When it comes to choosing the perfect accommodation for your vacation the possibilities are endless. From sleeping on a plane to living under a rock, the tourism industry fulfills almost all your fantasies. Hotels are no longer just a place to rest your head after a hectic day out; today the lodgings play an integral part in your vacationing experience. Listed below are 15 such unusual hotels spread worldwide that travelers must not miss out on:
Aydinli Cave House Hotel, Neveshir, Turkey
Aydin Cave Hotel was established in 2008, and is carved out of natural rock and cave structures that date back to 750 years! Located in Turkey, the hotel is made of natural rock and traditional stone of Cappadocia with a rooftop terrace, porous walls and holes, giving the lodging is a raw primitive aura. The 14-room hotel was named after the Wine Place where winemakers would squash grapes and Pek Mez.
Liberty Hotel, Boston
The Liberty Hotel was once the Charles Street Jail that housed inmates like Malcolm X. The hotel has retained much of its authentic structure and features 298 luxury suites dining area with remnants of the cells aptly named Clink and Alibi. Eighteen rooms in the hotel remain unchanged down to the “do not disturb” signs on the doors.
Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin
Propeller Island City Lodge in Germany is nothing like conventional hotels you’ll find anywhere. Designed by German artist Lars Storschen, the hotel features a unique topsy-turvy construction that seems almost unrealistic and magical. Each room here is different from the other. Ranging from mirrored rooms to coffins, caged beds to gravity-defying suites, there is no dearth of choices here. The creative and unconventional suites are nothing short of Wonderland!
The Hobbit Motel, Waitomo, New Zealand
Living in the compact yet cozy Hobbit hole in Middle Earth is the dream every book lover and LOTR fan cherishes. The Hobbit Motel at New Zealand transforms this dream to reality. Located on the Northern Island, the two units are set in Woodlyn Park and include unique “Waitanc Ships” and an Express Trains for bringing the guests. The nearby green meadows and forests further enhance the authenticity of the LOTR universe.
Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
Let’s delve into more unusual hotels. Treehotel in Sweden takes the concept of tree houses a notch higher. The all glass construction of the hotel resembles a bird’s nest and is perched up in the trees. Each block of the lodging features a different design and construction. Some parts are shaped like the UFO, some like a nest while others are structured like lego blocks offering a panoramic view of the surrounding forests.
La Balade Des Gnomes, Heyd, Belgium
The La Balade Des Gnomes look like something straight out of a fairytale! The Belgium-based hotel gives guests a choice of 10 magical and beautiful rooms that are designed with themes from local folklore and mythological tales. The rooms are built from natural materials like mud, straw, and wood and offer a wide range of themes such as Trojan’s horse, spaceships, sailboats, mermaids, trolls etc.
Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Ice hotels have been a popular idea in the tourism industry. However, the Icehotel at Sweden was the first of its kind and is the most widely recognized. Established nearly 20 years ago, the hotel features an all-ice construction and has to be constructed every year. It’s remade every November from the ice of Torne River. The ice bar and themed suites are open only in some seasons.
Hotel Marques Des Riscal, Elciego, Spain
Marques des Riscal is the magnum opus of the Spanish architect Frank Gehry. The hotel is made of gigantic metallic ribbons that are arranged in an avant-garde design. The colorful titanium sheets and overall shiny, vibrant construction of the place are in sharp contrast with the surrounding meadows and vineyards. The hotel is set in the heart of the city’s wine-growing region, Elciego and features a separate bar, restaurant, and spa in another section of the property.
Das Park Hotel, Ottensheim, Austria
Das Park Hotel in Austria takes the concept of modern dwellings to the extreme. The lodging is basically a large concrete pipe or barrel-shaped structure that has a bed, a side table, and a bed lamp. These cement pipes were originally sewage pipes that were cleaned and renovated into these unique lodging spaces. The entire setup sits on the banks of River Danube and is a perfect representation of the post-industrial, urban picture.
Null Stern Hotel, Gonten, Switzerland
Imagine living under the sky surrounded by mountain ranges, in a place where there are no walls. Null Stern turns this dream into reality. Null Stern translates to “zero stars” and the idea is that the only stars that guests need to worry about are the ones above their heads! An art hotel set in the picturesque town of Gonten, Null Stern was originally an underground nuclear bunker that was renovated by conceptual artists Frank and Patrick Ritlin. The no wall rooms with just a bed and a bedside lamp are perched on the mountainside in Graubünden.
Hotel Costa Verde, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Hotel Costa Verde is a refurbished 1965 vintage Boeing 727 aircraft that was renovated by a team of architects and engineers into a luxurious two-bedroom suite. Perched precariously on top of a 50-feet concrete plinth, the hotel is surrounded by thick jungle and the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica. The rear bedroom features an artificial deck on the wings that serves as the lounging area.
ION Adventure Hotel, Selfoss, Iceland
ION Adventure Hotel, originally an old dilapidated inn, is surrounded by lava fields, moss-covered meadows and mountain ranges. Perched on Mount Hengill, the place is very close the historical town of Revajik and is powered by a nearby geothermal plant. The oblong wooden structure of the place is set on a dormant volcano and offers a surreal view of the mystical Northern Lights or aurora borealis.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
The Taj Lake Palace is among the most romantic hotels in the world. Set in the historical town of Udaipur, the palace is located on an island on Lake Pichola. The white marble structure of the lodging has a very royal, mystical feel to it and has captured the eyes of celebrities like Vivian Leigh, Lord Curzon, and Queen Elizabeth.
Utter Inn, Västerås, Sweden
Utter Inn or Otter Inn in English is a one of a kind place designed by Mikael Genberg. Set on Lake Malaren, near Västerås in Sweden, the hotel is a little boat house painted in the brightest red with a brown roof and typical white border windows. However, the simple, minimalistic design of the place is in sharp contrast to the surreal view you get from the little oval windows.
Inntel Amsterdam-Zaandam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Inntel Amsterdam-Zaandam is a combination of about 70 houses that are stacked one on top of the other to make up the hotel. Each house features a design and construction typical of the local architecture of Amsterdam. From local townhouses to laborer’s quarters, each house represents a part of Finland’s history and culture. The lodgings offer four-star facilities of spa, pool, Turkish steam bath, Finnish sauna and a health club.