We know how difficult it is to sleep on planes, but we're thinking that the Jumbo Hostel might redefine the experience. Here's the scoop: A Swedish hostel owner looking to buy a new property near the airport decided instead to take a 747 that was headed for the scrap heap and convert it into an hostel. This August, it was moved to its permanent home just outside of the Stockholm-Arlanda airport, and is in the midst of being renovated to make it into a livable space. In December, will open to the public.
Inside the jet, the seats have been removed and replaced with 25 rooms with 85 small bunks (typically three to a room); each is outfitted with wireless internet and flatscreen TVs. There are also some larger rooms, including the cockpit, which will be converted into a sweet suite with some of the original jet interior still intact. Hungry? There's a small cafe and eating area where you can purchase food or heat up snacks.
Why we dig it: It's a way more fun alternative to the typical airport hotel, it's recycling at its best, and it's only 10 minutes from the check-in counter at the terminal, meaning you'll only need to deplane in order to catch your flight.
[Thanks to Treehugger for the tip!]
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Photos courtesy of Jumbo Hostel