If you’re an avid traveler, you know trying to catch a good nap in between flights isn’t very easy—especially when all you have to “lay” on are the chairs at the gate. What if we told you that you could stay in a hotel room without even leaving the airport? It may sound too good to be true, but pod hotels are invading airports…and will soon be at an airport near you.
What is a pod hotel? It’s a small in-terminal hostelry comprised of mini-rooms where you can get a comfortable rest in between flights. The company, Minute Suites debuted their mini-hotels at the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta and the Philadelphia International Airport. Each room, at about 56-square-feet, comes with a daybed, pillows and blankets, a 32-inch HDTV and an in-room workstation with a desk, phone and office chair. None of the rooms currently have bathrooms, but with two new hotels at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in the works, Minute Suites will also provide private shower units in each room.
Pod hotels are not only taking over U.S. airports, they’re invading international airports, too! London-based Yotel has pods inside Heathrow and Gatwick Airports as well as Amsterdam’s Schipol. The Russian-based Sleepbox is planning on populating European airports and train stations with their self-contained compartments, which are the most spare in the pod hotel industry—only adorning the tiny rooms with a bed platform, electrical outlets, a nightstand, reading lamps and electric blinds.
While these mini-hotel rooms may not be the Five-Star luxury hotels that you’re used to, these spaces do offer privacy and a chance at a good rest in a place where it is hard to come by. Check out more on pod hotels today, and see if one is coming near you soon!