It’s not uncommon when traveling through airports, to find an empty seat in a secluded area to catch some Zs or watch Netflix. But, what if I told you that you can sleep at the airport in private without having to use your duffel bag as a pillow and your coat as a blanket?
Going to Vegas, baby!
My last trip, before the pandemic struck, was to Las Vegas in March! I had never been and I used a flight voucher in November of 2019 to book a flight there with the intention of exploring sin city. I went to Vegas solo but ended up making a friend while I was there.
My flight was scheduled to arrive at Las Vegas McCarran at 1:00 AM local time. Flying from the east coast to the west coast is always a time zone nightmare. I knew I wouldn’t be able to check in to my hotel until later in the day. Early check-in was an option, but showing up at that time in the morning wasn’t going to work. My plan was to stay at the airport in the terminal for some time before proceeding to my hotel.
Since I knew the predicament I was in, I had researched ahead of time locations around the airport that I could possibly “hide” at. Luckily, the airport wasn’t overly crowded at that time of the morning even though Las Vegas never sleeps. Finding a quiet location was easy.
Finding the secret sleep rooms
Through my research, I had found an article about a little-known secret at the airport. Las Vegas had sleep rooms! These were private rooms that travelers could use at McCarran International airport. The place is called Zero Level Fitness and they have two rooms that are available for use by the hour. I can’t deny that I was extremely curious.
So, at around 3:00 AM, I wandered down the escalator and onto a tram to McCarran airport terminal 1 to locate Zero Level Fitness. After looking at airport maps, I finally located it! Across from the luggage belts and by the numerous slot machines I found the elevator. And can I just say it is really interesting that as soon as you get to Vegas, you can start gambling! First timer shock. But, back to the story. I took the elevator down to the floor and walked in.
Scheduling my time
I had no prior reservation. I was greeted by the front desk clerk and shown the prices. Since there was no one else that had reserved one of the two rooms, I allotted for the full time of 8 hours. For 8 hours, I paid only $60 which was also the new customer, first-time use rate. Otherwise, I would have opted for the standard $10 an hour rate.
There is an option to book online before your arrival. As the popularity in the rooms continues to grow and during heavy travel seasons, it may be wise to book ahead.
I signed a waiver and was shown to the room. As part of my stay, I was able to fully utilize the fitness center and the showers if I so chose. I’d say the only downfall is if you have a lot of luggage with you, you have to take it with you if you leave the room. Since it is an airport, the same rules apply inside the rooms. So, if you get hungry, you can come and go as you please but storing your luggage is not an option. I do wish a locker of some sort was provided to avoid having to do this.
Sleeping in my room
The room was nothing special. A twin-size bed in a small room. In the room was a lamp, chair, extra pillows, towels, wastebasket, and a nightstand. Definitely enough space for one person to be comfortable.
I must also mention that only one person can occupy a room at a time. So unfortunately, if you are traveling with a companion, you are not permitted to stay together.
While you are in the room, you will hear the music playing from the fitness area, yet it is not too loud. You will also faintly hear the sounds of the weight machines clinking as people continue to work out.
I kept track of my own time by setting an alarm on my phone. I am sure if I overstayed, someone would have knocked on the door. As I left, the process was simple. I had already paid for my time upfront so I let the front desk receptionist know I was heading out and I was on my way!
The Pros and Cons
All in all, I’d say it was a pretty decent experience. It’s definitely not a hotel, but if your flight is delayed, or you’re like me and just want to rest in private before going to your next location, it’s a great option. The Las Vegas airport is usually busy. I was able to get some rest and I didn’t have to worry about being bothered by other airport patrons. I absolutely see this taking off in even more airports around the world if it hasn’t already. Traveling can definitely tire you out and having the option to recoup in private is wonderful.
I didn’t like that I had to take my luggage with me if I left to grab some food. I wish there was an option to lock up my bags to make it more convenient. Also, I don’t think this is fair to those that may be traveling with small children or a family. A mother with a small child could absolutely use the privacy.
If you are traveling solo and need some rest, then check out Zero Level Fitness at Las Vegas McCarran International airport located in terminal 1! It’s not for everyone, and you may determine it’s not worth your trouble. But, if you have some time and need to rest in an actual bed, I suggest you reserve a room!