Inside the passenger jet converted into a luxury hotel

What do you do if you just happen to have the fuselage of a Boeing 727 from the 1960s lying around?

Make it into a luxury hotel, of course.

That's what the owners of this old jet, which was destined for scrap, decided to do - and they now claim to run the most exclusive hotel in Costa Rica.

The hotel can be found in Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio Park and features glorious sea views from the balconies built on each wing, two teak-panelled bedrooms and air conditioning throughout.

Rates to stay here start at around $100 per night.

See more weird and wonderful hotels in our slideshow below:

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Inside the passenger jet converted into a luxury hotel

Fish is always on the menu at the Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida.
Situated 21 feet beneath the sea, guests can enjoy unlimited diving and magnificent views through the 42 inch windows. While you're down there, you can earn yourself a PADI diving certificate, or take a three-hour scuba diving crash course.

Birds' eye views are guaranteed at the Perche dans Le Perche treehouse in Normandy. At 50 feet off the ground, this cosy nest sits within the boughs of an ancient chestnut tree in the beautiful Perche National park. It sleeps five and has two bedrooms, a small kitchen, shower room and wi-fi - so there's plenty of opportunity to twitter.
For more treehouses, see Ten of the best treehouse hotels.

Live like a troglodyte at the Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey. Located in a 1,000-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat, part of the cave was used by Christian monks until recently. Book into one of the monks' cells, or treat yourself to a deluxe room with vaulted ceilings, fireplace, locally made carpets and wi-fi. Horse riding and Turkish cookery classes will keep you amused.

You don't have to be barking mad to stay at Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho... but if you are, it helps. Guests entering the 12-foot tall beagle will find a world of canine wood carvings and dog-shaped cookies on their pillow. There's a bedroom in the dog's head and a cosy alcove in the muzzle and lots of glorious countryside all around for walkies.

No, you are not dreaming! Slanted floors, suspended beds and mirrored rooms are some of the surreal surroundings created by artist Lars Stroschen at the City Lodge Propeller Island, Berlin, Germany. Check into a slanted room which makes grandma's bed seem to fly; sleep in a coffin, a prison cell or on a bed suspended from the rafters; catch your reflection in the diamond-shaped mirrored room or sleep beneath the floorboards. This one defo wins our prize for the weirdest hotel we could find.

This vintage Boeing 727 fuselage at the Costa Verde Hotel, Costa Rica, is just the ticket for high flyers. Perched on a 50 foot pedestal in the Manuel Antonio National Park, the two-bedroom suite comes with teak panelling, hand-carved furniture, two bathrooms, air-conditioning, kitchenette and balcony. Will this idea take off? Watch this space...

A night in this tiny Calvados cask in Normandy is guaranteed to be a barrel of laughs. Once used to store 10,000 litres of Calvados, the barrel on the Domaine de La Corp au Grip estate has been transformed into a circular bedroom which is ideal for two people. The owner runs cookery workshops too.

Once used by the US military to house radar defending the Panama Canal, the unusual Canopy Tower in Soberania National Park, Panama, is now an eco lodge. The bedrooms are at tree-top level and the observation deck and restaurant have panoramic windows that provide amazing views of the forest canopy and more than 500 species of birds.

You won't throw money down the drain at Das Parkhotel, Austria - you'll be living in it. These giant concrete drain pipes have a double bed, storage, light and power but despite all the piping, there's no toilet or shower - public facilities are nearby. Guests pay according to how much they can afford. The drainpipe idea has proved so popular that five more drain pipes will soon open near Essen, Germany.

Staying 155 metres underground will not guarantee a good night's sleep but at least you won't need black-out blinds. Guests staying at this one-room hotel in the Sala Silvermine, Vastmanland, Sweden, are provided with a delicious candle-lit dinner and breakfast plus a guided tour of the mine's winding galleries, vast caverns and lakes.

You'd be forgiven for thinking you were sea-ing things - but this cliff-top cruise ship hotel in South Korea is the real deal, and a world first. The Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht in Jeongdongjin, South Korea, has become one of the country's biggest tourist destinations, and is described by Visit Korea as "the world's first on-land cruise themed resort". The resort gets four out of five stars on Tripadvisor, with one traveller from Northern Ireland writing: "The sight of a cruise ship on the top of a cliff is breathtaking! You can hardly imagine it is possible, so staying here is a very unique experience. "The piped soundtrack of bird calls and breaking waves adds to the illusion of being at sea. Thankfully though, the boat does not rock!"


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Located on a 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long in the Rosneath peninsula, Cove Park's Fielding Retreats prove you can do a lot more with shipping containers than, well, ship stuff. The pods are industry standard shipping containers that have an open-plan layout with cooking and sleeping facilities for guests to spend the night. They even come with balconies overlooking a delightful pond and offer beautiful views of the surrounding hills. From £100 per night via Unusual Hotels of the World

The interior of the NEW Hotel in Athens is made of all sorts of recycled materials - old newspapers, ladders, bark cloth, you name it. Designed by renowned duo the Campana Brothers, the hotel fuses old with new, displaying bespoke furniture made from recycled and reinterpreted everyday materials. In the rooms you'll find jagged mirrors and quirky chairs made out of newspapers, and the handmade fixtures really make guests feel like they are living and breathing a major art installation. €160 (£138) for a double room including breakfast.

Night in a tram, anyone? The Controversy Tram Hotel in the Netherlands consists of five bed and breakfast rooms converted from city trams and railcars. The cool themed tram bedrooms used to run on the streets of Amsterdam and Germany, and there are double beds, shower and toilet facilities and a sink top unit on board. There is a cute terrace with a seating area inside a 'tram shelter' and a TV and VCR with 200 videotapes that you'll find inside a UFO! From €60 (£50) per night from Unusual Hotels of the World

Ever dreamed of sleeping in a concrete drainpipe? No, we thought not. But the rooms (or tubes) at TuboHotel are not the cold and uncomfortable kind you'd imagine. They're super luxurious with queen-sized beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and heated too! Located in Tepoztlan, Mexico, TuboHotel's rooms are stacked in a pyramid shape, reflecting the Aztec pyramid of El Tepozteco that overlooks the town. We bet you want to sleep in a pipe now, don't you? Rooms for two from $400 (£20).

Looking for ski accommodation with a difference? Maya Guesthouse in Valais is the first hotel built entirely out of straw bales. What makes the guesthouse unique is that it is stylish and elegant too. Although guests won't find straw spread across the floor, parts of the walls have windows displaying the bales. And there's no need to worry about keeping warm high up on the Swiss mountain location, as the 90cm-thick straw walls keep the building heated throughout the winter. Double rooms 160CHF (£112) per night.

Perfect for wine lovers, the Hotel Vrouwe van Stavoren in the Netherlands is where you can sleep in a wine barrel. Located in the old harbour of the once thriving trade town of Stavoren, the hotel was built from four 14,500-litre wine casks that were shipped from Switzerland and converted into comfortable and unique rooms. Each wine cask comes with a small sitting room, TV, radio, shower and bathroom, and the hotel is working on incorporating an additional eight casks from the Beaujolais vineyards of France, each with a capacity of 23,000 litres, so they'll be even bigger than the current rooms. Wine casks from €89.65 (£76.50) per night.

How's this for an eco-hotel? Built entirely from its surroundings, this hotel on the world's largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, is a truly unique place to rest your head. Palacio de Sal's walls, floors, ceilings and much of its furniture, including its chairs, beds and tables are made from salt blocks. A huge one million 35cm blocks were used to construct the 16-room hotel and it features all the luxuries you'd find in an upmarket hotel - a dry sauna, whirlpool, steam room and even its own saltwater baths. Rooms cost $130 (£82) per night.

If you're claustrophobic or suffer from motion sickness, look away now! The Capsule Hotel in the Netherlands is made of oil rig survivor pods that have been repurposed to become floating rooms moored near The Hague. They're not the most glamorous of hotel rooms, but each pod offers cosy protection from the elements for up to three people. Inside, you'll find an emergency chemical toilet, snacks and a DVD player. From €60 (£50) per night from Unusual Hotels of the World

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