Converting redundant passenger aircraft into hostels, hotels and houses has become more common in recent years, not least the Jumbo Hostel in Stockholm or the incredible recycled Wing House project in California. Now, guests at the Hotel Costa Verde can experience Costa Rica’s most exclusive suite in the form of a recycled Boeing 727.
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The vintage passenger plane, built in 1965, was operated by South Africa Air and later Avianca Airlines (Colombia). But after (seemingly) ending its days in a San Jose aircraft graveyard, the tired airframe was salvaged piece by piece and transported to Hotel Costa Verde on five big-rig trucks.
Perched on a 50 foot pedestal, the 727’s interior is decked out in Costa Rican teak, while the two air conditioned bedrooms boast queen sized beds, private baths and flat screen TVs. It’s not the only aircraft house or plane hotel around, but the hand-carved furnishings and scenic ocean and jungle views from the hard wood deck atop the aircraft’s right wing certainly make it one of the most exclusive examples of post-service aircraft design.