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A hotel for the airport

By johnboy - 24 October 2013 47

The ABC has word on plans out at Snowtown for a hotel to join their legoland collection.

The Canberra Airport will build a four-star, 180-room hotel to help attract international flights to the capital.

The hotel would be built between the airport and the Brindabella Business Park, five-minutes walk from the terminal.

The airport would build and own the hotel, but hopes to attract a private operator to run it.

It would have a four to four-and-a-half star rating, and include conference, restaurant and bar facilities.

Steve Byron’s the luckiest man alive, we thought we had fun getting politicians to build their dream city with lego but out at the airport they get to do it for realsies!

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A hotel for the airport
JC 8:07 pm 24 Oct 13

What I find interesting is the airport hopes the hotel will attract international flights, the ABC article specifically mentions flights from Dubai and Singapore arriving at 1am.

Now not sure what the Snow family are smoking to be honest. Lets be real Canberra is NEVER going to be an alternative to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and even if it was then people would want to spend as little time as possible in transit. So the only people that leaves to be serviced by international flights will be people from within the region, who presumably would want to be home ASAP.

As for 1am arrivals, gotta ask why? From Singapore that would mean a 2:30pm departure, which means it is impossible to get a full days work in Singapore (something important for the suit brigade) and peak time for connections from Europe and Asia is between 3pm and 7pm. The best time to leave Singapore would be around 8pm, which gives an arrival into Canberra at around 7am, give or take. So a much more civilised arrival time and no need for a hotel.

As for Dubai 1am arrival here is a 4am departure from Dubai. No Dubai is more of a connection point, so if coming from Europe to get a 4am departure time you would be looking at getting flights leaving Europe mid morning up to around lunch time. A better time would be a 10am departure time, which connects with the evening European departures and arrives in Canberra closer to 7am, again a more civilised time and no need for a hotel stay.

So really any hotel at the airport will be for the local market only. Maybe not such a bad thing, but really it should be the government who controls what can be built and where to service the local market.

JC 8:00 pm 24 Oct 13

IrishPete said :

Airport hotels often offer free parking while you are away – ’twill be interesting to see what the airport thinks of that.

But I doubt they’ll be impressed with the 24-hour freight flights – most civilised airports have curfews so you can at least get some peace. Soundproofing is only so good.

IP

Your clearly didn’t read the article, the hotel is going to be owned by the airport and operated on their behalf by someone (actually most hotels are like this, hence why brands sometimes change). So if they offer free parking it will be with the blessing of their owner, which is the airport.

As for noise, take a look at where the hotel will be located? Yep right next to the servo. Noise won’t be an issue there any time of day. Just like it isn’t for the Hilton Hotel next to terminal 4 at Heathrow or the hotels that run down the other side of Heathrow. Noise only really becomes an issue when you are under the flight path.

Masquara 7:46 pm 24 Oct 13

What a nonsense – greedy Snows will convince ignorant tourism operators and interstate visitors to stay there. Airport hotels are only useful in large cities where traffic hassles make it risky to head into town in between flights. Or for crazy-early starts. There are hotels in Canberra that are a guaranteed 15 minutes or less from the airport in the middle of rush hour.

Picture the planeloads of Chinese tourists who will miss out on staying in town (and spending money on non-Snow businesses). They will be bussed around a couple of the cultural institutions and back to Snowtown on the dishonest pretext that there’s a need.

Why haven’t the Snows been run out of town by now? They are appalling people!

c_c™ 7:07 pm 24 Oct 13

Mess said :

Word has it it will be a Novotel, Rydges or a Vibe. All decent 4 – 4.5 star brands.

You’re kidding. Novotel sucks, they charge as much as a five star hotel in most cities!!! The only thing worse than Novotel is ironically Sofitel, the supposed premium brand.

basketcase 6:01 pm 24 Oct 13

Obviously noise is not a problem here.

poetix 4:09 pm 24 Oct 13

shauno said :

It will be handy especially if its half decent closer to 5 star rather then 4 star because it can be bloody hard to get a hotel in Canberra when parliament is sitting as ive found out a few times in the past.

I hear it will be a replica of the Lyneham Motor Inn. Quaint is the word.

shauno 2:55 pm 24 Oct 13

It will be handy especially if its half decent closer to 5 star rather then 4 star because it can be bloody hard to get a hotel in Canberra when parliament is sitting as ive found out a few times in the past.

BimboGeek 1:20 pm 24 Oct 13

An airport hotel could be quite convenient for peak bodies and some government organisations who regularly need to hire a meeting space for their national committee meetings. They can meet their colleagues at the airport, have the meeting at the hotel, have lunch and dinner organised at the hotel, book an overnight stay if need be, and then there’s no need for the visitors to have to trudge long distances during peak hour but it’s a short hop to Manuka, Kingston or Civic in the evening for dinner or entertainment.

IrishPete 12:50 pm 24 Oct 13

Probably useful for people from the region for whom a 6am flight means getting up before they go to bed (with apologies to Monty Python for the plagiarism).

Airport hotels often offer free parking while you are away – ’twill be interesting to see what the airport thinks of that.

But I doubt they’ll be impressed with the 24-hour freight flights – most civilised airports have curfews so you can at least get some peace. Soundproofing is only so good.

IP

Mess 12:17 pm 24 Oct 13

Word has it it will be a Novotel, Rydges or a Vibe. All decent 4 – 4.5 star brands.

caf 12:01 pm 24 Oct 13

I quite like airport hotels if I’m flying out of a city other than my home at some godawful hour of the morning, particularly international flights where you need to be there 3 hours beforehand.

Postalgeek 11:57 am 24 Oct 13

Airport hotels are quite useful in large cities if you have a very early start, or you have arrive domestic in the evening and leave international the next day. I also use them as recovery points on long flights – if I’ve got more than a couple of hours to kill at a transition point, I’ll get a cheap room and have a shower and a nap. Sometimes just getting to the airport can involve many, many hours of arduous travel.

Does Canberra need one? Meh, I’ll let others who would actually use it answer that.

thebrownstreak69 11:45 am 24 Oct 13

Airport hotels, one of the developed world’s worst features.

watto23 11:45 am 24 Oct 13

I can see the benefits though of it being there. If you have a 6 am flight then getting to the airport often requires waking up at 4:30am for me. Not that I’d book a night in the hotel before hand, but if you were a traveller for a brief overnight stop and was flying back to be in the office first thing, the airport hotel is probably what they want. Or if you fly in on the last flight and just want to sleep before the busy next day the airport hotel might be a good idea as well.

Dilandach 11:08 am 24 Oct 13

Because when I go to a city there’s nothing I love more than being put up in a hotel and *having* to get a taxi or bus to get to the city. I doubt that barren plain that is Brindabella Business Park will change any time soon.

Two cafes, a restaurant, hairdresser and ATM. Unless they’re flying in from Dagestan I doubt they’ll be impressed.

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