When my oldest was not so old, we saw helicopters practicing take-offs and landings at a small airport near our home. He was, like most young boys, mesmerized. I pulled the van over to watch for a few minutes — until his snoozing baby brother woke and started wailing.
Kids love stuff that flies!
When my husband, daughter and I stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton at Huntsville International Airport, I was thankful for a free hotel stay (we’d won a Valentine’s Day contest). I had no idea it would be so fun!
The hotel sits on the second floor of the airport terminal. To check in, we took the elevator to the second floor hotel lobby. My daughter loved having to use her key card to access the higher floors where the guest rooms are.
Checking in to our room, we were blown away by the wall of windows. Think fishbowl. Thankfully, the coating on the windows kept us from being watched like fish! The room was spacious and comfortable, but honestly, the service (super friendly staff) and view made this a standout getaway.
Ellie relaxed after our long drive watching the planes come and go. I thought she’d get bored, but she didn’t. We even left the curtains open so she could watch a few more after we tucked her into bed.
Airport noise did not bother us during the night. Neither did the light — the rooms come complete with heavy blackout shades.
As we packed to go the following morning, Ellie sat in the window to watch more planes. She simply loved it.
Almost Staycation! Airport Hotels
I started thinking: First, why hadn’t I ever taken my boys to an airport hotel before? Boys and planes — that’s a no-brainer.
Second, what can families do to make their own airport hotel memories? Especially for kids in the “Planes” age-group, an airport hotel stay would make a memorable getaway, and so easy for parents to plan.
- Request a room with a view of the runway.
- Check in early enough to watch planes take off for a while.
- Order in pizza or bring a picnic dinner and watch “Planes” on the room’s flatscreen (use a USB to hook your laptop to it).
- Get the kids ready for bed — maybe in new airplane jammies — and then let them watch the planes come and go at night, before tucking them in for a sweet night’s sleep.
Such a simple getaway — look, it’s already planned! Easy, fun, and fairly frugal.
What do you think? Would your kids like a getaway like that?
About our stay: I won a stay at the Four Points by Sheraton at Huntsville Airport for Valentine’s Day and had no obligation to share anything about the property. All opinions here are my own — literally inspired by our visit!
The hotel provides free parking at the airport for hotel guests. Just follow the signs, park and take your parking ticket to the front desk at check-in to be credited. They activate the parking ticket as your in-out parking pass for length of stay, which is great!
Most rooms have at least some view of the runway, but some face the parking deck. Request a runway view when making your reservation.
Restaurants are available onsite. Downtown Huntsville and Bridge Street Town Center (with its gondola rides and carousel) are just a few minutes away, offering more dining options.
Our only complaint — though not an issue with a 10 year old — was the number of electrical cords running along the baseboards in our room. If traveling with young kids, be prepared to do some unplugging of non-essential electronics before you let the kids run free.
Special thanks to Sheraton Four Points at HIA for the photos used in the title image for this article.