Old fashioned airport parking
I’m sure we all have. We’ve gotten out of bed at 4 in the morning when our alarm screams that it’s time to get up. We’ve packed our sleepy party in the car for a trip of perhaps 100 miles to the airport, leaving much more time than really necessary in case traffic issues slow us down. We have arrived at the airport with a long wait ahead of us, tired (but hopefully still excited) before our vacation has really started. And we still have to drop the family at the terminal with the luggage, drive to the long stay parking lot, and then take the bus back to the terminal before check-in.
Airport Hotel Parking: The Relaxed Option
I have become! With a family of five to organize, I am now a firm believer in leaving the night before and relaxing in a hotel near the airport. Holidays start a day early and the kids enjoy the thrill of an extra night in a hotel with the five of us comfortably chilled out in a room really meant for four (you don’t have to be so cozy even if you have a family our size – The Moat House in Gatwick, for example, has family rooms that can sleep up to 7 people).
I can enjoy the ride to the airport as there is no need for me to stress about potential traffic hold ups as it doesn’t really matter – we have a confirmed hotel reservation and can arrive at midnight if the worst happens.
No more early alarm calls
We can also get off to a much more leisurely start on the morning of our flight. There is plenty of time for breakfast, the car is already parked and we get on the bus for the direct transfer to the airport terminal. We don’t need to leave a lot of time for “contingencies” as there is very little chance of being held up for long between the hotel and the airport terminal.
Meet and greet service
On returning to the UK, you can also make your life easier by choosing a hotel that offers a ‘meet and greet’ service, whereby your car is delivered to the terminal ready for your return (although you’re unlikely to find this service offered for the very cheap hotels).
Airport Hotel Parking – A great value alternative to simple airport parking
And the best part is that this is usually a lot cheaper than you might think. There are numerous Airport Hotel Parking Packages for each airport, and when you take away the cost of airport parking, you would have to pay anyway, so the additional cost is very small. For me and my family, the decision is simple. We will choose the quiet start to our vacation every time!