Who said traveling can get boring? Sure, you can get used to the flying, hours in the airport, airline food… or not—and checking in to hotels. Traveling is all about creating unforgettable memories with friends and loved ones. These days, traveling is super popular and we all travel so often that sometimes a hotel is just a hotel, or an experience is just something we go through the motions.
So, with that being said, what if there was a way to spice things up, like say, some unique hotels or experiences? If you need an excuse to start remembering your travels again, then check out these 10 bizarre hotels that could-well change your whole experience!
10 Zaandam Inntel Hotel, Holland
If you are an out of the ordinary type of person or just simply looking for something unusual, then the Zaandam Inntel Hotel in Amsterdam is the perfect place for you. Located in the heart of Zaandam, about a 5 to 10-minute train ride out of Amsterdam, this hotel provides the perfect combination of authentic Dutch architecture and an unbeatable location at an unbeatable price. This hotel is not only one building, but it is a series of traditional Dutch houses joined together like Lego!
9 Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Finland
Set among the snow-covered pines and fields of Levi, Finland is the Golden Crown Levin Iglut, or Igloo. Comprising of only 18 igloos, this hotel looks out on to the snowy horizon and the bright shining stars above, and if your lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, from the comfort of your own bed! As you can imagine, this hotel does not come cheap, but if you like to set yourself apart from the rest, then, by all means, this is the place to do so!
8 Montana Magica Lodge, Chile
The name says it all. Not many of us have wondered what it would be like to live inside a mountain…or have we? Nevertheless, the Montana Magica Lodge is set inside a mountain, and from the outside could be mistaken for a setting in a fantasy film! Covered with lush, green shrubbery and cute, cottage style rooms, the Montana Magica Lodge is not something you see every day and is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
7 Book and Bed Hostel, Tokyo
Ever dreamt of sleeping inside a library? If so, Book and Bed offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of books in their own room! Specifically designed for bibliophiles, this hostel is not so expensive at around $35 USD per night, and it is right in the heart of Tokyo, so it is a must if you’re looking to combine your love of reading with the vibrant Japanese culture. In total, there are 3,000 books to choose from and a communal area where you can interact with like-minded travelers.
6 Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica
Sleeping on a plane is not the easiest thing in the world, but you can now sleep peacefully in this Boeing 727…. don’t worry, it is recycled and completely restored into a 2-bedroom guest house. Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica is quite literally one of a kind, set among the dense Costa Rican jungle and boasts panoramic views of the jungle and coastline. If you are an aviation enthusiast, then you’ll want to put this hotel on the top of your bucket list.
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5 Tree Hotel, Sweden
Tucked away in the Swedish wilderness is the Treehotel, Harads. Surround yourself with towering trees whilst encapsulated in a pill-like room. Fun fact: Sweden is actually famous for its diverse range of …well, unique hotels. There are many rooms, all unique from each other, to choose from. These include; The Cabin, The Bird’s Nest, The Blue Cone, The UFO, The Mirrorcube, and Dragonfly, so there is something to suit your quirky side.
4 Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
Was the Igloo hotel not quirky enough? Try the Palacio de Sal, Bolivia. Yes, it may be half-way around the world compared to Finland, but you won’t find a hotel like it anywhere else in the world. What makes it so special and unique is that the nearby salt flats at the famous Salar de Uyuni have been used to develop this luxurious and modern hotel smack-bang in the middle of the desert. Everything you see in the hotel, all 48,000 square feet, is made out of the salt, even the building and furniture!
3 Manta Resort, Tanzania
Ultimate seclusion is the goal of this hotel, and anyone who has seen it will agree they have succeeded. ‘Floating’ hotels are scarce, which makes the Manta Resort, Tanzania all the more unique. Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, you can wake up to the sight of the most beautiful sea life in the world, or if you are a thrill-seeker, dive straight into the ocean and surround yourself with beauty.
2 Giraffe Manor, Kenya
No holiday to Africa is complete without at least interacting with the famous wildlife. However, Giraffe Manor, Kenya, offers guests so much more. If you feel something creeping up on you… such as, say, a giraffe, just as you are enjoying a delicious breakfast, you’re probably right. This truly is an unforgettable and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sit back and enjoy the Kenyan sunset over a cocktail and watch the giraffes roam about, but be careful, they might want a cheeky sip!
1 Sand Hotel, Holland
The Dutch are renowned for their highly unique design methods, and the Sand Hotel is no exception. Just as the Palacio de Sal is made completely from the salt from nearby salt flats, this hotel has been constructed entirely from sand, except the bed, of course… well, maybe you should test it out first. This hotel is the epitome of all sand castles and is undeniably the sand castle we all dreamt of building at the beach as a kid!