaces. The hotel also features a landscaped outdoor pool for long-haul travelers seeking an oasis to relax and rejuvenate when they arrive and before they depart. Other amenities include a fitness center, a spa, a restaurant and free Wi-Fi. Guests can request a room with a runway view or a late 6:00 p.m. check out.

The winner for the best airport hotel in Europe was also a repeat winner: the Hilton Munich Airport. This architecturally striking hotel is situated between Munich Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2, and some rooms have runway views. Soundproof rooms feature paid Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffeemakers, as well as minibars. If you’re lucky enough to get a suite, they have wonderful Nespresso coffee machines and living room areas. Room service is available 24 hours a day, and the hotel also has a restaurant with buffet dining, an atrium bar, and a lobby cafe.

Other amenities include a gym, a spa area with massages and an indoor pool and sauna. Massages are available. There’s also a 24/7 business center and 30 meeting rooms.

The best airport hotel in the Middle East is the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Only one kilometer from Bahrain International Airport and overlooking the Dohat Arad Lagoon, the hotel is only seven kilometers from downtown. It features free Wi-Fi and the rooms have flat-screen TVs, minibars and tea and coffee makers. Upgraded suites have separate living and dining areas and private terraces. There are three restaurants onsite, along with a spa, an outdoor infinity pool. Other amenities include a fitness center, a business center, and six meeting rooms.

Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport won the award as Best Airport Hotel in China. The hotel, located in the middle of the airport, features rooms that feature double glazed windows for silence, large beds, in-room fitness options, Wi-Fi and LCD TV with access to satellite channels. Some rooms have views of the airport. It’s a mere 15-second walk from the main departure hall and a 30-minute metro ride into the city center. The hotel displays flight information in the lobby and guest rooms and allows travelers to print out their boarding passes in the lobby.

Services include a golf course, a fitness center, a spa, three restaurants (including one that is open 24 hours a day) and meeting space.

Canada’s Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel was named the winner for the third year in a row as the Best Airport Hotel in North America. The 392-room hotel is located directly above the U.S. departures terminal.

All rooms are soundproofed and have floor-to-ceiling views of the airport runways, ocean, and mountains. For travelers who need a shorter stay, the hotel’s "Quiet Zone" has day rooms for those on layovers. Amenities include the Globe@YVR restaurant, the Jetside Bar, a full-service day spa and health club and meeting facilities with more than 8,800 square feet of space and round the clock room service.

Skytrax received 13.25 million airport survey questionnaires from 106 different nationalities of airline customers between June 2015 to February 2016 at 550 airports around the world. Surveyors were asked to evaluate experiences including check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration through to departure at the gate. It also evaluated guest satisfaction in the overall experience, level of service, room and bathroom cleanliness, quality of food, leisure, fitness and spa facilities, comfort and accessibility to the airport.​