Jumbo Hostel: Stockholm’s Airplane Hotel

Nov 4, 2014 0 comments

On a disused runway at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm, in Sweden stands a decommissioned 747-200 jetliner. After having served numerous airline companies around the world, the airplane was towed into the tarmac in 2008 for one last time. The plane wasn’t refueled and no ground staff checked the tire pressure. Instead, it was placed on a concrete foundation and the landing gear was secured in two steel cradles, for the 747 was to serve the rest of its life as a hotel.

Jumbo Hostel can be reached by a 15-minute walk from the main terminal or via a five-minute shuttle bus. The hostel is equipped with a budget dormitory, a couple of twin and three-bed combo rooms with shared shower and toilet and a luxury suite in the converted cockpit that offered a panoramic view of the airport.


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To build the hotel and accommodate all the beds, the plane was stripped down to its shell. All the seats were removed and the plane was sanitized completely. The hostel was built like any building, subjected to the same demands on climate control and insulation, adhering to all common energy standards. A few elements of aviation were kept intact though, for instance, the signs next to sinks advising users to wipe down the surfaces for the next passenger and warning notices around emergency exit hatches. In the flight deck, the pilot's original controls, now inoperable, adds glamour to the cockpit suite.

All rooms have a flat screen television where guests can watch the times of departure for all flights. Throughout the jetliner guests have access to wireless broadband. All rooms, however, share a shower and toilet in the corridor, except for the cockpit suite and a single person room which features their own.

Upstairs, the first class cabin has been converted into a funky 24-hour café. Oscar Dios, the owner of Jumbo Hostel’s next plan is to install glass shelter over the wings for boarders to sit out there and relax. Eventually, each engine will also house a capsule-style double bedroom.

If your itinerary calls for a overnight stay at Stockholm before the next flight, Jumbo Stay is an excellent choice.

Official website: http://www.jumbostay.se/


The cockpit suite. Photo credit: www.jumbostay.se


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The café on the second floor. Photo credit: www.jumbostay.se


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The lounge of Jumbo Hostel, with airplane seats. The lounge is located on the second floor. Photo credit


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Sources: Wikipedia / The Guardian


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