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Friday 1 November 2019

Innovative new short-stay hotel for Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport's international terminal is to gain a 20-room short-stay hotel in early 2020. 

The Aerotel concept is the brainchild of Song Hoi-see, the founder of Hong Kong-headquartered Plaza Premium Group, which operates 160 pay-per-use airport lounges around the world and 12 specialist in-terminal hotels.

Aerotel Kuala Lumpur 
Song said he came up with the idea for the hotel on the basis that conventional airport hotels do not meet the needs of passengers seeking a few hours' rest while waiting for flights.

"In Sydney, more than half of passengers arrive before 8am," he 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."

The other issue with conventional hotels, Song said, was that they charged for a minimum 24-hour stay, even if the room was used for only a few hours. Guests can check in at any time. 

"You see people sleeping on the floor prior to flights," he said. "For us it's all about offering comfort, quality and convenience."

The new Sydney Airport Aerotel will be built within the arrivals hall at the international terminal. 

Guests will be able to check in immediately on arrival with a minimum stay of six hours. Beyond this they will be charged an hourly rate until they check out. Woe betide anyone suffering from jetlag who oversleeps. 

Pricing will be less than half of that of a conventional hotel, the Aerotel group has predicted and talks are also underway with Melbourne Airport. 

There are already Aerotel properties in London Heathrow, Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing airports among others, so Australia is just catching up with its rivals. 

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