Among the airports that have made notable investments in innovative airport sleep technologies is Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, which has recently introduced the groundbreaking PassGO-Digital Airport Hotel – a capsule hotel designed for air travelers looking to rest during their journey through the Island’s main air hub.
Although Bali Airport provides a decent sleeping environment with numerous armrest-free couches in the International Terminals, discerning travelers seeking enhanced comfort have welcomed the addition of the PassGo Airport Hotel, especially in the new Domestic Terminal. This establishment offers a more luxurious option for those in need of a restful stay.
If you’re seeking a place to rest and you’re flying from the Domestic Terminal, which closes at night, the PassGo Airport Hotel in Bali is your best bet. On the other hand, the International Terminal operates 24/7 and provides ample options for sleeping which are decent at best.
For more comfortable sleep, check out the PassGo Digital Hotel which I’ll explain more in this article.
Does Bali Airport Have Sleeping Pods?
Yes, Bali Airport installed sleeping pods some 14 months ago in October 2022 and the Capsule Hotel is on Level II of the International Arrival Terminal and offers 132 capsules or “pods” of superior and premier class. The design of the airports is far from the common GoSleep capsule design with independent pods. Bali Airport Capsule Hotel has pods in two levels and they resemble those in Bangkok Airport exactly.
Bali Airport is on par with Istanbul Airport as the only other airport featuring a substantial number of sleeping pods. Istanbul Airport boasts a total of 144 pods in its new facility, surpassing Bali Airport’s bed capacity by 12.
As I mentioned on our front page, most airports have been unable to quickly adopt innovative sleep technologies because of the significant amount of investment required to put up a hotel operation inside existing terminals.
The image below shows the inside of Bali’s PassGo Digital Sleeping Pod Hotel;
Airport expansions can be excessively costly. However, the Bali Airport had the support and financial backing of the Indonesian Government, making it more feasible to implement and execute.
Sleep Pods Hotel in Bali Aimed at Boosting Tourism
After the COVID-19 outbreak that began in late 2019, tourism in Indonesia experienced a drastic decline. The number of visitors plummeted from over 6 million in 2021 to less than 100,000 in 2022.
China, one of the main sources of tourists for Indonesia, implemented strict travel restrictions, further exacerbating the economic challenges faced by the country due to its heavy reliance on tourism.
Below is a chart I got from Statista.com showing how tourism plummeted from 6.28 million in 2019 to near zero in 2021.
This significant downturn in tourism had a profound impact on Indonesia’s economy and when they launched the Sleeping Pods Hotel in late 2022, CEO of PT Angkasa Pura I, Faik Fahmi was quoted as saying that the pods would help restore the tourism sector.
Bali Airport’s sleeping pods were partly funded and operated by PT Angkasa Pura I, an Indonesian State-owned agency that manages airports. PT Angkasa Pura I partnered with PT Krisna Graha Primatama (KGP), an Indonesian Capsule Hotel operator to manage the hotel which they’ve named PassGo Digital Management.
Amenities at PassGo Digital Hotel at Bali Airport:
- Access cards,
- Cable TV,
- Mattresses and pillows, blankets
- 2 USB charging ports,
- Ambiance lights,
- Reading lamps,
- Private lockers
- Shared bathrooms equipped with hot and cold water to freshen up.
- Co-working area with high-speed Wi-Fi,
- Lobby with living room
- Upper floors accessible by elevator
Sleeping Pods Locations in DPS:
The sleeping pods in Bali Airport are located at Level 2 of the International Terminal.
Cost of PassGo Digital Hotel:
PassGo Digital Hotel offers the most affordable sleeping pods I’ve found, and they even guarantee to match the price of your booking! Rates for a 6-hour stay start at just $17 or IDR 260,000. If you’re staying overnight, you can expect to pay around $21 or approximately IDR 325,000.
They offer a range of options including stays of 6 hours, 9 hours, and overnight. Reservations can be made in advance, or walk-ins are welcome depending on room availability.
Where to sleep in Bali Denpasar Airport?
Denpasar Airport receives a low rating (D) for its sleeping conditions, influenced by environmental factors like its proximity to the equator. Situated in a region with high temperatures, the airport experiences an average year-round temperature of approximately 30 °C (86 °F) and a humidity level of around 85%. It’s just super hot and not conducive for daytime sleep.
Apart from the weather conditions, it’s important to note that the Domestic Terminal closes at night. If you have a connecting morning flight, you’ll need to secure a hotel accommodation or opt for in-airport hotels mentioned above.
If you want a free spot to sleep in, your best spot is at the Departures entrance at the International Terminal, Landside, you’ll find a rest area equipped with comfortable reclining deck chairs and convenient charging ports. It’s the perfect spot in the international terminal for some relaxation and recharging before your journey.
Below is an image showing the reclining chairs;
Are there lounges at Bali Airport?
Bali Airport offers a few lounges, providing options for both day pass purchases and membership access. Among these, the Concordia and Premier lounges are notable for their availability of day passes. Both domestic and international terminals feature the Concordia Lounge, which can be accessed either with an Amex Card or a Priority Pass membership. Read more about Bali Airport Lounges here.
What is an airport sleeping pod?
A sleeping pod is a small, private space designed for travelers to rest or sleep in between flights. It typically includes a comfortable bed, pillows, and blankets, as well as amenities such as charging ports, WiFi, and sometimes even TVs. Sleeping pods are becoming increasingly popular at airports around the world as they provide a convenient and affordable option for passengers with long layovers or early morning flights.
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