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Airport hotels, like the new TWA Hotel in New York, might embrace the aviation theme. But one Japanese property really wanted guests to embrace airplane travel. How? Well, they built a full-sized flight simulator into one of their guest rooms.
Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, in Tokyo, which is directly connected to Tokyo Haneda Airport Terminal 2, has long been a stop-over point for passengers traveling through the hub. So, in honor of their 15th anniversary, they decided to create a room featuring a Boeing 737-800 flight simulator.
Available starting July 18, guests can book the “Superior Cockpit Room” for about YEN 25,300 ($233) per night. If you want access to the Boeing simulator, you’ll have to shell out another YEN 30,000 ($276) for a 90-minute flight lesson with a certified flight instructor. During that session, you’ll get to experience what pilots see daily by taking-off from the neighboring airport, enjoying a short flight of the area, and then the landing again. You’re able to experience both a day and night time flight.
Even if you decide not to book the specialty room, many of them still have incredible runway views with soundproof windows. Additionally, guests get access to Flyer’s Table, a dining hall for 200 diners. The restaurant offers a mix of Western and Japanese Japanese dishes, all while watching planes take off and land.
The airport itself also embraces the love of aircraft by offering a 24-hour observation deck to travelers. There’s also Tiat Sky Road, which has flight simulators, panels, and model planes from different airlines for people to experience.
And, apparently, Japan has a love affair with aviation-themed spaces elsewhere too. Tajima Airport, west of Tokyo, designed bathrooms with wallpaper featuring the view from a cockpit inside an ATR 42-600 turboprop passenger aircraft. Talk about an interesting view from the loo.