Six of the best airport hotels in Australia

FELIX SYDNEY AIRPORT

Re-live the golden era of travel along with all the elements today's digital nomad expects at 8Hotels' first airport property. Choose from 150 economy, premium economy, business class and first class rooms, all offering state-of-the-art TVs (140cm), power rain showers and blackout curtains. Despite the constant stream of aircraft taking off and landing (until the curfew that is), it's whisper quiet. Also on offer are pet friendly and family suites, a 24-hour grab-and-go food and drink service (salads and sushi are your best bet; the hot food is average), and round-the-clock gym and self-service laundry. The best bit? Checking in at the swish top floor penthouse, with outdoor cinema, swing chairs, free binocular viewers and phenomenal views over Sydney Airport. Best enjoyed with martini in hand. From $179 a night. See felixhotel.com.au

LA COSTA MOTEL, GOLD COAST AIRPORT

This super cute, retro motel is literally across the road from the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) Airport, and a mere 100 metres from Bilinga Beach. Built in the 1950s, the surfside, weatherboard motel has had a complete makeover, however vintage features such as its pastel exterior, neon light box, and playfulness have been retained. There's Instagram-worthy vintage bicycles (complimentary), orange-and-white striped deckchairs and free airport transfers meaning you can be off the plane, into your board shorts and on the beach in 10 minutes tops. From $135 a night. See lacostamotel.com.au

PARKROYAL MELBOURNE AIRPORT

Aviation geeks will love the runway-facing rooms at this upscale 276 room hotel, minus the noise when you want to snooze. There's terrific food on offer (the pancake maker at breakfast is a hit), warm, friendly staff, a lap pool and gym, and the terminal is a mere stroll away. Got a few hours between flights? Book a lounge and swim package. Or try the Guess the Grape tasting experience ($18 a person) showcasing some of Victoria's leading wines. From $295. See panpacific.com

VIBE HOTEL CANBERRA

This impressive 191-room retro inspired hotel is part of the seismic change taking place in the nation's capital. Designed by Bates Smart Architects, responsible for Victoria's Federation Square, expect contemporary rooms centred around a bold circular atrium, marble clad fire pit, and locally sourced food and wine. Inspired by Walter Burley Griffin's plan for Canberra, this award-winning hotel is a terrific option whether you're flying out of the new international airport or not. From $179 a night. See tfehotels.com

PULLMAN BRISBANE AIRPORT

You'll be reluctant to check out of this luxe new hotel, even if you're jetting off to more exotic climes. There are 132 luxury rooms including two presidential suites, six junior suites and 45 executive rooms. Lap up Brisbane's sunny rays by the free-form leisure pool, surrounded by daybeds and pergolas. Enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif in the lounge bar before tucking into a menu of locally sourced produce at upscale restaurant Apron, overseen by group executive chef Justin Zammit. Travel weary? Order room service, work out in the gym, or finish off that presentation in the top-floor executive lounge. From $249 a night. See accorhotels.com

IBIS BRISBANE AIRPORT

Sometimes what you want in an airport hotel is no fuss: a clean room, comfy bed and blackout blinds. The Ibis Brisbane Airport, sister hotel to the Pullman, offers just that, but more if time is on your side. There are 243 spacious rooms, a ground floor eatery known as the Cribb Island Beach Club, and a cool rooftop bar offering sunset views to Moreton Bay and beyond. Early flight? Express check-out is available – meaning you can drop off your key in the morning and leg it to the domestic terminal a 10-minute stroll away. From $169 a night. See ibisba.com.au

Sheriden Rhodes was a guest of Accor Hotels, 8Hotels and Parkroyal Melbourne Airport.

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