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Fancy an out of the ordinary overnight experience? We’ve combed the globe (and beyond!) to find the world’s most unique hotels. Have a browse and decide where you would dare to stay…

1. Galactic Suite Space Resort (Outer Space)

The first luxury space hotel to open its doors to guests in 2012. It will host 350 guests per year, who will be able to see the sun rise 15 times a day and travel around the world every 80 minutes.

Galactic Suite Space Resort
Photo via www.galacticsuiteprocess.com

2. Library Hotel (New York, USA)

Each floor of the Library Hotel is inspired by one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System, such as Math, Science or Religion, and each room houses part of the hotel’s collection of 6,000 books. Neat, huh?

Library Hotel in New York City
Photo via www.readysetjetset.net

3. Capsule Hotel (Tokyo, Japan)

Made up of tiny 2 square meter room, each with a bed and a TV set. These are cheap and ready to rent if it’s too late to drive, or you’ve had one drink too many and would rather rest first and think about what you’ve done second. The majority of these capsule hotels only accept male guests and only allow one night bookings.

Capsule Hotel in Tokyo

4. Karostas Cietums Hotel (Liepaja, Latvia)

If you’ve ever wondered how it might feel to sleep in jail for a night, but you’re not particularly in the mood to start a bar fight, just book a night in this former prison. Handcuffs and being escorted to your “cell” for the night included. Open from May to October.

Karostas Cietums Hotel - Latvia

5. Das Park Hotel (Ottensheim, Austria)

This unique hotel is constructed from repurposed, incredibly robust drain pipes. It might not be the hotel room you’ve always dreamt of getting your beauty sleep in but it will be unforgettable for sure. Did we mention cheap?

Das Park Hotel in Austria
Source: Das Park Hotel

6. Dog Bark Park Inn (Cottonwood, Idaho)

It’s the world’s biggest Beagle and one of the most unique hotels out there. Designed with dog fanatics, ahem, lovers, in mind, this hotel doesn’t merely look like a dog on the outside, it has a strangely canine feel on the inside too…

Dog Back Park Inn - Idaho
Photo via Dog Bark Park Inn

7. Burj al Arab Hotel (Dubai)

The only seven star hotel in the world, it’s 321 meters high and located on an artificial island in the Persian Gulf. Despite its imposing size, the hotel only has 28 floors which accommodate 202 rooms. The smallest suite occupies an area of 1820 square feet. Can you imagine losing your keys?

Burk Al Arab - Dubai

8. Kokopelli’s Cave (Farmington, New Mexico)

In love with the Flinstones? Or maybe just the idea of living in a cave? Dine on stone tables, sit on stone chairs, sleep in a stone bed and still feel comfy. Practice your yabadabadoo when you check out the Kokopelli’s Cave Hotel.

Kokopelli's Cave Hotel - Mexico
Photo via Kokopelli’s Cave

9. Elqui Domos (Chile)

What if you could stay in bed, wrapped in thick blankets and watch the millions and millions of stars on a pitch black sky? If you’re really a stars aficionado, take hold of one of the available telescopes, ask for the star map at reception and sail away in the Milky Way.

Elqui Domos - Chile
Photo via Elqui Domos

10. The Five Hotel (Paris, France)

Fresh champagne in the fridge, your own dance floor and a rain shower. People who’ve stayed there say that the decor of the room is so impressive and so convincing that the moment you step in – your worries disappear. And your money with them too, as the price of a night’s rest is around €900.

The Five Hotel - Paris

11. Bjorli Snow Hotel (Norway)

Far, far away, in a country where Ice is Queen for more than 8 months a year, between the fiords, in the National Park of Geirangerfjord, there is an ice palace. And not just any ice palace, but one in which you can sleep in a bed surrounded by ice blocks and feel like a creature from another world. (Don’t worry, the wool socks are included).

Bjorli Snow Hotel - Norway
Photo via Bjorli Snow Hotel

12. The Setai Miami Beach (Miami)

A beautiful hotel in a beautiful location, a private beach, an oriental style and flawless service. These are some of the reasons people love this luxury hotel in South Beach.

The Setai Miami Beach - USA

13. Hotel Yunak Evleri (Cappadocia, Turkey)

Sleeping in a cave dug in the wall might not be something you actively desire (maybe you actually prefer not to sleep in a cave) but the rooms and the views of this five star hotel are said to make you change your mind. For good.

Hotel Yunak Evleri in Turkey
Photo via Hotel Yunak Evleri

14. Tree Hotel (Sweden, Laponian Area)

A tree house, what are you, 9 years old? Give your devilish alter-ego a condescending look and explain that this hotel is more than a house in a tree, it’s a proof that living green and in comfort is quite possible if we’d just rethink the way we see and use forests.

Tree Hotel - Sweden

15. De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel (The Netherlands)

Sleeping in a wine barrel might sound a bit strange in the beginning. And it is not only possible, but guaranteed, to be a unique experience. Where to better fall asleep after a night of wine tasting than in one of these sleeping spaces?

De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel - The Netherlands
Photo via Flair

16. Jumbo Hostel (Stockholm, Sweden)

Until flying gets as comfortable as resting in a hotel room, you can try sleeping in a hotel shaped like an airplane. Oxygen masks, business class seats and the pilot’s cabin suite are part of the Jumbo’s method for convincing travelers to go to bed.

Jumbo Hostel - Sweden

17. Hotel i-suite (Rimini, Italy)

A luxury hotel that manages to make impeccable design warm and relaxing, not just ‘interesting’. The lights, the rooms and the spa facilities are all designed to surprise and amuse you during your stay.

Hotel i-suite in Italy

18. Hotel Quinta Real Zacatecas (Mexico)

This hotel is constructed in the San Pedro Bullring and uses the structure of the original building. The place received an International Award for Architecture in 1989.

Hotel Quinta Real Zacatecas in Mexico

19. Nhow Berlin (Berlin)

The first European music hotel. It has a recording studio and a guitar as part of the room facilities. Plus, the furniture and walls are painted in neon – perfect for a rock star… or a nocturnal jam session… or even DJ set for your closest friends.

Nhow Berlin in Germany

20. Malmaison Oxford Castle (United Kingdom)

This is the first British jail turned into a hotel. Even though the hotel’s bar doors are very similar to what the prison looked like in the Victorian period, the comfort and facilities the hotel offers have nothing to do with being held against your will.

Malmaison Oxford Castle - UK

21. Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel (Manaus, Brazil)

What if you could sleep in the heart of the amazon jungle, hear and smell and feel it, while keeping safe and staying comfy? These suites are built 30 meters above the ground and are interconnected by bridges. And if the plants and birds and little animals are not enough to keep you interested, you can swim with pink dolphins or piranha fish (not the other way around).

Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel in Brazil

22. Wigwam Motel (Arizona)

The Wigwam Motel in Arizona allows you to sleep in brick and mortar tents in the same style of the North American tribes (except they’re made of brick and mortar 🙂

Wigwam Motel in Arizona

23. Palacio de Sal Hotel (Bolivia)

This building is made of 100% salt: the chairs, the beds, everything. The Uyuni salt mine is just in front.

Palacio de Sal Hotel - Bolivia
Photo via Palacio de Sal Hotel

24. Jules Undersea Lodge (Key Largo, Florida)

To access this hotel, you have to scuba dive! This former investigation laboratory has been turned into the first underwater hotel – hosting only 6 persons at a time, unfortunately.

Jules undersea lodge hotel - Florida
Photo by Jennifer Gergen via Flickr

25. Ice Hotel (Sweden)

The biggest and oldest ice hotel in the world is located in Sweden, Jukkasjärvi. It’s rebuilt every winter and it will be opened this year for the 21st time.

Ice Hotel in Sweden

26. Wanderlust Hotel (Singapore)

You love strong colors, origami or want to see how it would feel to sleep inside a typewriter? Or maybe outer space? Stay a night or two in this hotel and your dreams will never be the same.

Wanderlust Hotel - Singapore

27. Propeller Island City Lodge (Berlin)

Do you think you can handle a night in a hotel room decorated as a funeral shop? Sleep in a coffin or in a guillotine bed? Would you ever consider sleeping in beds suspended 2m above the ground or in surreal rooms where it feels like you’re sleeping under the floor? If you’re travelling to Berlin, you have to check out this hotel.

Propeller Island City Lodge - Berlin
Photo via Propeller Island City Lodge

28. The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park (Waitomo, New Zealand)

Are you a big Lord of the Rings fan? Then the Hobbit Hotel in New Zealand is definitely a place to check out if you’re travelling to Waimoto this year. The hobbit inspired bungalows are quite comfortable and fully updated to non-fictional characters’ lifestyles.

The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park in New Zealand
Photo via The Hobbit Motel

29. La Balade des Gnomes (Durbuy, Belgium)

Want to feel like Snow White, Robin Hood or Alice in Wonderland for a few days? The Balade des Gnomes Hotel in the Belgium countryside might be a lot of fun if you’re traveling with kids, but it’s a mysterious and magical place for anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale.

La Balade des Gnomes - Belgium
Photo via La Balade des Gnomes

30. Three Camel Lodge (Gobi Desert, Mongolia)

The Three Camel Lodge Hotel is a glimpse into mongolian nomadic culture. The sleeping facilities are composed of gers, traditional herder tents made of felt and canvas and heated by wood stoves.

Three Camel Lodge in Mongolia
Photo via Three Camel Lodge

31. Hotel Qbic (Holland)

Take a walk on the futuristic side and sleep for a night in Cubi, a room with a bed shaped like a cube, decorated with silver and white. Turn on the yellow, red or violet lights depending of the mood you’re in.

Hotel Qbic in Holland
Photo via Qbic Hoteles

32. The Whitepod Resort (Swiss Alps)

This suite complex offers an alternative for exploring the Swiss Alps. By using the igloo-like tents, Whitepod offers a type of winter housing that has a minimal impact on the virgin Alps. In 2005 the Whitepod Resort received the World Prize for Sustainable Tourism.

The Whitepod Resort - Swiss Alps
Photo via The Whitepod Resort

33. Sala Silvermine (Sweden)

This hotel has a dining hall and a suite located in the heart of the earth – in a mine. So you can sleep 155 meters underground in a cold, dark and rather scary place. Rather vampiresque, if you ask us.

 Sala Silvermine in Sweden
Photo via Pappilabild

34. Hotel Silken Puerta América (Madrid)

This is an unique project that has managed to reunite nineteen of the best architects and designers in the world.

Hotel Silken Puerta America in Madrid
Photo via Hotel Silken Puerta America

35. Hotel Palafitte (Switzerland)

This is the only five star hotel built on a lake. Inside, luxury and technology are the stars.

Hotel Palafitte - Switzerland
Photo via Hotel Palafitte

36. Anak Ranch (Mongolia)

At the Anak Ranch of Mongolia, you will sleep in a ger, the traditional Mongolian nomad’s home. You can ride the open steppe and hills of the last great unfenced wilderness of the world. The Anak Ranch lies in the mountainous Orkhon Valley in the rugged steppe-taiga country near the Siberian border.

Anak Ranch in Mongolia
Photo via Anak Ranch

37. Hotel Giraffe Manor (Nairobi)

A hotel surrounded by 47 hectares of woods, in which Giraffes live in their natural habitat. We’re not saying sleep like a giraffe, but you might actually end up having breakfast with one.

Hotel Giraffe Manor in Nairobi
Photo via  Hotel Giraffe Manor

38. Arte Luise Kunsthotel (Berlin)

With all its rooms designed by a different artist, this hotel is more of an an art gallery where you can also sleep.

Arte Luise Kunsthotel - Berlin
Photo via  Arte Luise Kunsthotel

39. Aerohostal (La Peña, Colombia)

This hotel is maybe one of the most unique hotels there are, because you are going to sleep in a floating house. It is hanging 20 meters high. You can reach the hotel by escalating or with cables. Also, they have many adventurous activities such as pendulum, rappel, hiking, hammock in the air, etc.

Aerohostal - Colombia
Photo via Puebliando en Dos Ruedas

40. Hotel Marina Bay Sands (Singapore)

What’s really awesome about this hotel is probably the “infinite” pool that makes you forget you’re on top of a building

Hotel Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

That’s our roundup for the unique hotels, folks.

Don’t forget to look for your hotel and enjoy your trip!

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6 responses to “Top 40 Weird and Unique Hotels

  1. Wow! Impressive!) Thanks for nice article! I have been to Kuala Lumpur, and the city is stunning. There’s a place near KLCC where i went for batik painting workshop. Found it here http://www.hotelyouwant.com/ Batik is one of the most important traditional handicrafts in Malaysia. The place is called MyBatik, and i had a really relaxing and good time there with my family.Can you tell about some unexplored places to visit in Malaysia which are less crowded?

  2. These 40 hotels are really mind blowing and i have not enough word to explain my feelings. In short, i would like to visit some of these hotels especially space hotel. Thanks for sharing such type of things.

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