The Victim: Me
The Damage: 33.50 euros
The Background: I think I will start a new blog. The Travel Sagas blog. Where people like me can contribute their awful travel sagas in writing. This way, rather than boring your friends with the entire story in person, you can just say, “Here’s the link. It’s easier if you read it.”
The last five days have been hell. Truly. I am not going to bore you with the details. (You really don’t want me to tell the entire story. Let’s just say it involves a 16-year-old German exchange student, a blizzard, and a missing passport.) Somewhere during this saga, I unexpectedly found myself in Munich’s airport, with nine-and-a-half hours to kill between flights. I was exhausted. So I Google’d “where to sleep in Munich airport” and somehow found out about Napcab.
So you see that box up there? The box in the middle of the airport? I slept in that box for two hours the other day. Two very peaceful hours. And although it was a little bit of an odd experience, it was still worth it.
Napcabs are like those Yo! Hotels you’ve read about. It’s a tiny little space with a bed and a desk, meant for the exhausted traveler. There’s a T1 line for you to get online. (Munich Airport does not offer ANY free wireless. Not even in the Lufthansa lounge.) It comes with mood lighting and mood music, and it’s supposed to come with movies and TV, but I couldn’t get those to work. The odd part about the Napcab in the screen you pull down once you’re inside. It’s not a 100% perfect fit, so light bleeds in around the edges. And when people approach the Napcab from the outside–which the curious are wont to do–you can see their shadows flicker against the wall. It’s odd knowing that someone it outside your Napcab, trying to look in.
I entered my Napcab around 12:40 pm. I departed around 2:45 pm. So two hours of blissful sleep, in the middle of a long journey. There’s something to be said for that, even if it was in the middle of the airport. And even if I later learned that even if you only use the Napcab for two hours, you have to pay for three. (Apparently it’s a three-hour minimum.)
When you check out, the unit locks behind you and no one can rent it again until it’s been cleaned.
The Verdict: If you’re in Munich Airport–and exhausted–do it. Note that there are only two Napcabs at Gate H32 so you’ll need to be lucky like I was!