Wednesday, May 18, 2011

✈Worldwide Wednesdays: Unique Hotels - The Airplane (Boeing 727) Hotel, COSTA RICA

Where shall we travel to today?....

The Airplane (Boeing 727) Hotel, COSTA RICA
Ok folks, this one was a real treat for me!  I've travelled on airplanes many times (especially in my younger days), than I care to mention but never in a million years would I ever thought of coming up with something like this!

The fully outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom, Boeing 727 fuselage suite was refurbished from a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia).

They salvaged this airframe, piece by piece, from its San Jose airport resting place. They 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.

727 Entrance and Wing Balcony

Their classic airplane, nestled on the edge of the National Park in their Costa Verde II area, is perched on a 50-foot pedestal. At this height, you will definitely enjoy scenic ocean and jungle views from the hard wood deck built atop the plane's former right wing.

Ocean Views from Balcony

The plane's interior is absolutely beautiful!!  It's encased with Costa Rican teak paneling from the cockpit to the tail. Furnishings are hand-carved, teak furniture from Java, Indonesia. Their 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.... s-weet. 

Folks, you have to click on these pics to truly enjoy and appreciate the details!

TV Area

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Second Bedroom

And if all this breath-taking scenery isn't enough, they claim you can also enjoy the toucans, sloths and monkeys atop the trees while on the terrace, since, after all, you are already atop amongst the trees... wonderful!

Their site stated that their refurbished Boeing 727 home is not the only such dwelling in the world: They were inspired by a Forbes Magazine article about a company offering hurricane-proof living via surplus Boeing 727 airframes!

Awesome job!  Now all I have to do is save enough money to uhm, to take an airplane to stay at the airplane hotel.

Photo credits:  Mr. Vincent Costello

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