We love airplanes, you love airplanes, so let's go look at airplanes! In our Prime Plane Spotting series, we'll let you in on all the best spots to whip out your cameras and binoculars for a piece of the aviation action.
Where is better for plane spotting than actually being on the airport's tarmac...or better yet, in a honeymoon suite on the tarmac? This actually became possible less than a year ago, when the Jumbo Hostel opened at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport.
This decommissioned 747 has had its seats ripped out in favor of installing 25 bedroom suites, complete with free wireless internet access and flatscreen TVs, and, for most rooms, full en-suite bathrooms. Even Singapore Airlines' A380 first class suites can't compare with these, but then the Jumbo Hostel no longer flies, so there's that.
Since the Jumbo Hostel opened in December 2008, it's become a tourist destination of its own right, turning the airport's focus back on the awesomeness of aviation as the airplane sits engineless just outside of Arlanda's active runways. This means a front row seat for take-offs and landings.
Of course next time we're in Stockholm, we'll be booking the honeymoon suite in the cockpit, from whose beds we can simply look up at the air activity above. It's $460 a night including breakfasttheir most expensive roomcompared to the dorm bed in a shared room with breakfast, which goes for $48 a night. Or maybe we'll just opt for the $132 single room and make friends with whoever is staying in the suite.