Jumbo Hotel

  • Jun 25, 2015 6:20am GMT

Jumbo Stay is the world's first hostel housed in a Boeing 747. Night and day visitors experience the unique feeling of staying inside a 747 converted into a hostel and museum. Jumbo 'Liv' was towed and relocated to its new permanent location at the entrance to Stockholm Arlanda Airport where it has become a significant landmark. 17-18 million people pass through the airport every year.

"It's just fantastic and unbelievably exciting to be able to show something so unique and special for the rest of the world", says Gisela Olsson, Site Manager at the Jumbo Stay. Oscar Diös, CEO and mastermind of the idea added, "Stockholm Arlanda Airport boasts an alternative option for overnight accommodation, but also a fierce attraction. The interest is huge, with tour operators and tourist organizations worldwide. TV crew and Media as far away from Japan, USA, Brazil, Japan, England and Germany have already filmed it to say the least, a unique Swedish hostel.

The decommissioned jetliner is a Boeing 747-212B originally built for Singapore Airlines in 1976, registered 9V-SQE (construction number 21162/line number 283). It was later sold to Pan American where it was registered N727PA and named "Clipper Belle of the Sky". The aircraft later served with Air Club International, Transjet, Northeast Airlines, Jet Midwest Inc, Tower Air, Nationair, Cathay Pacific, and Garuda Indonesia. The last owner was Transjet which had Arlanda as base, but it went bankrupt in 2002. The plane has been at Arlanda since then.

In December 2007, a building permit was granted and the first phase of the conversion began with the dismantling of the old interior, new paint and new decorations for the rooms. 450 seats were taken out and the plane was sanitized completely. The hostel was subjected to the same demands on climate control and insulation, adhering to all common energy standards.

It has 27 rooms with three beds in each and its more expensive "cockpit suite" located on the upper deck. Altogether there are 79 beds. All rooms have a flat screen television where guests can watch the times of departure for all flights and internet access. All rooms share a shower and toilet in the corridor, except for the cockpit suite and a single person room which features their own.

The Jumbo Hotel is about a mile from the terminal and there is bus service.

Take a tour in the video from 'smallfish' below.