Transit Hotels and Lounges

When travelling with kids, an airport hotel, a transit hotel or even an airport lounge can turn a long stopover from a hellish ordeal into a pleasant way to break up a journey.

Transit hotels do not require you to go through immigration and customs; you simply stay within the airport and are generally charged in blocks of hours. They give you a chance to lie down (fully stretched out), have a shower or bath and in some cases even a swim.

Transit hotels provide a much better way to kill a few hours in an airport than sitting on a hard plastic chair watching the clock with bored children climbing all over you.

Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Schiphol YOTEL - airport transit hotel, is located within the secure transit area, minutes from the departure gates. www.yotel.com

A travel cot is available but must be prebooked, only ‘twin’ rooms have the space to accomodate a travel cot.

Heathrow Airport

Child friendly lounges information

Japan - Tokyo Narita International Airport

Day rooms and showers available http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/guide/service/list/svc_37.html

Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Airside Transit Hotel, is conveniently located at the Satellite Building, next to Gate C5. The hotel provides lodging facilities for passengers in transit who do not pass through Malaysian Immigration and Customs. http://www.kl-hotels.com/airside-transit-hotel/

Singapore - Changi International Airport

Ambassador hotel

There are 3 Ambassador hotels located within the Transit Mall of Singapore Changi Airport. The Ambassador Transit Hotels have great facilities and are perfect for families wanting to break up their journey. www.harilelahospitality.com

Facilities for families: connecting rooms are available at Terminal 3 Transit Hotel and at Terminal 1 and 2; triple rooms are available and a fourth roll away bed can be added to accommodate families. The Terminal 1 hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, so you can get some fresh air and the kids can expend some energy! Mum can even have a massage in the beauty salon at terminal one.

South Korea - Seoul Incheon International Airport

Incheon Airport Transit Hotel, is located on the 4th Floor of the Incheon International Airport Terminal www.airgardenhotel.com

Thailand - Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Louis’ Tavern Transit Hotel, is conveniently located within the Suvarnabhumi Airport on level 4, concourse G http://www.dayrooms-ciplounges.com/

United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel Located in T1 transit, on the right side just after the Departure Immigration Hall, the airport hotel has a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and children's play area. Shower facilities can be used by transiting passengers at the Airport Hotel for a charge. http://www.abudhabiairport.ae

United Arab Emirates - Dubai International Airport

The Dubai International Hotel is located in Terminals 1 and 3. http://www.dih-dca.com

Helpful Tip:

Francis Tan, Hotel Manager of Singapore’s Ambassador Transit Hotel has the following advice for passengers;

Some airlines do not have Interline Agreements which means luggage has to be retrieved after your flight’s arrival. Make sure the airline you are travelling with will hold your baggage until your onward flight.

If passengers do have to clear Immigration and collect their luggage they will not be able to re-enter the Departure Transit Mall area until they re-check in for their next flight several hours before departure and therefore will not be able to reach their transit hotel.

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