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Thursday, January 13, 2011

the hotel

Next time you fly out of Stockholm’s Arlanda International Airport spend the night on an airplane before boarding your airplane. On the airport grounds there’s an old Boeing 747 has been converted in a hotel, the Jumbo Hostel.
When a jumbo jet dies (and plenty of them do these days), it’s usually sold for scrap or sent to bake in the desert until the end of time. But Swedish entrepreneur Oscar Dios has a better idea for the 30-year-old junker he bought — turn it into a hostel.
Dios is stuffing 85 beds into a gutted Boeing 747 he’s dubbed Jumbo Hostel and parked right outside Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. It’s got 25 rooms, with some of the nicest on the plane’s upper floor. But if you’re looking for a romantic evening with someone special, you’ll want the deluxe cockpit suite. It’s bigger, it’s got its own bathroom and it offers a stunning view of the runway..
While most of the rooms have shared bathrooms and showers, they’ve all got heat and air conditioning, WiFi and — in a nod to the airplane geeks surely making reservations — flatscreen televisions that double as departure/arrival monitors.
While most of the rooms have shared bathrooms and showers, they’ve all got heat and air conditioning, WiFi and — in a nod to the airplane geeks surely making reservations — flatscreen televisions that double as departure/arrival monitors.

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