Driving to the airport to catch a flight in the very early morning is one thing I won't do. If I try and sleep, I can't – because I know I'll have to get up in three or four hours. Someone else must feel the same way… as shown by the new trend for hotels inside airport terminals. A get-out-of-bed-and-fall-into-the-departure-lounge kind of trend. A few months ago we wrote about the fantastic YOtels (Shut-eye pods), little cubicles that you can rent out at Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. Here's something altogether grander. The Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre at Charles De Gaulle Paris.
It's the only hotel built inside International CDG Airport Terminal 2. It's not only minutes from your airplane, but also 30 minutes from the center of Paris by TGV (high-speed train) as the station is below the hotel. If you've just flown in, you can stay the night and be in Brussels by 10am the next morning or in Amsterdam for lunch. With 240 rooms and 12 suites, it's unlikely to be fully-booked. But, bear in mind, with prices from 305 euros a night, it's also not for your budget traveler – unless you rent a room for day use only at 199 euros. The hotel has all the luxuries you'd hope for: a fitness facility, sauna, babysitting service, internet access, laundry and dry cleaning, as well as a beauty salon. The rooms also boast sound-proofed walls – considering where you're sleeping, that does seem like a necessity rather than a luxury.