You're waiting at the airport, and with only four hours before your meeting, you begin thinking about how perfect it would be to have a quiet place of your own to get some much needed rest. A place where you can take a nap, churn out some emails, and take a nice, warm shower before that meeting. At just the right moment, you look straight ahead into the distance with that thousand-yard stare, and you can't believe your eyes. There it is: The Traveler's Retreat, Minute Suites.
Minute Suites are private suites within the airport terminal that provide guests with a place to get some rest before (or after) their flights. Mainly targeted towards day travelers, a Minute Suite is the ultimate hotspot to seal yourself off from the hustle, bustle, and commotion of the terminal, a place where you can turn the decibel level all the way down to zero if you'd like. The concept of these spaces seems to be inspired in part by the classic Japanese capsule hotels, which are ubiquitous in the quirky and innovative land of the rising sun. The difference, however, is that Minute Suites provides an entire room complete with a variety of top-notch amenities.
How To Book Access To Minute Suites
The best way to do so is purchasing instantly through the LoungeBuddy web portal. You can also book with the LoungeBuddy App. Simply take out your phone, open up the LoungeBuddy App, and complete your purchase in less than 60 seconds. Here's more information on how the lounge purchase process works.
Main Benefits Of Minute Suites
One of the great benefits of Minute Suites is their central location within the airport terminal, which means that you won't have to go through security again before catching your flight. They also happen to be 24-hour, around the clock nap centers. This makes them especially convenient if you have an early morning flight the next day, but do not want to have to take the time to exit the terminal and find an off-site hotel room for the night. If you're traveling alone, you can rest easily and comfortably without worry. Everything's safe and secure within your locked suite.
Of course, it's important to note that Minute Suites are not just nap centers. If you're traveling for business, they can also be the ideal place to get some much needed work done (and boost your productivity significantly in the process). If you've got a conference call coming up, simply head into a Minute Suite and conduct your business in total privacy. Worried about potential competitors looking over your shoulder? Minute Suites will make you feel at ease. You won't have to fret over whether you are disturbing anyone with your conversation, and more importantly, you won't have to worry about screaming children, unruly passengers, or the constant stream of noise from the airport's PA system. Think of it as your very own private office/hotel room, your den of tranquility.
A Quick Look At The Amenities
You're probably wondering about the suite of amenities within these miniature sized suites. Well, let's start with some of the more obvious ones. The main attraction is the cozy sofa-daybed hybrid, with fresh pillows and a blanket on the side. You can also pull out the sofa if you need some additional bedding space, which works out perfectly if you're sharing the room with your significant other. Additionally, you'll have your very own desk - great if you brought along a laptop or notebook to work with. Other useful amenities that you'll find are an office chair, electric outlets for charging your phone, and free high speed wi-fi, which greatly enhances the suites' potential as a productive work sanctuary.
One of the more prominent features is a 32 inch HD-TV with DirecTV, where you can catch all of your favorite shows in high definition. If you're sitting in a lounge, chances are you're probably not going to be able to watch exactly what you want on the communal televisions (the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Istanbul is another story). In your private Minute Suite, feel free to watch whatever you want on your own terms. Turn on that Saturday morning college football rivalry game while you're sending off your work emails. What makes this TV even more amazing is that all it takes is a click of a button, and poof - the TV magically turns into a computer monitor. Once the conversion is complete, take advantage of the built-in flight tracking system or take a wild ride on the information superhighway, the World Wide Web. It's your choice.
For most guests, sleeping or napping will probably be one of top reasons for renting out a Minute Suite, and the sleep-based amenities do not disappoint. Do you find yourself enjoying higher quality sleep at certain temperatures? If so, you're in luck - adjust the room temperature to your ideal range with the individual thermostat. Can't stand the outside noise? No problem - block out noise with the adjustable sound suppression system, which turns up the white noise to ward off and drown out all other sound. Another interesting addition is the specially designed NAP26 audio program, which makes use of binaural beat audio technology to help you get a better day's sleep. This trifecta's probably enough for most to sleep comfortably, but to throw in a few extras, there are also dimming lights, an alarm clock, and an optional, complimentary wake up knock included.
What else can you ask for? A beautiful painting for each room? You got it. The rooms measure 7 by 8 feet, so you'll be able to fit into one of these even if you're Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Come to think of it, you'll get more room here than what you'd typically find in a luxury suite on a Singapore Airlines or Emirates flight, all for somewhere around 1/300th of the cost.
Back To The Beginning
The concept of Minute Suites is pretty interesting, so let's take a closer look at how it came about in the first place. In August 2007, a group of several former healthcare professionals, including CEO Daniel Solomon, came together to come up with a solution to tackle the stress and fatigue that often accompanies air travel. Initially, they met with Sara Mednick, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of the highly acclaimed non-fiction book "Take a Nap! Change Your Life". Using their expert knowledge of sleep physiology, the team engineered the concept of a secure, dark, and quiet environment to encourage napping. The first Minute Suites location was launched on November 18th, 2009, and the rest is history.
Minute Suites Locations
Currently, there are three Minute Suites locations, one each at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) - Terminal D and Terminal A. The Dallas-Forth Worth location is the only one that currently offers shower facilities, which, by the way, are highly elegant. These showers come with soft towels, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner for your use. Another special offering at the DFW location are the Premier Suites, which offer a larger space than the standard suites, making them ideal for groups and families.
If you're looking for some privacy, comfort, a place to nap during your layover, or if you just want to get some last minute work done, Minute Suites may be your best bet. Once you've had a go with one of these private airport oases, be sure to let us know about your experience by commenting below.
If you're still on the fence, here's an incentive that may entice you. Each Minute Suite complex is built with all natural and recyclable materials, and no drywall (one of the leading contributors to landfill waste). By booking a 2 hour stay at a Minute Suite, you can sleep well (literally!) knowing that you are supporting an environmentally conscious business.
Do you want Minute Suites to set up shop at your home airport? If so, be sure to contact Minute Suites and provide them with a small piece of your mind here.