LTU330 From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
Like AirNZ states, the Rennaisance is the best, but certain rooms in the Holiday Inn Ariel overlook 27R, albeit from across the A4, also, if aircraft are landing on 09L, then the Thistle Hotel has an area that would be good for landing shots. What you need to keep in mind is that all of these hotels face south, therefore if it is sunny, photography could be not ideal. I have stayed in most of the hotels on the northside, both Holiday Inns, the former Meridien, Rennaisance, the Thistle. The Crown Plaza and Penta which are further away. All of these have rooms that are useful for spotting, but not ideal for photography. The only one I have not stayed in is the Edwardian, which from external observation would not seem like a great hotel for viewing due to other buildings on the opposite side of the A4.
LN-KGL From Norway, joined Sep 1999, 1105 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2467 times:
Quoting IanatSTN (Reply 3): I would definitely recommend the Renaissance, I have spent a night there and the experience was fantastic with scanner in one hand, camera in the other and arrivals/departures up on the TV!
You got it IanatSTN - a two nights stay though is twice as good
Photos taken facing the sun can be nice, but at Renaissance you don't get the (per)fumes of burnt rubber and unburnt fuel.