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.
The accommodations at the Jumbo Hostel consists mostly of dorm rooms (hence the “hostel” part of the name). These shared rooms have either two, three or four beds and are, shall we say, cozy. The 3-bed room, for example, is 6 meters by 3 meters (20 x 10 feet). That’s tiny compared to your typical hotel room (though spacious compared to an economy class airplane seat). There are a few private rooms too, with either two twin beds or with a double and a twin. All these rooms are equipped with flatscreen TVs and free wireless internet but use shared shower and toilet facilities.
For a room at the Jumbo Hostel with an en suit bathroom you’ll have to upgrade to their coolest accommodations—the cockpit suite. The suite retains a few of the pilot controls (now inoperable, obviously) as well as the original sunroof window that you can open to poke your head out the top of the plane.
The Jumbo Hostel is about a 15-minute walk from the terminals. It is also reachable by a free shuttle bus. The check-in counter is open 24 hours, staffed by Jumbo Hostel employees wearing uniforms that resemble a mix of what a flight attendant and a naval officer would wear. Rates are cheap by Swedish standards—rack rates for a dorm bed start at 350 SEK (about US$51 / €67). However, if you book through Spot Cool Stuff and our HostelBookers partner you’ll receive an exclusive discount rate.
If your itinerary doesn’t call for an overnight at the Stockholm ARN airport—or if you’d prefer to sleep in more spacious digs—the Jumbo Hostel is still worth a visit. The hotel includes a publicly accessible walkway out onto the left wing. There’s also a little cafe that will provide the perfect setting for the telling of any jokes you know about airline food.
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