Hilton - Prices range between £60-£90 per night, room only.
Room 720 overlooks one of the GA ramps, also visible in the distance are some parking gates on T1 and on T2.
There is also a dedicated viewing area called the Hibiscus car parking area, which is connected via a walk-way from Terminal 1. This is a dedicated viewing area, meaning you can spot all day and photograph away etc without hassle.
Here's the excellent views available.
Best Western The Plaza Hotel - Prices range between £75-£89 per night room only.
Movements landing and departing on the runway directly in front of the hotel can easily be read off. Movements taxiing onto the terminal can also be read off as they vacate the runway. The biz apron is also directly in front of the hotel as is the cargo terminal, again no problems reading the majority of these off with a good pole. The far runway is called the Reef Runway and can also be seen but an SBS is required to monitor these movements
Below are the views available from room 1216.
You can also monitor movements from the multi storey car park area located above the domestic Inter Island and Hawaiian terminal.
Here's the views available,
Luxor. http://www.luxor.com/ - Prices range between £75-£95 weekdays and between £110-£130+ weekends.
The Luxor hotel is ideally loacted on the '' Strip '' and has rooms overlooking the GA Apron, one of the runways and the International Terminal. You ideally need to be booked in to the Strip side of the Pyramid section to have the best views. Here is the view from room 13146. Those landing on the runway in front were easy to read off, as were some of the movements taxiing on to the International Terminal.
Spotting from the Terminals
One of the best places to get a good view of the airport is from the Multi storey Tropicana car park 6 above T2. From the car park you can monitor both sides of the airport. Here is the view looking out across the strip and GA Apron. Note;- The Luxor Hotel in the picture.
And here is the view from the other side of the car park looking out across to the Southwest gates and the other runways.
Super 8 Motel - http://www.super8.com/Super8/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=07709&brandInfo=SE - Prices range between £55-£75 per night, per room and includes free breakfast and free internet.
The Super 8 Motel is located only a 5 minute drive from the terminals and is located right at the end of the runway on Airport Blvd and is excellent value for money. The hotel also has a small pool area where some decent photos can be taken on short finals. Note:- Only the approach to one of the runways is visible from this Motel. Reading off the arrivals at night was also possible. Here is the view from the pool.
One of the most famous spotting landmarks the Theme Building is open at weekends between and some excellent photos can be taken from here as well as from the Encounter Restaurant located on the level below the viewing area. Here's the views available.
Below is the iconic Theme Building
And here are the views available from the Encounter Restaurant inside the Theme Building
Places to eat around the hotel
Located across the road is Burger King, and Denny's Diner is only a five minute taxi ride.
Another excellent viewing area located just five minutes ride from the Super Motel 8 is the Proud Bird.
The Proud Bird is located at end of the runway and is an excellent area to photograph aircraft on short finals,
Here's the view available
Hilton Miami - Blue Lagoon Drive - Prices rang between $179-£200 per night room only.
Views from the Hilton hotel on Blue Lagoon drive are fantastic. You need to book a balcony suite, all rooms ending *20 all offer views facing the airport, and all have a private balcony. Any room number from 420-1120 will give brilliant views of the airport. All movements landing and departing on the runway directly in front of the hotel and aircraft taxiing from the terminals can all be read off. Movements landing and departing on the far runway can easily be seen, but an SBS is required to tie these up when heat haze prevents you from reading these off.
The following photos was taken from suite 1020.
Here's the views of aircraft landing past the hotel
And when they change runways they depart past the balcony
Reading off at night time isn't a problem either, as you can see below
Orlando International MCO
Hyatt Regency :- http://orlandoairport.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp Prices range between £90-£120+ per night, per room.
There isn't many airports in America offering views of the runway from the comfort of the balcony, However the Hyatt Regency is one of them. From room 8141 you have excellent views looking over the Delta and AirTran gates. One of the runways is also directly in front of you. Here is the view taken from the balcony.
Directly below the room is the pool area. From the pool you have the same views as from your room balcony, however you can also see the other side of the airport and runways. There are shaded areas with sunloungers and a plug socket which is handy for your Laptop/SBS. Here is the view taken from the pool area.
Places to eat around the hotel
Apart from the hotels own restaurants, you can walk in to the terminal via the hotels walk way to find the usual fast food outlets and shops.
Spotting from the Terminal
Once airside you can walk the gate areas. As with all airports these days in America, caution and discretion is needed when using your scope/bins in the terminal areas. It's always a good idea to mention to the airport police what you intend on doing. They are usualy ok with you collecting '' Tail Numbers '' . Photography though is a different matter, if seen you will be stopped.
Hotel - http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phlar-philadelphia-airport-marriott/ - Prices range between £75-£100 per night, per room.
During my visit to Philadelphia I stayed at the Marriott Hotel which is connected to Terminal B via a Skybridge. On arrival I asked for a high floor overlooking the airport. From the room all arrivals and departures could be read off. The Cargo and GA ramp were also visible. At night time you can expect to read aircraft taxiing on to the Terminals. Here is the view from room 1113.
Spotting from the Terminals
Only once airside can aircraft be seen and read off.