Adding class: BWI Airport seeks bids for an attached hotel

WASHINGTON — It’s an idea inspired by some of the busiest international airports in the world, and it’s finally coming to Baltimore-Washington International-Thurgood Marshall: a hotel connected to the terminal.

Airport planners have been throwing the concept around for a while, says spokesman Jonathan Dean.

“The goal is to provide a really high-level, high-quality hotel for our customers, including a number of other amenities like a restaurant and business facilities as well.”

There are hotels by the airport, but they require a cab ride or a shuttle. The proposed hotel site is right behind the airport’s hourly parking garage.

“That site would allow direct access to the airport itself,” Dean says.

Whichever firm emerges next spring from the bidding process will have to design within Federal Aviation Administration guidelines and out of the way of airline traffic.

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