UPDATED: The Sleep Pods at Hanoi Airport have re-opened. Check out our Airport Sleep Pods post.
Just last week, we were super excited to announce the opening of the first ever sleep pods at Terminal 2 in Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Up until this point, SleepingInAirports.com reviewers had described Hanoi Airport as a glorified bus station – and we looked forward to a touch more comfort. But then… we blinked, and the pods were gone.
On July 22nd, the airport unveiled fourteen 4m² sleep pods, outfitted with a bed, a drawer, an alarm clock, a power source and a few hangers. Guests were to be provided with complimentary drinks, snacks and Wi-Fi throughout the duration of their stay. Rates began at USD 10 for a single bed pod for three hours (USD 12 for a double bed), with each additional block of three hours costing USD 8. A full day was slated to cost roughly USD 72/86 for a single/double. These cubes seemed to be both affordable and comfortable, and we were excited for their addition to an otherwise fairly lack-luster airport.
But then, it ended. Six days later on July 28th, the transport minister announced that they would be suspending the service. The official reason provided revolved around the high number of cancelled flights, and passenger speculation that cancellations occurred in order to boost business at the pods. Other officials mentioned that the pods were not located in an efficient place, and that a new business plan with a new location was required. They will allegedly be re-opened once these problems are solved – though we sense there is perhaps more at play here.
Until this somewhat odd scandal is resolved, it looks like it is back to the lack-luster benches and terminal floors for us airport sleepers.