India’s First Transit Hotel Opens Its Doors

Eaton Smart, in Delhi airport, was officially launched some days back, to cater to travellers who often get caught in the ‘transit trap’.

Sitting in an airport, with hours to kill before your next flight, and not a smidgen of energy left to head out and check into a hotel, can be a mind-numbing exercise. In fact, the very word ‘transit’ is said to send shivers up the average business traveller’s spine. Which is why, Eaton Smart, India’s first transit hotel located in Delhi’s Terminal 3, which is now fully operational, will be embraced by the community of executive travellers.

With the opening of this stylish hotel, which boasts contemporary lines and artsy décor, layovers need not mean spending sleepless night on an uncomfortable airport chair. Passengers flying through the Capital can make the most of their time for productivity, relaxing or rest before the next part of their journey. Eaton Smart, only the fifth transit hotel in the world, is especially meant for travellers who want to relax without the hassle of clearing customs and immigration, hours before the flight. Raju Shahani, Executive Consultant, Development and Operations India and Sri Lanka, Langham Hospitality Group said, “Eaton customers are savvy road warriors, self-sufficient, globetrotters who value efficiency and friendly can do service so we’ve built our model on the ability to do more for each guest, affordably and with simplicity.”

The hotel has 93 rooms and has an intelligent, modern aesthetic, comfortable facilities and convenient services. Passengers transiting New Delhi International airport can now look forward to staying or refreshing themselves at rates starting from Rs 3,000. There are 57 rooms in the international wing and 36 rooms in the domestic wing. The rooms in the international terminal are reserved for passengers transiting through Delhi, while domestic passengers with a valid ticket for the flight operating from Terminal 3, can access the rooms. Vishal Kumar, Business Development Manager, said, “The idea behind the hotel is to make transits more convenient for business travellers. They can save time searching for a hotel outside, and also prevent check-in/ check-out hassles. Special amenities at the hotel include a lounge, gym and spa. It has been conceptualised and built to match international standards.”

All the rooms have hi-speed Internet access, LCD TVs, 24-hour in room dining options. Other services include the Essentials Spa concept that offers a range of treatments for pre and post flight pampering to alleviate jetlag. At this spa you can indulge in a range of massages, hot stone therapy, body scrubs, exfoliation, facials, etc. The fully equipped gymnasium gives the health-conscious the opportunity to work out at any time of day. There is also a high quality all-day café serving freshly prepared international comfort foods and local culinary favourites.

Guests have already started taking advantage of this facility. Jared Pinchasick, business traveller, and a guest at the hotel, said, “This hotel is a blessing for businessmen like me. I love it that I can access Wi-Fi and mails, chat, check Facebook; I save a lot time that would otherwise be wasted on commute to a hotel. I can enjoy a sound sleep here, and the best part is that the hotel gives a wake-up call one-and-a-half hours prior to the flight. I hope other cities in India too wake up to this facility.”

Other transit hotels around the globe:

Yotel, Amsterdam Schipol

The Schiphol Airport hotel is located in the transit area of the main terminal. The location gives customers the ultimate experience of being only minutes away from departure and arrival gates. The cabins in the hotel are small but perfectly formed, smartly designed so that everything is at your fingertips, simple and easy to use. They come with free WiFi and a workstation, the beds have with luxury sheets, and each cabin has a monsoon power shower room. At the Galley – a one stop service for all your needs, 24/7, you can order food, beverages, snacks and amenities.

Ambassador Transit Hotel, Singapore Changi Airport

Equipped with a television, en suite bathroom and more, a stay at this hotel promises extreme comfort. There’s also a wake-up call service at your requested time, so you don’t have to worry about missing your flight. Located within the Departure Transit Lounge of Singapore Changi Airport, the Ambassador Transit Hotels are equipped with a host of other facilities like a spa, swimming pool and a number of dining options.

Kuala Lumpur Airside Transit Hotel, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia

Airside Transit Hotel is located at the Satellite Building, next to Gate C5, and provides passengers with everything they need to have a comfortable stay without leaving the airport or clearing Immigration and Customs. The hotel includes a fitness centre, business centre, spa and sauna, and all rooms come with attached bathroom and TV.

Incheon Airport Transit Hotel, Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea

Incheon Airport Transit Hotel provides travellers comfortable and satisfactory services. Rooms are operated under a six-hour block rate system for travellers to enjoy a short rest. Amenities include two high-end restaurants, meals and beverages from four lounges and a game room to play video games. There are 40 well-furnished guest rooms, all centrally air-conditioned and equipped with facilities like minibars, electronic air fresheners, and also flat screen television sets.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Bangkok

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel offers accommodation on an hourly basis with a minimum stay of two hours at the rate of Thai Baht 2,000. Check-in is conveniently accepted anytime during the day. The hotel features a pillar-less grand ballroom for up to 1,000 people, six meeting and function rooms, and a business centre. Boasting 612 comfortable and contemporary rooms, the hotel also has two bars, four restaurants and spas.

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