There’s a Hotel Room Inside this Abandoned Air Traffic Control Tower, and You Can Spend the Night

Sleeping at the airport isn’t a lifelong goal for most of us. But, sleeping at the airport in an air traffic control tower that’s been converted into a luxury “apartment” is an entirely different matter. Through the end of July, home rental website HomeAway is running a unique contest to put five lucky travelers up at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport in style.

It started in 2016 with a fully furnished apartment inside the Eiffel Tower. Now, HomeAway has worked with renowned, contemporary Swedish artist Cilla Ramnek to convert the abandoned, 262-foot-tall ramp tower at Arlanda Airport into a beautiful, full-service, 380-square-foot hotel room. The design recalls a retro, Mid-Century Modern aesthetic with distinct Scandinavian accents. The tower features an open concept studio layout with a bedroom, bathroom, and full kitchen, all surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the current working airport. If you’ve ever harbored childhood dreams of watching airplanes taxi on an active runway, it doesn’t get much closer or better than this.

The winners will also receive full gourmet meal service during their stay. Breakfast is courtesy of RC Chocolat (run by a member of the Swedish National Pastry Team), while dinner is served at Pontus in the Air (helmed by Pontus Frithiof, one of Sweden’s most celebrated gourmet chefs). Roundtrip airfare is also provided, along with behind-the-scenes access to the airport and VIP shuttle service to and from the tower at check-in. After a full 24 hours in the ramp tower, the winners will enjoy an additional three nights at a HomeAway property in Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, or Stockholm.

The Nordic landscape is among the most beautiful and pristine in the entire world. With ancient fjords, verdant, Arctic forests, some of the happiest, healthy citizens in the world, and the perfect conditions for spotting the Northern Lights, it’s a bucket list-worthy destination for any traveler. The hope of this partnership between HomeAway and Swedavia (owner of the Arlanda Airport, among others) is that the winners will use their stay as a jumping-off point to explore Sweden, Finland, and the other Nordic countries.

Enter here from now until July 30 to win!


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