Other than the new Continental Concourse, KCLE is a hole. They’ve cleaned it up and added a few features, but it’s kind of like repainting your '84 Chevette…It’s still an '84 Chevette. CLE has the “old style” of airport layout, and some parts of it are a little shoddy (not PHL shoddy, but not the best).
Best airports (for me):
For getting out in a hurry: KCAK
You park right across the drop-off lanes from the terminal, and they do have a courtesy van that scours the lots around the clock. Usually don’t need it if packed light enough. Check-in is a breeze. Short lines there and at security. Really short walk to the terminal. Only 11 gates, so no 4 mile hike to gate Z94. It’s about 25 min. MORE of a drive from my house than it is to CLE, but I more than make up for it with time saved at the airport itself.
For aesthetic beauty: (tie) KTPA & KMCO
Definitely easy to tell which airports handle lots of tourists, because these two have always been relatively clean with neat designs and artwork, with palm trees galore to make the point that you’re in FL. The monorails add a nice touch, especially for my kids.
It’s a nice mid-sized airport that’s easy to maneuver around, easy to access, and has great spotting from the parking deck!! I haven’t been inside the terminal in many years, but it was always very clean in the past.