With all of the hotels available to us through points and loyalty programs, we often stay locked into those options without looking around. If you do look around, there are some pretty incredible alternatives that break the molds on chain hotels. Staying in hotels like that can be more than just a lodging and place to sleep – it can be an experience by itself!
Hotel Costa Verde
There is a lot of talk on blogs about the niceness of a lie flat seat onboard airplanes. I mean, when you think about it, it is a great way to travel that you are moving at hundreds of miles an hour while fully reclined and (hopefully) sleeping to arrive at your destination fully rested! I have done my fair share of flying that way, including on the best bed in the sky – the Singapore Airlines Suites Class aboard their A380 (and I was the only passenger in Suites, to make it even nicer).
But, the thing that would be even cooler than a bed in the sky is the elegantly designed and appointed ultimate hotel in an airplane suspended in the sky! That is what Hotel Costa Verde did with a repurposed 727 airplane. They built two beautiful bedrooms into the airplane and set it at a slight angle fifty feet in the air on a pedestal.
This two-bedroom suite has a total of three beds and private baths in each room. It also has a terrace that gives some pretty nice views of the ocean. The interior has been built with Costa Rican teak paneling with furnishing handmade from Indonesia.
The rates at this hotel can vary widely based on season:[table “” not found /]
This hotel is very intriguing and one I would love to stay at sometime! Of course, if you are married to someone who does not like airplanes that much, that might not be such a great idea. You don’t want anyone getting airsick – even if it is only fifty feet in the air! 🙂
The hotel is located about 2.5 hours from San Jose airport (which Southwest will be flying to come next March), so it is a little bit of a distance but should still be worth it. For those true mile and point collectors, this aircraft was originally used on South African Air and Avianca airlines, so it is a true Star Alliance hotel – maybe one of the first! Unfortunately, Star Alliance Gold will not get you anything special here. 🙂
Of course, if you have the Barclaycard Arrival, you can use points on the costs from this hotel to reduce/wipe out the cost (1 point = 1 cent). If you do not have that card, you can sign-up below and earn 40,000 points after spending $3,000 (that will give you a total of 46,000 points = $460 towards travel). I do make a commission of off that card if you are approved, so thank you, should you decide to use my link!