DFW Sleep Pods by Minute Suites + 14 Alternatives

Flying through Dallas and wondering if you’ll be able to get some spot to sleep or nap? You’re in luck as Dallas Forth-Worth has installed innovative compact sleep pods for travelers to sleep during layovers.

Dallas FW has a ‘Good’ sleep score rating thanks to its wide range of accommodation options in its terminals, inside the airport and near the airport. Read DFW’s sleep score rating below.

Like Atlanta Airport and Houston Airport, DFW has partnered with the Atlanta-based Minute Suites to operate sleep suites, (bigger than sleep pods) that you can use to nap, relax or even shower at DFW’s Terminals A and D. Out of the 5 DFW Terminals – A, B, C, D, and E, only 2 Terminal A and D have the nap pods.

Does Dallas Airport Have Sleep Pods?

Yes, Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport has introduced a pioneering approach to traveler rest with the deployment of 17 mini-suite sleep pods. These unique accommodations come equipped with a pullable trundle bed and bedding, providing a cozy rest area within the airport’s terminals.

Diverging from the capsule style typically associated with GoSleep and Restworks, the Minute Suites at DFW are regarded as a superior alternative. The enhanced amenities offered, as detailed in the section below, underscore the added value and comfort these mini-suites provide to weary travelers.

Overview of Minute Suites at DFW?

Minute Suites at DFW are private compact suites designed to occupy small airport space. They come with a comfortable chair, desk, television, and outlets to recharge your devices. When you want to catch some Zzzs, you can rent the suites and use their daybed for a period of at least 2 hours or if your flight layover is long, you can book an extended stay for up to 8 hours! That’s a whole night’s sleep!

On its website, Minutes Suites explains that its sleep pods were designed by Dr. Sara Mednick, a co-author of the “Take a Nap! Change Your Life” book. Dr. Mednick is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and has done extensive research on the best way to deliver sleep and relaxation in airports.

It launched at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2009 and has since expanded to more than 15 airports in the US.

Minute Suites in Terminal A/1:

The Minute Suites at DFW’s Terminal A feature a total of seven suites, divided into two categories: four Standard Suites and three premium Sunshine Suites that boast window views. Although showers are not available in these suites, guests have the option to access shower facilities in Terminal D. Pricing for a stay begins at $55 for the first hour in a Standard Suite, with the Sunshine Suites offering an elevated experience starting at $65 for the initial hour.

The Minutes Suites at DFW Terminal A is near Gate A38, right after security and is open 24 hours a day. It’s on Level 1 at the Departures or Check-in Level.

  • Phone: 972-973-7373
Picture of Minute Suites Entrance at DFW Terminal A near Gate A38 Credit: Dfwairport.com
Picture of Minute Suites Entrance at DFW Terminal D near Gate D23 Credit: Dfwairport.com


  • Private suites with daybeds,
  • Office workstations,
  • Mothers can pump with the first 30 mins free.
  • Fax and scanning machine,
  • Printer and other amenities for napping,
  • Relaxing, rejuvenating or working
  • No Showers at Minute Suites pods at TErminal A – Showers are at Terminal D below
Picture of Minute Suites pods or sleep stations at DFW Credit: Uponarriving.com
Picture of Minute Suites beds/pods/sleep stations at DFW Credit: Uponarriving.com

Minute Suites in Terminal D/4:

The Minute Suites at DFW’s Terminal D offer a diverse selection of 10 suites, categorized into three distinct types for various traveler needs: Lonestar Suites, Alamo Suites without showers, and Alamo Suites with showers. The Lonestar Suites provide a unique Texan ambiance, priced starting at $58 for the first hour.

Alamo Suites without showers begin at $72 for an initial hour, catering to those seeking a premium rest space without additional amenities. For travelers desiring the ultimate convenience, Alamo Suites with showers start at $93 for the first hour, offering the added luxury of a private shower within the suite.

  • Phone: 972-973-4235
Picture of Minute Suites Entrance at DFW Terminal D near Gate D23 Credit: Dfwairport.com
Picture of Minute Suites Entrance at DFW Terminal D near Gate D23 Credit: Dfwairport.com


  • Private suites with daybeds,
  • Office workstations,
  • Fax and scanning machine,
  • Printer and other amenities for napping,
  • Relaxing, rejuvenating or working
  • Has showers – You’ll need to pay $20 extra for the showers

An alternative option that Minute Suites for you in terms of sleep arrangements at DFW Terminal D is to combine our Yellow Rose suite and Bluebonnet suite, which are connected by an unlocked door. This arrangement is perfect for groups and families, providing convenience and flexibility for your stay.

You can also get the shower facilities for $30 for a period of 30 mins.

How much do DFW Minute Suites cost?

Terminal A has two types of suites, Standard Suite and Sunshine Suite.

Here’s a table showing the pricing for the Standard Suite and Sunshine Suite at DFW for durations from 1 to 8 hours:

HourStandard Suite ($)Sunshine Suite ($)

For the Standard Suite, the rate starts at $55 for the first hour. For the Sunshine Suite, the initial rate is $65. After the first hour and up to the second hour, the rate for the Standard Suite increases by $13.75 every 15 minutes, while for the Sunshine Suite, it increases by $16.25 every 15 minutes up to 2 hours. From the third to the eighth hour, the increment for the Standard Suite is $11.25 every 15 minutes, and increment for the Sunshine Suite is $12.75 every 15 minutes. ​​

Here’s a table showing the prices for Lonestar, Alamo without showers, and Alamo with showers for up to 8 hours:

HoursLonestar ($)Alamo Without Showers ($)Alamo With Showers ($)
Overnight rate$195$195$195
  • Lonestar Suites start at $58 for the first hour, with the 2-hour rate being $116. From the third to eighth hour, rates increase by $45 every additional hour.
  • Alamo Suites without Showers begin at $72 for the first hour and $144 for two hours. From the third to eighth hour, the rate increases by $56 every additional hour.
  • Alamo Suites with Showers have a starting rate of $93 for the first hour and $186 for two hours. From the third hour, the price increases by $73 every hour up to eight hours. ​​

More details on the pricing details are here

Remember, you are responsible for other charges if you choose to order any of the items in the menu below;

Photo of Minutes Suites snacks and drinks menu at DFW with prices
Photo of Minutes Suites snacks menu at DFW.Credit: Uponarriving.com

Check out their cool workstations;

Photo of Minutes Suites workstation at DFW.
Photo of Minutes Suites workstation at DFW. Credit: Uponarriving.com

DFW Minute Suites Priority Pass:

If you have a Priority Pass membership, you can use your membership to access Minute Suites on Terminal A near Gate A38 at Dallas FW Airport. As a Priority Pass cardholder, you’ll get 1-hour free access but you’ll need to pay a discounted rate of $34 for each additional hour you want to sleep.

The nap unit has a sophisticated noise-canceling system that cancels out external distractions. It also includes a comfortable daybed sofa (sleeps two), pillows, fresh blankets, a workstation, and a sound masking system that helps to counteract noise. Nap26 audio program is used to help you achieve a restful power nap.

Note that up to 3 people can use access the lounge for free if the Priority Pass Cardholder is present. Unlike the normal rate for showering at DFW, Priority Pass holders get a $10 discount to use Minute Suites showers for a period of 30 mins and cost $20.

You can get more details on the Priority Pass website here.

DFW Minute Suites Reviews:

11% (20 out of 183) gave the DFW suites/pods a 3 star out of 5 and 14%(25 out of 183) gave the napping spots 4 stars out of 5 and about 70%(127 out of 183) gave Minute Suites at DFW a rating of 5/5. It is clear that they’re doing something right that their customers like.

I got the review data from birdeye.com which has a combination of their own reviews and those on Google customer reviews. Below is a snapshot of the customer reviews which, for the most part, are overwhelmingly positive.

You can read the reviews here.

Below is a snapshot of the reviews;

Snapshot showing aggregate reviews of DFW Minute Suites
Snapshot showing aggregate reviews of DFW Minute Suites


  1. Straightforward pricing
  2. Their shower facilities which cost $30, come with generous towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and a toilet
  3. Found ways to reduce background noise, unlike GoSleep or Restwork at JFK which struggle with controlling the surrounding noise making it hard for any flier to sleep.
  4. Their daybed sleeps two
  5. Priority Pass cardholders get a discount
  6. For priority pass holders, they get a huge discount.


  1. Shower facilities costs are not included in the cost of booking the sleeping space
  2. Minute Suites located at Terminal A of DFW do not have shower facilities.

Free Sleep Pods Alternatives at Dallas Airport to Sleep In:

Rest Zones:

DFW Airport has designated Travel Lounges as rest zones, providing padded lounge chairs, workstation seating, and power outlets at each seat. These lounges are located at Gates B28, C8, C26, and E8, ensuring accessible comfort across the airport.

If the above travel lounges are fully occupied, there are other locations across various terminals that you can rest during layovers.

Here’s an integrated list of recommended spots:

Terminal B:

  • Near Gate B10: Features six comfy chairs with footstools, ideal for relaxation.
  • Rest Lounge at B-29: A limited number of chairs available for resting.
  • Near Gates B41 and B42: This area includes 12 chairs and two couches, accompanied by several ottomans, providing ample space to lay down and sleep.

Terminal C

  • Designated Travel Lounge at Gates C8: A specialized area for relaxation.
  • Gates C12: Offers chairs with downward-slanted footrests for added comfort.
  • Near Gate C20, behind Starbucks: Equipped with armchairs, footstools, and two couches, creating a cozy environment.

Nook Near Gate C33

  • Location: Terminal, near Gate C33
  • Pros: Good for lying down, accessible charging ports, clean and friendly environment.
  • Cons: Minimal seating for lying flat, loud TV volume at night.
  • Details: This nook near Gate C33 is a good alternative for those needing to lie down. The area is equipped with charging ports and is noted for its cleanliness and friendly staff. However, the loud TV volume can be a disturbance during the night.
  • Review Excerpt: “I found a nook near C33 which ended up working well! The airport is very clean and the staff is very friendly.”

Terminal D

  • Upstairs Lounge Area near D22: Known for its quiet ambiance and ample space, this public lounge is ideal for assembling a comfortable bed.
  • Near Gate D23 Upstairs Lounges: Two lounge areas featuring comfy chairs and ottomans for privacy and comfort.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Area: Comfortable chairs that can be rearranged to create a makeshift bed, with the convenience of being near a gate that stays open 24/7.
  • Theatre Area: Offers comfortable media chairs and ten viewing screens for entertainment and relaxation.

Terminal E

  • Between Gates E7 and E8 “Family Quiet Room”: Offers long benches in a secluded and quiet spot, perfect for families or solo travelers seeking peace.
  • Airside at Check-in Desk 31: Furnished with couches for a comfortable waiting experience.
  • Designated Lounge Area between Gates E7 and E8: Features a few leather chairs and couches for relaxation.
  • Small, Dark Room Near IHOP: A quiet, secluded spot ideal for those needing a peaceful rest.

Cots at DFW

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW) provides cots for passengers needing them in cases of significant delays or mass flight cancellations due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. They are not a standard amenity for travelers with planned overnight layovers. When provided, their distribution is usually managed by airport staff and may be coordinated with airline representatives during widespread disruptions.

Sleep in DFW Hotels as Alternatives to Sleep Pods at Dallas Airport:

Hotels at DFW Airport

The following 2 hotels are available within or adjacent to the DFW airport terminals. Please note, accessing these hotels may require going through immigration/security:

  • Grand Hyatt DFW: Situated directly inside the airport in Terminal D, this hotel can be accessed from any terminal courtesy of the free SkyLink and Terminal Link services. It is currently among the highest rated hotels in Dallas with average of 4.5/5 by over 3,800 customers on Tripadvisor. What’s really unique about Grand Hyatt is that if you do not need an overnight stay, day rooms are available from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The rooms have windows with shades that keep your room dark making it conducive for sleep at any time of day. Some rooms also give you a view of the runway and you get a very nice view. Check Rates
  • Hyatt Regency DFW: Located right next to Terminal C, this hotel provides easy access for passengers arriving at or departing from DFW. It features a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service ensuring hassle-free transfers to all airport terminals. Additionally, day-use rooms are offered for travelers needing a short rest. You can use the phone found in baggage claim area to request pick up. Check Rates

Hotels Near DFW Airport

For those preferring to stay close to but not directly at the airport, the following hotel offers convenient accommodations along with transportation to DFW:

  • Hyatt Place DFW: This hotel is an excellent choice for travelers seeking the proximity to DFW without staying on the airport grounds. It provides a complimentary airport shuttle service, facilitating easy and stress-free transfers directly to and from all airport terminals. The shuttle operates within a 3-mile radius of the hotel, making it also suitable for visits to nearby attractions or business meetings. Shuttle hours are from 3:00 AM to 1:00 AM from Monday to Friday and 4:00 AM to 1:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday, catering to almost all flight schedules. Check Rates
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton Irving / DFW Airport North: Located 1.9 Miles from DFW. Shuttle may be unreliable especially on weekends. Check Rates.
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas DFW Airport North: Located about 2 miles from DFW and offers free shuttle, free breakfast and free parking. Their rates are almost a third of Hyatt’s rates. Check Rates.
  • Super 8 by Wyndham Grapevine/DFW Airport Northwest: Located 2.9 miles from DFW and offers free parking, free shuttle and free breakfast. Their rates are the cheapest of all hotels above. Check rates.

The two last hotels above operated by Wyndham in Dallas and close to DFW Airport charge less than $100/night which is super affordable and are actually cheaper than Minute Suites which charges $380 for a block of 8-hour period.

Considering that these hotels also offer other complimentary amenities such as breakfast and shuttle service, it may be wise to pick these two options over Minute Suites. Note that they are located at least 2 miles away from DFW and will have to plan ahead to be woken up in time and to have the shuttle get you to the airport on time for your morning flight.

Planning for Overnight Sleep at DFW:

If you have an overnight layovers or morning flight at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW), here’s how you can plan for a smoother experience based on the airport’s hours of operation:

If You Have an Overnight Layover:

  • Stay Landside: If your layover extends through the night into the morning, be prepared to stay in the public area of the airport (landside). After arriving at night, you may not be able to access the secure area (airside) until security checkpoints open in the morning.
  • Plan for Comfort: Since you’ll be staying landside, consider bringing travel essentials like a neck pillow, a small blanket, or a sleeping mask to make your stay more comfortable. Some seating areas might be more conducive to resting than others, so scout for a quiet corner ahead of time.

If Your Layover Ends with an Early Morning Flight:

  • Check TSA Opening Hours: Ensure you know when the TSA checkpoints in your terminal open. This is critical for early morning flights, as you cannot pass through security until these checkpoints are operational.
    • For example, if you’re departing from Terminal C and your flight is before 4:30 AM, you’ll need to wait until the C21 checkpoint opens at 3:30 AM, the earliest opening time in Terminal C.
  • Airline Check-In and Baggage Drop: Verify the opening hours for airline check-in and baggage drop services. These vary by airline and could impact when you can check your bags and receive your boarding pass.

General Advice for All Layovers:

  • Verify Terminal Services: If you need food, drink, or other services during your layover, remember that operational hours for these amenities may vary. Some services might close overnight.
  • Stay Informed: Before your trip, check the latest information with your airline regarding your departure terminal and any possible changes to TSA checkpoint hours.
  • Security Checkpoint Hours: Knowing the specific opening times for checkpoints in your terminal can help plan your movement, especially if you prefer to be first in line or need extra time for security screening.
    • Terminal A: Earliest opening at 4:00 AM (A21)
    • Terminal B: Earliest opening at 4:30 AM (B9, B30)
    • Terminal C: Earliest opening at 3:00 AM (C30)
    • Terminal D: Earliest opening at 3:30 AM (D30)
    • Terminal E: Earliest opening at 3:00 AM (E18)


Q: Can you sleep at DFW Airport?

A: Yes! There are many ways to sleep at DFW Airport. Aside from in-terminal sleep pods provided by Minute Suites, there are three other hotels at DFW – Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt Place. Read more about DFW hotels here.

Dallas Fort Worth Score of 76 out of 100:

The aggregate sleep score for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is 76 out of 100, indicating a good range of amenities for travelers looking to rest.

In detail, the airport excels in sleep accommodations, achieving a near-perfect score of 35 out of 37.5, thanks to its in-airport hotels and private sleep pods like Minute Suites. Seating and space availability are rated at 7 out of 10, reflecting some limitations in armrest-free seating and overall space.

The ambient environment for sleep scores lower at 8 out of 20, with the primary issues being the bright lights and noise levels. Operating hours and accessibility are well-rated at 9 out of 10, supporting overnight stays with continuous operation.

Finally, the amenities category scores 17 out of 22.5, with robust offerings in Wi-Fi and charging stations, though the lack of public shower facilities and luggage storage are noted drawbacks.

Breakdown of DFW’s Sleep Score Rating:

Sleep Accommodations (35/37.5 Points)

Innovative Sleep Technology (Pods/Suites):8/8

DFW has Minute Suites which are innovative compact suites that feature a pullable trundle bed which sleeps 2 making DFW one of the US airports embracing sleep pods. Score: 8/8

In-Airport Hotel:7/7

DFW hosts a Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt within the airport premises, providing convenient access without needing a shuttle. Score: 7/7

Hotels with Free Shuttle Service:

Numerous hotels near DFW Airport offer free shuttle serviceScore: 5/5 La Quinta Inn and Suites and Country Comfort Inn provide both parking and free shuttles.

Designated Rest Zones: 5/5

Rest and relax at DFW’s free Travel Lounges, which provide a comfortable setting featuring lounge chairs and workstations. Each seat is equipped with power outlets for convenience. These lounges are located at Terminal B, Gate B28. Score: 5/5

At Least One Identified Sleeping Spot in Each Terminal: 4/5

Various sleeping spots across different terminals are mentioned. The availability of these areas varies in comfort and setup but generally includes seating that can be used for resting and less crowded areas where travelers can find a quieter space.

While not all spots are designed specifically for sleeping, many travelers make use of armrest-free benches, lounge chairs, and quieter corners of the terminals to rest.Score: 4/5

Ease of Access to Free Sleeping SpotsScore: 3.5/5:

Numerous options for accessible sleeping areas are available, although comfort levels differ: Terminal A offers armrest-free benches and quieter areas near the gates, which may become crowded during peak times.

Terminal B is typically busier, making the quest for a tranquil spot more challenging. In Terminal C, the overall hustle and bustle may impact both the noise levels and the availability of prime resting areas. For those departing from international gates or who can navigate through Skylink with ease, accessing Minute Suites at Gate D23 in Terminal D is a straightforward process. Terminal E has been noted by reviewers for its ease of finding seating.

Access to Day-rooms in Airport Hotels or by Nearby Hotels:

Minute Suites provide day-room servicesLa Quinta Inns and Suites located only 2 miles away from DFW is available from 8 am to 8 pm with competitive rates from $70. Score: 2.5/2.5

Seating and Space Availability (7/10 Points)

  • Armrest-Free Chairs: Some locations with armrest-free benches or movable chairs are mentioned. Score: 4/5
  • Availability of Seating Spaces: Given the variability in reports, space might be restricted. Score: 3/5

Ambient Environment for Sleep (8/20 Points)

  • Lighting: Areas are generally bright, which might affect sleep quality. Score: 3/8
  • Sound Level at Night: Noise from announcements and other disturbances is noted. Score: 2/7
  • Overnight Temperatures: Specific temperature complaints weren’t highlighted, but general comfort is mentioned. Score: 3/5

Operating Hours and Accessibility (9/10 Points)

  • 24/7 Operation: DFW operates 24/7, accommodating overnight stays. Score: 5/5
  • Ease of Overnight Stay: Overnight stay is possible, though comfort varies. Score: 4/5

Amenities (17/22.5 Points)

  • Cleanliness: No specific complaints; assuming cleanliness is maintained. Score: 3/3
  • Security: Most security incidents involve cars being stolen, yet the website sleepinginairports.net highlights a unique case. In December 2019, a traveler reported their money and credit cards were stolen from their bag, which was right beside them. It’s a stark reminder: always secure and lock your bags in public spaces, just as vigilantly as if you were sleeping elsewhere in public. Score: 1/3
  • Wi-Fi and Charging Stations: DFW is well-equipped with Wi-Fi and charging stations. You can connect to the “DFW Airport Complimentary WiFi” network.There are plenty of charging stations throught the terminals such as near Gate C20. Score: 3/3
  • Food and Beverage:Score: 2/3. Various food options available, though might be limited overnight. There’s a 24-hour Tex-Mex burrito and taco place at Gate A16, and the airport features three 7-Eleven stores offering food items such as pizza, wings, and hot dogs. These are conveniently located in Terminal E at the high end, near Gate 20 in Terminal D, and close to Gate 25 in Terminal A. Additionally, regardless of whether you’re in Terminal A, B, C, D, or E, you can rely on the airport’s secure side Skylink, which operates 24 hours a day. After 10 PM, trains run every 2 minutes, and after midnight, they run every 5 minutes.
  • Shower AmenitiesScore: 1.5/3. DFW does not provide free public shower facilities but there are two locations you can freshen up before your next flight. You can use Minute Suites($30) in Terminal D, Airside, Gate D23 or DFW Lounge in Terminal D,($50) airside, between Gate 21 and Gate 22.
  • Pay-Per-Use Lounge:Score: 2.5/2.5. The Club at DFW which charges $50 for a day pass is located in Terminal D, Airside, between Gate 21 and Gate 22. Other lounges accessible with day pass are United’s Admirals and United Clubs’. United Club which is $59 is located at Terminal E, airside, between Gates E6 and E7. Admirals which is $79 is located in multiple locations in Terminal A, B, C, D and E. Both United Club and Admirals Club require proof of same-day ticket purchase with respective airlines.
  • Luggage Storage FacilitiesScore: 0/2.5DFW does not provide luggage storage services but can rely on private operators such as Bounce which charges as low as  $5.90 /day to store a bag. Bounce’s storage spot closest to DFW is the Fulton Street Subway Station Storage Spot and Fulton St Storage Spot. Read more on Bounce’s website here.
  • Access to Smoking Areas: DFW is a smoke-free airport, prohibiting smoking or e-cigarette/vaping within any of its terminals. However, employees and travelers can smoke in designated smoking areas located outside of each terminal on the lower level. Score: 2/2.5.

Total ZZZ Score Calculation:76/100

Adding up the scores gives DFW a preliminary sleep score of:

  • Sleep Accommodations: 35/37.5
  • Seating and Space Availability: 7/10
  • Ambient Environment for Sleep: 8/20
  • Operating Hours and Accessibility: 9/10
  • Amenities: 17/22.5

Total = 35+ 7 + 8 + 9 + 17 = 76/100

Concluding Remarks:

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) provides a comprehensive range of sleep accommodations, resulting in a respectable overall sleep score of 76 out of 100. DFW is particularly strong in offering accessible in-airport hotels like the Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt, and private sleep options such as Minute Suites equipped with daybeds. The Terminal B designated rest zone by B28 also enhances sleep quality significantly. These facilities are crucial for travelers needing rest without leaving the airport premises.

However, DFW falls short in creating an optimal sleep environment, scoring only 8 out of 20 in this area. The main issues are the bright lighting and persistent noise from announcements, which can significantly disrupt sleep.

The seating and space availability score of 7 out of 10 also reflects limited options for comfortable rest, with some reports of restricted space and insufficient armrest-free seating. This limitation can make finding a good spot to relax more challenging for passengers.

While DFW operates 24/7 and offers excellent amenities like Wi-Fi, charging stations, and various dining options, the lack of public shower facilities and luggage storage within the airport complicates longer layovers. These facilities are only available for a fee through services like Minute Suites or require reliance on external providers.

In conclusion, while DFW does well in providing some high-quality sleep accommodations and maintaining cleanliness and security, it could significantly improve the traveler experience by addressing the deficiencies in ambient sleep conditions and adding designated rest zones and more accessible amenities. Enhancing these areas

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Nathan helps travelers find the most comfortable sleep setups during layovers, from cozy airport hotels to futuristic sleep pods. His insights aim to transform layovers into rejuvenating sleepcations, offering travelers an alternative to costly hotels and uncomfortable benches.