Unless you have the dubious pleasure of living right next door to an airport one of the biggest downsides of going on holiday is catching a flight at an ungodly hour of the day. While driving half asleep at 4.00 am, with a nagging doubt you have forgotten something maybe some holidaymaker’s idea of fun for most it sounds like a bad way to start your holiday. However, help is at hand in the form of Airport Hotels, where you can spend a relaxed evening and even afford an extra hour or two in bed before leaving.

Airport hotels may not enjoy the best of reputations. In many peoples minds, they are ranked alongside train station pubs – filled with chain-smoking businessmen in cheap suits. However, while there is certainly a convincing argument to avoid train station pubs (you have to pay to get in the toilet for starters), airport hotels are a long way from their cheap and not-so-cheerful roots. These days the savvy traveler can pick up a great value deal at some excellent hotel accommodation situated close to their airport of departure.

Another big advantage of staying at airport hotels is many let you use their car park facilities at often very reasonable rates. The Cottons Hotel and Spa situated near Manchester International Airport offers some excellent deals on up to 15 days of parking for guests of their hotel. The hotel itself is also 4-star and comes equipped with a pool, color therapy sauna, steam room, gym, tennis courts, and spa. While you may also be confused over what a color therapy sauna is, you have to agree it sounds enticing and certainly beats crawling through Manchester traffic to catch an early morning flight.

Overall, airport hotels have changed significantly over the past ten years and are no longer the realm of the odors challenged. However, it is still recommended that the world of train station pubs is avoided unless on the lookout for recreational drugs or at the very least have a 50p coin to get into the toilet.

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