PARIS, Jul 31 – Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was voted the world’s worst airport to sleep in while Singapore’s Changi airport won as the best, according to a survey of more than 6,000 travellers released by travel website Sleepinginairports.net on July 27.
The main criteria were seating, cleanliness and general comfort. The biggest complaints were unsanitary bathrooms, gritty floors, insects and overzealous security guards.
Following Changi as the best places to snooze were Seoul Incheon, Amsterdam Schiphol, Oslo Gardermoen, Hong Kong, Dubai, Frankfurt International, Munich, Vancouver and Denver.
Sleepinginairports.net asks, "Why spend money on a night in the airport hotel when an inflatable raft on the airport floor is free?"
One voter on the website wrote: "My first experience at the Singapore airport was amazing and better than my house – free internet, video games…what else could a lone 19-year old American girl traveler ask for?"
But not all dreams are sweet at Changi airport, as one reviewer praised the sleeping conditions but noted: "Got nudged with the tip of a machine gun in mid-sleep and had to show my passport."
Following de Gaulle as the least napper-friendly were Moscow Sheremetyevo, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Delhi, Chicago O’Hare, Mumbai, Manila, Rome Fiumicino and London Heathrow.
Daring, heavy-sleeping travellers may want to pay for a hotel in Paris, because they will reportedly face dirty conditions, mocking from passersby and maybe even the worker one reviewer mentioned: "The guy at the counter said that he would not speak to us because we had the wrong attitude and he would only speak with the passengers with the right attitude."