This story was first published on 26th July 2009
According to the message that accompanies the set of photographs displayed below, the images depict an old aircraft that has been converted into an attractive and well-appointed private home.
The images and description circulate via email and have also been posted to various blogs and social networking websites.
As has apparently become the norm with virtually any unusual photographs posted online, at least a few self-proclaimed experts have declared their belief that the images have been “photoshopped” and do not depict a real structure.
However, in this case, the photographs are perfectly genuine although the description of the images in the message is a little inaccurate.
The photographs do indeed show an old plane converted into permanent accommodation. However, this accommodation is not a private dwelling as suggested in the message but instead a suite that forms part of the Hotel Costa Verde, a hotel located near Quepos, Costa Rica.
The aircraft is an old Boeing 727 that has been transformed into luxurious two-bedroom accommodation for well-heeled travellers. The same photographs, along with a more accurate description, are available on the Hotel Costa Verde website. The webpage notes:
Our phoenix is the most exclusive hotel suite in Costa Rica. We have refurbished a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, which, in its prior life, shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia). This fully outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom, Boeing 727 fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording you views that will make you feel like you’re flying.
Accommodation in the “Boeing 727 fuselage suite” will set you back between $260 and $787 per night depending on the time of year.
Although still unusual, reusing old aircraft fuselages for dwellings and other purposes is certainly not unprecedented.
A May 2003 article published on the Airport Journals website describes several homes that have been created out of old aircraft. And children at a school in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK attend lessons in a classroom converted from the shell of a decommissioned S-360 that once proudly flew the skies above Spain and Ireland.
Subject: What to do with your old plane.
Airplane home!!!!!Location,location,location!!!!! 🙂
Would you like to live in an aeroplane?
They cheated a little by building a hut around it.
But it looks nice inside