At first glance, you might think this Boeing 727 aircraft sitting in the treetops had suffered an unfortunate crash landing in the South American jungle.
But you would be wrong: its actually a hotel in Costa Rica – and yes, you can stay in it.
The fuselage the aircraft, 50 feet (15 metres) in the air, forms one of the guest suites at Hotel Costa Verde, a holidaymaker’s dream resort in Manuel Antonio National Park near the town of Quepos, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. The resort’s many rooms and amenities include another suite, “Cockpit Cottage”, built from the fuselage of a former French Aéropostale plane, a restaurant created from a shot-down transport plane, plus a train carriage-turned-restaurant.
There is clearly an architectural theme here.
Take a look inside the unconventional holiday accommodation at Hotel Costa Verde.
Staying here is not your normal hotel experience.
How often can you say that you lived in an aeroplane, even for a brief time?
The Boeing 727 suite has an outdoor terrace over each wing …
… one of which offers guests a fine view of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean.
Inside the suite are two wood-panelled bedrooms – both air-conditioned – offering guests three queen-sized beds.
Each bedroom has its own private bathroom.
The living area of the suite features wooden panelling that is locally sourced from tropical hardwood trees.
In case you forget that you are staying inside an old aircraft, the bedrooms still retain the original cabin windows.
Former flight attendant Faith Mulvihill, owner and leasing agent of the Boeing 727 suite – known as the 727 Fuselage Home – told Business Insider that the facilities had been the brainchild of Hotel Costa Verde owner Allan Templeton.
After graduating from Yale University, the “rather eccentric” Templeton had joined the Peace Corps and never returned to the United States, Mulvihill said.
His latest project was to transform yet another aircraft, this time from the former Soviet Union, into an event centre for the resort., she said.
“He never stops,” Mulvihill said.
Guests can stay in the suite for US$260 a night from September until the middle of November. But the cost of staying there is much higher at other times.
The hotel also offers other villas and condominiums to its guests.
If the Boeing 727 suite is booked, Hotel Costa Verde has similar accommodation about 100 metres away, called the “Cockpit Cottage”, which can be reached only by walking across a suspension bridge.
Its seclusion makes this second suite – built from a former aircraft of the French airmail company, Aéropostale – the more romantic getaway of the two.
The kitchenette of the suite was built where the pilots of the former Aéropostale aircraft once sat.
Aéropostale was the first airline to fly between France and South America.
The clothing brand of the same title found Aéropostale’s “sense of adventure” inspiring, which led to it adopting the airline’s name.
A little further down the road from the two aeroplanes-turned-hotel suites is the El Avion restaurant, which has been fashioned out of a shot-down Fairchild C-123 military transport aircraft.
Mulvihill said the C-123 was believed to have been shot down over the border in Nicaragua during the Iran-Contra affair – a secret arms deal-turned-political scandal during the administration of US President Ronald Reagan, which saw the US trade weapons to Iranian terrorists in return for the release of American hostages.
Funds from the controversial deal were also used to support an armed conflict in Nicaragua at the time.
Today, the fortune of this aircraft-turned restaurant – just like the other two aircraft hotel suites – has been reborn.
You could say that all three aircraft are enjoying their new “lives” in retirement.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.