Ever wonder what it’d be like to spend the night in the cargo hold of a 747? No? Well, I’m gonna tell you anyway


I got stuck in Stockholm for a 12-hour layover on my way from Helsinki to London (long story) and I had the flu and didn’t relish the idea of sleeping in the airport again (another long story), so I googled “hostels near Arlanda airport” and what popped up? The Jumbo Stay hostel.

Apparently this hostel wasn’t just NEAR the airport, it was AT the airport (on one of the stops on the airport shuttle bus) and apparently it wasn’t just a hostel but a former Pan Am 747 that had been refurbished into a 27-room hotel.

airplane hotel in Arlanda airport in Sweden

 jumbo stay hostel from a distance

DSC01923exterior of the Jumbo Stay hostel at the Arlanda airport

the wing of the Jumbo Stay Hostel

wing of the Jumbo Stay Hostel

This was cool for two reasons:

1. I LOVE AIRPLANES (I used to work for an airline, after all).

2. This place had been on my bucketlist for at least two years, ever since I first heard about it on Twitter. I even blogged about it. I’d forgotten that it was located in Stockholm though and it was just by happy accident that I ended up there at all. Yay for happy accidents!

cafe at the Jumbo Stay Hostel in Stockholm SwedenHere’s the cafe and reception desk, located towards the front of the plane.

Cafe in the Jumbo Stay Hostel in Stockholm SwedenHere’s a view of the cafe.


Apparently they have conferences and even wedding receptions there. The wedding ceremonies are held on the wing of the plane and receptions are held just off of the cockpit. The cockpit has been transformed into a private suite.

cockpit of the Jumbo Stay HostelHere’s the private bedroom in the cockpit.

DSC01951Inside the shared washroom (sinks only. The toilet/showers were separate).

Though most of the rooms were shared (three to a room), by lucky accident I wound up staying in one of only a few private rooms the hostel had. The room had a private bathroom and was located above the wheels, in what I’d have to assume used to be the luggage compartment.


Here’s where I stayed (right above the wheels!)

DSC01952Taken while I was lying in bed watching the Swedish version of American Idol.

hotel room at the airplane hostel in Sweden

hostel dorms in the Jumbo Hostel in Stockholm Sweden

The hallway of dorms.

I got to say, though the experience was cool, it was also a little creepy. Snuggled under the covers in my tiny loft bed, I could hear people walking around in the hallway above me as well as the sound of the wind whipping around outside. When you add the fever and my worries that I wasn’t going to wake up in time for my 7am flight the next morning, I was lucky if I slept more than a couple of hours.

Now that I’m back home in Las Vegas, it’s hard to believe any of it happened. I mean, did I really sleep and pee in the cargo hold of an old Pam AM airplane parked on the edge of an airport in Scandinavia? It’s got to be one of the weirder things I’ve done (and that’s saying a lot).

But just in case you doubt my story, here’s the proof I was there:

in front of the airplane hostel in Sweden

 There’s me, sans makeup and with messy, unbrushed hair (I had the flu, alright?).

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Comments ( 5 )

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  2. Surya Bhattacharya

    This hostel has been on my wishlist for too long now. Your post just makes me want to go there even more!! Great pics! Pity it's so expensive :(

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  4. Reannon Muth

    @Surya, Yeah...It's a bit pricey! I forget now how much I paid, but it was definitely over 50 dollars. But you only live once, right? I think it's worth it if you can afford it. :)

  5. Marie smith

    Great post. I loved it as I am a travelholic and your unique hostel experience grabbed my attention