Bristol Airport's ambitious plans for expansion were approved in May, but this month the airport announced that it would also be building a huge hotel just 100m from the terminal building. People in the area are particularly excited about the 140 hotel jobs this will create within easy reach of the city. Bristol Airport is the ninth largest in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, but is currently the only one in the top 15 that does not have its own hotel on site. The new complex will have over 250 rooms, allowing passengers to get a good night's sleep before or after their flight. This will also be more convenient for travellers who need to use public transport, which is not available at all times of the day.
There are already numerous hotels in the vicinity of Bristol Airport, including a guest house just 50m from the service entrance. In fact, there are nine hotels listed on the airport website, all under a mile away and costing as little as £20 per night. For the airport to invest in building such a large hotel, demand must therefore be incredibly high.
Construction starts next year, and the hotel should be finished by winter 2012. As such, it will not be finished in time for the London Olympics; however, as an airport hotel it should still endeavour to showcase the best of British. Incoming tourists will be looking for a high standard of quality when they check in upon arrival at Bristol.