Minute Suites DFW Airport

DFW Airport ushers in nap time with new sleep-by-the-minute suite

DFW Airport ushers in nap time with new sleep-by-the-minute suite

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It's nap time at Minute Suites. Photo courtesy of Minute Suites

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport travelers looking to grab a little shut-eye have another place to roost. On March 21, Minute Suites opens a location in Terminal A, next to gate A38.

This is the second location at DFW. It will have seven suites, consisting of four regular and three "premium" window suites, which have more room than standard suites, including a connecting suite for groups and families.

The original location opened in Terminal D in 2013. It has 10 suites, plus two showers. With the new location, that makes a total of 17 suites.

Suites require a one-hour minimum reservation. You can also book an eight-hour day rate and a flat overnight rate, too.

A one-hour rental is $42, with $10.50 for every 15 minutes after. The day rate is $160, and the overnight rate (11 pm-7 am) is $140. A 30-minute shower is $30, or $20 with room rental.

Minute Suites was founded in 2008 as a healthier way for people to travel. They're the first company in North America to provide private suites inside security at airports, where travelers can nap, relax, or work. Similar accommodations exist at airports in other countries such as Japan, but they're usually just a simple bed.

Each suite comes with a daybed sofa with a sliding trundle bed, plus pillows, blankets, desk, and office chair. A sound-masking system helps neutralize noise, and a unique Nap26 audio program is available to help deliver a refreshing power nap.

Each room has a computer with a 32-inch screen equipped with high-speed internet, flight-tracking information, and DirecTV. Laptop users can connect with the internet using airport Wi-Fi or a direct connection port. Guests can use the alarm clock in the suite or request a wake-up call.

According to Minute Suites co-founder Daniel Solomon, about 50 percent of users take a nap, 30 percent relax, and 20 percent work.

This opening marks the fourth airport location. The first Minute Suites opened in Atlanta in 2009, and there's also a facility in Philadelphia, with plans to open more in 2017, says Solomon in a release.