Layovers longer than 10 hours demand the ability to lay down. And I’m not one to sleep in the terminal for fear of someone stealing my bags or putting my hand in warm water. This time, I stayed at the Transit Resting Lounge by Aerotel at Hong Kong International Airport. Unlike my previous stay at the Darakkyu Capsul in Seoul, this hotel was inside the terminal, just before Gate 35.

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I booked a 6-hour stay (12:00AM to 6:00AM) on Agoda. My flight arrived at 10:30PM, so I thought perhaps they could check me in and out a bit early. No they could not. So I had to kill an hour.

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Once checked in, I was impressed with the facilities. It’s about as compact as many of the business hotel rooms in Tokyo. It’s definitely for solo travelers, as the bed (or Victorian fainting couch) only has room for one. And there’s nothing to bar visibility into the shower or toilet.

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The main drawback is the proximity to the tarmac. They provide ear plugs for this. Also, there was a light outside angled just enough to deter sleep. They also provide a sleep mask for this.

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It took me forever to get to sleep, and when I did, it was time to get up and fly to Chicago.

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