If Santa needs a nap after flying around the world on Christmas Eve, he might consider setting his sleigh down at Dulles International Airport and checking into a room at the Sleepbox Nap Lounge on Concourse A.
Scheduled to open in time for the busy Christmas travel week, the staffed post-security micro-hotel will be located between gates A6 and A14 and offer 16 small, stand-alone sound-proofed rooms (with no bathrooms or showers) that can be rented, via the Sleepbox website or app, for an hour or more, or overnight.
The 8-foot-tall rooms will be “cozy” at 30 square feet for a compact size and 45 square feet for a standard size with more storage space. The beds will be premium memory foam.
Average hourly rates will start at $25 and $35 per hour for the compact and standard rooms, respectively. Twelve-hour overnight stays are capped at $120 and $150. Discounts will be offered for those downloading the Sleepbox app.
Guests will need that app for making reservations but also for setting the temperature and controlling the lighting options and the wireless entertainment system in their rooms.
Dulles is the first airport to get a Sleepbox micro-hotel, but Chambers says Sleepbox is already in talks with a few other large U.S. hubs for future locations, although he wouldn’t say where just yet.
Many U.S. travelers are already familiar with the airport napping concept from Minute Suites, which rents small rooms for sleeping, working or recharging at airports in Dallas, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Atlanta. Rooms have sound-masking systems, alarm clocks, HDTV with Netflix and DirecTV, and desks with chairs. Some locations offer showers as well. The price for a Minute Suite is steeper than Sleepbox, at $42 for the first hour and $84 for two, which would make it hard for some frugal travelers to get to sleep, worrying about the cost! Maybe a little competition will be a good thing…