Sleeping on a 747
can be peaceful
Seen from the street, Jumbo Stay is a converted Boeing 747 at the end of the runway at Arlandia International Airport in Stockholm, Sweden. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
THE FIRST AND LAST NIGHTS of my recent trip to Sweden I spent at Arlandia International Airport in Stockholm.
Fortunately, I wasn’t sleeping on an uncomfortable seat in the air terminal.
Rather, I slept peacefully and comfortably in one of the most unique accommodations in the world: a converted 1976 Boeing 747 jumbo jet parked at the end of the runway.
Jumbo Stay has been in operation since 2009.
After a grueling 17-hour trip from Los Angeles, a free shuttle from the airport dropped me at the front door –or should I say “freight elevator” entrance.
“Keep holding the button” until the elevator reaches its destination, a sign inside the contraption warns.
The welcome is warm. Not quite the same as stepping inside a modern aircraft and being greeted by the flight crew.
The reception desk is open 24 hours a day.
VIDEO BELOW THE FOLD
Receptionist Emelie Karlsson talks about the Jumbo Stay in this image from video. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
ON THE TRIP BACK it was perfect for my early flight to London on British Airways.
My double room was in the tail section, the very rear of the plane. It was adequately spacious, (although some of the other rooms I saw were not much bigger than a very large airplane seat) comfortable and had a private bathroom.
It certainly was not cheap. About $280 per night, but very well worth every penny.
Until it was retired in 1976, the aircraft was in service for PanAm and Singapore Airlines, according to Emelie Karlsson, receptionist on duty the next morning.
“It is a very fun place to work,” she said in perfect though accented English. “I have worked here two-and-a-half years.”
She explained that the best part of the job was meeting all the wonderful people who chose Jumbo Stay for their accommodations. I guess it does take quite a special person to forgo the luxury of the huge Radisson across the street.
“Welcome to one of the world’s coolest stays!,” says the hotel’s web site. “Here you can spend the night onboard a real jumbo jet – on the ground!”
A story posted June 5 on HuffingtonPost describes it this way:
“Sleeping on a plane can be a tough endeavor. Space is tight, you’re surrounded by people and there’s never enough leg room, let alone lumbar support for the weary traveller – unless your plane also doubles as a hostel.”
Perhaps the biggest attraction is the double bedroom accommodation in the cockpit.
It’s a bit of a tight squeeze especially if one is tall. The headroom clearance is barely three feet.
But the experience cannot be duplicated anywhere. Let your imagination run wild – especially if you’re with a partner! (See it in the video)
The view from the “front door” of Jumbo Stay includes the Arlandia control tower with an aircraft passing on the nearby runway. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
THE ROOM COST INCLUDES breakfast served in the nose (once the first class section, now a cafeteria) where the buffet offers up coffee, tea, juices, sweet rolls, meat platters, vegetables and salads. Everything I tried was delicious and beautifully presented.
According to receptionist Karlsson, the aircraft rises five stories tall, and used to carry a maximum of 491 passengers.
From 2000 to 2008, was parked unused at the end of the runway.
Purchased by its present owner, Oscar Dios, it was converted and opened in 2009.
Watch the video below to see and hear
the inside story of one of
the most unique hotels in the world.