LivAbility Magazine

Edition 20 | Spring 2020

A photo showing the Sleepbox lounge of 16 private rooms is housed in Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.
Photo courtesy of Sleepbox, Inc.

Sleepbox lounge provides new alternative for weary travelers

By Alisa Murphy

Is there any way to make an eight-hour layover a little more bearable?

The idea to improve the travel experience–and more importantly, the delayed travel experience– led to Sleepbox, Inc., a company on a mission to help ease a traveler’s frustration with delays, layovers and cancellations with micro-hotel rooms and nap lounges in airports around the U.S.

When it comes to traveling, “I believe that Sleepbox can change the way we feel about travel and reduce the fear of delays and the frustration of long layovers. It is so much easier to leave your comfort zone and explore the world when you know you have access to privacy when you need it,” Mikhail Krymov, Sleepbox co-founder and CEO, said in a press release.

Currently, a Sleepbox Lounge consisting of 16 private rooms is located in Concourse A of Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. including a wheelchair-friendly room. Each room is soundproof and has a twin size bed and other features like Bluetooth speakers and plugs to recharge electronics.

A look up a ramp to the ADA accessible room that the Sleepbox Lounge has available for those who need wheelchair access.
Photo courtesy of Sleepbox, Inc.

For the ADA room, Krymov added that the room features a twin bed “…but there is much more space near the bed for a wheelchair. There is also a ramp because the entrance is not on the same level as the floor.”

Sleepbox has an application where customers can book rooms for $30 an hour. A room can be reserved for as little as 15 minutes and as long as 12 hours. There is a front desk with staff onsite 24/7 for customer service and maintenance of the rooms.

While there is only one Sleepbox Lounge in the U.S., the company hopes to expand to other airports in the future.

Next potential airport on the list? Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Krymov confirmed that as of late-March, 2020, Sleepbox was currently in the bidding process to build a napping lounge in Phoenix, Arizona.

Krymov invites people with disabilities to make use of the room so that the company can continue to improve its amenities.

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Alisa Murphy

Alisa Murphy is from Phoenix, Arizona and is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She was a competitive gymnast growing up and loves Mexican food. She is constantly on the hunt for the best burrito in town, and you can occasionally catch her doing cool flips.

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