18 room Hotelicopter hotel would be the largest helicopter ever built (if it wasn't a joke)

Though it reminds us of the ill-fated enormously expensive V-22 Osprey, we'll give the Hotelicopter a fair shake and file it under "Believe It When We See It." Set to make its maiden voyage this summer, the Hotelicopter is an 18-room flying hotel "designed," the website states, "with the sophisticated, affluent traveler in mind."

So what can you expect? Well, all of the usual from a five-star hotel, even if it is a flying one: Soundproofed rooms, queen-sized bed, mini-bar, wireless Internet service — even room service available an hour after takeoff. There's also a full massage parlor and salon, a ping pong table and — how could it not have one? — a tea lounge. Sophisticated, indeed.

The company says the Hotelicopter is modeled after an old Soviet design:

The Hotelicopter is modeled on the Soviet-made Mil V-12, of which there were only two prototypes ever made. The Mil V-12 took its first flight in Russia in 1968 and was awarded numerous world records, which it still holds today… The Hotelicopter Company purchased one of these prototypes from the Mikhail Leontyevich Mil helicopter plant in Panki-Tomilino, Russia in 2004…

Check out more of the Hotelicopter in the gallery down below, or click Continue to see a video of this ridiculousness in action. UPDATE: We're going with the general consensus on the Hotelicopter. Looks like April Fool's is coming early this year.





Hotelicopter, via Geekologie