Long Layover? Many Airport Hotels Offer Day-Room Rates

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There's an often overlooked solution to a long airport layover or arriving at your destination early in the morning before regular hotel check-in times — hotels with day-room rates.

Many airport hotels around the world offer rooms for daytime use, which generally allow check-in as early as 8:00 a.m. with a departure no later than 5:00 p.m. Whether you have an ultra-long layover before a connecting flight, or you're looking to freshen up before the day ahead, these rooms are often priced below standard nightly rates.

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Yes, I know what you may be thinking. But take a moment to consider how useful day rooms can be for road warriors.

I once flew from Los Angeles to Bangkok via Frankfurt and had 10 hours to kill before my connecting flight. Instead of hanging out in the airport terminal all day, I booked a day-room at a nearby hotel that included shuttle service to/from the airport. After a nap and shower, I was refreshed for the second-half of my long-haul journey.

I found the room through a simple Google search for "Frankfurt airport hotel day-rooms." But there are now websites devoted to helping travelers find and book these rooms, which often aren't advertised on the hotel's own website.

Websites Devoted to Day Rooms

Between9and5.com has a database of hotels at more than 100 global airports which offer day rooms up to 70 percent off the lowest nightly rates. A quick search of hotels near Frankfurt Airport for tomorrow brought up a list of 15 hotels with day-room rates ranging from $65.89 to $202.94.

Another website search that specializes in three- to five-star airport hotels, BookADayRoom.com, brought up one option for Frankfurt Airport tomorrow — the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel and Conference Center — for 143.93 euros. Compare that against the lowest nightly rate of 199 euros on the hotel's own website.

Alternatively, you can also call local hotels to inquire about day-room rates. I rang up the Four Points by Sheraton at Los Angeles International Airport and discovered they offer an $89 rate for check-in after 8 a.m. and check out before 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays only. It's bookable by phone and also online by clicking here.