If you are a frequent flyer, then you know that it can be nearly impossible to get any decent sleep at an airport. You can try resting on the chairs, but the noise level may keep you awake. Alternatively, you can check into a nearby hotel, but between the hassles of going through security two extra times to get out of and then back into the airport and the extra costs, it’s not the most ideal option. S0, the question remains: how do you get the few hours of sleep you need to function after a hectic day of flying? Enter airport sleep pods; some airports have installed sleep pods, and they may be the perfect answer to your need for sleep.
Sleep pods come in a variety of forms. At their most basic, they have a reclining chair, a reading lamp, and internet access. Others are much fancier, but they all offer you a quiet place to sleep and rest between or before flights. Here are 5 airports across the US that have sleep pods for you to nod off before takeoff!
John F. Kennedy International Airport
JetBlue recently installed GoSleep pods in its business lounge at JFK’s Terminal 5. It’s a trial period for GoSleep and JetBlue and was initially only available to business lounge guests. The lockable pods come with a long leather mattress that has a lockable breathable screen on top. Each pod can be usually rented by the hour or overnight. Those using the pod can store their luggage under the mattress, which can easily be lifted up. Each pod comes with a quick-charger for electronic devices and users are responsible for cleaning their own pod using the provided cleaning supplies.
Philadelphia International Airport
If you catch yourself needing a nap while you’re in an airport in the City of Brotherly Love, you’re in luck! Philadelphia International Airport offers thirteen Minute Suites at Terminal A-B Link. As with other locations, each one offers a daybed for about $40 per hour and some in-room purchase options for drinks and snacks. Showers are available with or without a stay and cost between $20 and $30. Oh, and Wi-fi and DirecTV are complimentary to help lull you to sleep!
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Located near Gate B16 on Concourse B at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, there are four Minute Suites. Two people can sleep comfortably on the daybed with a trundle handle in each suite and up to four people can stay in each suite. Each suite comes with Direct TV, complimentary WiFi, and a minibar with drinks and snacks that can be purchased. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was the first airport to install these suites and they have gotten rave reviews ever since. A one-hour stay is $42 (which is the minimum) and you should expect to pay between $8 and $10.50 for each moment you spend over your time. If you’re looking for longer sleep time (over eight hours) you can rent a pod for around $155, but only after 9 PM.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport has also jumped on the sleep pod bandwagon with two different Minute Suite choices available. All suites are located in the Airport Atrium, which is central to all terminals at this airport. The four larger suites can hold up to four people, while the two smaller suites are designed for solo travelers. Each suite comes with complimentary internet and television options, with an option to get eat and imbibe at the minibar for an extra cost. For an additional charge, travelers can take a shower as well.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Need some Z’s after your flights to Dallas? Make your way over to Terminal D, Gate D23 at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. There you’ll find seven suites with trundle daybeds, designed to hold up to four people per suite and come with a minibar, television, and internet. There is a one hour minimum on each suite, at the cost of $42.00 per hour. A two-hour stay is $84. For $155 guests can also opt to spend eight hours (a full night’s sleep) in a suite but there stay must start after 9 P.M. If you’re looking to get clean before or after you’re all rested up, travelers can also choose to pay extra to take a shower for $20.
Washington Dulles International Airport
Last, but hopefully soon not the least, the final airport on our list is a break from the norm and offers sixteen Sleepbox pods. These lockable pods are located near Gate A15 on Concourse A at Washington Dulles International and are designed for one person. Each of them features an extra-long twin bed complete with premium linens and to top it off, you will also find a reading lamp, desk, and internet access free of charge. A window shade helps ensure total privacy at this location where an attendant is always on duty. Prices vary between $30 and $43 an hour, depending on the option you choose.
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