Sick of sleeping on the floor of an airport and using your shoes for pillows? How about going to a chiropractor after fidgeting for hours in a metal airport chair? There’s simply no reason for you to do that. More and more airports across the world are offering miniature places to sleep that can be rented for just a few hours — or less. For those who have long layovers, this is a much more convenient option than taking a shuttle to a nearby airport hotel, plus it saves you time and money. From London to Tokyo, here are 10 airport pod hotels where you can catch some serious zzz’s.
Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia
If you fly into any of these three airports, you can catch some sleep at Minute Suites. There are five pods in Atlanta on Delta’s Concourse B, 13 in the Philadelphia A/B link, and 10 at Terminal D in Dallas. A minimum one-hour stay will set you back about US$42. Every 15 minutes thereafter costs $10.50. This adds up pretty fast. But rate reductions are offered after four hours, and there’s a flat overnight rate of $140. In addition to a daybed sofa, pillows, blankets and HDTV, the rooms also have sound-masking systems that neutralize noise.
Yotel operates 32 sleep cabins at Heathrow Terminal 4, 46 at Gatwick’s South Terminal and 57 in Lounge 2 of the main terminal at Schipol. Rooms come with with luxury sheets, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, workstations with lots of power outlets and a monsoon power-shower stall with towels and body wash. There are three room sizes: the standard bunk style single cabin; the premium double cabin; and the premium twin cabin, with prices hovering around $45 for four hours and $85 overnight. A new Yotel will be opening at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris in the summer of 2016.
Travelers transiting through Vietnam can get some sleep at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. There are 14 Sleep Pods available, each with its own bed, travel plug, TV, free Wi-Fi and an ultra tiny desk. The pods which are located on the second floor of Terminal 1 can be rented out for less than $6 an hour for up to 24 hours at a time. Children under 12 get discounted rates, and those under six stay free with an adult.
Sleepy travelers don’t have as many choices in Moscow, but there is one SleepBox available at the Sheremetyevo Airport. If that one’s already occupied, it’s also possible to stay in a SleepBox in downtown Moscow.
The six NapCabs in Terminal 2 at Munich’s airport are spread over the fourth and fifth floors. They are self-contained, self-service units which simply require you to swipe a credit card to rent. The interiors feature a bed and small workspace with adjustable ambient lighting. The rates vary from $11.25 to $17 per hour, with a minimum charge of $33.00.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi
Travelers heading to Dubai or Abu Dhabi can rest up at one of the GoSleep pods located in several of these airports’ terminals. These pods are like first class airplane seats with a privacy cover, so you can easily get some shut-eye away from the prying eyes of passers-by. Dubai Airport also has 10 SnoozeCubes in Terminal 1, which passengers from Terminals 2 and 3 are welcome to use, too. Each of these soundproof rooms has a twin bed, a touch-screen TV with a variety of entertainment and music options, and hi-speed wireless Internet access. Prices start at $51 for 6 hours for a GoSleep pod, and $21 per hour for a SnoozeCube.
Japan originated the concept of the capsule hotel, so it’s no surprise you can find them at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Fortunately, the First Cabin capsules at domestic Terminal 1 are roomier than the traditionally tiny ones found in hotels elsewhere in the city. You can actually stand up in them, which means no need to climb in, and there are two classes of rooms. There are also common areas for lounging, eating and bathing. Prices start at $20 per hour for day use (with a two-hour minimum), and $60 for an overnight stay.
Inside Terminal 3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport you can rest your head at Sams Snooze at My Space. These spaces provide flat screen TVs, charging outlets, Wi-Fi and comfortable beds for lounging, working or sleeping. They start at $12 per hour (or $22 for two people sharing).
Terminal 3 at Beijing airport has sleep pods that can be rented by the hour. It costs about $45 for 4–6 hours for a standard room with private bath, and less for shorter periods, or for a room without a bathroom. Be aware that at this particular airport, pods are outside the security/immigration screening checkpoint, so you’ll either need a Chinese entry visa or an onward international ticket for departure within 24 hours to leave the secure area.
Travelers going through Kuala Lumpur International Airport can comfortably take a nap in one of the 13 SnoozeKL pods. These rooms are located inside the transit area and come with storage space, Wi-Fi, plugs and a narrow bunk bed.
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Joe Kennedy contributed to this article.