The best capsule hotels inside airports: Heathrow, Naples and Dubai

More and more travellers every day are choosing to sleep at the airport during layovers, before early morning flights or after late arrivals when there is a long commute back home ahead. The most obvious advantage of booking a sleeping cabin in the passenger terminal -either by the hour or to stay overnight- is the comfort of skipping transfers to hotels in the city, thus saving a considerable amount of time and money. It must be taken into account that the majority of airport capsule rooms offer the same amenities as hospitality chains yet at substantiatlly lower rates. Besides, one can linger on the magical feeling of being in transit by extending the time spent in the terminals. Although the original concept emerged in Asia, today we may find it in many other parts of the world; this post focuses on capsule hotels inside airports in Europe and the Middle East.

Capsule hotel in London Heathrow

Heathrow airport is such a busy international hub, with passengers from all over the world flying in and out at all times, that it could not be without its own sleeping pods for travellers to experience. The brand managing the capsule rooms in Terminal 4 of Heathrow is Yotelair, known for its well-appointed compact units that feature en-suite shower with towels and toiletries, private toilet, flat-screen TV, a comfortable bed and even a pull-out work desk.

All guests enjoy access to a safe multi-device WiFi connection in their standard cabin (for individual use) or premium one (to accommodate two or more people), and may ask for complimentary water, hot chocolate, coffee and tea at the 24-hour front desk. But if there is something to be highlighted is the flexibility of being able to decide your check-in and check-out times yourself. Would you like to find out more? See availability and hourly rates for your sleeping cabin in Heathrow airport.

*Frequent flyers: Yotelair provides the same service at Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris-Charles De Gaulle and London Gatwick.

Nap cabins to rest and sleep in Naples International Airport

The sleeping cabins at Naples International airport (Napoli-Capodichino) are located in a designated area next to Terminal 2, which features a communal lounge and shared toilets and showers for guests to use. The Bed&Boarding capsule rooms in NAP were actually the first ones to be installed in Italy, and truly met the expectations with 42 air-conditioned and soundproofed pods that include storage space, TV, folding desk and complimentary WiFi. Furthermore, one of their main perks is that travellers have their own updated flight information panel inside the cabin. Available around the clock 365 days a year, travellers may customise their stay from one to nine hours and pay accordingly. Book your sleeping pod at Naples airport in Italy.

Capsules to sleep in Dubai International airport

The capsule hotel inside Dubai airport in the United Arab Emirates is referred to as the Sleep’n Fly Lounge, and is open for travellers in transit in concourse A of Terminal 3, right opposite boarding gate A1. Even when T3 is the terminal from which Emirates flights are operated, you can still use the capsule rooms to sleep in DXB regardless of the airline you are flying with: simply take the skytrain or underground shuttle train from your boarding area, as the different parts of the landside are extremely well connected in this complex.

Passengers of transcontinental flights find this sleeping lounge highly convenient for short stays when you need cheap accommodation in Dubai, and enjoy the benefits of paying just an hourly rate for a hotel while being able to access all the services in the terminal building (shops, restaurants, toilets and payment showers).

The area where the Sleep’n Fly cabins are located is wheel-chair accessible, and the staff will assist you from check-in to check-out, providing anything you may need and setting a wake-up call for you to board the plane on time. Inside the nap cabin, you will find a variety of functional features to be enjoyed in the utmost privacy, namely a cosy bed, power outlets, usb chargers, dimmable lighting and storage for hand luggage. Outside, guests are granted admission to dressing rooms and baby changing facilities.

You can now book sleeping cabins in Dubai International airport, and add extras like meet and greet seervices and fast track to the security control if you wish.