Let Your Dreams Fly at Stockholm's Jumbo Jet Hotel

If Frank Sinatra was still alive, he may well have approved of this jet-set hotel (http://www.jumbostay.com/). But instead of singing "Come Fly With Me" he might have sung "Come dream with me." The Jumbo Stay Hotel, located just by Arlanda International Airport near the Swedish Capital Stockholm, is a renovated Boeing 747, also known as a jumbo jet. It contains 33 rooms and 80 beds, ranging from budget dorm rooms to this luxury cockpit room, complete with en-suite bathroom. Dorm beds start at 450 SEK per night ($59.25 USD) making them a viable budget option for travellers compared to other hotels near the airport.

The high-end cockpit room, complete with a television, Wi-fi, en suite bathroom and a view of the airport, sets travellers back 3,300 SEK per night ($434 USD), making it a comparatively expensive option. The engine rooms under the wings have just been renovated and are available for 1,400 SEK per night ($184 USD). A free shuttle bus - running every 20 minutes - takes guests from the terminals to the hotel and back. The cockpit room has a view of the airport, perfect for aviation enthusiasts who want to watch planes take off and land before crawling into bed.

According to Oscar Dioes, the founder and owner of Jumbo Stay hotel, their guests are a mix of plane fanatics and regular travellers in search of a budget bed. "I would say that there is a mix of people," he says. "Some come here for the experience, they want to live somewhere that is a bit different, a bit niche. And this is of course extremely niche, a hotel in an airplane. But we also get regular guests that need a place to stay because they have an early flight or they have a layover at the airport."

The plane was built for Singapore Airlines in 1976. It flew all over the world for different airlines including Pam Am, before ending its days with Swedish company, Transjet. The final route the plane flew was Osaka to Dublin to Stockholm in 2002, when the plane was grounded by Swedish flight authorities. Transjet became insolvent and the 747 was abandoned at the airport. Dioes bought the plane in 2007 and spent six months renovating it to get it up to a hotel standard. In 2008 the hotel opened. Each year the hotel caters for around 100,000 overnight stays, according to Dioes.


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