If you’re fed up sleeping on airport benches and floors while travelling, you’ll like the idea behind a new, smart micro-hotel that is due to open its first location in January at Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport. The brainchild of a Boston-based start-up called Sleepbox, founded by Mikhail Krymov and Peter Chambers, it offers small, modular rooms that give passengers a quiet and comfortable place within the airport to sleep, relax or work while waiting to board a flight.
Sleepbox will be located after security in Terminal A of the airport, and will offer 16 secure and sound-insulated rooms that passengers can reserve on an hourly basis through the company’s smartphone app 24 hours per day. CEO Mikhail Krymov (36) is an architect who is originally from Moscow. Having moved to the US four years ago, he now lives in Boston with his wife and two cats, and says there were two experiences that gave him inspiration for the creation of Sleepbox.
“The first one was sleeping on the floor in Aéroport de Charles de Gaulle in Paris with 50 other travellers,” he tells Lonely Planet News. “I couldn’t believe it, and knew that there had to be a solution to that problem. The second experience was living in my friend’s 130-square-foot apartment. It had a bedroom, mezzanine with a second bed, kitchen, living room and bathroom, and that experience showed me that it doesn’t matter how big the space is, but how well it’s designed and how smart it is.”
Mikhail believes in the transformative power of travel, and says that by experiencing new ways of living and meeting different cultures, we grow and learn things about ourselves that would be impossible to learn virtually or digitally. So he felt that he could offer something to help make that experience better. Sleepbox offers rooms with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth capability, mood lighting, a memory foam mattress, privacy and security, and the company can launch a hotel wherever it’s needed – near the gates of an airport or in heart of a city.
In addition to the Dulles launch, Sleepbox has dozens of airport and city-hotel projects in the pipeline, and is set to open a Boston flagship hotel in 2019. “We have a lot of ideas for how Sleepbox can make a positive impact on the world,” says Mikhail. “We have started designing concepts for parks that would allow travellers to stay in beautiful locations while having a very minimal affect on disrupting that eco-system. We would also love to team-up with natural disaster relief agencies and use Sleepboxes in relief efforts.”
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