Arrival Experience: Three times an hour, the hotel's free shuttle bus runs from the space age-designed airport terminal to the nearby hotel where a half dozen staff members await to assist with luggage. Reception is friendly and fluent in English. The glossy marble lobby is perfectly polished with restaurants tucked into corners and a casino around the corner from the front desk.
Dining: Most guests stay at the hotel to eat since they are either on a layover or here for a conference. Restaurant 8 on the lobby level is a bright, airy space divided into eight areas from which exhibition kitchens prepare different types of cuisine including Italian, Korean, sushi, and Japanese yakitori. The atmosphere is vibrant and the food is all prepared fresh in an energetic space. An enormous glassed-in wine cellar is a sight to behold, but the crowds always seem to form around the gelato station. Breakfast buffets unfurl here as well including everything from omelets to dumplings. An evening in the champagne and karaoke bar can always be well spent if the hotel is busy.
Accommodations: Guest rooms are spacious with arm chairs and ottomans tucked into the corners by the window. Ask for a room facing the airport and runways for plenty of action, but rest assured that the double glazed windows keep the engine noise at bay. Desks feature high speed Internet and speaker phones with voice mail while iPod docking stations are perfect for charging a phone overnight. Beds are firm with thick down duvets facing the countertop flat-screen TVs. Windows between the bedroom and bathroom make the room feel even larger, but the modest need not worry as shades close for privacy. Bathrooms are fully stocked with toiletries, towels, a scale, and hairdryer. Robes are in closets, and turndown service leaves behind slippers and bottled water bedside. Rooms on the Regency Club floor have access to a private lounge for separate check-in, complimentary breakfast, all-day drinks, and evening cocktails and snacks.
Conclusion: Lots of meeting space insures that the hotel is always busy, and wireless Internet is available throughout the public areas. Club Olympus on the second floor is the perfect place to fend off jetlag either in the modern gym with cardio and weight equipment or the large indoor pool featuring glass walls that can be opened on nice-weather days. A sauna, hot and cold plunge pools, and spa menu round out the relaxation roster. The business center offers Internet-equipped computers and printers, also on the second floor. This is the finest, most convenient hotel by the airport making overnight layovers a cinch, and buses to the domestic airport make a stop at the hotel as well for those switching runways.