New Airport Trend: Rental Beds
Minneapolis-St. Paul gets new 'relaxation rooms'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 27, 2012 12:29 PM CDT
You won't have to do this anymore if you're in airport with Minute Suites beds.   (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

(Newser) – Soon, your days of sleeping on airport benches during long layovers may be over. A growing number of airports around the country are installing “relaxation rooms,” small suites that fliers can rent by the hour that come complete with HD TVs, wireless internet, and, of course, a daybed. (But no bathroom.) The suites are already in place in Atlanta and Philadelphia, and will be installed in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dallas-Fort Worth by the end of the year, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The rooms are the work of Atlanta-based Minute Suites LLC, and can be had for $30 an hour, or $120 a night. There are "no instructions required," the company's CEO says. Travelers "walk in. They plop themselves down." Airport suites are fairly common in Europe, where hotels are often more expensive, but are new to the US. “This has not been an easy concept to sell to America,” says one business travel writer. “Americans are simply not used to it.”

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Mar 28, 2012 12:49 PM CDT
If you've ever been caught on a trip where the return flight is cancelled due to weather, you're faced with sitting it out overnite until weather clears for a flight out next day or laying out the cash for a nearby motel- any reasonable accomadation, even a bus terminal bench beats a plastic airport chair that has no head rest
Mar 27, 2012 9:51 PM CDT
As a guy with about 600,000 to 800,000 air miles under his wing (I lost count) I sure could have used one of these. Often you're stuck in an airport for hours with no real place to rest. I swear they must get the Marquis de Sade to design airport chairs as they are the most uncomfortable things I've ever sat in.
Mar 27, 2012 6:47 PM CDT
Implied acceptance of a lower service level.