Whether your situation calls for a short nap or an overnight slumber, this sleep guide will give you the essential information needed to prepare you for sleeping in Detroit Airport.
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This guide was last updated: 28 August 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.
Sleeping in Detroit Airport
Locations & Seating
The McNamara Terminal, which houses Concourses A, B, and C, has more sleeping options than the North Terminal for overnight travellers. Gate areas have a good supply of seats, but most are fitted with armrests, so they’re not exactly sleep-friendly. If you do want to spread out on the floor, bring along extra layers to cushion the hard, cold floor.
Travellers have specifically reported the far end of Concourse B, near Gate B21, as a good sleep spot. This area has some comfortable furniture, particularly two L-shaped couches, and tends to be quieter than the rest of the airport.
At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the airport.
This airport is definitely cold, particularly at night. Bring extra layers, especially if you plan on sleeping on the floor. Arrive prepared with a blanket, sleep mat, or even a sleeping bag.
At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal brightness. Arrive prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel
Depending on your overnight sleep spot, you should anticipate some noise, especially from TVs that stay on all night and frequent airport announcements over the loudspeakers. Some corners are quieter than others, especially farther down the Concourses. Come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.
Pro-tip: If you chose a spot near any eateries, keep in mind that the staff arrive early and they can get pretty loud in the kitchen.
Detroit Airport sees more than its fair share of flight cancellations due to bad weather, particularly winter storms, but this means they are more prepared than other airports. When mass cancellations happen at Detroit Airport, cots are available for stranded passengers who opt against getting a hotel room. To find them, ask an airline or airport employee or use a courtesy phone to reach someone who has access to this information.
Note: that cots cannot be reserved in advance and they are only for use in case of weather delays and cancellations – not simply because you chose to stay overnight in the airport.
Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.
Food & Drink
We are unable to confirm whether any 24-hour food concessions are available, so stock up on food and water before the food concessions close by 11:00 PM. Vending machines are also available throughout the airport.
If you’d prefer some privacy and comfort that a hotel room can provide, there is one connected to the McNamara Terminal. The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport is located just opposite Gate A36, but it is outside of Security, so you’ll have to process through the checkpoint before your next flight. Free shuttles connect 24-hours with the North Terminal, and day rooms are available. A few other hotels are located within a quick drive of the airport, and most offer free shuttle service. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Detroit Airport.
Detroit Airport has a few lounges, but none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out this list of lounges in our Detroit Airport Guide that you can pay to access.
Security & Safety
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on security or safety issues at Detroit Airport. As a precaution, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe airport sleeping experience:
- Know Where Security is Located. Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. Ask security where it is safe to spend the night. They’ve probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will direct you to a safe spot.
- Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you are travelling alone we recommend that you sleep near other travellers. If you are sleeping in the public zone, make sure they are actual travellers and not homeless people – it is sometimes hard to tell in certain airports.
- Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). Same goes with important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body, so that no one can get them without waking you up.
- Secure Your Bags. If you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something. If your bags have zippers turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
- Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee and stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!
Pro-tip: If you are sleeping in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds waking people up as travellers begin to arrive for morning flights.
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