From Cockpit Suites to Guest Rooms in a Chopper: Get Your Holiday Off to a Flying Start at These Aviation-Themed Hotels

  • Costa Verde hotel in Costa Rica features a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 aircraft 
  • Woodlyn Park estate in New Zealand is home to a converted Bristol Freighter plane, which can sleep up to five
  • The Jumbo Stay hostel in Sweden is housed inside a decommissioned jumbo jet model 747-212B from 1976

Daily Mail Online by Sadie Whitelocks May 23, 2018

If you’re looking to get your holiday off to a flying start, then these aviation-themed hotels might propel things in the right direction.

MailOnline Travel has scoured the world to find guesthouses that have seemingly fallen from the sky, with a 1965 Boeing 727 aircraft peeping out of the Costa Rican jungle and a helicopter parked up in the English countryside landing on the list.

In Sweden, 450 seats were ripped out of a 1976 jumbo jet to create a quirky hostel with a suite in the cockpit. Scroll down to see examples of aviation-inspired inns that might just inspire you to jet off for a break…

Costa Verde, Costa Rica

Costa Verde hotel in Costa Rica features a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 aircraft, which, in its prior life, shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines

Costa Verde hotel in Costa Rica features a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 aircraft, which, in its prior life, shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines

This fully-outfitted fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording 'views that will make you feel like you’re flying'

This fully-outfitted fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording ‘views that will make you feel like you’re flying’

The owners also converted the cockpit section of a McDonnell Douglas, MD-80 fuselage, into a cottage 

The owners also converted the cockpit section of a McDonnell Douglas, MD-80 fuselage, into a cottage.

Costa Verde hotel in Costa Rica features a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 aircraft, which, in its prior life, shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines. This fully outfitted fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording ‘views that will make you feel like you’re flying’.

The owners salvaged the air frame from its San Jose airport-resting place before decking it out with two air conditioned bedrooms, private bathrooms, a kitchen and dining area. Outside, a terrace allows guests to enjoy views of the ocean and the surrounding lush gardens.

The owners also converted the cockpit section of a McDonnell Douglas, MD-80 fuselage, into a cosy cottage with  a king-size bed, sitting area, bathroom and kitchen.

Ream Hills Caravan Park, Lancashire

At Ream Hills Caravan Park in Lancashire a 1982 Westland Lynx XZ676 helicopter has been transformed into overnight accommodation

At Ream Hills Caravan Park in Lancashire a 1982 Westland Lynx XZ676 helicopter has been transformed into overnight accommodation

Its snazzy interior includes can accommodate four people and has a kitchen sink, mini fridge and microwave. There is also a heater to keep guests warm in chillier months and on the entertainment front, there is a flatscreen TV 

Its snazzy interior includes can accommodate four people and has a kitchen sink, mini fridge and microwave. There is also a heater to keep guests warm in chillier months and on the entertainment front, there is a flatscreen TV

At Ream Hills Caravan Park in Lancashire a 1982 Westland Lynx XZ676 helicopter has been transformed into overnight accommodation.

Its snazzy interior includes can accommodate four people and has a kitchen sink, mini fridge and microwave. There is also a heater to keep guests warm in chillier months and on the entertainment front, there is a flatscreen TV.

Use of the nearby on-site toilet and shower block is included. The chopper is set on a round piece of tarmac, with grassy land surrounding the plot. Prices start at £115 per night.

Jumbo Stay, Sweden

The Jumbo Stay hostel, set at the entrance to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, is housed inside a decommissioned jumbo jet model 747-212B from 1976

The Jumbo Stay hostel, set at the entrance to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, is housed inside a decommissioned jumbo jet model 747-212B from 1976

The aircraft was purchased in 2006 and all 450 seats were taken out to install dormitory-style quarters. There are also a number of private rooms. In total there are 76 rooms, with one of the ensuite bedrooms in the cockpit

The aircraft was purchased in 2006 and all 450 seats were taken out to install dormitory-style quarters. There are also a number of private rooms. In total there are 76 rooms, with one of the ensuite bedrooms in the cockpit

The bathrooms are a far cry from the tight squeeze usually seen on aircraft, with space for showering 

The bathrooms are a far cry from the tight squeeze usually seen on aircraft, with space for showering

The Jumbo Stay hostel, set at the entrance to Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden, is housed inside a decommissioned jumbo jet model 747-212B from 1976.

The aircraft was purchased in 2006 and all 450 seats were taken out to install dormitory-style quarters. There are also a number of private rooms.

In total there are 76 rooms, with one of the ensuite bedrooms in the cockpit. Rates start from around £38 per night. There is also a café onboard where guests and visitors can purchase breakfast and warm meals.

Woodlyn Park, North Island, New Zealand  

Woodlyn Park estate in Waitomo, New Zealand, is home to a variety of unusual lodging experiences for visitors, including a Bristol Freighter plane

Woodlyn Park estate in Waitomo, New Zealand, is home to a variety of unusual lodging experiences for visitors, including a Bristol Freighter plane

The aircraft, which was one of the last allied planes out of Vietnam, has been converted into a two-room unit and one of the bedrooms allows guests to sleep in a cockpit

The aircraft, which was one of the last allied planes out of Vietnam, has been converted into a two-room unit and one of the bedrooms allows guests to sleep in a cockpit

Woodlyn Park estate in Waitomo, New Zealand, is home to a variety of unusual lodging experiences for visitors, including a Bristol Freighter plane.

The aircraft, which was one of the last allied planes out of Vietnam, has been converted into a two-room unit and one of the bedrooms allows guests to sleep in a cockpit.

Other features include an ensuite shower room and a living area with a kitchenette. Guests can whip up their own meals using the onboard gas hob or microwave. 

Mains Farm Wigwams, Stirling, Scotland

At Mains Farm Wigwams in Stirling, Scotland, there is a Sea King helicopter that visitors can sleep in

At Mains Farm Wigwams in Stirling, Scotland, there is a Sea King helicopter that visitors can sleep in

The converted chopper can sleep up to five people with a double bed in the body of the aircraft, a seat that converts into a double bed and a single bed in the tail 

The converted chopper can sleep up to five people with a double bed in the body of the aircraft, a seat that converts into a double bed and a single bed in the tail

At Mains Farm Wigwams in Stirling, Scotland, there is a refurbished Sea King helicopter visitors can sleep in.

The converted chopper can sleep up to five people with a double bed in the body of the aircraft, a seat that converts into a double bed and a single bed in the tail.

Other features include a mini kitchen, bathroom and a cockpit seating area where you can enjoy spectacular views over the Forth Valley. A night’s stay starts from £150 for two people.   

Hangar Hotel, Texas  

The Hangar Hotel in Texas has a historically accurate WWII hangar appearance

The Hangar Hotel in Texas has a historically accurate WWII hangar appearance

Careful research went into the design of the unique Hangar Hotel in Texas, which has a historically accurate exterior resembling a WWII hangar.

Along with 50 guest rooms, the quirky homestay at the Gillespie County Airport in Fredericksburg features a wealth of airplane memorabilia and historical artefacts. Continuing on the aviation theme, there are pieces of furniture upholstered with leather from vintage bomber jackets.

The hotel is adjacent to a runway ramp area, providing excellent views of airplanes buzzing overhead and there is an observation deck for avid aviation fans.

Aviator, Hampshire 

The most striking feature of the Aviator hotel is the central rotunda, with each floor of the hotel overlooking the next, to create the illusion of an aircraft propeller when viewed from above 

The most striking feature of the Aviator hotel is the central rotunda, with each floor of the hotel overlooking the next, to create the illusion of an aircraft propeller when viewed from above

Aviator, at Farnborough Airport, was created as a hotel for ‘elite travellers moving between London and the world’s leading destinations’, with the premises located next to a private airport.

The most striking feature is the central rotunda, with each floor of the hotel overlooking the next, to create the illusion of an aircraft propeller when viewed from above.

Meanwhile, the Sky Lounge overlooks the airport so guests can sit back and watch the action on the runway. In the bar, the aviation-inspired Silver Jet cocktail is listed as the venue’s signature drink. 

Winvian Farm, Connecticut  

Winvian Farm in Connecticut features a range of quirky properties, including a helicopter-themed suite

A king-sized bed, hot tub and shower are housed outside the aircraft to give guests more room

Winvian Farm in Connecticut features a range of quirky properties, including a helicopter-themed suite. A king-sized bed, hot tub and shower are housed outside the aircraft to give guests more room

Guests are invited to 'take cocktails in the cockpit' or 'watch a film in the fuselage'. Rates start from $699 (£519) per night

Guests are invited to ‘take cocktails in the cockpit’ or ‘watch a film in the fuselage’. Rates start from $699 (£519) per night

Winvian Farm in Connecticut features a range of quirky properties, including a helicopter-themed suite.

The fully-restored 1968 Sikorsky Sea King Pelican HH3F helicopter stands at the center of a unique cottage, with its rotor blades embedded in the ceiling.

Guests are invited to ‘take cocktails in the cockpit’ or ‘watch a film in the fuselage’.

A king-sized bed, hot tub and shower are housed outside the helicopter, to offer guests more room. Rates start from $699 (£519) per night.

 

Delphi Village

Delphi Southern Nevada is assembling over 5,000 acres in the area surrounding Searchlight, Nevada. Delphi Village is being developed into a 155 acre Emergent Technology Showcase that features a year round outdoor event center. The several hundred new jobs in the rural area creates a demand for residential housing and support businesses such as restaurants, gas stations, and accommodations. Anticipating these demands, Delphi Southern Nevada has identified, classified, and prioritized the opportunities. Delphi then plans to develop the core revenue streams and to attract strategic partners and joint venture partnerships to develop a complete, symbiotic ecosystem.

Emergent technology will be deployed throughout the operation, creating a “showcase of showcases” where we will promote and affiliate market the technologies on display. With so much opportunity and emergent technology, there will be remarkable investment opportunity, and Delphi has created SymbioNet, a business incubator and catalyzer that will organize, coordinate, and facilitate the connections between inventor entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and emergent technology investors.

Delphi Southern Nevada is a multistakeholder cooperative, where the employees, contractors, and volunteers in the ecosystem are identified as stakeholder groups and are given shares in exchange for their contributions. This ensures that the employees benefit when other shareholder groups receive distributions due to the success of their labor. The ecosystem’s toroidal economic model redirects all “currency leaks” by owning and operating as many supply chains as practical, which generating jobs and attracts residents to the region.

Delphi Southern Nevada’s Vision
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  • Infrastructure Systems Developer and Operator
    Clean Power Production, Water Production, Water Purification, Sewage and Solid Waste Processing, Composting, Recycling, and Data Centers and Distribution
  • Emergent Technology Showcase
  • Business Incubator
  • Consciousness Playground
  • Year-Round Outdoor Entertainment Center “Music Festival Theme Park”
  • Regional Airport and Air Museum
  • Major Agricultural Production
  • Non-Profit Desert Oasis Project

Delphi Southern Nevada is developing the Searchlight-Lake Mohave region from its existing population of 1,000 up to 10,000 with long-term infrastructure planning for 100,000 residents, comparable to the 1965-2018 growth of nearby Laughlin, Nevada.

The first phase includes the start-up of the core revenue streams and the initial residential development. Commercial and residential development opportunities in the first five years add up to hundreds of millions of dollars, with significantly more opportunity for infrastructure and municipal support systems. Local general contractor and experienced developer Karl Bonar of Trinity Haven is leading the master planning, with a $5.2 billion infrastructure plan on the table. Details and meeting with key team members are available upon request.

  • Coordinate with an infrastructure technology company to build 50-100MW power plants in Apex and Searchlight.
  • Build Delphi Amphitheater Theme Park
  • Develop Infrastructure and Housing
  • Establish the Showcase and Incubator
  • Develop Searchlight, Nevada, the area known as the “Gateway to Lake Mohave”
  • Build 1,000,000+ sq ft greenhouse operation
  • Develop the area into a Destination Resort

Searchlight’s Existing Operations and Infrastructure

Searchlight is home to 575 residents, with 1,000 people living in the Eldorado and Piute Valleys. Searchlight is the intersection of US 95 and Highway 164, with 9,000 cars that drive through the town every day. Highway 164 is Cottonwood Cove Road, the only entrance to put a boat into Lake Mohave in Nevada, the others being on the other side of the lake in Arizona. Therefore, it is known as the “Gateway to Lake Mohave” and Delphi will be developing lake-oriented tourism businesses and services, as Delphi Village will be drawing up to 10,000 overnight guests to the region each weekend.

Delphi Village is 15 miles from the center of Searchlight, which is the logical location to develop housing for the hundreds of jobs on the outdoor event center. There is limited existing housing, and what is available is substandard. There is ample infrastructure within the town, including NV Energy power and abundant water in Basin 214.

The current infrastructure includes:

  • Entrance to Cottonwood Cove Marina
  • Spirit Mountain Water Utility (Cal-Nev-Ari)
  • Searchlight Airport 5,040’ paved runway
  • Searchlight Residential Airpark – 75 improved sites
  • Kidwell Airport 4,140’ gravel runway
  • Cal-Nev-Ari Residential Airpark – Population 375
  • Residential Housing for 575 residents in Searchlight
  • Mobile Home Parks in Searchlight and Cal-Nev-Ari
  • Restaurant-Cafe, Bar, Casino, Truck Stop
  • Willie Martello’s historic El Rey Motel
  • Convenience Store
  • Post Office
  • Elementary School

Delphi Village 155-acre Emergent Technology Showcase

Initial Operations

·         Delphi Amphitheater

·         Downtown Delphi / Vendor Village

·         Gourmet Food Truck Operation

·         Boutique and Glamour Camping

·         RV, Camper Trailer, and Tent Rental

·         Desert Adventures Booking Center

·         Emergent Technology Showcase

·         Non-Profit Desert Oasis Project

 

Planned Expansions

·         Retreat Center

·         Wellness Center and Spa

·         Emergent Technology Incubator

·         The Beehive Drone Delivery Restaurant

·         Pro Surf Tour Double Barrel Flowrider

·         Lake Mohave Aquatic Operation

·         Lazy River and Water Rides

·         Equestrian Center

 

Southern Nevada Planned Expansions and Joint Ventures
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  • Clean-Tech Power Production and Water/Sewer/Waste Processing in Searchlight
  • Residential Housing
  • Spirit Mountain Bottled Water Delivery
  • Runway Expansion & Fixed Base Operator
  • World’s First Fly-In Movie Theater
  • Fully Vertical Cannabis Partnership
  • Farm-to-Table Aquaponics Operation
  • Farm-to-Table Restaurant
  • Destination RV Resort
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Interview by Natasha of “Nothing But Truth Natasha”

Natasha of “Nothing But Truth Natasha” interviews Michael Brown of “Through the Looking-Glass” about the Ecovillage / Ecoresort being built less than an hour southeast of Las Vegas the Gateway to Lake Mohave. Information on Delphi Village can be found at http://www.DelphiVillage.com.

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