Airplane Hotels Around The World (PHOTOS)
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On January 11, 1935, famed aviatrix and world traveler Amelia Earhart flew from Honolulu to Oakland, making her the first woman (or man) to solo the Pacific, if only a portion of it.
Today, that achievement is recognized as Amelia Earhart Day -- and it gives us at HuffPost Travel the perfect excuse to feature these hotels around the world that embrace an aviation theme.
These rooms just might be worth crossing the ocean for.
NL Hotel Suite
Jacuzzi onboard? Absolutely. The sleek <a href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/28501" target="_hplink">Airplane Suite at the Teuge Airport</a> in the Netherlands boasts many amenities, including the tub, three flat screen TVs and an infrared sauna. Guests can sit in the cockpit and pretend to be a pilot as they watch other planes takeoff from the runway. This Ilyushin 18 plane, built in 1960, was originally used as a government transport. Three decades later, it began serving as a restaurant. It stayed in the food business until Hotelsuites.nl, which must have been impressed with its resume, acquired it in 2007. <em>Photo: Getty Images</em>
Florida Fly-in Home
Available through rental site <a href="http://www.Airbnb.com" target="_hplink">Airbnb</a>, <a href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/60058" target="_hplink">this fly-in home</a> isn't exactly an airplane bedroom but it certainly has aviation cred: It's nestled in a light-aircraft friendly community in Vero Beach, Florida. The home, which is otherwise a pretty typical one-bedroom vacation set-up, most notably comes with the use of a PA28 Warrior, provided guests have valid pilots' licenses. (If not, the hosts are happy to provide a one-hour flight-seeing excursion.) <em>Photo: Airbnb</em>
The Jungle Crash Pad
Among the fluttering toucans on the edge of Costa Rica's <a href="http://www.manuelantoniopark.com/mapk/default.asp" target="_hplink">Manuel Antonio National Park</a> perches a 1965 Boeing 727 once operated by South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines. The plane has been made into a wing of the <a href="http://costaverde.com/727.htm" target="_hplink">Hotel Costa Verde</a>. The fuselage houses two air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining area and a kitchenette. Guests enjoy breathtaking ocean and jungle views from the deck, which spreads over the area once occupied by the right wing. For $250 a night from May to November, or $500 a night from January to April, vacationers can crash at this lofty pad. <em>Photo: Vincent Castello</em>
Hughes' Cosmic Muffin
This recycled aircraft has a rich history. In its life as a functioning airplane, the Boeing 307 Stratoliner was owned by aviation pioneer Howard Hughes. He transformed the plane into an aerial pied-a-terre, though it was later transformed into a houseboat. Now, <a href="http://www.planeboats.com/" target="_hplink">Plane Boats Inc.</a> in Fort Lauderdale is in charge of the watercraft, which is available for dockside charters and public viewings. Why the strange name? Current owner Dave Drimmer dubbed it the Cosmic Muffin after a boat-plane in Jimmy Buffet's novel "Where is Joe Merchant?" <em>Photo: Starkweather Design</em>
Sweden Jumbo Hostel
Without having to pay for a first-class ticket, travelers can get get a good night's rest in this Boeing 747, which sits in Stockholm's Arlanda Airport. The decommissioned 1976 jet (once operated by the now-defunct Swedish airline, Transjet) is the site of the 27-room <a href="http://jumbostay.com/" target="_hplink">Jumbo Stay Hostel</a>, and boasts both a conference room and a cafe. During the summer, the left wing observation deck is open for guests who want to play around: There's someone on the wing!
Malibu Wing House
About 4.5 million parts recycled from an old Boeing 747 were re-purposed to create this environmentally sustainable home. Dubbed the <a href="http://www.studioea.com/projects/residential/wing_house/index.php" target="_hplink">Wing House</a> for its singular roof, Architect David Hertz's masterpiece sits on 55 acres in the Malibu hills. It was completed in May 2011. The home's self-supporting roof measures over 2,500 square feet and features cockpit windows re-purposed as skylights. The front portion of the fuselage and the upper first class cabin deck are used to shelter the guest house. <em>Photo: David Hertz</em>
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