The next time you visit Sweden, you might want to consider spending the night in a defunct silver mine, a former prison and for aviation buffs: A grounded jumbo jet. In this recent video, the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Michaels profiled the Jumbo Stay at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport (along with two other even more exotic accommodation options).
Specifically, the Jumbo Stay is a Boeing 747 that flew for Pan Am and other airlines until it was retired in 2002 and acquired by a local entrepreneur at a bankruptcy auction two years ago. Today, the Jumbo Stay offers 27 guests rooms plus a hostel where bunks go for $60 a night. Guests also have the option of more luxurious suites in the cockpit and tail of the aircraft that go for as much as $500 a night.
It should also be noted that CNN has excellent profile of the Jumbo Stay as well:
Matt Falcus says
I love the Jumbo Hostel! I stayed there in May and enjoyed it all (despite being told off for not leaving my shoes at the door!)
It was great seeing the old overhead bins still there in my room. And you can get some good views of the action at Arlanda from the windows.