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Sleeping in Houston Hobby Airport

sleeping in houston hobby airportWhether 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 Houston Hobby Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Houston Hobby Airport. If you have a tip to share, write a review to help us keep this sleep guide up-to-date!

Coronavirus Update: As of this update, we have not received any reviews from post-Covid travellers, so the information may have changed. If you have visited this airport since March 2020, please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

This guide was last updated: 12 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in Houston Hobby Airport

Locations & Seating

Houston Hobby Airport sleeper
(Photo courtesy of reagan / 06Jan2014)

Travellers report seating here is plentiful and comfortable, though most are equipped with armrests. If you’re hoping to lie down, you will have to look for armrest-free benches, which are limited. There are some massage chairs scattered around, so grab one if you can. Otherwise, the floor is your best bet for some decent shuteye. An extra layer provides some cushion and warmth.

Travellers specifically mentioned sleeping on the floor near Gate 5 or behind the agent counter at Gate 46. It’s quiet when no flights are departing for several hours.

Rest Zones

At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the airport.

Temperature

Expect cold temperatures, especially at night, as air conditioning continues to run and fewer people are inside.  Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.

Lighting

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.

Noise

During the day, expect to hear frequent airport announcements and ambient travel noise. At night, some TVs and music continue to play, and staff may not be able to adjust the volume. Still, you can find some peace and quiet at unused gates. Individual cleaners may come through making some noise, but they move on quickly. We always recommend bringing earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones for airport sleeping.

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.

Weather Delays

Houston Hobby AirportA few reviewers reported that in the case of significant weather cancellations, Houston Hobby Airport made cots, sleeping mats, blankets, and toiletry kits available for stranded passengers who chose not to get a hotel room. Depending on the number of stranded travellers, there may be not be enough cots for everyone. To locate the areas with cots, ask an airline or airport employee or use a courtesy phone. Note: cots cannot be reserved in advance, and they are not for people whose flights are not cancelled and who simply choose to stay the night in the airport.

Showers

Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

Food & Drink

There are no 24-hour food concessions available, so be sure to stock up on food and water before eateries and convenience stores close for the night.

Hotels

houston hobby airport hotelsIf you prefer the comfort and privacy that a hotel offers, you’ll have to leave the airport altogether. There are several hotels located within an 8-minute drive of the airport that offer free shuttle service. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Houston Hobby Airport.

Lounges

houston hobby airport loungesThere are no pay-to-use lounges at Houston Hobby Airport.

Security & Safety

It seems that airport staff and security are quite tolerant of overnight sleepers.

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Houston Hobby 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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