3 Sort of Strange Places for a HotelJanuary 6th, 2012 by The JetSetter Team | Comments Off on 3 Sort of Strange Places for a Hotel
Sure, it’s easy to plop down your credit card at any of the kajillion of chain franchise hotels dotting this planet, but where’s your sense of adventure, man? Why not stay somewhere a little offbeat and out of the ordinary? Need some ideas? Here are three hotels we came across that we can’t stop thinking about.
- A 727 fuselage stuck on the side of a mountain in Costa Rica.
- An undersea lodge in the Florida Keys.
- A 19th century prison in Sweden.
No worries. We won’t leave you hanging with that scant bit of information. Keep reading to learn more about these unusual hotels. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be making a reservation in the near future.
Hotel Costa Verde’s Boeing 727 Fuselage Lodging (description from hotel website)
The fully outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom, Boeing 727 fuselage suite. We have refurbished a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia). We salvaged this airframe, piece by piece,
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.
The plane’s interior is Costa Rican teak paneling from the cockpit to the tail. Furnishings are hand-carved, teak furniture from Java, Indonesia. Our 727 home features two air conditioned bedrooms–one with two queen sized beds and the other with one queen sized bed, each with its own private bath—a flat screen TV, a kitchenette, dining area foyer; an ocean view terrace; a private entrance up a river rock, spiral staircase; and 360 degrees of surrounding gardens. Enjoy an evening on the terrace while sipping a glass of wine and observing your tree top neighbors: sloths, toucans and monkeys.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge (description from hotel website)
Jules’ Undersea Lodge has been featured on “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous”, in “Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Issue”, in countless magazines and newspapers, and on every major television network in the world.
For the first time in history an authentic underwater research habitat is open to the average person–sport divers and even those who have never before dived. And although Jules’ still functions as a research lab, you will be pleased to know that it has air-conditioning, hot showers, stereo music, VCR/DVD, a fully stocked galley, and unlimited diving for certified divers! Visit Innerspace and experience what was once only a dream of science fiction writers: living within the sea! In fact, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is named after Jules Verne, and our goal is to be sure that Mr. Verne would be proud.
Langholmen Hotell (description from hotel website)
Långholmen Hotell is in a 19th century prison building on Långholmen Island in Stockholm. It offers free parking and unique prison cell rooms with flat-screen cable TVs and free Wi-Fi access. The modern rooms at Hotell Långholmen retain many authentic features. All have parquet floors and are equipped with a laptop safe and a desk. An attractive atrium gallery dating from 1866 is situated in the middle of the complex. Stockholm’s most captivating prison museum is open daily, and guided tours are given on weekends. The hotel is located in a relaxing park environment with jogging tracks. Långholmen Wärdshus Restaurant offers contemporary Swedish cuisine. The old prison entrance hall now houses a 24-hour cafe. Hornstull, with its bars, restaurants and metro station, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. A beach is located 330 ft from the hotel.
The Jetsetter Show’s final word on the matter is this. The world is full of boring people spending the night in boring hotel rooms. There’s nothing wrong with that. Boring is good from time to time, but don’t forget to allow your sense of adventure to seek out the unique and strange from time to time. You never know what you’ll find. And even if you decide not to reserve a night or three in an old airplane, underwater bubble, or old prison, there’s are plenty of pretty neat lodging choices if you expand your world of possibilities beyond names like Motel 6, Hilton, or Ritz.
The Jetsetter Show Team
Jet photo from CostaVerde.com (Fair Use Doctrine)