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Why Don't More Hotels Have Transit Lounges?

March 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

While wandering around The Cove Atlantis recently, we noticed a wonderful sign--one we wish we could clap eyes on at hotels around the world. Yep, we're talking about The Transit Lounge.

Like its more affordable pal, The Atlantis Resort, The Cove Atlantis has one of these glorious rooms where guests who have time to kill before hitting the airport can retreat post check-out. (Or, pre–check-in.)

Since we've turned many a hotel pool/lobby/lobby bathroom into our personal transit lounge in the past, we find this amenity a shining example of dignity. Especially at a place where there's so many ways to suck every last drop out of your stay. Just take a look at the view of the Atlantis Water Park from our room...

We didn't actually need the amenities of a Transit Lounge during this short stay, but we half wished we did, just to say we used it. We would have loved storing our luggage with the bellman and being free to hang out, use the lockers, read, shower after a spin in the lazy river and even dry our bathing suit in the dedicated machine for just such a task.

Of course, with its Vegas-like size and guest volume, it makes sense that Atlantis has a solution for this pesky issue of what to do with guests who arrive early or depart late. But that doesn't mean other hotels of decent size can't take out of the same playbook, too. Miami Beach is calling out for Transit Lounges, and who wouldn't welcome the chance to wash the NYC dirt and subway germs off before collecting their bags and jetting out of JFK?

Hotels of the world: please do this.

Know of other transit lounges in hotels outside of Atlantis and Vegas? Don't keep it to yourself! Drop the deets in the comments below.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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