Many airport services and amenities are not back at full power yet. And some may never be. And we have been wondering what’s up with Minute Suites, the company that rents out private rooms in some airports where travelers can sleep, rest, or get some work done during layovers.
The suites include a daybed sofa that turns into a bed, sound masking, a thermostat, a workstation, Wi-Fi, Netflix, and DIRECTV. Travelers can book a suite on the app or in person. And travel essentials are sold at the front desk.
The company did shut down temporarily during spring/early summer 2020. But it has now reopened in all its previous airport locations, including Atlanta, Charlotte Douglas, Dallas-Fort Worth, LaGuardia, and Philadelphia. Since October 2020, the company has even added new locations in the Baltimore and Nashville airports. And they have also signed ten more leases for additional airport locations.
“We were fortunate that American Airlines chose to consolidate much of their traffic through DFW and Charlotte and we re-opened our facilities there during the summer,” said Minute Suites co-founder and director of development Daniel Solomon. “Travelers valued our service for natural social distancing and as a safe place to relax and unmask.”
Are the suites santized?
Cleaning the rooms between guests was important before the pandemic, of course, but now the sanitation protocols are, of course, even more important. “[We] have employed a medical-grade cleaning protocol after each guest for over a decade,” says Solomon, “It features a disinfectant agent that is EPA-certified to kill COVID-19.” (More about the cleaning systems here.)
Now that more people are traveling, Minute Suites is reporting healthy recovery numbers in part because passengers are realizing that inside the suites is one of the few places in the airport where they can safely take off their masks, eat a take-out meal, work, rest, or nap.
What is the cost?
Minute Suites rent for $45 for the first hour (the minimum). After that, rates are charged in 15-minute increments. Right now, though, you are likely to be offered a 25% discount. As a nice gesture, Minute Suites has always offered nursing and pumping mothers a 30-minute free stay.
Travelers who have Priority Pass memberships (or credit cards with that beneift) get the first hour at Minute Suites sites free and a discounted per hour rate after that. A Minute Suites spokesperson says they are seeing a lot of Priority Pass usage right now.
My column for CNBC this week is a round-up of options for finding a place outside airport lounges to sleep, have a quiet conversation or just have a little quiet time to yourself.
Business travelers once looked to airline club rooms as calm
oases offering quiet areas to relax, work, conduct important phone calls or,
perhaps, catch a nap.
But now it’s not unusual for airline-operated and
independent lounges to be as crowded and noisy as the congested airport
terminals and gate hold areas many frequent travelers are willing to pay a fee to
Alternatives exist. Sort of.
Outside the United States, travelers seeking alone time
might check into one of the Napcabs equipped with beds,
worktables, touch screens, WiFi and baggage storage inside Germany’s Munich or
Elsewhere, Yotel offers cozy, cabin-like hotel
rooms equipped with futon-like beds, WIFI, flat screen TVS and bathrooms inside
airport terminals in Amsterdam, London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Paris CDG and,
soon, Istanbul and Singapore.
In the United States, travelers seeking sleep, a place to
work or a quiet place to have a phone conversation have an increasing range of
Downtime at Dulles?
Boston-based Sleepbox plans to cut the ribbon on a post-security
micro-hotel on Concourse A at Dulles International Airport next week.
The 16 stand-alone modules have no bathrooms, but are soundproof
spaces with mood lighting, WIFI, Bluetooth capability, fold-down work tables, space
for storing luggage and beds with memory foam mattresses. Bookings are made via
the same smart phone app that allows guests to unlock their room and control
features such as the temperature and mood lighting in their unit
Pricing: Average hourly rate for compact rooms (about 30 square feet) is $25 per hour. Standard rooms (45 square feet): $35 per hour. After the first hour, additional 15-minute increments are $5 for the compact room, $7.50 for the standard-room. Rates top out at $120 for a 12-hour stay in a compact room and $140 for 12-hours in a standard room.
Room to relax
Minute Suites is a short-stay hotel chain with six post-security
locations in four airports: two
in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Concourses B&T); two
in Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (Terminals A&D), one in the
Charlotte Douglas International Airport atrium and one in the A/B Connector at
Philadelphia International Airport.
56-square-foot suites have sofa daybeds with a
pull-out trundle beds, sound-masking systems, HDTVs (with DirectTV and Netflix)
that can also be used as computers, WIFI, and desks. A few suites in the DFW
location are larger.
The company is adding four additional locations in ATL airport,
a second location in Charlotte and has just announced Baltimore/Washington
International Airport (BWI) as its next city. Plans to open branches in four additional
airports are being finalized now.
An uptick in the number of millennial travelers is helping drive
Minute Suites’ expansion.
A recent Hipmunk
travel survey found that more than half of all millennials (54.4 percent)
would like airports to offer nap
second most requested amenity was board games,” said Minute Suites co-founder
and CEO Daniel Solomon, “And we have now added board games and other desired
services such as exercise cycles and yoga mats to our locations.”
Rates for Minutes
Suites start at $42 per hour and drop to $32 per hour after two hours. The overnight
rate (8 hours) is a flat $155. Showers (available in DFW Terminal D) and
Charlotte Douglas International Airport are $20, with suite rental; $30 without.
Want to be
alone? Step into a Jabbrrbox
Phone-booth sized workspaces from Jabbrrbox, offering
travelers private, quiet places to work and make phone calls, are available at
New York’s LaGuardia Airport Terminal B, Pittsburgh International Airport
(Concourse B and C) and on Concourse B at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky
International Airport (CVG).
Two new booths were installed in New York’s
John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4 this week.
make reservations using touchscreens on the exterior of each unit and, once
inside, will find WIFI, a desk, chair, power panel and another, larger,
touchscreen that is used to control the color and brightness of the booth lights,
track flight status and take photos.
Jabbrrbox pricing is $10 for 15
minutes, $15 for 30 minutes, $30 for an hour and $60 for two hours.
Work, stand, stretch
Business travelers who need to work but who also want to stretch
their legs before or between flights can do both at the complimentary Varidesk
co-working space at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Opened in December and located in Terminal C, the staffed
workspace has about two dozen height-adjustable standing desks, 75 charging
ports and a conference room with moveable walls.
Varidesk chief marketing officer, Sean Scogin, says the company plans to open co-working spaces at other airports soon and may add its new state-of-the-art phone booth to the mix.
Have you found a good way to get out of the fray when you’re stuck at the airport? Share a tip below.
Nursing pods land at JFK’s JetBlue T5. Courtesy Mamava
Breastfeeding moms on the move have some new options for nursing their baby or pumping milk at JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Newark-Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.
In the New York area, Mamava nursing pods (seen above) are now located at JFK in JetBlue T5 (Gate 12), at Newark’ Terminal B (near Gate 60) and at LaGuardia Terminal B (Concourse A).
At the Philadelphia International Airport, breastfeeding moms will also now get 30-minutes of free access to the private rooms at Minute Suites, the micro-hotel located inside the airport between Terminals A & B, reports Philly.com. After the first 30 minutes, the charge will be $14 for an additional half hour.
When you’re stuck at the airport sometimes you simply need a place to nap, work, rest or just be alone.
At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and, now at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the folks at Minute Suites provide one option.
In each airport, travelers can pay $34 for the first hour in a private roomette with a daybed sofa, pillows, blankets, “noise neutralizing” systems and a “napware” audio program designed to help travelers get a power nap.Each suite also has a TV, work desk and internet access.
At the first of two planned DFW Minute Suite locations, which opened last week in Terminal D near Gate D23, travelers can also take showers – for $15 – with a suite rental – or $30, without.
Nice touch, Minute Suites. Now we just need to these in more airports. And maybe some happy hour-type pricing.
Cleveland Airport joins many other smart airports that offer travelers free Wi-Fi year round. And, lest you forget, from now through January 15, 2010, Google is covering the Wi-Fi fees at a 47 airports, from Seattle to Miami. Here’s a full list of the participating airports . Let’s hope those airports continue offering the service for free after that.
Nap Time at ATL
You can now make a reservation at the first Minute Suites, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). These “suites”, located inside the terminal on the B Concourse have daybeds, pillows and blankets, sound masking systems, and a “napware” audio program. Each suite also has a a TV, desk, phone, and a computer. How much will you pay to snooze in a “suite”? The minimum reservation accepted is 1 hour and costs $30. After that it’s $7.50 each 15 minutes.
If you try this out, please let us know what you think!