Lengthy layovers are typically something to dread – but with a new range of mini hotels popping up in terminals all over the world, you can now find a place to sleep, work and freshen up that doesn't even require you to leave the airport.
These tiny spaces are crammed with high-tech features, keeping you entertained, connected and refreshed for a few hours at least.
Check out these four options, and if you're transiting for a few hours in the near future, check the airport's website as well – as travelers start to see the appeal, new capsule-style hotels are appearing all the time.
London, United Kingdom
Yotel was one of the first companies on the scene with miniature, high-tech airport hotels in both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Now they have airport locations at Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul and Singapore..
In a space between seven and ten square meters (75-110 square feet), Yotel manages to cram a monsoon shower, single or double bed, multiple power points and a flat screen television. There's also a larger, 250 square foot room with a bunk bed option for three adults, or two adults and two small kids.
You'll also find a free Wi-Fi connection and work desk. Hot drinks are complimentary and food can be ordered to your room. Rooms are booked by the hour on the company's site, with the minimum four hour stay costing between 36 and 65 British pounds ($55-$100) depending on room size.
Three oddly-named ZzZleepandGo cubicle hotels have been installed at Italy's Orio al Serio Airport in Bergamo and at Malpense Airport in Milan, with plenty of high-tech features. The tiny rooms are self-cleaning and soundproofed so you don't have to listen to the endless din of boarding calls and screaming kids. They come complete with free Wi-Fi and mood lighting to help you get some rest.
If you can't sleep, there's a video screen with pre-programmed entertainment, along with a work desk for dealing with those last-minute emails. You'll pay nine euros for the first hour at check-in. The following hours are charged per minute so you only pay the actual time that passes between check-in and check-out. Access is via the company's free app.
The napcabs installed in Munich and Berlin airports are hard to miss, with their bright colors and distinctive cube shape. A mere four square meters (45 square feet) houses a single bed, work desk, air conditioning, ambient lighting, Wi-Fi access and a television. You can set an alarm to ensure you don't miss your flight, and charge from the included electrical outlets or USB ports.
You'll pay €15 per hour between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., and €10 per hour during the night, with a minimum charge of thirty euros Payment is by credit card at the time.
Minute Suites, United States
The first Minute Suites was introduced in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, With a daybed sofa rather than full bed, the mini hotel rooms are more useful for a short nap than a lengthy sleep, but you do get fresh blankets and pillows.
There's a sound-masking system at work to keep things nice and quiet, as well as a unique “napware” audio program aimed at helping you nod off more quickly. If that doesn't work, there's also Internet access via either the inbuilt entertainment system, airport Wi-Fi or network port.
You'll also find Minute Suites in Charlotte, Philadelphia and Dallas-Fort Worth airports. Reservation is via the company's website, Android or iOS apps, with pricing starting at $42 for the one hour minimum, with discounts for longer stays. Showers are available at extra cost.