OK, this one is legit, folks (not like my recent post
about news of a ‘hotelicopter’ that was really an elaborate April fool’s prank). In Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio
jungle, you can actually stay in a vintage Boeing 727 fuselage turned hotel suite – the latest lodgings at the Hotel Costa Verde
. The airplane, that once shuttled passengers on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines, is now grounded for good, perched on a 50-foot plinth with views of the beach and the Pacific. Gone are the tight seating quarters, tray tables, and miniature bathrooms. The plane’s interior now flaunts teak paneling from cockpit to tail with hand-carved teak furnishings from Indonesia, two bedrooms, each with its own private and spacious bathroom, a kitchenette, dining area, and a ‘wing’ balcony. The phoenix is also outfitted with a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, wood chandeliers, and ceiling fans. And, you don’t need a window seat to enjoy the views from this jumbo jet – the terrace and all the portal windows afford sweeping views of the jungle, ocean, and resident neighbors: toucans, monkeys, and sloths. Rates start from $300 per night.