Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

by , 07/02/14

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The airplane was transported piece by piece from the San Jose airport to its current resting place on a pedestal 50 feet above the beach. It looks a bit like a model airplane on a stand, and we can only imagine the spectacular views from the balcony and the airplane windows. Five big trucks were needed to get the plane out to the resort, and while the transportation certainly had a negative ecological impact, the finished project is a stunning example of adaptive reuse.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite also includes a kitchenette, flat-screen tvs, a dining room, and a terrace with an ocean view. We can’t really agree with their choice of furnishings, which are made from teak and shipped across the Pacific from Indonesia, but at least they were hand carved. The tip-to-tail paneling on the inside is also teak, but it was harvested locally in Costa Rica. Like the Jumbo Jet Hostel in Stockholm, this hotel suite is sure to offer jet-setting travelers a lovely location for an extended layover.

+ Costa Verde Resort

Photos by Vincent Castello

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  1. Maria Sandi November 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    wow that’s amaizing i would like to go…how i can book it ?

  2. Knoxy55 December 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    How much is it per person, per night?

  3. 19sehlers March 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I’m doing this for my mom. I think she will love it.

    -Spencer Ehlers 10

  4. MikeeeHo March 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    We stayed at this Resort at our last visit to Costa Rica and was the perfect place to wind down after a back to back Costa Rica in 10 days trip. There is actually a restaurant as well that is built inside an airplane but we mistakenly walked into the airplane suite in this article by accident – we were told this happens quite often .. :)

    Michael Ho

  5. Sola December 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    What a great idea! There definately is an element of acting out a scene from ‘Lost’ or ‘Alive'(Let’s hope not!) Thanks for bringing this to attention, there are so many unique places like this all over the world that offer great examples of the reuse of materials to such a different and worthy benefit! I’d certainly like to see more of this sort of thing on your blog.


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  7. carbajak April 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    This is one of the most interesting hotels I have seen in awhile. Being in hotel management, they are always telling us to come up with unique ideas to attract guest. This definitely will do the trick. Personally, I would want to stay here even if the furniture is not the greatest.

  8. Chris H June 16, 2009 at 8:53 am

    its in Costa Rica, it cost $375.00 a night, not too bad.

  9. Yensi April 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I read the article and I want to know who is in charge of it. How you come up with this idea. I will be waiting for your answer.

    Thanks for your help.

    Sincerly to.


  10. globalhome April 17, 2009 at 11:20 am

    This seems to be a great idea and beautiful handy work and well done. I would like to stay a few nights.

  11. greenpalette April 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    wow… this is one of the coolest things i have ever seen! completely amazing. the bio building in saratoga springs is also pretty cool – check it out:

  12. David Howard April 14, 2009 at 10:37 am
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