Let Your Dreams Fly at Stockholm's Jumbo Jet Hotel

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If Frank Sinatra was still alive, he may well have approved of this jet-set hotel.

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.

It's certainly unusual, something Dioes says is key to its success.

"I think people are travelling so much these days that they are not getting excited about regular things anymore," he says.

"So people demand something special and an experience, also when they are sleeping somewhere."

Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant at the lower front deck of the plane.

There are also drinks and light meals available throughout the day and night.

Jenny Naerhinen and Jussi Jahkola stayed one night in the hotel due to a layover in Stockholm.

Eating breakfast before catching a flight to Helsinki, Naerhinen says she's happy with the experience.

"I enjoyed it very much. It's kind of a unique experience. I've never experienced anything like this and I travel quite a lot. So, it was fun," she says.

Jahkola agrees.

"It is a really cool idea, a hotel in a jumbo jet. We sure don't have anything like that in Finland so I'm a bit envious," he says.

"The facilities were comfortable, clean, perfect location. We flew in last night at midnight so it was really nice to just take the shuttle bus here and we're done."

Arlanda is Sweden's busiest airport with over 20 million passengers in 2013, according to the Swedish airport authority.

Most passengers travel to Stockholm where the 298 hotels catered for over 11 million overnight stays in 2013, according to the Stockholm Tourism Board.

This makes Stockholm the tenth most popular city in Europe for tourists.

According to Thomas Laurell, Head of Public Affairs at Swedish Hospitality Industry Association (Visita), the Jumbo Stay hotel is part of a growing trend towards unusual - even odd - hotels in Sweden.

"We have definitely noticed an increase in the somewhat more odd hotels," he says.

"We think this is because of two trends; firstly, guests are looking for something unusual, they want a memory or an odd experience to bring home with them. We have also noticed that since Sweden is a destination at the edge of Europe we need to market ourselves and find a niche that is different. Unusual hotels are a way of doing this. So these two trends come together and we can notice more and more unusual hotels popping up."



 
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