Yes indeed. Hotel-style “residences,” which are a huge trend in the hotel industry, could be part of a new “airport city” at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport according to a report on AJC.com.
AJC reports that the airport’s general manager says that a proposed mixed-use development adjacent the to airport’s main terminal will likely include a hotel, office space, a gas station and retail, adding that residential development is “not off the table.” These condos or apartments could be available in as soon as three years.
Could you imagine living that close to an airport? Having the front door of your condo building connected to the entrance to the airport? Looking out the window at a control tower and jets taking off? Would this be a good thing… or bad thing?
If you lived in a condo at Atlanta Airport, you would also have MARTA at your front door, which means that you could actually have a life off the frequent flyer track.
If the condo-at-the-airport concept works in Atlanta, it could easily spread to other airports. One great candidate for a condo makeover would be the ailing Miami International Airport Hotel— which is located literally on top of the main terminals.
There’s the big Hilton at O’Hare and the Hyatt at Dallas Ft Worth– both could include condos as well. At London-Heathrow, there’s a Sofitel and a Hilton that are both connected to the airport.
When I was recently in Seoul, I stayed at the brand new Grand Hyatt Incheon, which is part of a mixed use development– really a small city sprouting up at the entrance to Incheon Airport that already includes a hospital, the INHA International Medical Center, as well as several apartment buildings.
In Singapore, there’s a Crowne Plaza hotel inside the terminal that could include condos. And then there’s that gorgeous 5-star Fairmont inside Vancouver International.
Where else could we see residences on airport grounds? I know that many TravelSkills readers figuratively state that they feel like they “live” at the airport. But would you ever consider actually moving in and really living there? Please leave your comments below.
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