7 Unique hotels around the world
With so many hotels and rooms to choose from, it’s not easy to find an unusual sleeping experience – except for some of these marvels which people have created to provide the best travel experience to their guests.
Have a look!
Ice Hotel – Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Founded in 1989 in the village of Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, ICEHOTEL is a hotel and an art exhibition with ever-changing art created in a new guise every winter. It is completely made out of natural ice from Torne River, one of Sweden’s national rivers and last untouched waters.
ICEHOTEL 365 is a permanent structure that includes luxury suites, each with private relax and bathroom, and art suites, all sculptured by selected artists. Guests even get the privilege to experience large ice bar that serves champagne, and an ice gallery. This ice experience can be visited year-round and is cooled by solar panels during the summer months.
Zaandam Inntel Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
In an eclectic canalside structure made of 70 stacked houses, this striking hotel is a 2-minute walk from Zaandam train station and 10 km from the Anne Frank House.
The interiors of the modern hotel rooms also reflect the rich history of the Zaan area: the traditional products, the pioneers of the local craft industries and the families which made the area world-famous. In short, it provides the best of tradition combined with modern-day comfort.
In the hotel, you get ultra-chic rooms individually decorated in local themes, feature designer furniture, and colorful murals. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, tea and coffeemakers, and city views. Upgraded rooms add rainfall showerheads and/or kitchenettes. Suites include living areas and espresso coffeemakers; some also offer saunas and whirlpool tubs.
There's a stylish restaurant with a terrace suspended over the canal, plus a bar, a day spa, an indoor pool, and a gym.
Giant Wine Barrel Room – Sasbachwalden, Germany
This hotel in Germany lets you sleep in giant wine barrels. These barrels were once used by the locals to make regional wine. The hotel is located in the village of Sasbachwalden. Each barrel comes with everything you need, including a comfortable bed, a fully functional bathroom, and a small rock garden patio to greet you at the door. And as Inhabitat noted, the barrels are also heated, so you can stay in over any time of year.
While the barrels are an attraction themselves, the views aren't bad either: Inside, guests can look out from the bed to the enormous picture window that perfectly frames the vineyard below.
Montana Magica Lodge, Chile
The otherworldly hotel looks as though it was dug into a natural stone spire, but the Montana Magica Lodge was man-made. Using locally sourced lumber and stone, the creators of the lodging built up a tall cone. Water pours from the top down the sides in-between the guest windows, running under rich layers of jungle foliage growing on the exterior.
Inside, each of the cozy suites is named after a local species of bird, and all feature a selection of modern amenities that rival even fancier hotels in less remote parts of the country. And if the strangeness and beauty of the hotel itself fail to impress, it offers several other attractions. Among the offerings are hot tubs made out of huge trunks of trees, dugout, and then filled with hot water perched on a deck overlooking the forest. There is also a mini-golf course built into the forest itself, using the natural world as the obstacles, and there are various outdoor activities such as horseback riding, rafting, and hiking.
Of course, getting to such a magical place takes a bit of doing. The ride to Montana Magica Lodge is at least two hours from the nearest airfield. It is a small price to pay to experience a location that looks so heavenly.
Manta Resort, Tanzania
The Manta Resort comes up with its spectacular Underwater Room, a three-floor suite that floats beside a thriving coral reef and boasts a submerged master bedroom surrounded by windows to view the local sea life. The unusual new room floats almost 250 m (820 ft) away from the coast and is held in place by several anchoring lines leading to the ocean floor.
The top two floors of the Underwater Room are paneled in local hardwood and rest above the surface of the water. At sea level, the landing deck in the middle contains a lounge area for resting and dining, as well as the bathroom facilities. Guests can also climb a ladder onto the top deck to lay out in the sun or gaze up at the stars during the night.
Of course, the real draw is the bedroom on the bottom level, which sits four meters (13 ft) beneath the surface of the water. Besides a double bed to lie on, the room features two large windows on each wall, giving an almost total 360-degree view of the water around it. Each window even has underwater spotlights on the outside that attract and illuminate nearby sea creatures at night, so guests can watch them as they drift off to sleep.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
If you’re dying to see the Northern Lights, there’s one way to experience them that may just beat all others: from a glass, igloo tucked into the snow at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland.
Surrounded by nature, this unique property is located in the Saariselka fell region of Finnish Lapland. The property offers glass igloos and traditional wood chalets and has the world’s largest smoke sauna. Free WiFi and free parking are available.
The thermal glass igloos feature a bedroom with a glass roof and luxury beds. Some igloos include a bathroom with a sauna, while others have shared shower facilities.
The chalets feature cooking facilities, a seating area, and a fireplace. A private sauna is also included.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort offers restaurants, which serve Laplandic specialties such as reindeer and char-grilled salmon. The hotel’s smoke sauna even has its restaurant, Savasana.
Husky and reindeer safaris can be arranged, and snowmobiling is also feasible. Guests can also rent cross-country skis, Nordic walking sticks, and snowshoes.
Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho, USA
Stay in a giant dog! That's right, it's a beagle-shaped one-unit inn where being in this doghouse is a spectacular experience and comfortable to boot!
Located at the edge of Cottonwood in rural Idaho, guests experience expansive views of prairie grain fields and surrounding mountains, which are spectacular at any time of year. From the second story deck on clear nights, the starry sky garden is equally impressive.
The famed Hells Canyon Gorge of the Snake River is nearby inviting visitors to explore it via jet boat tours spring through fall. Guests can even explore Nez Perce's native history and culture at interpretive sites and towns nearby.
One must browse the adjacent Dog Bark Park visitor center, gift shop and artist studio where owners Dennis & Frances fashion canine carvings by chainsaw.
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