Travelers at Chicago’s O’Hare international airport will be able from early 2013 to take comfortable naps and even a full-night’s sleep without stepping out of the airport.
This will be possible through a new service, called Minute Suites, offering paid “extended-stay suites” with a daybed sofa, HD TV and PC with Internet access inside the airport. A total of 29 Minute Suites will soon be available near the rotunda between O’Hare Terminals 2 and 3 for prices ranging from $30-per-hour to $120 for an overnight stay.
Other features of the service include pillows, fresh blankets and an active “sound masking system” to ensure peaceful sleep.
O’Hare will be the fourth location for the Minute Suite service. There are two currently operational facilities – one at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the other at Philadelphia International Airport. Another Minute Suite service is set to open in early 2013 at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
A similar service called NapCabs, air-conditioned private cabins, is available at Munich’s airport in Germany.
The cabins feature a comfortable bed, room for baggage, adjustable lighting and Internet access. Munich Airport had 2 NapCabs at Terminal 2, Level 4 in early September 2012. Four more cabins were scheduled to be added at Level 5 by the end of September.
The Napcabs’ service provider plans to expand the service to other European airports in the future.