If you’re feeling exhausted from your flight or having a layover and in need of a place to catch some Z’s, you’ll unfortunately have to rely on hotels located within Los Angeles Airport. The airport itself doesn’t offer any designated rest areas or sleep rooms. Furthermore, my research has revealed that pay-per-sleep-session providers like RestWorks or GoSleep have not installed sleep pods in this particular airport.
Are there Sleep technologies(Sleep Pods and suites) in LAX Airport?
As of this update in December 2023, I was able to confirm that LAX airport has not installed any of the latest sleep technologies such as sleep pods, sleep suites(by Minute Suites) or sleep cabins (by Yotel). Despite being the sixth busiest airport in the world by passenger volume and the fifth busiest in the United States, this airport hasn’t made steps to make the lives of over 66 million passengers any better during layovers.
Dallas Fortworth, Atlanta, Denver and O’Hare Airports rank higher than LAX and have all installed some innovative sleep technologies. In Dallas and Atlanta, Minute Suites have installed its innovative sleep suites that come with a desk and innovative soundproofing mechanism to keep the noise out. Despite being ahead of Heathrow in annual passenger traffic, LAX is somehow falling behind in this aspect.
But what are the innovative sleep pods?
A sleep pod, also called sleep cabins, sleep box or sleep booth, is a small, usually private space where a person can sleep or relax. They are becoming increasingly popular in public places like airports and train stations, as they provide a quiet and comfortable place to rest.
Sleep pods come in different shapes and sizes, but most have a reclining seat, bed or hammock, and some type of noise-canceling features. Some sleep pods even have massage and aromatherapy functions to help you relax.
Sleep pods became popular following research on the importance of short naps and companies such as Gosleep and RestWorks are leading the charge in providing these services.
Sleeping pod amenities:
- Bed or reclining seat Privacy curtain or door
- Reading light
- Electrical outlet
- Air conditioning and ventilation
How much do sleep pods cost?
Sleep pods usually have an hourly rate, with discounts for longer periods. For example, Escape Pods in New York’s JFK charges $10 for the first 15 mins and $60 for 2 hours. You can get details of full pod pricing here.
Does LAX Airport have sleeping pods?
Unfortunately, LAX Airport does not currently have any sleep pods available. While some airports without rest or napping facilities have announced plans to install sleep cabins in the future, LAX hasn’t announced it. In addition, the airport doesn’t have dedicated sleeping or rest zones and none of the LAX lounges have resting lounges.
Where can I sleep at LAX Airport:
Your best place to sleep at LAX airport is at the benches which can be uncomfortable and you may get disturbed a lot.
Below are some free spots to sleep at this airport as per this blog;
- Terminal 1: Long couch at the top of the stairs after security.
- Terminal 3: 1-2 wooden benches near baggage claim 6.
- Terminals 4 and 7: Chairs set up in triangle configurations for privacy.
- Terminal 6: Armrest-free benches in the Arrivals Hall near baggage claim.
- Terminal, Gate 64B: Small patch of carpet between a column and a moveable gate desk for privacy.
- Terminal 7: Gates 70s-80s may have armrest-free benches, but these may be replaced with less sleep-friendly seating.
- International Terminal, Gate 148: Comfortable couches behind the Starbucks.
- Connector Hallway between Terminal 6 and 7: Carpeted and quiet area near Gate 71A for undisturbed sleep.
You can, however, opt to book hotels located within or just outside the airport for $100 to $200.
Sleep pods Alternatives at LAX: Airport hotels:
Hyatt Regency is the closest airport to LAX and it has a free shuttle that runs every 15 minutes from 5:00am to 1:00am. The rooms here are spacious and have all the amenities you need for a good night’s sleep, including a pillow-top mattress, down comforter, and blackout curtains. Rates start at $219 per night.
Hilton Los Angeles Airport is another option for an airport hotel. It’s located about 2 miles from LAX and has a free shuttle that runs every 20 minutes from 5:00am to 12:30am. The rooms here are also spacious and have all the amenities you need for a good night’s sleep, including a pillow-top mattress, down comforter, and blackout curtains. Rates start at $209 per night.
Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard is located about 2.5 miles from LAX and has a free shuttle that runs every 30 minutes from 5:00am to 11:30pm.
- Blackout curtains
- Air conditioning
- SafeCoffee / tea maker
- Cable / satellite TVBath / shower
- Wardrobe / closetIron
- Laptop safe
- Private bathrooms
- Wake-up service / alarm clock
- Flatscreen TV
- Complimentary toiletries
- Hair dryer
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel:
The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel is located less than a mile from LAX and has a free shuttle that runs every 20 minutes from 4:00am to 1:00 am. Check rates here
Is LAX Airport open at night?
No, LAX airport closes at around 11 pm and reopens by around 4 am. Be sure to check the LAX website for updated terminal hours before your flight.
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