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Sydney Airport Hotel Guide

Sydney airport is a bustling hub of domestic and international travellers.

Whether you’re about to head off on a holiday, awaiting your connection during a layover, or returning home from a trip — the airport can be an exciting place to be. But it can also be stressful thanks to factors such as last-minute flight changes and delays, navigating the various terminals, making it through the security, and battling crowds… phew.

So how can you ensure a better experience when you’re travelling via Sydney airport? One where you can ditch the overwhelm and focus on the excitement of your holiday?

A great way cut-down on the stress that often comes with flying is to stay in Sydney’s airport precinct ahead of your flight.

If you’re considering staying at a Sydney airport hotel, this guide is for you.

In this guide we’ll look at the benefits of staying at an airport hotel, and the most important things to consider when choosing your Sydney airport hotel.

Hotel Close to Sydney International Airport

Before we dive in, if you’re looking for a hotel that is close to Sydney’s international airport, Novotel Sydney International Airport is located about 5 minutes’ drive away from the terminal.

If you’d prefer to walk, you can walk from Sydney International Airport to the hotel in 20 minutes.

The hotel is located close enough to the airport to provide ease and convenience, but far enough from the runways that you get a quiet stay near the Cooks River and Cahill Park.

Ready to book your Sydney airport hotel? Stay at Novotel Sydney International Airport by booking online, or give our friendly reservations team a call on (02) 9518 2000.

SYD sign on the green grass at Sydney Airport outside International Arrivals

Benefits of Staying in a Sydney Airport Hotel

Thinking about staying at a hotel close to Sydney airport? There’s a number of benefits to staying close to the airport and considering these in your travel planning can help ensure a smooth journey.

Close by for your flight: Being close by means you can easily access the hotel without having to worry about long commutes or transportation delays. If you have an early morning flight or arrive in Sydney on a late-night flight, staying at an airport hotel can provide convenience and save you from the hassle of long commutes to or from the airport during odd hours. Being close by the airport is also handy when you have a flight time that would require you to travel to the airport through Sydney’s morning and evening peak hour. Sydney peak hour is notoriously busy both on the roads and public transport.

Time-saving: Staying at an airport hotel can save you valuable time, especially if you have a short layover or need to catch an early flight. You can quickly check out of your hotel and reach the airport without the stress of rushing through traffic or navigating unfamiliar areas.

Reduced travel fatigue: Long flights, layovers, and delays can be exhausting. By staying at an airport hotel, you can rest and recharge in a comfortable environment, helping to alleviate travel fatigue. This can be particularly beneficial if you have a long layover, are dealing with jet lag, or simply prefer to be in more calm and quiet environment away from crowds.

Safety and security: Airport hotels can offer a safe environment for guests. This can be reassuring, especially if you're traveling alone or in an unfamiliar location.

Layovers: If you have a long layover in Sydney, staying at an airport hotel can offer a comfortable and convenient place to rest and recharge before your next flight. It allows you to have a restful sleep, freshen up, recharge your electronic devices, get a proper meal, or even explore nearby attractions if time permits. By staying at an airport hotel during your layover, you get these benefits while also ensuring that you are close by the airport, reducing travel time and simplifying the process of catching your next flight.

Flight Delays or Cancellations: In the event of unexpected flight delays or cancellations, staying at a nearby airport hotel can provide a reliable backup plan. You can easily secure accommodation without the need to venture far from the airport, reducing stress and uncertainty.

Access to Amenities: Airport hotels often offer a range of amenities to enhance your stay. These may include fitness centres, swimming pools, meeting rooms, restaurants, bars, and room service. You can take advantage of these amenities to relax, stay active, or catch up on work, depending on your needs.

Meal and wine on a table, viewed from above

Facilities & Services to Look for in a Sydney Airport Hotel

When selecting an airport hotel in Sydney, certain facilities and services will improve your stay. Some factors to keep in mind include onsite bar and dining, shuttle service availability, and the overall quality of accommodation and amenities.

Shuttle Service: Look for an airport hotel that offers information about how to access a shuttle service to and from the airport terminals. An airport shuttle is a convenient way to travel between your hotel and the airport.

24-Hour Reception: An airport hotel with a 24-hour reception desk ensures that you can check-in or seek assistance at any time, regardless of your flight schedule. A 24-hour front desk will also be able to assist you with booking an airport shuttle or taxi.

Comfortable Accommodation: Consider the quality and comfort of the hotel's rooms. Look for amenities such as comfortable beds, soundproofing, blackout curtains, and in-room climate control to ensure a restful stay.

Dining Options: Check if the hotel has on-site dining options, such as a restaurant or cafe, serving a variety of meals throughout the day. You should also look for a hotel that offers in-room dining. Having access to room service means you can dine in the comfort of your room at a time that best suits you. This can be convenient, especially if you have early morning or late-night flights.

Fitness Facilities: If you value fitness and wellness, look for an airport hotel with a gym or fitness centre. This allows you to maintain your exercise routine while traveling.

Wi-Fi Internet: Ensure that the hotel provides reliable and high-speed internet access. This is crucial if you’d like to work, stay connected with friends and family, or simply browse for entertainment during your stay.

Luggage Storage: If you have an extended layover or need to check out early but want to explore the city without carrying your luggage, look for an airport hotel that offers luggage storage facilities.

In-Room Amenities: Check if the hotel provides essential in-room amenities such as a TV, mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, an iron, and a safe. These amenities can add convenience and comfort to your stay.

Dry Cleaning Service: Travelling for business and need your suits and blazers looking sharp? Or perhaps you’re on a layover and need a few items laundered to freshen up for your onward journey. Having a dry-cleaning service available can ensure you’re looking and feeling fresh during your travels.

Meeting Rooms and Business Facilities: Facilities such as meeting rooms and a desk in guest rooms can be essential for business and staying productive during your stay.

Novotel Sydney International Airport Hotel viewed from outside of the main entrance

Staying at Novotel Sydney International Airport Hotel

Novotel Sydney International Airport is located close to Sydney airport’s international terminal and has facilities and services to ensure you have a comfortable and convenient stay during your travels.

When you stay at Novotel Sydney International Airport you’ll have access to comfortable, quiet guest rooms with blackout curtains and double-glazed windows, onsite restaurant and bar, 24 hour in-room dining, pool and gym, internet, 24 hour reception, and more.

Book your Sydney airport accommodation today.