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Nice couch - awful recording

by frog3r (April, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: Great couches, no one bothered me, nice staff
Cons: Maybe too wel lit. Also the repeating recording from the airport speakers

It was a good night. I'm no expert on sleeping in airports (done it about three times now) but I think it was a great night. The lounges are placed just next to the arrival gates, so having planes until late (11:30) does not let you go to sleep early. Some people joined me at that time. The lights are on all night but you can easily cover your eyes with about anything. Its a little cold so at least bring a sweater or even a blanket. Another reviewer said yo bring your own pillow for the couches, I think he's right. The bothering thing about the airport is the really loud recordings that play what I think is every 20 minutes or so. They might wake you up a couple of times if you don't wear any earplugs or earphones.

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As good as it gets

by thriftytravels (June, 2011)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: Large, laid out couches/sofas in a low lit area.
Cons: Near windows, and occassional noise from airport staff moving about.

There are large wrap around couches tucked away on the main level, right below the TSA screening checkpoint. The couches are right next to the window, so if you're flight is later on in the day, you may not be able to sleep in much. Also, occasional noise during the night through the automated loud speakers as well as from employees moving about. With earplugs or headphones this did not seem to be a problem. This is definitely a better option then paying for a night in a hotel and an expensive cab ride in the morning. Especially since the buses don't begin running until around 7/8 depending on the day of the week and end around 10/11pm. An airport employee even directed me to this area stating it was a great place to sleep.

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Good first experience.

by wyceresas (January, 2009)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside

Because the terminals close at night, a member of the cleaning staff instructed me to go down the security escalator into the lobby. He suggested I either stay at the cluster of sofas elsewhere mentioned or from there go back upstairs into the ticketing area. I ended up on the sofas, but the expansive carpet of the ticketing area looked like it would have worked just as well. At one point an employee told me there was free coffee by the door, but I didn't bother to see where it was. Announcements repeated in clusters, but I slept through them. Overall, airport was clean, safe, quiet, and (good or bad) well lit.

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Would stay again.

by kwame999 (January, 2008)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside

I have had to do this twice now and Tuscon was clearly the superior of the two experiences. Very polite staff. Plenty of space for me to cordon off and turn into my own little camp.

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by web-administrator (March, 2001)

(Contributed by Linus Moke) "I recently flew to Tucson Arizona to spend a few weeks at baseball spring training. my flight into Tucson international airport arrived quite late, and by the time I got my checked baggage, it was getting close to midnight. since I did not wish to negotiate the bus system and try to find my hostel at night and in a completely unfamiliar city, I chose to sleep in the airport. although the seats in the main concourse would be perfect for sleeping (large cushioned seating areas with no armrests), I decided rather to camp out on the carpeted floor in a more inconspicuous area. I rolled out my pad and sleeping bag, secured all my gear, and popped in some good earplugs -- you have to have these unless you're able to ignore the recorded messages running all night long. well, I fell fast asleep, and in fact, slept so well that I didn't wake up until 9am! upon waking, I noticed a nearby police officer smiling at me. when I nodded at him, he said, "finally woke up, eh?" I replied, "yeah, were you watching me?" to which he replied, "yes, I checked on you once just to see if you were still breathing." LOL might not be a bad airport to add to the *good* list. "

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by web-administrator (May, 2003)

(Contributed by Scott) "I flew into Tucson waiting for a friend as we were moving to Tucson for the summer. Due to me coming in from DC and he from NJ and being poor college students that take the cheapest flights available I got to Tucson approximately 10 hours before him. On the lower level near the car rental there are a series of couches that you can lay out on and plug your laptop in. After a couple hour nap and some newspaper reading I was treated to some pizza and a soda by two ladies of the cleaning crew. Overall it was a wonderful experience and was on a first name basis with the cleaning ladies, security officers, baggage handler, and information lady(though I forget all the names now). " Added 10 April 2005

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by web-administrator (September, 2006)

Where: Landside

(Contributed by Mrp Alert) ""2 weeks in a row, I am flying in to TUS at 1:15am with a 6am departure the next morning. It does not make sense to get a hotel room for at most 3 hours, so I am resting at the airport. The previous reports contain all the necessary information on locating the couches. I wanted to add a few details: 1. There is now a coffee shop in the lobby that is open all night. 2. Security officers will guide you to the couches if you get lost 3. Security announcements occur every 45-60 minutes, but are relatively unobtrusive 4. Bring a pillow as the couches are not comfortable without one 5. They opened a bar inside security by the US/CO gate - get smashed before midnight inside security before walking out to grab some ZZZZs." Added 15 Oct 2006

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