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February 17, 2012

Minute Suites to open "nap center" at DFW Airport later this year

Ever think about wanting to take a nap on that long layover? Or maybe, you just want a quiet place to work, away from the crowds in the terminal.

Starting this fall, Minute Suites will open up its first location at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, offering mini-suites for rental by the hour.

Minute Suites will be located in Terminal D, near gate D22 and across from American Airlines' Admiral Club. The suites are 8 feet by 7 feet and will have a daybed sofa as well as desk and an office chair. There will be nine mini suites in this location. It costs $30 to rent a suite for an hour and then $7.50 for each additional 15 minutes.

Co-founder David Solomon said he and his business partners came up with the idea for Minute Suites after researching health and fitness concepts for airports.

"We found the last thing people wanted in the airport was a health club and the main thing they wanted was a place to sleep and that's how Minute Suites was born," said Solomon, who is a frequent flyer.

The company opened its first location in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in 2009 and then a second location at Philadelphia's airport. Solomon says the average stay is just under two hours and expects to see the same at its DFW location.

"Passengers have seen it or requested it," said DFW Airport spokesman David Magana. "It is another concession that we can offer that puts the airport a step ahead of others. Passengers are very receptive to high quality offerings."

Minute Suites expects to open a second location at DFW in Terminal A in 2014 once renovations on that terminal are completed.

-Andrea Ahles


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This concept was tried several years ago at DFW. It failed then. Good luck this time.

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