November 23rd, 2010

PSA: Airside day rooms and nap rooms in major airports.

With all the security chaos around airports these days you might wonder if the right thing to do is to get yourself airside early and wait. Or maybe you find yourself stuck with a six-hour delay. Planned layover or not, you're at the airport, and you've already gone through security.

Trouble is, where do you sleep? Airside is mostly filled with expensive shops and lounges, none of which have beds.

There are airport hotels, of course, and some of them even offer day rooms (where you can stay for a few hours between flights), but they require you to leave the secured area of the airport and come back, which can be a problem. Actual places to sleep if you're in transit are relatively few. Of the fifty busiest airports in the world by passenger traffic (2009), a grand total of nine airports have something along these lines.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): Minute Suites, Concourse B at Gate B15. 5 rooms, $30 per hour.

(This is the only US airport with one of these, although Minute Suites is building one at Philadelphia International (PHL) (opening March 2011) and there's another outfit that claims they're going to open one in San Francisco (SFO).)
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All information correct when viewed 11 November 2010 and subject to change.

Of course, if you don't have any money to pay for these options, there's always the guide to sleeping in the public areas of airports.

Edited to add Incheon International Airport's Transit Hotel. Thanks to cityratbuddy.

Edited to add possible closure of Shanghai Pudong International Airport's Hourly Hotel.

Updated 19 February 2011 to add Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport's Transit Hotel.

Updated 27 February 2011 to add Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport's Eaton Smart New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel, and the Sams Snooze At My Space in the same airport. Also added a note about Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport's Serendiva Transit Hotel.

Updated 21 April 2011 to note renovation of Incheon Airport Transit Hotel, and 12 hour minimum from 6PM to 7:30AM.