Airports around the world are full of various rooms designed to cater to passengers’ many needs – but not all of them are places you’d want to visit.
In airports around the world there are secret rooms, some amazing and some you never want to visit.
Escape has rounded up some of the most interesting, from dog parks to morgues.
The meditation room at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
Flying can be super stressful and after the gazillion hours in the air it takes to get to Europe, your irritation level can be cruising-altitude high.
Which is why the ever-thoughtful Dutch have created this silent space to reconnect with that part of yourself that doesn’t want to throttle your fellow passenger who doesn’t realise how loud he’s talking because he’s wearing headphones.
The sleep rooms at McCarran Airport, Las Vegas
If there’s a city where burning the metaphorical candle at both ends just has to be done, it’s Vegas.
Which means by the time you get to the airport on your way home, your body is crying out for sleep.
Managed by the healthy types at ZEROLevel Fitness and Wellness, the sleep rooms at Las Vegas Airport are compact, quiet, feature a double bed and start at approximately $35 for a two-hour stay.
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Virgin Lounge Premium Entry, Sydney and Brisbane
Anyone who’s been in a Virgin Australia Lounge or tried to get in via a combination of chutzpah and charisma will know they are pretty luxe.
What many people don’t know is that for those travelling business class and their guests, Velocity Platinum and Gold members and partner airline reciprocal status members travelling with carry-on baggage only, there is an extra level of service.
By which we mean direct access from wherever your Uber drops you, optional valet parking, and dedicated flight check-in and security screening point. All of which you’re guided through by your personal staff member.
The Sleepboxes at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow
They do things their own way in Russia, which is why you’ll see a bunch of timber structures in the concourse at this airport.
Essentially mini capsule hotels, they offer sleeping space for one to three people and can be rented by the hour.
If you don’t fancy kipping in a giant Jenga set, there is also a more conventional capsule hotel. Both of which can be a godsend if your flight is delayed.
Sensory Room at Shannon, Ireland
Travelling can be a stressful experience for anyone but add neurodevelopmental challenges like autism to the equation and things become all the more vexed.
This airport has responded to the challenge with a room designed to calm with an aquatic bubble tube, undulated wavy wall, colour changing LEDS and a wheel projector.
One family occupies the room at a time and it was the first of its kind in Europe.
The Yoga Room at O’Hare, Chicago
Putting the stay in namaste (phonetically at least), this mirrored Zen enclave features a monitor with yoga poses on a loop and another with flight information.
And after being scrunched in an economy seat for hours on end, your body could probably do with a downward dog or two.
The dog park at Hartsfield-Jackson, Atlanta
The United States is brilliant…
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