Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)

When choosing your Dallas/Fort Worth airport hotel it is good to either be traveling on an expense account or to be able to splash out a little for your overnight digs. Attached to the airport are two world class luxury properties, both run by Hyatt. If the $200 or so you’ll need to stay at one of them is beyond your reach, DFW has several unexciting but good value alternatives. As always, we’ve found the best of them . . .

Overall Best Dallas Airport Hotel (and the best hotel for airplane spotting):

Grand Hyatt DFW

dfwgrand Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)The Grand Hyatt is a nice, if not spectacular, property attached to DFW’s central Terminal D. We are huge fans of the Grand Hyatt’s rooftop pool. But where the hotel really excels is the quality of the staff service and the well-appointed rooms that including a giant bathtub, perfect beds and 32 inch flatscreen television. This might be Dallas area’s best hotel, at the airport or otherwise. If you are exhausted after a long trip, or frustrated from a flight delay, it is hard not to feel a better when staying here.

The Grand Hyatt also has some of the best food we’ve had in an airport hotel (although it is a little on the pricey side). If none of the menu options appeal, Hyatt guests can get a pass to go through the airport security to take advantage of the bars and restaurants there. In-room wireless is provided through t-Mobile Hot Spot. If you don’t already have a t-Mobile account you can sign up for a daily internet pass.

Honorable Mention Best Dallas Airport Hotel:

Hyatt Regency DFW

dfwregency Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)The Hyatt Regency is a high-end, well-run business hotel. It falls into our honorable mention slot because staying here is that little bit less convenient and less luxurious that at its Hyatt Grand DFW bretheren. To start with, the Hyatt Regency, while technically attached to the Terminal C, is a relatively long walk from the gates. In fact, to get between the Hyatt Regency and any terminal other than C (the one dominated by American Airlines) you’ll want to take the hotel’s courtesy shuttle. So, going to the hotel from the airport you have to wait until you’ve retrieved your luggage, then call the hotel to order your shuttle, then wait five or ten (or more) minutes for it to arrive. The Hyatt Regency also charges $9.95 for a day’s worth of in-room wireless internet and has a pool that’s not quite as nice as the Hyatt Grand’s. That said, the Regency’s rooms are every bit as plush as the Grand’s and the gym might be even better. If the Hyatt Grand is full, or if you have an early morning flight out of Terminal C, the Hyatt Regency is your best DFW airport hotel choice.

Closest Accommodations to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport:

Both the Grand Hyatt DFW and the Hyatt Regency DFW are connected to the airport with the Grand Hyatt being the more convenient  to all of the terminals except American Airline’s Terminal C. See above.

Cheapest Dallas Airport Hotel:

Days Inn DFW North

This Days Inn is slightly better than your typical American low-end chain hotel. They offer a complimentary airport shuttle, a basic (and uninspired) breakfast and in-room internet. However, their beds are rather worn and the place sometimes has that you-don’t-want-to-know-what-happened-here-before smell. But what do you expect for $40~50? If you can afford an extra $20 or so we recommend a stay at the Comfort Inn (see below) instead.

The Most Luxurious Dallas Airport Hotel:

The Grand Hyatt edges out the Hyatt Regency. See above.

Best Value Dallas Airport Hotel:

Comfort Inn DFW North-Irving

Clean and functional. Those are the perfect descriptors for this Comfort Inn on the northern edge of the Dallas/Fort Worth airport grounds. The Comfort Inn has a little outdoor pool and hot tub; rooms comes with a mini-refrigerator and microwave. There are enough touches to make you feel like you are being pampered a little such as the free breakfast, newspaper and internet. The hotel’s complimentary shuttle makes its run to and from the airport every half hour between 5am and 11pm.

DFW Airport Info:

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

DFW is divided into five terminals, A through E, connected by a tram. The airport is well designed for checking-in and getting to your gate, but transferring flights can be a hassle. Wireless internet is provided at select hot spots through t-Mobile.

Terminal A: American Airlines

Terminal B: American Eagle, United Airlines

Terminal C: American Airlines

Terminal D: Air Canada, American Airlines, American Eagle, Biritsh Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Mexicana, Sun Country, TACA

Terminal E: AirTran, Alaskan Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, US Airways

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