Wednesday, June 5, 2013
UPDATED: Sleep off jet lag at DFW Airport’s new nap center
The center is located in Terminal D, near the free yoga studio and walking path. Oh, you didn't know about those?
DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Representatives at DFW International Airport want it to “become the healthiest airport in the world.” With the addition of a new nap center, weary travelers are invited to kick back, relax, and enjoy Terminal D.
For less than the cost of an airport hotel room, frequent flyers can trade in the stiff chair and unattended bag paranoia for a daybed, pillows, and blanket. The nap center is owned by Minute Suites, and it's the first of two in the airport.
Minute Suites has 10 private rooms and two communal shower areas with individual stalls, which press representative Cynthia Vega said are like those in a spa. Amenities in each room include a desk, closet with hangers, 32-inch television, individual thermostats, and sound suppression system. There are five different sizes of rooms to accommodate varying party sizes.
Patrons are charged $34 per hour for a room and an extra $15 for a hot shower. If you’re just interested in washing off -- no nap -- the cost is $25. A few premium suites have private showers that have access for disabled travelers, which run $75 an hour. Or you can stay the night for $125.
Minute Suites is a new-to-America concept formulated by the company’s CEO Daniel Solomon. Vega said Terminal D was a prime location for the first nap center not only because it is the international terminal and many fly more than 12 hours to arrive there, but also because it complements other health-conscious amenities like the terminal’s free yoga studio, walking path, and stair climb. (Did you know those existed?)
“The way people traveling is changing,” Vega said. “People traveling don’t just want a hamburger and a Coke anymore. They see [airports] more like a mall. They want to spend their money and time wisely.”
[UPDATE: Vega said a second Minute Suites location will open at DFW International by 2014 in Terminal A.]Follow @tineywristwatch
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