Minute-Suites could open a franchise at Bush Intercontinental Airport sometime in the future. The new concept to air travel offers layover passengers a hotel-style room with a comfortable daybed and fresh linens, a sound-masking system that neutralizes airport noise, HDTV, wi-fi or direct internet connection with a desk and chair, and at their newest location a shower.
Operated by concessionaire Business Traveler Services (BTS), they opened their first location at Hatsfield Atlanta in November of 2009, then expanded to Philadelphia, and just opened a new five-suite location at Dallas-Ft. Worth.
“Yes, we would love to be in Houston,” says co-founder Daniel Solomon. “We are looking to expand in the major hubbing airports in North America.” Their goal is to be in airports in the Top 20 markets.
“Houston is definitely an airport we are interested in,” Solomon told KTRH. “We talked to Houston several years ago, and unfortunately the location that was available was in the north terminal when it was sort of being devastated by Continental’s shifting their focus to the south terminal, so many of the concessions weren’t doing very well. We decided it just wasn’t the right opportunity at the time.”
The rooms rent for $34 for an hour, and $8.50 for each 15 minutes after that. An overnight stay from 11pm to 7 am is $125. And in locations that offer it, which right now is only Dallas, a 30-minute shower is $25 or if included with a suite rental costs an additional $15.