Have you ever wanted to sleep on an airplane without being strapped into an uncomfortable seat and fighting an armrest war with the stranger next to you? If so, you’ll find your opportunity at Jumbo Stay, a converted jet parked at the entrance to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.
A decommissioned 747-200 built in 1976, Jumbo Stay was previously used by Singapore Airlines, Pan Am, and the Swedish airline Transjet. Its career in the air ended with Transjet’s bankruptcy in 2002.
Jumbo Stay opened in 2009 after a year of work converting the inside of the aircraft to its new purpose. The hostel has 29 rooms, most of them four-bed dorm rooms, although there are also private single, twin rooms, and family rooms. Most rooms share toilet and bath facilties in the corridor. For a truly unique experience, book the cockpit suite and sleep among the airplane controls. At the back of the plane is another suite, the Black Box Suite. Both suites, as well as one single room, have private bath facilities. All rooms include free wireless Internet access and have flat-screen TVs where, in addition to watching regular programming, you can check flight departure times.
Guests have access to microwave ovens, and the hostel also has a café serving breakfast, coffee, and simple meals. The airport terminals are just a few minutes away by free shuttle bus.
For more information, visit the Jumbo Stay website.