Sleeping Pods at Schiphol Airport to Nap in Peace

Among the airports that you’ll be lucky to be stuck in during a layover or a canceled flight is Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport which has plenty of sleep options for passengers – including the new innovation of sleeping pods by Gosleep.

In this guide, I will provide detailed information on places to sleep at Schiphol, amenities you can get at Schiphol’s sleeping pods, cost of the cabins per hour, and how to book, among other relevant topics that will get you sorted in terms of where to sleep.

What is a sleeping pod?

Also called sleep cabins, sleep rooms, sleep capsules or snooze boxes – sleeping pods are soundproof, ventilated and temperature-controlled private spaces that give you the chance to relax or sleep during long layovers or airport delays.

They vary in size and amenities but most of them have charging points for your gadgets, reading lights, a comfy mattress and some even come with a TV and noise-canceling headphones.

Sleeping pods usually have a door that you can close for privacy and some have curtains for extra seclusion. You can book them for a few minutes or hours depending on how long your layover is.

One of the leading brands that manufacture these $10k+ cubicles is called GOsleep which is a Finish company with operations in several airports across the globe including Changi, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, JFK, and others. Other companies that run similar model of pay-per-use sleep spaces at airports include RestWorks and Minute Suites.

Can I sleep at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport overnight?

Unfortunately, the airport only allows sleeping in the public area of the terminal during nighttime hours, when flights are not operating. You’ll need to show your ID and boarding pass if you want to stay overnight. If you fall asleep lying across chairs or benches during daylight hours, airport staff may wake you up.

If you’re looking for a place to catch some Z’s at night while at Schiphol airport, your best bet are the designated rest zones where weary travelers can relax in reclining chairs. You’ll find these locations near Gates D and E (upstairs too), as well as near the entrance to Gate C.

Does Schiphol Airport have sleeping pods?

On Gosleep’s website, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is listed among the airports served with sleeping pods by GoSleep. See the snapshot below;

Snapshot showing a listing by Gosleep indicating that sleep pods are installed at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
Snapshot showing a listing by Gosleep indicating that sleep pods are installed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Other online reports make the claim that there are a total of 24 capsules located in 1 location in Lounge 2, Level 2, and Concourse D as shown on the snapshot below;

Snapshot from Gosleep's website with details of where Sleeping pods are located at Schiphol Airport
Snapshot from Gosleep’s website with details of where Sleeping pods are located at Schiphol Airport

However, upon checking how to access, or check the pricing of how to use the Gosleep pods at Schiphol, I found that a spa is currently operation at the space listed by Gosleep as having sleep pod units.

What amenities at Schiphol Airport’s Gosleep sleep pods?

  • Capsule to sleep in:
  • Towels
  • Shower
  • Locker
  • WiFi
  • Breakfast
  • Workspace with desk and chair

How to access Sleeping pods at Schiphol Airport:

To use the Gosleep pods at Schiphol, you’ll need to access them via the stairs or the lift in Lounge 2. After arrival, follow signs for ‘Gates D-E’ and then take the escalator or lift up a level.

If you happen to pass by and realized that the directions above are not correct, please let me know.

From what i catered from Gosleep’s site, the Gosleep pods are located on the right-hand side as you come out of the escalator or lift.

If you’re coming in from the main terminal, take a left after ‘Duty Free Selections’. The Gosleep pods will be on your right after passing Costa Coffee.

Bunk Sleeping Pods at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport:

Another company called bunkhotels.com also claims to operate what they call Bunk Pods at Schiphol’s Airport. You can choose the cheaper Bunk Pods which start at 24 pounds per night or opt for Bunk rooms which start at 54 pounds per night.

Bunk Pods at Amsterdam Airport
Bunk Pods at Amsterdam Airport

Read more about Bunk pods on its website here.

Pricing for use of the Gosleep pods in Amsterdam Airport

The cost to use a Gosleep pod at Schiphol Airport is €99 for the first 6 hours, and then €18 for each additional hour. These rates may have changed as I obtained these figures from an older company presentation. In general, expect to pay upwards of $100 to $120 to sleep for 6 hours.

Remember the shower facility is included in the price of using a Gosleep pod.

To check real-time pricing or to book a pod, visit the Gosleep website.

Alternatives to sleeping pods at Schiphol Airport:

If you’re not interested in spending money to use a sleeping pod or you can’t find one that’s available, there are other options for catching some shut-eye at Amsterdam’s airport.

Free options:

As mentioned before, the rest zones located near Concourse D and E offer travelers free space to relax in comfortable chairs. If you don’t mind lying on the floor, there are also some couches in these areas.

You can also try to find a spot near one of the airport’s few windows where you can at least enjoy natural light and fresh air while you sleep.

If you don’t mind walking a bit, head to Lounge 1 where there are more free seats and some comfy armchairs that are perfect for napping in.

Paid options:

If you want to be guaranteed a good night’s sleep, you can book a room at the Yotel located in Lounge 2 near Concourse D. Prices start at €49 for 4 hours or €69 for 8 hours.

For something a bit more luxurious, the Hilton Schiphol Hotel is connected to the main terminal building. You can book a room starting at €159 per night.

If you don’t need an entire room, you can also try renting a day bed in the hotel’s Executive Lounge. Prices start at €75 for 4 hours or €95 for 8 hours.

What are the alternatives to sleeping pods at Schiphol Airport?

If you’re not interested in spending money to use a sleeping pod or you can’t find one that’s available, there are other options for catching some shut-eye at Amsterdam’s airport.

The rest zones located near Concourse D and E offer travelers free space to relax in comfortable chairs. If you don’t mind lying on the floor, there are also some couches in these areas.

You can also try to find a spot near one of the airport’s few windows where you can at least enjoy natural light and fresh air while you sleep.

Get a hotel room at airport-based hotels:

– Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

– Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center

– Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam Airport

You can also book hotels that offer free shuttles from Amsterdam airport such as:

– Ibis Amsterdam Airport

– NH Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

– citizenM Schiphol Airport

– Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Amsterdam

– Hilton Garden Inn Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Does Amsterdam Airport have sleeping pods?

I could not ascertain whether Amsterdam Airport sleeping pods listed on Gosleep website are operational as Gosleep website provides a link to a spa instead of a link to make a booking. It is possible that Amsterdam airport’s sleeping pods are operational and that passengers are required to make a booking on arrival but this is one of those airports with ‘reports’ of sleeping pods installed but not many can attest to it.

Gosleep is a growing brand and it isin their interest to list airports that may not have actually started using their sleeping pods so as not to disappoint passengers.

So, if you are looking for an airport that has Gosleep pods and you cannot find one, it may be best to check with the airline or travel agent to see if they can make a booking for you.

FAQs

Are passengers allowed to sleep at Schiphol airport?

Yes, you are allowed to sleep at Schiphol airport. There are a few designated areas where you can find comfortable chairs and couches to rest in.

Can I use my own sleeping bag or blanket?

Yes, you are allowed to bring your own sleeping bag or blanket to use at the airport.

Do any of the airport lounges offer beds or showers?

Yes, some of the airport lounges do offer beds and showers. The Yotel located in Lounge 2 near Concourse D has rooms starting at €49 for 4 hours or €69 for 8 hours.

The Hilton Schiphol Hotel is also connected to the main terminal building and offers day beds in its Executive Lounge starting at €75 for 4 hours or €95 for 8 hours.

Can I use a credit card to pay for a Gosleep pod?

Yes, you can use a credit card to pay for a Gosleep pod. To check real-time pricing or to book a pod, visit the Gosleep website.

Which other airports have installed sleeping pods;

The following airports have installed sleeping pods:

– London Heathrow Airport

– Dubai International Airport

– Abu Dhabi International Airport

– Munich Airport

– Zurich Airport

– Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Is it possible to rent a day bed in the Hilton Executive Lounge?

Yes, it is possible to rent a day bed in the Hilton Executive Lounge. Prices start at €75 for 4 hours or €95 for 8 hours.

Do any of the airport lounges offer beds or showers?

Yes, some of the airport lounges do offer beds and showers. The Yotel located in Lounge 2 near Concourse D has rooms starting at €49 for 4 hours or €69 for 8 hours.

The Hilton Schiphol Hotel is also connected to the main terminal building and offers day beds in its Executive Lounge starting at €75 for 4 hours or €95 for 8 hours.

Which lounge can I access with Priority pass at Amsterdam airport?

You can use your Priority Pass to access the following lounges at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol:

– British Airways Lounge

– KLM Crown Lounge

– Air France/KLM Lounge 2

– The Lounge (in partnership with Plaza Premium)

Can I store my luggage at the airport if I’m not flying?

Yes, you can store your luggage at the airport if you’re not flying. There are lockers available to use near Concourse D. The prices for using these lockers start at €6 per day.

You can also check your luggage with one of the services located in the Arrivals Hall. These services will hold onto your luggage for a fee and will give you a ticket to claim your bags when you’re ready to pick them up.

What are the best places to eat at Schiphol Airport?

There are a few good places to eat at Schiphol Airport. If you’re looking for something quick, you can try one of the many sandwich shops or cafes located throughout the airport.

For something a bit more substantial, there are a few restaurants that offer sit-down service. The Brasserie & Sélection is a good option if you’re looking for typical Dutch cuisine.

If you’re in the mood for something international, La Place is a chain of restaurants located throughout the airport that offers a variety of dishes from different countries.

Do any of the airport lounges offer beds?

Yes, some of the airport lounges do offer beds and showers. The Yotel located in Lounge 2 near Concourse D has rooms starting at €49 for 4 hours or €69 for 8 hours.

What are some fun things to do at or near Schiphol during layover?

If you have a layover at Schiphol Airport, there are a few things you can do to pass the time.

One option is to visit the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol. This museum is located in the airport and features a rotating selection of artwork from the Rijksmuseum’s collection.

If you’re looking to do some shopping, there are a number of shops located throughout the airport, including duty-free stores.

Finally, if you want to get out of the airport for a bit, there are a few hotels located nearby that offer day rates. This can be a good option if you want to take a nap or shower before your next flight.

Does Atlanta airport have sleeping pods?

From what I can tell, Atlanta airport does not have sleeping pods but have a similar sleep cabin model called Minute Suites. Minute Suites is a network of private, day-use suites located in major airports across the United States.

Rates for use start at $28/hour with a 4-hour minimum, or $109/day. Each suite is equipped with a comfortable recliner, desk, direct dial telephone, high-definition television, and an iPod docking station.

Wi-Fi is complimentary for all Minute Suites guests, and laptop workstations are available in some locations. Convenient access to power outlets makes it easy to stay connected and productive while on the go.

Wrapping it up:

I agreed to write that there are supposed Gosleep sleep capsules at Schiphol airport, but I want to make it clear that they may not be available for rent at the moment.I tried to find out from other sources if you can book one of Schiphol’s sleep pods for a day or night stay,but I couldn’t get any conclusive information.