The Holiday Inn Los Angeles International Airport

This was my first stay at the Holiday Inn Los Angeles International Airport, and it was everything I imagined an airport hotel situated near LAX would be — a relatively aged property, high on functionality, low on aesthetics.

The hotel is designed to facilitate a short stay for those who need little more than a convenient place to turnaround before the next flight.  This is especially crucial for LAX, because what is ordinarily an hour’s drive to the frenetic airport could easily turn into a two-hour nightmare on the infamous choke-a-bloc Los Angeles freeways.

There is a constellation of all the major hotels around LAX, and airline crew retiring from their flights for the day before reporting for the following day’s routes are a constant feature in the lobby of the Holiday Inn.  There is a small pool and a meager fitness room comprising a couple of treadmills and eplliptical machines that are not worth the walk out from the lobby into an adjacent compound.


The Hong Kong International Airport – A Gleaming Gateway to a Metropolis
October 19, 2008, 5:12 pm
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Having been to numerous airports in Asia–Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, etc–I’ve to say the Hong Kong International Airport ranks high for design, aesthetics, amenities, and retail.

The Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG), popularly known as Chek Lap kok Airport replaced Kai Tak Airport as the gateway to one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan economies in Asia.  Costing some US$20 billion and six years to build, HKG was not without controversy.  Environmentalists feared the deleterious effects the reclamation of Chek Lap kok and Lam Chau would have on marine life in the surrounding bay.

Ten years on, HKG serves the world’s major airlines as a key aviation hub of Asia, winning multiple awards including Skytrax’s World Best Airport Award in 2007-2008.