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I'm planning a trip that involves an int'l-to-int'l overnight transit at Beijing Capital Airport T3, arriving around 22:00 and leaving the next morning at 05:30 (yes, ouch). I'd like to crash somewhere within the airport if possible for as many as possible for those hours.

The only airside option in T3 I can find is the "hourly lounge" (北京首都机场T3E商务计时休息室), whose official site is perma-down in both English and Chinese, but which appears to be more of a hotel than a lounge and charges a minimum of ¥880 for the cheapest single room on third-party sites like Ctrip. That's US$133, which seems kinda steep. All other lounges appear to close for the night.

What other options are there in the immediate vicinity? Or should I just bite the bullet and pay the price for the overnight lounge to maximize my sleep and minimize the hassle of going through Immigration etc?

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If you are willing to pay this much, get a room at the Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport hotel. You will end up paying about the same... You'll have to pass through immigration, of course, but the few hours of sleep you'll get will be much more comfortable.

There's also a Hilton, but I seem to remember it's more expensive.

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    Why would it be much more comfortable? The rate quoted is for a hotel-style private room with a bed. – lambshaanxy Dec 24 '17 at 22:37
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Overdue self-answer: in the end, I was unable to find any other alternative, so I bit the bullet and booked the "transit to lounge". Despite the price this was the right call, since the night I passed through it was full and several people pleading for a room were turned away.

enter image description here (room at lounge, picture by me)

That said, it was pretty much what you'd expect from a captive monopoly: the rooms were tiny, toilets and showers were down the hall, it was rather noisy due to the parade of people marching in and out and there was no way to block light filtering in from the corridor. Add in spending the better part of two hours getting through transit immigration, and I only ended up sleeping maybe 2-3 hours max despite earplugs & eye mask.

One small unexpected bonus: basic meals are included, although outside hours (eg. 4:30am) there's no hot food available, meaning you only get packaged junk food and juice boxes.

  • Two/three hours sleep (in a single bed?) for 115 USD? It's a tough one because three hours of sleep is a lot better than zero hours of sleep, but it's hard to see me following the advice in this answer. My few times at T3 arrivals-immigration have been a lot more efficient than two hours; I've been from plane to Crowne Plaza bed in less time. Still, have a +1 for valuable information. – Calchas Nov 11 '18 at 22:43
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    I was expecting closer to 5-6 hours when I booked it. :/ And yeah, transit immigration was a sh*tshow that night, there was one (1) officer processing well over a hundred pax in line... – lambshaanxy Nov 11 '18 at 23:04

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