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8 Places to Get Naked and Shower In an Airport

Airlines & Airports | VANE Airport Magazine | July 12, 2016

8 Places to Get Naked and Shower In an Airport

Here is the scenario. You are flying across the United States — and inevitably, you may have to stop over for a connecting flight. Stuff happens. Bad weather. Airplane engine problems. A short layover may become a much longer layover. Maybe an overnight stay is required.

Why not shower to have a more civilized travel experience? Not all airports have shower facilities but I think all major airports do. Some are available to anyone and some are only available in the lounges.

In order to retain your humanity, what are your shower options at the airport?

8 places to shower at the airport:

1. Minute Suites

Minute Suites are private suites located within the airport terminal that provide travelers with a place to get some rest before (or after) their flights.

READ MORE: Airport Spas That Go Beyond the Basic Backrub

The suites at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport are the best example. Located in Terminal D are ten spacious private suites, which offer hot showers to travelers. Such showers are not located in each room but there are two common shower rooms at this location.

The positive is that such a common shower approach also offers such amenities as towels, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, as well as a hairdryer, and other basic toiletry needs. A good alternative for a safe, hygienic and comfortable experience.

2. The Shower & Massage Lounge at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi is open 24 hours a day and has 12 spacious shower rooms with attached toilets.

Location: Domestic Arrivals Level (after the baggage reclaim), Terminal 3

3. Showers in Private Airport Lounges

The good news about these so-called private exclusive airport lounges is that they are neither exclusive nor very private. As I noted in a previous article, these airport lounges can be crowded, small and overpopulated with equally impatient passengers. However, there are many lounges offering premium shower facilities. Maybe airport showers are a good enough reason to have status with an airline alliance.

4. Coin Operated showers

It goes without saying that security may be nonexistent, which could make your shower an unsettling affair. The security may be lax but after a 6-plus hour flight, a quick shower may wash away your travel funk.

Haneda Airport: Shower Rooms (Arrival Lobby, 2nd Floor) 15 Shower cubicles, available 24 hours.

5. Showers at a hotel inside the airport

Amsterdam Airport : YOTEL has two shower cabins where passengers in transit can relax and refresh before their onward journey. The shower rooms can be booked for an hour and cost only 15 euros. YOTEL can be found is located in the “airside” or “transit” area of the main terminal.

Manchester Airport: Radisson Blu Hotel offers shower and change service in the heart of the airport for £6.50 per person.

6. Showers in day rooms in hotels close to the airport

I still think the best choice for a calm, relaxing and restorative shower, are the showers in the individual day rooms of the suites of the hotels close to the airport.

The cost of obtaining a day pass at a nearby hotel is about the same cost as a day pass at any one of the many exclusive airport club lounges. Your safety and privacy are assured.

Note the Hilton O’Hare hotel, across from the terminals, has a 4,800 square foot (446 square meter) gym, complete with pool, sauna, steam room, lockers and showers and new equipment as of 2013. Day pass: $22.40.

7. Free public showers in airports

Abu Dhabi Airport: They have public shower facilities near departure gates 32 and 37.

Auckland Airport: The showers are located through the lobby to the airline VIP lounges and then follow the corridor around to the left where shower and toilets are located.

READ MORE: 5 Reasons to Take a Pass on Airport Lounges

Sydney Airport: In the T1 International terminal, there are shower facilities available at the general check-in area near check-in counters A and K on the departures level. There are also shower facilities located airside (passenger only access) near Gate 31, Gate 51 and Gate 24 (male only) on the departures level.

8. Freshen Up! Shower facilities at San Francisco Airport

Located at pre-security, International Terminal, Main Hall near the entrance to Gates G91-G102, this storefront is open daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

They charge a $15 fee for a shower, soaps, towels and disposable flip-flops and use of their massage chair. This place seems pretty safe, check out the Yelp reviews.

This blog originally appeared on Vane's website.


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