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5 Airport Hotels You'd Actually Want to Stay In

10/02/2015 04:48pm ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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by Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler

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The idea of being shuttled to the airport-adjacent hotel due to a layover or a flight delay usually fills travelers with dread, but these lodgings are game-changers.

1. Moxy Milan Malpensa Airport

Who knew an airport hotel could be so...sexy? Just a quick walk from Terminal 2, the Moxy Hotel at Milan's Malpensa Airport promises "runway chic minus the high-fashion price tag." It also has photos of half-naked models on the walls and a shirtless hunk on the do-not-disturb door tag. While rooms have free WiFi and giant flat-screen TVs, they do lack phones, so make your requests in person to one of the young--and very stylish--staffers downstairs.

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2. Hotel Meininger

Resembling a neatly stacked Lego tower, this brightly hued hotel and hostel near Berlin's Schönefeld Airport offers a range of downright affordable room types from single to family to, if you're up for it, dormitory. Downstairs, guests can cook their own food and even do a load of laundry.

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3. Bloc Gatwick

For families passing through London's second busiest airport, the Bloc Hotel, next to the South Terminal, features so-called "smart" rooms that can sleep a group of four. The hotel also consulted the Scandinavian Sleep Institute to set rooms at the optimum temperature and humidity for a good night's rest. There's no restaurant on site, but guests get discounts to use at the shops and restaurants in the airport's South Terminal.

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4. CitizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle

Sunlight streams in from all sides of the aviation-themed lobby at CitizenM, a five-minute walk from Terminal 3. Guests who are feeling social can hang out in the lounge, grab food from the hotel's 24-7 Canteen, or chat at the bar. Upstairs, the rooms are capsule-sized but offer big-time amenities such as mood lighting, free WiFi, free movies, and the use of a tablet that controls all of the above. Ask for a room with a view of the runways, not the highways.

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5. Element Frankfurt Airport

You'll have to drive or get shuttled two miles from Germany's busiest airport to reach Element, but Westin's eco-friendly spinoff brand helps to ease the hassles of travel with comfortable beds, free WiFi, and even fully equipped kitchens, meaning you can cook your favorite meal in between flights.

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