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Stay at Some of the Most Unique Hotels in the World

By - Posted on 15 May 2010

Where you stay when traveling can be just as interesting as what you do when you arrive in a new city. From a pay-what-you-want drain pipe hotel in Austria to luxury caves in Turkey, these hotels are truly unique experiences in themselves.


Ice Hotel, Sweden
Photo of Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi Sweden © bjaglin

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in a room that is -5° C (23° F), Icehotel is the place for you. Located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, about 200 kilometers north of the Arctic circle, Icehotel is made entirely of snow and ice. Even the furniture must stay frozen – beds are blocks of snow and ice covered with reindeer skins and special thermal sleeping bags. Every year construction starts in mid November when snow is sprayed on steel frames. The snow freezes after a few days and the frames are removed. Ice blocks harvested in spring are used to build rooms and divide corridors. Icehotel opens in near the end of December and closes when the structure begins to melt in April.

Poseidon Undersea Resort

Sleeping with the fishes has a new meaning with the opening of Poseidon Undersea Resort. Located in a Fijian lagoon, the world’s first seafloor resort is situated 40 feet (12 meters) underwater. The walls of guest rooms and suites are made almost entirely out of 4 inch thick clear acrylic providing amazing views of the ocean. If staying above the water is more to your taste, the resort also has accommodations on the beach.


9hours Hotel, Kyoto Japan
Photo of 9hours, Kyoto Japan © 9hours

If you find yourself in Kyoto and need a place for a quick rest, check out 9hours. As the name implies, guests can stay for 9 hours - enough time for a shower, a rest and a good night’s sleep. Each sleeping capsule is private and is equipt with a pillow, linens and a sleep ambient control system. Guests have access to a common lounge and shared bathroom facilities. Included in your stay are basic toiletries, a towel, slippers, pajamas and drinking water. Whether you are in Kyoto for business or pleasure, 9hours hotel is practical, inexpensive and guarenteed to be a unique experience!

Propeller Island City Lodge

Would you like to sleep in a coffin? How about a castle bed? Maybe a room covered entirely in green leather? If themed hotels are your thing then you must visit Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin, Germany. Consisting of 45 rooms, each with their own theme, Propeller Island City Lodge is a destination entirely on its own.

Yunak Evleri

Yunak Hotel, Urgup TurkeyPhoto of Yunak Hotel, Urgup Turkey
Photos of Yunak Evleri, Urgup Turkey © Yunak Everli

‘Luxury’ and ‘Cave’ are two words rarely seen next to each other but at Yunak Evleri visitors get them both. A beautifully designed hotel carved into the side of a mountain, Yunak Evleri is the definition of a luxury cave. 30 rooms, dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, have been fitted with hardwood floors and marble bathrooms, decorated with handcrafted furniture and offer modern room amenities.

Das Parkhotel

Das Parkhotel, Lintz Austria
Photo of Das Parkhotel, Lintz Austria © _foam

For a truly bizarre experience, Lintz, Austria is the place to stay. Das Parkhotel is an experimental hotel consisting of three drainpipes located in a park. Each drainpipe comes with a double bed, linens, blankets, a lamp and a bedside table. There are bathroom facilities and a cafeteria in the main complex and the ‘hotel rooms’ have keycoded doors for security. Das Parkhotel operates on a pay-what–you-want fee.

Green Magic Nature Resort

For eco-friendly and unique accommodations, go to Green Magic Nature Resort. Located in Kerala, South India, the resort offers, get this, tree houses. Yes, you can stay in the trees, 60 feet above the ground, in a house made entirely of eco-friendly materials. Access to the tree houses are made possible by a cane lift that works with water as a counter weight. The Green Magic Nature Resort also offers ecolodges and cave houses.

Dog Park Bark Inn

Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood Idaho
Photo of Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood Idaho © Dog Bark Park

For the ultimate dog themed vacation, Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho is the place to visit. This bed and breakfast offers accommodation in Toby, a 12 foot tall beagle statue. Dog Park Bark Inn was started by a husband and wife team, chainsaw artists Dennis Sullivan and Francis Conklin and also features a gift shop and artist studio.

Woodlyn Park

Woodlyn Park, Waitomo New ZealandWoodlyn Park, Waitomo New Zealand
Photos of Hobbit Motel at Woodlyn Park, New Zealand © Woodlyn Park

At Woodlyn Park in Waitomo, New Zealand, there are four choices of accommodation: The Hobbit Motel , which is built into the side of a hill and looks like, well, a Hobbit motel; The Plane Motel, a 1950’s Bristol Freighter; The Train Motel , a 1950’s rail car; or a Fairmile Ship, a WWII patrol boat. All motels are self containing with kitchen and bathrooms. In addition to the unique accommodation, Woodlyn Park also offers a Maori Culture show, an Agridome sheep sheer and farm shows.

The Jail

Would you pay to spend the night in a jail? Yes? Then, for a unique stay at budget prices visit The Jail in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Rooms are in jail cells, meals in the mess hall and outdoor activities in the games yard.

The Boat Hotel in Samui and Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok are equally weird. The premier, being made up of (decaying) rice barges, is often disappointing and the latter, an ardently anti-sex tourist accommodation choice mainains a strict 'no-criticism' approach - albeit only steps away from Bangkok's notorious Nana Plaza sex-for-sale hub.


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