This Airport Has a Jumbo Jet Transformed Into a Hotel (Video)
Sleeping on a plane may not seem ideal, but one Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet in Sweden could change travelers' minds.
Jumbo Stay opened its galley doors in 2009 for guests to come and stay in a totally converted jumbo jet that now sits restfully on the ground. The plane, the hotel explains, was once an active Boeing 747-212B that went into service in 1976. It was then owned by Transjet Airways, a Swedish airline that went bankrupt in 2002. After it was decommissioned, it was parked at the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and given a new and modern interior overhaul.
Jumbo Stay has 27 rooms, including a luxury suite in the plane’s cockpit and accommodations inside the plane’s engines. In total, the aircraft-turned-hostel can house up to 76 guests at once.
Each room comes with crisp white linens, a television, a small table, and is of course lined with tiny plane windows so guests can peek outside.
Beyond the plush rooms, the hostel also has a lookout deck, which sits over the wing of the plane, along with a cafe that is open 24 hours a day to serve guests on a red-eye schedule.
“Jumbo Stay is not just a hostel,” the hostel’s management explained to Curbed. “It's also an exciting place to go on an excursion for the whole family and for aviation enthusiasts.”
Perhaps the only downside of the conversion is the fact that guests must share a bathroom in true hostel style. Though, upgrading to the cockpit suite means you’ll get your own ensuite bathroom, just as a real pilot would, too.
Rooms range from $60 a night for a dorm-style shared space to $550 a night for a suite.