From under the sea to the Arctic Circle to concrete pipes, Musement takes a look at 13 of the world’s most atypical places to spend the night.
We like to think of ourselves as adventurous, and we love taking out-of-the-ordinary vacations, so we decided to take a look at some of the world’s most unusual accommodations.
From accommodation to the original concepts, including some of the most luxurious, here’s a look at 13 – which are by no means exhaustive.
1. ICEHOTEL, Sweden
For the last 30 years, an ice palace, or rather an ice hotel, is located 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle. More than just a hotel, this work of art evolves and changes every year. It is also possible to visit year-round without having to spend the night.
2. Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Its sail-shaped silhouette makes it one of Dubai‘s most recognizable and emblematic structures. Considered “the only 7-star hotel” in the world, the Burj Al Arab is also the world’s third-highest.
3. Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Located in the Langata forest, on the outskirts of Nairobi, the Giraffe Manor promises an unforgettable stay in East Africa. Around this colonial mansion, a herd of Rothschild giraffes lives in total freedom.
4. Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
A five-star hotel immersed 50-feet under the sea? Poseidon Undersea Resort is located on a private archipelago in Fiji, and its rooms are located in capsules with transparent walls that allow its guests to admire the marine fauna and flora under the Pacific at leisure.
5. Das Park Hotel, Austria
If you don’t have the budget for one of these original but luxurious hotels, you can always opt for the Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim comprised of concrete pipes transformed into hotel rooms. It seems that concrete is an excellent insulator, which ensures optimal quality of sleep…so long as you are not claustrophobic. As for the nightly rate, it’s the travelers’ call.
6. The Old Railway Station, England
You might have spent the night on a train, but have you ever slept in a station? This is the concept of the exceptionally British Old Railway station hotel in Petworth where four Pullman cars of the Orient Express have been converted into real suites, guaranteeing a nostalgic 19th-century ambiance.
7. Karostas Cietums, Latvia
The most curious (perhaps even the most sadistic?) will particularly appreciate the Karosta prison hotel in Latvia where visitors are treated in the same way as Soviet Era political prisoner.
8. Dog Park Inn, United States
If, on the other hand, you have a tender heart or are traveling with the little ones, opt for the B&B Dog Park Inn in Idaho. This beagle temple is a true haven of peace that will satisfy all lovers of our four-legged friends.
9. The Manta Resort, Tanzania
Crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, exceptional views of the Indian Ocean, the Manta Resort in Zanzibar is a true paradise on earth. But what makes this hotel unique is its underwater room, located 13 feet under.
10. Hotel Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico
Hotel Quinta Real Zacatecas is a real architectural gem built around a bullfighting arena dating back to the 17th century. This charming five-star hotel will enchant you with its warm atmosphere and colonial style.
11. Utter Inn, Sweden
Privacy is guaranteed at the Utter Inn on Sweden’s Lake Mälaren. This small floating cabin near Stockholm has a single chamber submerged 10-feet deep. The ideal for nature lovers.
12. Lodge Collines de Niassam, Senegal
Have you ever considered sleeping in a baobab tree? Located in Palmarin, south of Dakar, Niassam Hills Lodge offers various accommodation options including cabins coiled in the baobabs that offer an unobstructed view of the particularly well preserved surrounding nature.
13. Vliegtuigsuite Teuge, Netherlands
You’ve never slept so well on a plane before. Located on the tarmac of Teuge airport, the luxury suite Vliegtuigsuite Teuge allows its guests to move from the original cockpit to the leather sofas in the lounge, not to mention a sauna and particularly comfy bed.
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