Europe : United Kingdom : England : London : Stansted


So cold!

by vickypotato (July, 2014)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: Good security, food all night,
Cons: Very busy, very cold, Construction noise

Airport gets very packed sleeping landside. Very few seats so we ended up sleeping on tiled floor near check in desks like hundreds of others. Floor was freezing, there was a draught coming in the doors and it gets really really cold about 2am. Construction work goes on all night so be prepared for sleeping with the constant sound of chainsaws and hammers. Lots of food available all night - costa, hot dog stand, bakery, and pub all open. Security guards walking around all night, and with giant guns, so definitely quite safe, if you don't mind sleeping with arms around. At about 4am sleeping becomes impossible and all the check in desks open and the airport suddenly fills with people getting morning flights. Also wouldn't advise going through security too early if you don't need to as we almost got trampled at about 6am airside as there we continued >>

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Floor sleeping at Stansted

by Basic Sady (June, 2014)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: landside with insufficient seating area
Cons: closed airside between 00:00-04:00, cold air-conditiong

It was my first night ever sleeping on the floor at the airport. However, I was encouraged by hundreds of people of all age doing the same. Middle-aged couple was sleeping next to me (snoring at some time, as well). It is important to get earlier so you could get a nicer spot (somewhere close to the wall). In general, the atmosphere is friendly and no one is bothering you. But the air-conditioning is really, really cold (I had to take out additional clothes to cover myself). Bring at least a thin blanket. Neck pillow is also welcomed. I slept in the area of CHECK-IN, since they do not work during the dead-period (0h-4h). When security gate opened, I was excellent. (But hurry). Grab 3-seat on the cushioned bench and enjoy a great sleep.

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Youth hostel with planes

by edo (May, 2014)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Bars and Burger King open overnight, comfy seats in the airside
Cons: Landside noisy due to works in progress, security wakes you up at 5 top

Prepare to meet loads of fellow sleepers. I arrived just after midnight and I found the terminal filled of young people sleeping everywhere. If you want to take a someway comfortable (aka more comfy than the naked floor) spot you should arrive very early, then you could find some hard bench or something. Next to the Burger King there are some cushioned seats but are always occupied and the area is very noisy (also I guess they won't allow you to lay down). There are two bars, one Burger King and two groceries stores opened all night but I don't know if they'd let people sleep on their tables/seats (didn't see anyone doing it). The Ryanair check-in area is a good place to stay if you have to sleep on the ground, just spread your towel and rest. It happens now that the terminal is being renewed so I have been disturbed by the working c continued >>

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Disappointed of Stansted Airport

by sfahmy (May, 2014)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Secure
Cons: Airside opens at 3.00 AM, the landside is quite cold

I had heard a year ago that it is possible to sleep at London Stansted and it is farely comfortable too. So I expected to be able to enter the airside area... But as apparently the rules had changed and now it was possible to enter the airside area after 3.00 AM. The landside area had no seats. I give three stars because I felt secure though, there is security and police. I dont understand though why it is not possible to stay at the airside area through out the night, in the end, the same people just moved there at 03.00 AM...

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Really good as for the 1st time

by martuss (December, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: safe, warm
Cons: too little benches, renovation

It was my first time to sleep at the airport. You must know that they're in renovation so there was very limited space. We came there at around 22PM and wandered around for an hour (several times round) until we decided to take seats next to arrival point. In the airport there are several rows of benches, but half of them is located close to the doors and I was afraid of getting cold at night. Benches at arrival point were almost full but we sit and waited until someone waiting would go away. So this way we managed to reserve 6 seats (for 2 person it's enough). Seats are cushioned but still not so comfortable for lying and sleeping. I read that airport is strongly airconditioned and it's pretty cold there. I slept in my everyday clothes, covered myself with my jacket. It was pretty fine, neither cold nor hot. There is 24hours opened continued >>

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