Sleep on the Plane: Jumbo Stay, Sweden

The following is a guest post by Shing Chung from Hostelbookers.com.

There’s a plane that never takes off at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. The Boeing 747-200 Jumbo Jet sitting on the tarmac ten minutes from Arlanda’s check-in desk is now permanently parked on terra firma, having been converted into a boutique hostel called Jumbo Stay.

Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast, or you like the idea of staying somewhere unique that’s still affordable, or you have an early flight and simply need the convenience of location, Jumbo Stay is fun and memorable place to rest your head.

The hostel is easily accessible from Arlanda Airport terminals by free shuttle bus. If you want to travel in to Stockholm, busses 583X, 584 & 586 stop outside the hostel to connect you with Märsta railway station. From here, you can get the train to Stockholm Central (50 mins).

The plane has a lounge and a Jumbo Café serving snacks and drinks, so you can hang out with fellow flyers. If you want to heat up your own meals, there are two microwaves available for use.

There is capacity for 74 ‘passengers’ in total, with the flight deck split up in to comfy modern guestrooms sleeping two or three. If you want to save money, you can also opt for a four-bed dorm to bunk in with fellow travelers. Clean and stylish rooms have flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access. Whatever bed you get, you can be sure of a restful snooze – and they sure beat trying to sleep upright in an economy seat!

As space is limited from the outset, bathrooms are shared. There are eight in total, split between 25 rooms, so you should never have to wait long, if at all, to have a shower.

Fancy flying first class? The upper-level captain’s cockpit has been turned into a swanky, luxury suite its own bathroom, so you can get a bit more privacy and leg-room. This room can be fitted out for a couple or for twin beds. Watch the sun come up over Arlanda airport from the dashboard windows.

Like to stay in out-of-the-ordinary accommodation? Click the link to discover more unusual hotels like Jumbo Stay or here for more Stockholm accommodation.

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