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Felix Boutique Sydney Airport Hotel brings the Fab and the Funk

Last week I had one of those days that went from ‘damnit!’ to ‘well this is kinda fabulous’ very quickly.

It started not so well when my flight home from Sydney after the Mardi Gras 40th anniversary was cancelled and I realized I’d have to spend the night in an airport hotel. The queue for QantasLink had a couple of not so lovely people at the front who didn’t seem to understand that yelling at the staff wasn’t going to help the situation at all, but would rather just make the day worse for everyone in the queue.

As I stood there I kept thinking that the faster the queue went the better chance I’d have of staying somewhere close by. The last time I was in the airport and lots of flights were cancelled all of the airport hotels were full by the time I was allocated a room in a not so great hotel a good half hour’s drive away. This was something I didn’t want to repeat.

So when I was told I’d be staying in a new airport hotel called The Felix I had no idea where it was or what it was, but I was about to be very pleasantly surprised.

Felix Hotel Sydney Airport penthouse, image courtesy Felix Hotel

When I did a quick google and saw the Felix hotel was part of the 8Hotels group I knew I’d be in good hands, and when I walked into the downstairs lobby and found a sign that said “Take the lift to the Penthouse level where all the Planespotters go” I had to smile.

The signs outside the lift had little green airplanes pointing up, so I hopped on in, surrounded by more cute green planes going around inside the lift, and went up to a fun and funky check in, lobby, loft and self service dining area on the penthouse level.

At the Felix Hotel Sydney Airport you check in up in the Penthouse rather than the lobby

As I checked in the woman at the desk explained that the hotel only opened a few weeks ago and I was feeling pretty lucky to have had my not so great day turn into a chance to discover a new hotel.

As I had been craving a good curl up in bed with room service moment I was a little disappointed to find they don’t have room service in the hotel, but I was soon embracing their help yourself food and drink system. Here you grab whatever you like and swipe it along with your room key and it’s charged to your room, and I was soon toasting a sandwich and opening a bottle of red knowing I still had money to spare on my $50 food and drink voucher from Qantas.

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I fell in love with some of the artwork around the hotel including photos of women with planes, golden sunset clouds as seen through plane windows, and a huge trivision billboard by the artist Peter Bainbridge. Bonus points go to the Neon ‘You treat this place like a hotel’ sign created by the Felix team and 8Hotels Graphic designer Claire Sarfati.

Rooms in this 150 room hotel come in Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class and First Class, and my economy room on the 7th floor was compact but had everything I needed. That being a huge comfy bed, a place for my luggage, a small desk and chair to do a little work at, a small kettle with a selection of T2 teas (always a welcome sight), a shower with great water pressure and a 55-inch TV that allows guests to log into their own Netflix accounts.

And so I sat back, poured a glass of red, fired up The Witches of Eastwick on my Netflix and had a slightly different Cher moment to the one I’d had at 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras a few days earlier, and was thankful for where a cancelled flight had led me.

As it was so cute and fun I assumed the Felix was probably at the pricier end of the scale, but when I checked out the Felix’s rates on Booking.com I was pleasantly surprised to see it’s very reasonable.

And at about a seven minute walk or two minute drive from the Sydney domestic terminal, it’s also very convenient.

Exterior of the Felix Hotel near Sydney's domestic airport, image courtesy Felix Hotel
So how about you guys? Have you ever been happily surprised by where a changed travel plan has taken you?

And what’s the best airport hotel you’ve stayed in before? The Crowne Plaza Changi is another favorite of mine and where I’ll be again soon.

Amanda Woods stayed at the Felix as a guest of Qantas following her cancelled flight. 

Want to check out some more Sydney airport hotels? I’ve also tried out the Adina Apartment Sydney airport hotel.