Top Three Aviation Themed Hotels
Deep down, most of us have a fascination with aircraft. Whether you’re a fan of flying or not, the sheer level of engineering needed to get these hulking metal giants into the sky is mind-blowing. So, if you can’t get enough, why not stay a night or two in one of these aircraft hotels.
THE NL HOSTEL SUITE, NETHERLANDS
The NL Hotel Suite is as luxurious as any private jet. A Cold War-era East German aircraft has been transformed into a luxury suite, located close to Teuge Airport. It’s slick and modern, with all the mod cons you’d expect of an executive airliner, with all the additional extras of a hotel suite. There’s a Jacuzzi, sauna, full kitchen, luxurious bathroom and a chic bedroom with double bed. But they’ve kept the cockpit intact, so you can see all the controls and sit in the pilot’s seat itself. The suite accommodates two and they are quite strict on the no visitors rule. Rates are approx. $260 per night.
THE JUMBO HOSTEL, SWEDEN
For something a little more budget conscious, The Jumbo Hostel is a sharing space, where you can bed down in a private room or shared dormitory. This Boeing 747 has two levels with 27 rooms and cabins, the most luxurious being a double located in the cockpit. There are plenty of bathrooms available and where you’d expect to find the First Class Cabin, you’ll instead find a chic and funky 24-hour café. The Jumbo Hostel is located a mere 5 minutes from Stockholm Arlanda Airport and there is a shuttle service is available. Rates are approx. $50 per night in a standard room.
WOODLYN PARK, NEW ZEALAND
Heading a bit further afield, Woodlyn Park near Waitomo is home to a converted plane ideal for families. Made up of two separate units, you can choose from The Cockpit or The Tail, both of which can sleep up to four people. The cockpit has a double bed and a sofa that pulls out to a large single but also limited floor space and quite a low ceiling. The Tail has a double bed and a set of bunkbeds, reached by a ladder. Rates are $85 for The Cockpit and $78 for The Tail, for two people per night. Additional people cost an extra $7 per night. If staying in the cockpit, children must be over 8 years of age due to the sleep access ladder.