Anyone who has ever spent time hopping the globe on flights knows just how exhausting frequent air travel can be. The key is to try and grab some sleep wherever and whenever you can. It doesn’t make sense to pay for a hotel room when you’ve only got a 4-hour layover and you can only get so comfortable when you’re trying to sleep in one of those terminal chairs. One company is working to create an “in-between” solution that will debut in Washington’s Dulles International Airport.
Sleepbox is a startup company based out of Boston. They’ve developed sleep pods to offer an alternative to trying to curl up on the floor of a bustling airport terminal. The pods will be available in two different sizes. The “standard” pod measures 5.2 x 7.5 feet. While that seems plenty small, the “compact” size is only 4 x 7.5. The company also plans to offer ADA-compliant rooms, too. The rooms will come with basic amenities like a memory foam mattress, lighting, and integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
To us, the most interesting aspect of the sleep pods is the way they’re booked. Guests will download an app to not only book a pod, but also unlock their reserved room.
The expected rates for the pods are $40 for the first hour for the standard room and $30 for the compact size. After that, each additional hour will be $30 for the standard and $20 for the compact. However, the price will cap at $150 and $120 respectively. They can be booked for up to 12 hours at a time, providing guests plenty of time to get some rest between flights.
The pods are expected to be available any time now in Dulles International Airport. The company has said that it is also talking to other airports not only throughout the United States but also internationally. Sleepbox is also looking at opening a flagship hotel in Boston. If the idea proves to be successful, we’ll likely see similar sleep solutions pop up in other industries around the world.