As travelers, all of us have had the experience of sleeping in an airport due to layovers, weather delays from snow and storms and or budgetary constraints. Unless you are business travler, the $400 to $600 daily rate presently at airports is out of the question for most travelers. Camping out at an aiport, even though it is short-lived is a most unpleasant experience. Trending for the future, hotels will be constructing cubicle properties in or adjacent to all major airports in the USA. This trend has already emerged in airports in London, Amerstadam, Dubai and Japan. Next year construction will begin at JFK in New York.
Cubicle are not exactly, a new concept, recalling the pullman porter cars of the railroad, circa 1800, they were the ultimate in cross country travel .They are still being offered today on cross country and cross continental railroads journeys. Cabins and sleeping berths on ships were also catalysts for the cubicle hotels. The modernized version, Japanese Capsule Hotels 2005 are located at airports, downtown and also used for housing homeless people. They measured 6.5 ft. by 5 ft. (32 sq. ft.) equipped with a bed, control panel, desk and TV. In the USA and worldwide, the preposed cubicles will be 7.5 ft. by 10 ft. (75 sq. ft.), equipped with a bed, TV, shower and a desk. The average daily rate will be $45.00 for a timeslot of 4 hours and overnight rate for $90.00.
In addition to accommodating the budget traveler, with no frills. The cubicles will also be marketing to the luxury segment, with spas, cigar rooms, exercise rooms, restaurants and cocktail lounges. This is an emerging trend in the hospitality arena and will manifest itself within the next several years. All major hotel chains, Holiday Inn, Sheraton, Hilton, Hyatt Regency and Marriot will be involved because travelers and hotels, both desire proximity to airports. All parties win, travelers get an affordable rate and the hotels will realize a surge in their occupancy.