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.
"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.