Our popular fascination with trains, planes and automobiles continues well beyond childhood, so it’s no wonder travelers of all ages are increasingly excited at the prospect of spending the night in one of these modes of transport. When you book a stay at one of these unusual accommodations around the world, you’ll be taking in runway views from the wing, dozing in a caboose or falling asleep at the wheel—without giving up any of the creature comforts of a quality hotel.
Jumbo Stay: Stockholm
Become a real jetsetter in this 33-room aviation-themed hostel where you can spend the night in an actual plane. At Jumbo Stay, located at Arlanda Airport, you’ll be able to rest your head in the cockpit, sleep in the engine or make some friends in the shared bunk dorms. To get a view of the runway, just look up over the left wing.
TWA Hotel: NYC
One of the most anticipated hotel openings of the year, the retro TWA Hotel sits in the celebrated 1962 Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center at JFK airport (aka Terminal 5). Watch planes take off and land from the rooftop pool, step aboard Connie, a 1958 Constellation airplane turned cocktail lounge, or stay the night in a mid-century modern room with a view of the runway (don’t worry, the windows are extra thick for sound proofing).
Red Caboose Motel: Pennsylvania
If you loved the storybook “Little Red Caboose” as a child, then you’ll be thrilled to stay a night or two in the Red Caboose Motel in Ronks (about 65 miles west of Philly in Amish country). Choose to sleep in one of 38 cabooses, a mail car or a baggage car. While there, tour the property aboard the trackless Red Caboose Express, enjoy an Amish buggy ride, or take in the views from the top of a 50-foot silo. Don’t leave without picking up a souvenir train whistle at The Depot gift shop.
Santos Express: South Africa
Spend the night in a romantic stationary train while taking in ocean views aboard the Santos Express. Accommodation ranges from a 16-bed dorm to a royal suite. Dine on fresh seafood dishes at the Fork & Train Restaurant after a walk along the beach in beautiful Mossel Bay. You’ll be on the right track with an overnight stay in this train hotel.
Featherbed Railroad: California
Chances are when you think of a bed and breakfast, you don’t think of a caboose. Well, at the Featherbed Railroad in Nice, near Mendocino National Forest in Northern California, that’s exactly what you get. Choose to stay in one of nine separate vintage railroad cabooses, each with its own theme: Think Orient Express, Wild Wild West, Midnight in Paris, etc. The grounds are located on scenic Clear Lake, so you’ll also be treated to resort activities like swimming in the lake or the pool, playing ping pong, or borrowing a book or video from the library. And, of course, complimentary breakfast is served every morning.
V8 Hotel: Germany
Rev your engines with a vacation at the V8 Hotel. More than just a place to crash, this hotel is an immersive experience. Each of the 26 V8 rooms has a unique and elaborate automotive theme, including Car Wash, Gas Station, Route 66 and Drive-In Cinema. Many of the rooms have car beds. Located in the MOTORWORLD Region complex in Stuttgart, guests can see a range of historic cars, visit the Porsche or Mercedes-Benz museums, rent an impressive sports car or motorcycle, play golf, check out the Sensapolisan indoor theme park, or take a spin around an indoor e-kart track. This stay will give you something to toot your horn about when you return home.
Hotel Maranello Village: Italy
This Ferrari-themed hotel will make race car lovers drool. Located in Motor Valley in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, the Hotel Maranello Village features rooms that range from double occupy to three-room apartments. The rooms are modern, rather than having kitschy car-themed decor. Stay in the Daytona, Monza, Suzuka, or Le Mans wing. Visit the Ferrari or Lamborghini Museum and factory, dine at the Pit Lane Restaurant, drive a real Ferarri on a race track, and of course pick up some Ferrari merch at the Official Ferrari Store.
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