Capsule or Pod Airport Hotel Anybody? by Valerie” Brown Cheers

“Would you book a pod hotel in an airport?”

“Wouldn’t this become handy if you become stuck in the airport or have a very long layover?”

“Why do you think it would beneficial to stay at a hotel in the airport?”

“Airport sleeping is no longer just for the cheap young student, skier, etc.. ”

“Nowadays, early morning flights, long layovers, flight cancellations, snow storms and erupting volcanoes are just a few reasons why you’ll see travellers from all walks of life stretched out on airport floors around the world.”

“Could staying at a Pod or Capsule airport hotel  perhaps help you to have a head start on others?

“You could be the first to get in line going through the TSA perhaps?

“How could staying in a boutique pod hotel in the airport put your mind more at ease, especially when travelling internationally.”

“Just imagine the thought of less stress to know that you are already in the airport…… and think about that extra sleep you could get…..which would come with stations..get some work done…and even do laundry, etc.

“What if you had all of this right in your Pod or Capsule Airport hotel?

“Couldn’t this be a great mental load off of your mind, knowing you are already there.”

“Could boutique pod hotels be beneficial for business people maybe flying in just for a meeting?”

“There are benefits of boutique pod hotels being in airports and my dream is to be an investor one day.”

“My vision allowed me to see so much potential in the boutique lifestyle and their trendy different styles of hotels are totally incredible and I want to be part of this great project and have all sorts of other ideas.”

“Please take a look at some ideal pod hotels which would be essential for all major airports both local and internationally.”

“I found these on the CNBC page and hope you enjoy!”

“I can see these different style hotels coming up everywhere very soon!”

Here are some airports that feature these pod hotels, sometimes called micro hotels. Plus, some feedback on what road warriors think of them (Dollar values are estimates, which have been converted from local currency).

Dubai: Weary travelers can avail themselves of one of the 10SnoozeCubes located at Terminal 1 (passengers from Terminals 2 and 3 are welcome, too). Each of the sound proof 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 $16 per hour. The verdict, according to one user: “Much better sleep than the lounge, because it’s so quiet and dark.”

Atlanta, Philadelphia: The sleep pods at these two airports are calledMinute Suites. There are five pods in Atlanta on Delta’s Concourse B, and 13 at Philly. A minimum one-hour stay will set you back about $30. Every 15 minutes thereafter costs $7.50. This adds up pretty fast. But rate reductions are offered after four hours, and there’s a flat overnight rate of $120. In addition to a daybed sofa, pillows, blankets and HDTV, the rooms also have a sound-masking system in each suite that neutralizes noise.

Munich: 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 $12.50 to $19 per hour, with a minimum charge of $37.50.

London, Amsterdam:Yoteloperates 32 sleep cabins at Heathrow Terminal 4, 46 at Gatwick’s South Terminal and 57 in Lounge 2 of the main terminal at Schiphol. Rooms are tricked out 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 $39 for four hours and $93 overnight. The company also operates a pod hotel in New York City’s Times Square. “For one night it is a good place to overnight. The room was small — very small … but it was well planned out,” said one forum commenter.

Tokyo: Japan originated the concept of the capsule hotel, literally a plastic or fiberglass pod just long, wide and tall enough for a person to climb in and lie down. However, the ones at domestic Terminal 1 inside Tokyo’s Haneda Airport are a little bigger and nicer than the traditional capsule hotels elsewhere in the city. You can walk in while standing up, instead of climbing in, and there are two classes of rooms. There are common areas for lounging, eating and bathing. Prices start at $20 for a hour for day use (2 hour min), and $60 for an overnight stay. Flier feedback: The hourly fee “isn’t a bad deal for a nap between planes.”

Beijing: Terminal 3 at Beijing airport has slept pods that can be rented by the hour. It costs about $47 for a standard room with private bath for 4–6 hours, 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 either need a Chinese visa or an onward international ticket for departure within 24 hours to leave the secure area.

Moscow: There is currently one SleepBox at Sheremetyevo Airport and 60 more will soon be installed all around downtown Moscow.

Delhi: Inside Terminal 3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport you can lay your head at the colorfully named Sam’s Snooze at My Space. The spaces can be rented to sleep, work, or just lounge around, starting at $10 per hour ($14 for two people sharing).

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