Everyone is looking for different amenities from an airport lounge, depending on how long their connection is, what kind of trip they’re taking, etc. While I have a list of what I consider to be the best business lounges and best first lounges, my favorite may vary day to day, depending on my travel.
For those with a long layover, there’s nothing like being able to get some real rest between flights. With that in mind, in this post I want to compile a list of the airport lounges that offer the best sleeping facilities. Specifically, I’m talking about lounges that have “real” bedrooms that premium passengers can use at no extra cost.
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Lots of airport lounges have resting facilities
Before I share a list of airport lounges with real sleeping facilities, let me acknowledge that lots of lounges have resting facilities of some sort.
This can range from the relaxation pods in the Capital One Lounge Dallas…
…to the daybeds in the Etihad Business Lounge Abu Dhabi…
…to the day suites in the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge.
Now, I know many people can get real rest in these facilities. I’m super jealous of people who can just plop down anywhere and sleep, because I’d be a much more well rested person if I could. Unfortunately I struggle to sleep unless I’m actually in a bed. That’s why I thought it would be useful to compile a list of the lounges that provide this opportunity.
Airport lounges that allow you to get real sleep
Let me share what I consider to be the best airport lounges offer complimentary bedrooms to eligible passengers. I’ll share why I like them so much, and what the restrictions are with using these rooms. I’ll also rank them, starting with my favorites.
This list is specific to bedrooms within lounges. However, some airlines offer complimentary rooms to passengers with long layovers, which can be useful as well. I’ve written guides about these services on carriers like Emirates, Ethiopian, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
SWISS First Lounge Zurich
The SWISS First Lounge Zurich Terminal E has the best sleeping facilities of any airport lounge in the world. The lounge has two bedrooms, each of which has an absurdly comfortable Hästens bed, a TV, views of the apron, and a private bathroom and shower. This is the only sleeping facility on the list where you’ll truly forget that you’re at an airport. Well, except the great view.
These sleeping rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. There’s no limit to how long they can be used, within the standard operating hours of the lounge. The lounge is open to SWISS first class and Lufthansa first class passengers, as well as Miles & More HON Circle members.
Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge Doha
The Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge Doha has 12 private bedrooms. Each bedroom has either one or two beds, depending on the size of your party and availability, as well as a TV and a private bathroom and shower. While the rooms don’t have any natural light, they’re otherwise a great place to get some rest.
These sleeping rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. You can use them in blocks of up to six hours, so plan accordingly. The lounge is open to Qatar Airways first class passengers (including on short haul flights), as well as Privilege Club Platinum members in business class.
Lufthansa First Lounges in Frankfurt & Munich
Lufthansa’s most premium lounges in Frankfurt and Munich have private nap rooms, including at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt and Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich. There are generally two of these nap rooms per lounge. These aren’t quite as glamorous as the above bedrooms — they’re “just” twin beds, and they don’t have private bathrooms. However, they’re still a great place to get some shuteye.
These sleeping rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. There’s no limit to how long they can be used, within the standard operating hours of the lounge. These lounges are open to Lufthansa first class and SWISS first class passengers, as well as Miles & More HON Circle members.
Turkish Airlines Business Lounge Istanbul
The Turkish Airlines Business Lounge Istanbul has several nap rooms, each with a twin bed, a desk, and a TV, though no private bathroom.
These sleeping rooms are available on a first come, first served basis, for eligible passengers. The catch is that there are very specific requirements to get one of these rooms:
- This is only valid for those traveling in Turkish business class (and not those on Star Alliance partners), though award tickets do qualify
- This is only available to those who have a connection between four and nine hours
- At least one of your flights (either arriving or departing) needs to be at least eight hours
As mentioned above, the airline also has a hotel stopover program, but that’s different. This is specifically for those with shorter connections.
SWISS Arrivals Lounge Zurich
The SWISS Arrivals Lounge Zurich is probably the most easily accessible lounge with real nap rooms. The lounge has three nap rooms — two each have a twin bed with a TV and no private bathroom, while one has a double bed with a bathroom and shower.
These sleeping rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. There’s no limit to how long they can be used, within the standard operating hours of the lounge. What’s great is how easily accessible this lounge is — it’s open to all SWISS arriving first and business class passengers, including on short haul flights. So your 30-minute flight could come with a five hour nap on arrival, if you’d like.
Singapore Airlines First Lounge & Private Room Singapore
The Singapore Airlines Private Room Singapore and Singapore Airlines First Lounge Singapore each offer four nap rooms. The Private Room nap rooms have comfortable twin beds, a reclining chair, and a desk, while the First Lounge nap rooms are a bit smaller, and just have a bed and desk. None of the rooms have private bathrooms.
These are nice sleeping facilities, though they’re not perfect. Each room has a window so that others can look into it, the rooms don’t get fully dark, and the lights seem to randomly turn on.
These sleeping rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. However, you’re limited to using the room for up to two hours, assuming others want to use it (though if no one else wants to use the nap room, you can extend, though this makes it hard to plan on sleeping for longer periods of time). The Private Room is open to Singapore Airlines first class and Singapore Airlines Suites passengers, while the First Class Lounge is open to Star Alliance first class passengers and PPS Club Solitaire members.
While there are many amenities that can make an airline lounge great, there’s nothing quite like a good bed when you’re tired and have a long connection. So I wanted to cover the basics of the lounges that have real bedrooms that you can relax in during a long layover.
As mentioned above, there are lots of other lounges with rest facilities, though I figured it would be worth highlighting private rooms with beds.
What’s your favorite lounge nap room? Are there any complimentary airline lounge nap rooms that I missed?