Okay, so you may not own the big plot of land you'll need to buy an old Boeing 747 jumbo jet and convert it into your very own home sweet home. And you may not have the deep pockets required to enjoy all the comforts of home available in the first class cabin of an Emirates A380 superjumbo. But if you happen to find yourself in Stockholm, Sweden later this year, you can probably afford to spend a night at the Jumbo Hostel, a new hotel that's being constructed inside the shell of a retired Boeing 747-200.
Jumbo Jet Becomes Hostel
Anyone who is tired of ordinary hotels will be able to get an unusual experience at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. In December the first ever hostel in a jumbo jet will open.
The plane that will be a symbol for the airport, a Boing 747-200, was towed yesterday to it's final stop at the entrance of Arlanda Airport. The old charter plane was decommissioned in 2002, but has now been bought by Oscar Diös who was the initiator of the project and onboard during it's move.
"An incredible feeling. I'm extremely happy," he says.
Oscar Diös has previously run a hostel in Uppsala. Now he wants to give the 17-18 million visitors who pass by the airport every year a unique accommodation option.
The interior renovation of the jumbo jet will begin today, and when finished there will 25 rooms a wedding suite in the cockpit. Quite a few changes will be made to distinguish this plane from the ones still flying. For example, guests will be able to stroll on the wing and they will not have to use cramped toilets with push doors.
All told, the hotel will have 85 beds, with most rooms using shared bathrooms located along the corridor of the main deck. Each room will have a flat-panel TV and wireless internet access. The upper deck luxury/wedding suite will retain some of the original aircraft fittings, and if you need to catch a flight from Arlanda in the morning, there's no need for a taxi -- the Jumbo Hostel is just a 10 minute walk from the airport's main terminal.
Jumbo Hostel (Official website)
(IMAGES: All photos courtesy of the Jumbo Hostel)