Travellers visiting Stockholm can now stay in a hostel housed within a retired Boeing 747 jumbo. The Jumbo Hostel opens for business next week (January 15), and is located just outside Stockholm’s Arlanda airport.
There are 25 rooms onboard (approx six sqm in size), each with three beds, flatscreen TVs and wifi internet access. Communal toilets and showers are located in the corridors, although guests looking for that bit of extra luxury can opt for the cockpit suite, complete with ensuite shower and toilet, original features, and views of the airport.
The hostel is the brainchild of Swedish entrepreneur Oscar Diös, and also features a cafe, serving “breakfast, coffee and cookies and basic meals”, as well as a walkway out on to the left wing of the aircraft. The plane itself is a decommissioned 747-200 built in 1976. It was last used by the now-bankrupt Swedish airline Transjet, but was originally built for Singapore Airlines, and also carried passengers under the famous Pan Am livery.
Jumbo Hostel is located outside the perimeter of the airport, with transfer bus number 14 running a complimentary service every eight minutes between the hostel and the airport terminals. Prices start from 350 SEK (£29) for a dorm bed, rising to 3,300 SEK (£275) for the cockpit suite.
For more information visit jumbohostel.com.
Report by Mark Caswell