Airports aren't just transportation nodes. Because they're easy to access and jam-packed with infrastructure -- including hotels that cater to business travelers -- they're also ideal locations for meetings. That's especially true a massive state like Texas, which relies on airports to keep its disparate populations connected, not only to the rest of the country, but also to each other. Executives from a Houston-based company, for instance, can either drive four hours to meet with clients in Dallas, or they can take a one-hour flight. In scenarios like that, flying just makes sense. And so do fly-in meetings.
Of course, no one knows this better than hoteliers, who continue to open new and renovated properties near Texas airports -- like the Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport in McAllen, which has just debuted adjacent to McAllen International Airport.
Formerly a Four Points by Sheraton hotel, the property has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation, with updates encompassing each of the 150 guest rooms, as well as its on-site restaurant and lounge, the convenience store, the fitness center, the business center, and the outdoor pool. Three meeting rooms can be kept separate for smaller meetings or combined for larger gatherings of up to 300 people. A complimentary airport shuttle now is available for guests.
"Our newest hotel under the Radisson brand is a great addition to the city of McAllen," said Nupen Patel, the hotel's owner. "The brand-new amenities, coupled with our caring staff, make for a great retreat for guests visiting the area, and we couldn't be more excited to show it off."
Four More Texas Airport Hotels Where Meetings Can 'Take Off'
The Lone Star State is home to nearly 400 airports, including 21 international facilities. With that many air offerings on tap, there's no shortage of properties for meeting groups that prefer the convenience of flying in, getting business done, and flying out. Here are four more.
• The Grand Hyatt DFW is the closest hotel to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport -- because it's actually located inside it. Housed within Terminal D, the property has 298 guest rooms overlooking the runways, each with soundproof glass to keep the room as quite and comfortable as it is convenient. There's also a 24-hour fitness center, a rooftop pool, a spa, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a sushi bar and more than 34,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 6,600-square-foot ballroom for groups of more than 700 people.
• Connected to George Bush Intercontinental Airport via a complimentary tram, the Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental -- the closest hotel to that airport -- has 562 rooms and suites with soundproof windows, as well as a club-level lounge, a restaurant, a fitness center, an outdoor saltwater pool and 31,000 square feet of meeting space.
• Just two minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is the Hilton Austin Airport, the closest full-service hotel to the facility and also the closest hotel to Circuit of the Americas, home of Formula 1 racing. Known as "the donut" because of its distinctive round shape, the center of which is an open atrium, the propery offers 262 guest rooms, a bar and restaurant, a coffee shop, a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor saline pool, and 48,000 square feet of meeting space.
• Less than a mile from El Paso International Airport, which can be reached by complimentary shuttle, the Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport features 239 guest rooms, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools with hot tubs, a 24/7 fitness center, a restaurant and lounge, and more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 4,200-square-foot ballroom for groups of up to 500.