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JUMBO HOSTEL- DREAM OF LIVING ON A JET PLANE- REALIZE IT BY A NIGHT IN BOENG BIG PLANE- EXTRA ORDINARY HOTEL

By • Jan 8th, 2009 • Category: ! Daily Info & Reviews, Going Places

 

JUMBO HOSTEL- DREAM OF LIVING ON A JET PLANE- REALIZE IT BY A NIGHT IN BOING BIG PLANE- EXTRA ORDINARY HOTEL

 

jumbo hostel

Welcome to one of the world’s coolest hostels! Here you can spend the night onboard a real jumbo jet – in the ground! Choose between sparkling three-bed rooms with shared shower and toilet in the corridor or the luxury suite in the converted cockpit with its panoramic view of the airport. At Jumbo Hostel you´re guaranteed a unique and outstanding experience at a good price

History and curiosities
This is the budget price alternative Arlanda has needed for quite a long time and also a new landmark at Arlanda offering a unique experience for the guests, says hostel owner and the man behind Jumbo Hostel, Oscar Diös.

Oscar Diös previously owns and operates the hostel Uppsala Vandrarhem och Hotell.

The airplane, a decommissioned model 747-200 jumbo jet built in 1976, was last operated by Transjet, a Swedish airline that went bankrupt in 2002. It was originally built for Singapore Airlines and later served with legendary Pan Am.

In December 2007, Sigtuna authorities granted a building permit for establishing Jumbo Hostel at the entrance to Arlanda airport. In January 2008, the aircraft was moved to a construction site parking where the first phase of the conversion has begun with the dismantling of the old interior, new paint and new decorations for the rooms. 450 seats are taken out and the plane is sanitized in its entirety. The hostel is built like any house, subjected to the same demands on climate control and isolation. It adheres to all common energy standards. Heating is achieved with an air-air inverter.

JUMBO HOSTEL- DREAM OF LIVING ON A JET PLANE- REALIZE IT BY A NIGHT IN BOING BIG PLANE- EXTRA ORDINARY HOTEL

Summer 2008 the plane was towed to its final destination at the entrance to Arlanda where it was placed on a concrete foundation with the landing gear secured in two steel cradles. Here, Jumbo Hostel are a spectacular landmark as a portal to Arlanda offering a view of the landing strip. No visitor to Arlanda will miss the new hostel!
Number of rooms: 25
Number of beds in total: 85
Number of beds per room: Three bunk beds
Room size: Circa 6 square meters, 3 meters to ceiling

JUMBO HOSTEL- DREAM OF LIVING ON A JET PLANE- REALIZE IT BY A NIGHT IN BOING BIG PLANE- EXTRA ORDINARY HOTEL

25 rooms

Jumbo Hostel offers 25 rooms with most three beds in each. All together, the hostel offers 72 beds; one more luxurious are to be found at the uper deck. The rooms are circa six square meters wide and measure three meters from floor to ceiling. All rooms have a flat screen TV where you can, among other things, watch the times of departure for all flights. Everywhere in the jumbo jet you have access to wireless broadband. All rooms offer a shower and toilet in the corridor, except for cockpit suite upstairs which boast their own shower and WC.

The cockpit suite


Do you want to stay the night in the cockpit of a jumbo jet? Then go to the Jumbo Hostel at Arlanda. Here, the aircraft’s cockpit has been converted into a de luxe suite with parts of the original interior saved as curiosities. From the suite’s panoramic windows you have a magnificent view of the air traffic at Arlanda.

Excursion with a view

Jumbo Hostel is not just a hostel. It’s also a fun place to go on an excursion for the family, for everyone interested in airplanes. Of course, also those people not staying at the hostel are welcome to visit for a coffee or a snack in our café, to check out the plane and, not least, enjoy the view from the left wing of the plane. There is a walkway where you can go out to explore the vertiginous feeling of standing on top of a jumbo jet’s wing.

Café
In our café you can buy breakfast, coffee and cookies and basic meals. You will be able to heat up food you brought along. Everybody is welcome to come and enjoy the view and have a cup of coffee.

Dios is hoping for a diverse clientele, including airport taxi drivers stopping for a coffee break in the cafeteria, business travelers needing accommodation close to Arlanda and even wedding parties looking for an unusual ceremony.

As soon as the guard rails come up, couples will be able to exchange vows on the left wing, receive a small party in the conference room and spend the night in the cockpit, converted into a bridal suite with a private bathroom.

Rates range from $40 (300 kronor) for a bed in a shared four-bed dormitory to $170 (1,350 kronor) for a private room with a twin bed and a single bed. The bridal suite costs $420 (3,300 kronor) per night.

Dios says his idea of aircraft lodging is unprecedented: “That’s what we’ve heard so far. Smaller planes have been turned into restaurants, but never a 747 into a hostel.”

While emphasizing comfort, he’s added details in the interior decor to remind guests “that they’re actually inside an aircraft.”

When you wake up, you’ll see the soft curvature of the ceiling, and, through the row of windows, the tail fins of operational aircraft parked at their gates at Arlanda.

Hostel staff will wear cabin crew uniforms – what else – and the furniture in the cafeteria will evoke the glory days of air travel.

“We’re going for the Pan-Am era. A lot of ’70s,” says project leader Gisela Olsson, holding up an orange seat for the cafeteria chairs.

Built in 1976, the plane – now named Liv after Dios’ daughter – first took to the skies with Singapore Airlines before shifting to Pan Am for about 10 years.

After that airline went belly up in the 1990s, it flew under a variety of colors until being bought by Swedish leasing company Transjet. When that, too, went bankrupt, the aircraft was left decaying at Arlanda Airport until Dios came along with a bundle of cash.

It remains to be seen whether his idea will take off among Arlanda air travelers.

“If I’ve been flying all day, I wouldn’t want to sleep on a plane,” says Lynn Sundelius, a 19-year-old student at Stockholm University.

Still, Dios is confident Jumbo Hostel will be profitable, and even spread to airports around the world. “It’s no kamikaze project,” he says.

JUMBO HOSTEL- DREAM OF LIVING ON A JET PLANE- REALIZE IT BY A NIGHT IN BOING BIG PLANE- EXTRA ORDINARY HOTEL

Jumbo Hostel: Do airplanes hold your fascination? Begininng Jan. 15, at the Jumbo Hostel, at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, you can book into a decommissioned 747 and choose from its 25 rooms, each equipped with a flat-screen TV and wireless internet. Most are four-bed dorms with shared washroom ($55 Cdn. per person). Rooming in the well-preserved cockpit costs approximately $515. The Book at jumbohostel.com. Rating factor: 10/10

Others x factor hostel:

Sure, you could stay in an 8 by 10, nondescript hotel room. But you could raise the quirk factor a notch and within budget by trying an old jail, a boat or even an abandoned jumbo jet. It could be the highlight of your trip.

The humble youth hostel has been building unique accommodations for 100 years, well before the word “boutique” was used to describe hotels that are not generic. There are thousands of unique hostels around the world, but here is a sampling of budget locations that stand above the backpack-laden pack.
Jail: Spend the night as a prison inmate — and pay for the privilege.

Our nation’s capital boasts the intimidating Ottawa Jail Hostel, reputedly the location of Canada’s last public hanging. It offers a memorable night’s stay (www.hihostels.ca). Much cooler is Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a former military prison, now an artistic landmark in the city. Lonely Planet considers it one of the hippest hostels in Europe. Stay in a 12-bed dorm for $28-$35 or in a more intimate cell for $31-$47 per person. (souhostel.com) rating factor: 9/10

Lighthouse: The Point Montara Lighthouse hostel, about 40 kilometres south of San Francisco, Calif.It is situated next to a historic (1875) lighthouse overlooking the azure Pacific Ocean, but the lounge is in the lighthouse keeper’s quarters and dorms are in a separate building (norcalhostels.org/montara). For true lighthouse living, try the Campbellton Lighthouse Hostel, overlooking the Restigouche River in Campbellton, N.B. There are 20 beds in two rooms and a kitchenette.

It will set you back $24 ($20 for H.I. members). Book at hihostels.ca/newbrunswick. Rating factor: 9/10

Boat: The Peter Pan Sailing Hostel, based in Porto di Ostia, Italyactually sails the Tyrrhenian Sea. With eight beds and two bathrooms aboard, a night starts at $94 Cdn. (tinyurl.com/4yz5u5). Rating factor: 7/10

Train: Off to Lund, Sweden. Grab a bunk aboard the STF Youth Hostel, an attractive six-carriage train housing 108 beds and a small café. The décor is reminiscent of rail travel’s glory days, but don’t expect the Orient Express. From $55 at trainhostel.com. Ratingfactor: 6/10

Temple: Discover inner peace at Tenshoji Youth Hostel in Takayama, Japan. This ancient Buddhist temple has a 10 p.m. curfew! There are 95 beds, at 3,150 yen ($43 Cdn.) Rating factor: 5/10

Nature: The Hostel in the Forest in Brunswick, Georgia is an eco retreat, with yoga, craft workshops and a sweat lodge. Accommodation is in energy-efficient geodesic domes and treehouses, with outdoor showers. Stay for $20 a night at foresthostel.com. Rating factor: 5/10

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