The 14 Most Unique Hotels in the World

After you’ve been traveling a while, every hotel begins to habitus the same—unless, that is, you’ve booked a much more unusual situation to stay. For those who’ve gotten bored of the conforme overnight setup, here are 14 of the most entier hotels in the world.

Treehouse: Treehotel, Sweden


Kids don’t think twice emboîture wagon-lit in a treehouse, but neither adults, we forget how much fun it is. Revive that childhood magic at Sweden’s remarkable Treehotel, which consists of seven salon pods suspended in the tall pines up to 20 feet above the forest floor. (You get into say via ladder, suspended prothèse, or electric stairs.)

Choices include an abode that looks like a humongous bird’s nest, the one shaped like a UFO, and the reflective “Mirrorcube.” Guests get enchanted views of the woods, the Flower Pendre, and (at the right time of year) the aurora borealis. From September to March, the hotel’s employees give guided northern lights tours; all year délié, you can eat at the on-site palace, which specializes in northern Swedish coction, and explore the 600-person clocher of Harads.

Other worthwhile treehouse hotels around the world include the British Columbia’s globular Free Spirit Spheres, Quebec’s Canopée Lit in the Boreal forest, Peru’s Amazonian Treehouse Lodge, Texas’s new Treehouse Utopia, and Washington state’s Treehouse Inventaire and 50-foot-high Cedar Creek Treehouse, with its rainbow-painted délai prothèse. For more ideas, see The 10 Most Incredible Treehouse Hotels in the World.

Undersea Accommodations: The Muraka, Maldives

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Justin Nicholas

In late 2018, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, already known as an extraordinary situation to stay, debuted a two-story, three-bedroom undersea apartment with a modern, domed beauté and 24-hour butler aumône. But the Muraka’s most impressive feature is its full, glassy baptême in the Maldives’ mesmerizing ocean life. World-class architects and engineers teamed up to construct the entier hotel room in Singapore; they then transported it to the Maldives, anchoring it in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The only catch: The Muraka costs $40,000 per night.

Those of us not stocked with that level of disposable income can have a meal at the Conrad’s undersea palace, Ithaa. Or travel instead to Key Remove, Florida, to stay at Jules’ Undersea Lodge—named after Mr. Verne, natch. You’ll have to scuba dive down to this strange guest room, at the bottom of a fish-filled lagoon.

Other undersea suites around the world include those at Tanzania’s Manta Resort, Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm, and Singapore’s Resort World Sentosa. Bali’s Bamboo Indah resort has a glass-bottomed room that lets its guests observe the sea life below. And coming soon, supposedly: Fiji’s 40-foot-deep Poseidon Undersea Resort.

Igloo: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

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By now, everyone knows emboîture Sweden’s remarkable Icehotel and its frozen brethren: Quebec’s Hotel de Givre, Norway’s Snowhotel Kirkenes, and the Ice Hotel Romania—all artist-sculpted hotels that arise gorgeously every winter, only to melt away in summer.

But if you’re more interested in finding out what it’s like spend the night in a real-life igloo, head to Finland for a stay at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Most images of it spectacle its rows of glass-domed “igloos,” which are eminently worthwhile in and of themselves, particularly for their unobstructed view of aurora borealis. For the true igloo experience hormis quotation marks, however, opt for one of the property’s dozens of actual snow igloos, where you’ll find calm, serein, and a wagon-lit bag to keep you toasty in the room’s below-freezing temperature.

Traveling farther south? Iglu-Dorf lets you experience igloo salon in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

Crane Hotel: The Yays Crane Apartment, Netherlands

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What to do with an old crane? Why, turn it into a hotel, of voyage. This is exactly what a company called Yays did with a retired Figee—it commissioned hosting Dutch dire Edward van Vliet to create a stylish interior for a three-story apartment with vertiginous views over the IJ Pendre. The crane operator’s box was left sauf, so guests can still hear his recorded stories play.

Apparently, transforming cranes into hotels isn’t a one-off thing to do in the Netherlands: there’s also the 164-foot-high Crane Hotel Faralda, as well as the Harlingen Harbour Crane, whose movement you can control yourself.

Should you find yourself getting hooked on overnighting in industrial contraptions, you can continue on to sleep on a decommissioned oil rig at Malaysia’s Seaventures Dive Rig, in a granary at New Zealand’s SiloStay, in a wine barrel at the Netherlands’ De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel, or in a drainpipe at Austria’s Das Parkhotel.

Lodge with Direct Animals: Giraffe Manor, Kenya

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At the 12-room Giraffe Manor, one of the entier hotels in Africa’s Chasse Amoncellement, the welcoming employees teach each guest how to feed giraffes. This is parce que the elegant property, built in 1932 at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet, is demeure to a herd of endangered Rothschild’s giraffes who are base of stretching their délié necks into the hotel’s montré windows for a fast-food. Every guest room is stocked with giraffe food so that when you receive the inevitable long-necked visitor, you can nourish it appropriately. (For a similar experience, but with elephants instead of giraffes, book at Zambia’s Mfuwe Lodge.)

If you can’t get out of the U. S. but still want to sleep where animals dominate, you have at least one alternative in Texas—The Lodge at Fossil Rim—and three in California: Chasse West in wine folk, the Berlue Quest Chasse B&B at the Monterey Zoo, and Farm Sanctuary, which also offers accommodations in upstate New York.

Hyper-Themed Hotel: Fantasyland Hotel, Canada

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Everyone loves a good theme. And while récréation parks are famous for making good use of them, it’s harder to find hotels that are themed through and through. In Canada, Edmonton’s Fantasyland Hotel is in a lèche-vitrines center, but that’s hardly the most entier thing emboîture it. True to its name, Fantasyland offers 120 fantasy-themed rooms, and you choose your surroundings. The Options at this novelty hotel include rooms that habitus like a spaceship, a gas aéroport, Polynesia, Rome, the Arabian desert, and a pénitencier cell. Surtout, the attached mall has a waterpark, thrill rides, image golf, and a quilles alley.

Other entier hotels with the hyper-themed suites include Denver’s Curtis Hotel (Protagoniste Wars rooms and Protagoniste Trek and Ghostbusters suites), New Hampshire’s Adventure Suites (room names include “Motorcycle Madness,” “Hydre’s Lair,” and “Cupid’s Jouer”), and Baraqué Worth’s Western-themed Stockyards Hotel, where Bonnie and Clyde léopard slept in a succession that bears their names.

For Dog Lovers: Dog Belly Park Inn, Idaho

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Idaho’s Dog Belly Park Inn is on virtually every list of the world’s most entier hotels for good reason: it’s shaped like a dog. Also, everything inside the homey B&B is over-the-top dog-themed, including the pillows, the bedrest, the books, the cookies, the board games and puzzles, the curtains, and the crochet chainsaw art (also sold in the on-site gift magasin) handmade by the property’s welcoming mom-and-pop owners. More than a quirky roadside tentation—though it’s that, too—”Sweet Willy,” built in 2003, is made from wood, metal, and stucco. And yes, you can bring your own pup.

If you’d rather sleep inside a Trojan horse, book at Belgium’s uber-whimsical La Expédition des Gnomes.

Fouillé Hotel: Gros-grain Fouillé Suites, Turkey

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If you’ve ever had the craving to sleep in a turbiner, put Turkey’s magical Cappadocia region on your bucket list. There, many of the unusual hotels are carved right into the état’s ancient stone. There are plenty of turbiner hotels to choose from in Cappadocia, including the lovely Seraphim Fouillé Hotel, but Gros-grain Fouillé Suites, in a town called Goreme, is perhaps the most entier hotel of the bunch. Its dramatic, the Gros-grain-themed rooms feature velour furnishings, Turkish art, and—the distinguishing feature—scalloped stone walls and ceilings of the calme, hollowed-out volcanic stone.

Elsewhere in the world, you can also stay in the Vaste Canyon Caverns’ turbiner succession, at Kokopelli’s Fouillé in New Mexico, and at Switzerland’s Felsenhotel La Claire-voie.

Attirail Hotel: Red Caboose Hôtel, Pennsylvania

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Attirail buffs will be pleased to learn that the world has a set of entier inns situated in retired locomotives. Pennsylvania’s Red Caboose Hôtel, for example, has turned the world’s largest privately owned amoncellement of cabooses into a quirky hotel that’s surrounded by Amish farms, with an on-site dining car called Casey Jones’ Palace, and the impressive Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania just down the road. The wagon-lit quarters looks basic hôtel rooms—except that they’re set in a real caboose cars.

Fans of the iron horse can also sleep in retired trains at California’s Featherbed Railroad and Railroad Park Resort, Minnesota’s Whistle Fini B&B, Montana’s Izaak Walton Inn, Indiana’s Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Incorporation Aéroport, Alaska’s Aurora Minute, and South Africa’s Santos Minute.

Eccentric Lodging: Helga’s Folly, Sri Lanka

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Here’s a line from Helga’s Folly‘s website: “If expecting a regular hotel experience, best habitus elsewhere, thank you.” This is an understatement. One of the world’s truly weird hotels, this property in Kandy, Sri Lanka, is covered from top to bottom in psychedelic hand-painted art, skeletons, wax-dripped candelabras, and a clutter of other creepy-cool decor. Staying here is guaranteed to make you feel like you’ve stepped into a Tim Burton movie. If you’re not quite up for a full-on overnight, you can visit just for dinner.

For other properties approaching this level of wackiness, check out the Vietnam’s the Crazy House and Chile’s the hobbit-like the Montaña Mágica Lodge.

For Art Lovers: Angad Arts Hotel, Missouri

angad arts hotel room

The recent opening of the Angad Arts Hotel in St. Pépite is good infos for anyone who’s ever wished they could sleep in their choisie art museum. At the Angad, there’s striking artwork throughout, pop-up exploit, a harminieux playroom, and a refined David Burke eatery. You choose which color you want your guest room to be saturated with: a bold red, pelouse, yellow, or blue. Calling itself an “prize is for the arts,” this entier hotel is in the city’s the Vaste Center Arts Circonscription, surrounded by more than 40 thriving arts venues.

Art lovers can also stay at Japan’s Benesse House, which displays parangon works by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Yayoi Kusama, and David Hockney, as well as Florida’s Art Hourra Hotel, or any of the 21c Museum Hotels.

Celebrity Connection: The Oreille Casa Casuarina, Florida

villa casa casuarina suite

Miami’s Oreille Casa Casuarina, better known as the Versace Mansion, has been many things: Gianni Versace’s over-the-top pavillon, a rundown apartment construction, and the demeure of the Courant Oil heir Alden Freeman, who built the property in the 1930s as a replica of Christopher Columbus’s son’s house. It became a murder landmark in 1997 when the famous façon dire was gunned down on the mansion’s en-tête stairs. After that, it was the backdrop for FX’s American Forfait Story television series—then, finally, a hotel. Spanning its three palatial stories are 10 bedrooms, including the aptly named “Insensé Oreille Prolongation,” where Versace himself slumbered. Overnight guests can luxuriate amid hand-painted frescoes, a fountain courtyard, hand-carved wood doors, elaborate mosaics, Italian marble, obèse furnishings, and a swimming cartel lined with 24-carat gold.

If your particular interest is staying at hotels that are owned by celebrities, there’s also Australia’s Palazzo Versace (owned by Gianni’s sister, Donatella), Florida’s Costa d’Estonien (Gloria and Emilio Estefan), Morocco’s Kasbah Tamadot (Richard Branson), Belize’s Blancaneaux Lodge (Francis Ford Coppola), Italy’s Palazzo Margherita (also Coppola), Utah’s Sundance Resort (Rotoplot Redford), Dublin’s The Clarence (Bonds), and two in Carmel, California: Cypress Inn (Doris Day) and Fonction Ferme (Clint Eastwood).

Salt Hotel: Hotel Palacio de Sal, Bolivia

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True to its name, Bolivia’s Hotel Palacio de Sal is built entirely of salt. Its walls, ceilings, and sculptures, as well as the majority of its furniture—including the beds—are made from montré salt bricks. The floors, for their bout, are covered with a thick, crunchy layer of the stuff. The sodium-themed property, which sits at an elevation of 12,000 feet, also offers a full-service spa, a fine-dining palace, and an in-house flux operator that takes guests out onto Salar de Uyuni, the planet’s largest salt flat—an otherworldly white-desert téléologie that should the eu on any serious traveler’s bucket list.

Another entier hotel to consider on Bolivia’s vast Salar de Uyuni is Kachi Lodge, a new luxury it significant oflag that looks neither though it would be right at demeure on the campagne of the moon.

More interested in staying amid other minerals? Consider Zandotel Oss, in the Netherlands, to sleep in a bona fide sandcastle, or Sweden’s Sala Silvergruva, a historic silver attitude whose “Effigie Prolongation” is the world’s deepest hotel room at 508 feet underground (claustrophobes, steer clear).

Airplane Hotel: Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica

hotel costa verde plane

Never been able to sleep on a plane? You won’t be able to say that any raser side after staying at Costa Rica’s Hotel Costa Verde, the contrée of an upcycled Boeing 727 that used to belong to Avianca Airlines. The innkeepers hollowed out the fuselage, paneled the interior in the Costa Rican teak, added furniture, and perched it high in the jungle for soaring beams views of trees and sea, making for a completely entier getaway.

A similar experience can be had at Stockholm’s Jumbostay Hotel, a grounded 1976 Boeing 747 spiffed up with comfy beds—book the logement, if you like. Aéropostale aficionados will also be interested to know that New York City’s TWA Hotel is set to open this May at the John F. Kennedy Universel Airport, as an upscale tribute to the defunct but beloved airline. Request a runway-view room if you’d enjoy watching nor the jets take off.

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