Sydney's newest airport hotel will actually be inside the airport

The shiny new Sydney Aerotel will open in Terminal 1 towards the end of 2020.

By David Flynn, October 31 2019
Sydney's newest airport hotel will actually be inside the airport

There's a new hotel coming to Sydney Airport, and it's being built inside the international terminal. Due to open towards the end of 2020, the boutique Aerotel will offer 20 rooms on a short-stay basis.

It's the latest in a series of dedicated in-terminal hotels from lounge specialist Plaza Premium Group, which debuted the concept in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and earlier this month opened its first European Aerotel at London Heathrow Terminal 4.

The Sydney Airport Aerotel will be located inside the Terminal 1 arrivals hall, with a minimum stay of six hours and an additional per-hour rate beyond this.

Aerotel rooms are typically very compact, being designed to meet the basic needs of a shower and a power nap for passengers in transit or, more likely in the case of Sydney, arriving well before check-in time at their hotel.

Aerotel rooms are cosy and 'built for purpose'.
Aerotel rooms are cosy and 'built for purpose'.

"In Sydney, more than half of passengers arrive before 8am," Plaza Premium Group founder and CEO Mr Song Hoi-see told The Australian Financial Review. "But we all know that a conventional hotel room is not ready until 2pm, so they are forced to either buy one more night so they can check in early when they arrive or wait for many hours. It's not a good experience."

However, the Aerotel will also compete with other Sydney Airport hotels for outbound travellers who want to stay overnight before catching their international flight early in the morning.

Pricing will be detailed closer to the Aerotel's opening, but Song says that the cost to weary travellers will be less than half of that of a conventional hotel.

Song also indicated that Melbourne Airport could be next on the Aerotel list. "We are talking to Melbourne Airport so hopefully they will announce [they are working with us as well]," he said.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Sep 2018

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Addition of both would be very welcome! Love that the Aerotel would be in the terminal. The airport's only interminal option right now is just the Rydges and its very expensive at times.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Jul 2017

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Yes, I agree with you - especially as Rydges is getting very "tired" - noisy aircon, cracked tiles in the shower etc etc, really needs a good reno.

25 Mar 2015

Total posts 31

Last April I wanted to book a Yotel room inside the new Istanbul terminal and the price tag was over 150 Euros two weeks out, going up to over 200 Euros about a week out.

Excuse me if I am sceptical when I hear the price "will be less than half of that of a conventional hotel". I think I can safely assume their benchmark for a "conventional hotel" is the most expensive hotel in Sydney. If this will indeed prove to be the case, thanks but no thanks.

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