Afraid to fly? Can't get enough of planes? No matter your feelings about aviation, these retired jets make for a unique hotel experience. Rather than abandon out of work airplanes, these innovative hoteliers have transformed them from a means of transportation, into a destination in their own right.
Airplane Suite in Teuge
Rates: From $461/night
The plane is an Ilyushin 18 and was built in 1960. In its first years, it served
as a government plane for the DDR top dogs, including Erich Honecker. From 1964 to 1986 Interflug, an East-German airline company, used it for flights to countries like Cuba, Russia, China and Vietnam. The entire airplane has been converted into a single luxury suite for two guests. From your airplane suite, you will have a fantastic view of the
platform and runway at Teuge airport.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Rates: From $350/night.
We salvaged this airframe from its San Jose airport-resting place. We carefully transported the pieces on five big-rig trucks to the jungles of Manuel Antonio, where they have been resurrected into a unique jumbo hotel suite. Our classic airplane, nestled on the edge of the National Park in our Costa Verde II area, is perched on a 50-foot pedestal. At this height, you will enjoy scenic ocean and jungle views from the hard wood deck built atop the plane's former right wing.
Rates: From $52.32/night.
Jumbo Hostel is the world's first hostel housed in a Boeing 747. Stockholm Arlanda is the first facility in Jumbo Hostel chain. Night and day visitors will experience the unique feeling of staying inside a jumbo jet, retired and converted into a hostel and museum.
(Images: 1. Hotelsuites NL, 2. Airbnb, 3. Costa Verde, 4.Lioba Schneider/Jumbo Stay)