Felix Hotel is Here to Shake Up the Airport Hotel Scene

Travellers setting down at Sydney Airport may well want to spend the night, with the opening of the new Felix Hotel that can only be described as first class. Located just seven minutes by foot from the domestic terminal, Felix Hotel by 8Hotels takes its inspiration from the Golden Age of air travel in the 60s — that is, before budget airlines made you pay for water. It starts from the moment you step through the door, with guests checking in not at a ground-floor lobby, but the penthouse on the top level of the hotel. In addition to a view of the runway, the penthouse is home to a rooftop cinema, a 24-hour food shop and a cocktail bar that is surprisingly colourful — making a nice change to the usual drabness of airport hotels.

Rooms at Felix are split into four different categories: economy, premium economy, business and first class. All rooms are fitted with power rain showers and 55-inch TVs, along with perhaps the most important feature of all: blackout curtains (after a long-haul flight, you're going to want a good night's sleep). They also offer family suites and pet-friendly rooms. Other amenities at Felix Hotel include a 24-hour gym and a 'sky lounge' with communal and individual workspaces. Oh yeah, and a private jet available.

It is as stylish as Don Draper’s bachelor pad and looks over the Sydney Airport runway. The hotel group hired architects Fox Johnston and interior designer Cressida Kennedy to execute its romantic vision of a jet-age oasis. (Her design agency, Space Control, also worked on 8hotels’ 1888 in Pyrmont and the upcoming Little Albion Guest House Hotel in Surry Hills.)

Terrazzo floors make the space feel lived in. Thick South American rugs offer a homey coziness. A collection of richly textured pastel lounges fill the rooftop salon and contrast comfortably with the concrete and timber. There’s a rooftop cinema and a cocktail bar serving champagne and local spirits such as Marrickville’s Poor Toms Gin. It’s a scene you’d expect to find in a copy of Vanity Fair from the 1960s.

That’s where the nostalgia ends, though. That means there’s a 24-hour grab-and-go restaurant stocked with sushi, sourdough sandwiches and organic juices. For business travellers, super fast wi-fi and hundreds of USB ports make working in the scenic lobby painless. 

Creature comforts are abundant but there’s a sense the property is stripped of the pageantry one might expect from a high-end hotel. Rooms are tiered like an airplane – economy through to first class – but each comes with premium queen or king beds; a 55-inch smart TV; and a powerful, roomy shower. Felix is more about convenience than it is luxury. 

Private jets notwithstanding, the hotel – which is a two-minute drive from Sydney’s domestic airport and a 10-minute drive from the international terminal – has been designed to squeeze the stress out of travel, and to enhance the travellers experience.

Felix Hotel
121 Baxter Road, Mascot
(02) 8090 5328

felixhotel.com