Best Australian Airport Hotel: Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport
With a convenient location within walking distance of all Melbourne Airport's terminals, decent food and the Priority Club loyalty program, the AusBT awards panel reckoned it was hard to beat the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport.
Extra points came from several judges for the meeting-friendly suites (AusBT reviewed the suites recently), which come with their own kitchenette -- ideal for the more informal business traveller with several appointments to get through in Melbourne.
Best International Airport Hotel: Sofitel London Heathrow
Internationally, despite stiff competition from Asian airport hotels like the Novotel at BKK, Crowne Plaza at SIN and the Regal at HKG, our panel picked the Sofitel at London Heathrow's Terminal 5 as the best airport hotel for Australian business travellers.
The Sofitel had going for it a terminal-side location (at Terminal 5, home to Qantas' key European partner British Airways' short-haul connecting flights), fantastic beds, impeccable soundproofing and a top-notch French restaurant, La Belle Epoque.
Extra points for enough space for your luggage (including a large built-in luggage rack) and a connectivity panel to hook your devices into the room's TV and sound system.
The Australian Business Traveller Awards are judged by an independent panel of business travellers and frequent flyers plus the AusBT team, and provide a uniquely Australian perspective on the best products and services for Australia's estimated 2.6 million business travellers.