If you've ever taken a plane, you've come to understand that traveling is no joke. Exhausting queues, hours of waiting, delays, lost luggage, missed flights. Sometimes we spend more time waiting at the airport than on board of a plane. Luckily, a couple of smart thinkers invented sleeping boxes ten years ago. Imagine a bed enclosed in a small space. There's no denying it, a bed is exactly what we desire in those challenging moments. Over the decades, architects have been competing with each other, as a result of which today's sleep boxes are more luxurious than many hotels.
Surprising as it is, the first airport beds were not installed by our western neighbors, but by the eastern ones. It was at the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.
On an area of 2.5 x 1.6 meters with a height of 2.5 to 3 meters, you will find a comfortable bed with a bedside table and a larger folding table, a TV and a wireless connection. The box also includes a notebook socket and mobile phone chargers. High quality air conditioning ensures good air circulation.
Luggage can be stored under the bed and there is also a safe for your valuables. The space has central lighting as well as built-in LED lamps. The blinds on the windows are electric. The cells are said to be safe and clean. You can choose from single, double and triple bed boxes. The price is fifty dollars per night.
Naturally, other airports - for example, Dubai, Amsterdam, Beijing, London or Munich - quickly caught up with the trend.
Yotel offers single or double beds, entertainment systems such as a TV or radio, and a private bathroom with towels and soaps at terminal 4 of London Heathrow Airport and the southern terminal of Gatwick. The room costs $ 39 for four hours and $ 93 for the whole night.
Snoozecube operates small soundproofed rooms at Dubai International Airport, where travelers can switch off and relax. Starting at $ 16 per hour, you'll get access to a bed, a touch screen TV and wifi. The cherry on the cake is a mural with nature motifs. You'll sleep like a baby!
The separate boxes at Munich Airport are equipped by blinds, providing some extra privacy and protecting you from strangers peeking into your bed with envy. The boxes generate a lot of interest, so if all the beds are full, you need to watch information boards which alert you in time whenever a cell becomes vacant.
At the New Delhi International Airport India, they know how to make a good joke. They called these private boxes Snooze At My Space. For ten dollars an hour, you can get some rest from the bustle of the terminal. Of course, there is a TV and wifi.