25 of the most unusual hotels in the world
The residents of urban apartments radically change the living conditions only during the vacations. But over time we understand that hotels even in different countries are mostly similar to each other. However, there are some special. To sleep overnight in one of them is an adventure in itself
The Manta Resort
Tanzania, Pemba Island
This would be an ordinary resort hotel by the sea if it were not for one room – a houseboat with an underwater room. The Underwater Room is 250 meters from the shore. On the deck of the exotic design you can sunbathe with a cocktail in hand by day or gaze at the stars at night, also with a cocktail (all inclusive).
Huge underwater bedroom windows provide an all-around view: you can watch the life of reef fish, squid and octopus, knowing that you can swim with them at any moment. This hotel is a project of the Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, which creates underwater apartments around the world.
This art project made of snow and ice has been in operation since 1989. Each winter the hotel premises are rebuilt in a new way. The material is frozen water from the unique Tournai-Elv River that has never been used for industrial purposes. Every spring the ice melts, so the rooms are not the same from year to year – always different walls, decor and furniture. Visitors are given thermal underwear, hats and sleeping bags. After a night on reindeer skins, guests are served breakfast with hot lingonberry juice. No matter what the temperature outside, the rooms are never colder than -7°C.
3. Crazy House Hotel
Hang Nga Guest House , or as it is more commonly called, “Crazy House”, resembles a huge bizarre tree. Not a single corner – all walls are rounded, stairs are twisted in a spiral or thrown from one building to another. It’s a mixture of Gaudi-style fantasies, “Alice in Wonderland” and Russian folk tales. At night the guests sleep in the rooms, and during the day the sightseers “travel” through the wood.
4. eco-hotel Leaprus
One of the highest hotels in the world (3912 m) is situated on the southern slope of Mount Elbrus. Its guest modules remind capsules of a spaceship. The bedrooms can accommodate 12-18 people, there is a wardroom. In the technical room there are comfortable toilets and showers. All energy comes from solar panels.
5. Woodlyn Park
New Zealand, North Island.
Nestled among green farmland, the motel offers four types of accommodation: in a 1918 train carriage, inside a Vietnam War war war plane, in a World War II patrol boat, and finally underground – in “hobbit holes” (pictured). All rooms are equipped with a kitchen, toilet and shower.
6. Chateau de Bagnols
A historic monument, which many in France consider a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, in the ninth century of its existence was transformed into a luxury hotel. Powerful walls with observation towers are surrounded by a moat, with views of French gardens and Beaujolais vineyards. The interiors, with wall murals and antique furniture, are decorated by designers of France’s finest fashion houses.
7. Montana Magica Lodge
This magical mountain lodge is built in the Hilo Hilo Biological Reserve. From the outside, the hotel looks like a volcano, overgrown with lush vegetation and constantly spewing water instead of lava. If it weren’t for the tiered window openings, the conical structure would look like part of a forest landscape.
A “monkey” suspension bridge at the level of the middle part of the structure is the only way to get inside. Some of the windows have views of the real Mocho-Choshu-Enko volcano. The rooms are equipped with bathtubs carved into a solid piece of wood.
8. Dog Bark Park Inn.
U.S., Idaho, Cottonwood.
The 10-foot beagle dog made of plywood and drywall is named Sweetie Willie. The rooms are located in her belly. The authors of the project are a married couple of artists, wood carvers.
9. Cuevas Pedro Antonio de Alarcon
In the XV century in these caves the Moors hid from the Spaniards. Today there are 23 comfortable rooms. Regardless of the season the temperature inside is a comfortable 18-20 ° C.
10. Museum Hotel
Hotel in the caves of Cappadocia is, in fact, a “living museum”. Each of the 30 rooms is decorated with valuable and in some cases priceless antiques of Hittite, Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman times.
11. Attrap’Reves Montagnac
France, Alpes de Haute Provence
To spend the night in a pine forest, lying on the grass and watching the starry sky is a happiness that everyone can enjoy. But the dampness and the insects are the obligatory attributes of such spending the night. Rest in “tent camping” in Montagnac-Monpeza is devoid of these disadvantages. Here, guests enjoy life in bubbles made of a transparent elastic material that keeps out ultraviolet light during the day and protects against insects and dampness at night.
The grass floor and telescope are nice additions to the comfort. The bubble shape is maintained by fresh air blown in by a small, silent device. Cylindrical corridors lead inside the rooms. At the end of the season, the bubbles are deflated.
12. Free Spirit Spheres
Canada, Vancouver Island.
Those who were lucky enough to spend a couple of nights in this hotel, call it at least a cradle for birds. There are only three guest rooms. They are wooden spheres suspended from trees. Each sphere is equipped with a refrigerator and built-in speakers so you can stock up on snacks and hang between the trees to music. Facilities — in the form of composting and traditional toilets, as well as showers and saunas — are outside. Guests loved it.
13. Tree Hotel
A mirrored cube in the trees in the middle of the woods reflects everything around it: the woods, the meadow, and the sky, so you might not even notice a 4X4X4 m cube. And to prevent birds from crashing into it, the cube is wrapped in infrared film, which birds, unlike people, can see. The entire interior is made of birch plywood.
In addition to the bedroom for two, there is a living room, a bathroom and even a roof terrace. There are other surprising apartments: in the form of a UFO, a bird’s nest or a dragonfly. For the guests’ convenience there is a sauna for eight people built on one of the trees.
14. Refuge Du Gouter
The “Refuge du Gouter” for Mont Blanc conquerors is located at an altitude of 3,835 meters. The futuristic egg-shaped building with four floors and 120 beds is equipped to the highest ecological standards.
15. Tubo Hotel
A 20-room hotel an hour’s drive from Mexico City is tucked inside sewage pipes. Each room has electricity, a window with curtains and a luggage compartment under the bed.
16. Igloo Village Kakslauttanen
These huts differ from the authentic Lapland huts in their increased comfort. The 20 modern igloos are made of thermal glass, through which you can admire the northern lights.
17. Jumbo Stay
In 2008 the 747-212B (Jumbo Jet) that used to belong to a Swedish company that went bankrupt in 2002 was turned into a hostel and parked at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The interior was completely dismantled and disinfected. It was equipped with 29 rooms. The area of a standard room is 6 m 2 . The most expensive and spacious is located in the cockpit. There is even a toilet. For other guests, the amenities are in the corridor.
The cockpit has a panoramic view of the airport, the ordinary rooms have a view of the runway. Each room has a TV, and you can keep track of flight schedules. The hotel has a cafe and a souvenir shop.
18. Railholiday .
The hotel owns four restored railroad cars, allowing you to travel through different times and styles, starting in the 19th century.
19. Green Plaza Shinjuku Capsule Hotel
“A capsule hotel reminiscent of a submarine or a spaceship. The rooms are “minks” sized 2x1x1 meters. The Japanese call them “coffins with an improved layout”.
20. Malmaison Oxford Castle
The hotel is located in a former royal prison of XI century, which in 2005 was bought by Malmaison hotel chain. Lattice bars, barbed wire fences and the overall atmosphere are still reminiscent of the prison’s past. However, the one who got here doesn’t want to run away, except taking exclusive toiletries from the comfortable “cells”. The rooms are furnished with designer furniture, and on the place of former chancery there is a restaurant and a beer bar.
21. V8 Hotel Motorworld Region Stuttgart
The hotel for car lovers. Both in architecture and design the building is dominated by the appropriate themes. In the decor of the rooms the elements and parts of automobiles and vintage cars are used. You can sleep on the bed of a Cadillac, take shelter in the bedroom-car garage, lie on the sofa-boat, sleep in the car-wash in one of 10 thematic rooms. In addition, you can get a “bodysuit” in the massage parlor and have a good refueling at the local gastronomic restaurant.
22. Movenpick Hotel Hamburg
The modern hotel is built in a water tower, which was erected in the 19th century in the Sternshanze Park. In order to justify the functional purpose of the building, the hotel has a sauna complex and a whirlpool shower. There are 226 rooms on 16 floors of the tower with a view of the city or the park. The top-floor suites offer a circular panorama of Hamburg.
23. Le Phare du Pot a l’Eau-de-Vie.
Canada, Quebec City
The lighthouse, built in 1862 on the St. Lawrence River, was abandoned after 100 years and in 1989 it was reborn as a hotel. This federal landmark has only three double rooms and a common lounge, which are decorated in the spirit of the last century. You can watch birds through the telescope on the tower.
24. Cley Windmill.
The windmill, built in the early 18th century, has survived a lot, including the filming of The Conspirator with Elizabeth Taylor in 1949 and a flood in 1953. Today’s owners have converted it into a hotel. There are comfortable rooms not only in the mill itself, but also in the former stables and pigeon house.
25. Hotel De Vrouwe van Stavoren
The hotel is located in the harbor of the Dutch city of Stavoren, but more than the view of yachts, guests are attracted by the four rooms – in Swiss wine barrels. Each has a capacity of 14,500 liters. They say the slight smell of wine gives it away.
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Material published in Around the World magazine #6, June 2014, partially updated March 2022