Unusual hotels around the world

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We all know the comfortable, spacious and elegant rooms offered by hotels around the world, but I listed something completely different for you: have a look and be amazed by these most unusual places to stay!

Under the sea – Fiji Islands
The Poseidon Resorts, is certainly one of the most unusual and cool places to sleep.
This 5 star hotel is located in a private Fiji island, at 12 meters deep and it’s the first permanent underwater complex in the world.
The rooms have large windows, allowing a view of the exceptional marine life at any time of day. Imagine you fall asleep watching the fish dance around your room.
You will also discover another more unusual activity this hotel offers; drive your own mini submarine!
It’s not cheap, as you might have expected, but for this experience and the exceptional service, I’d say it’s more than worth visiting.

Poseidon Hotel
Poseidon Hotel

Poseidon Hotel - room
Poseidon Hotel – room

Hydropolis – Dubai
In Dubai you might find another Hotel under sea, called Hydropolis.
This hotel is the most luxurious submarine hotel in the world. It’s built on 260 hectares which is the same size as Hyde Park in London!
Hydropolis has 220 rooms at 66 feet under water, but there is more: the upper floor is reserved for the marine research laboratory, conference rooms and something really unusual – a cosmetic surgery clinic!
To discover all of this, you must have patience because the hotel was due to open in 2007, but it’s still not finished.

Here‘s a nice video to see how they will build it! I say: Amazing.

Hydropolis Hotel
Hydropolis Hotel
Hydropolis Hotel - Inside
Hydropolis Hotel – Inside

Cottage on a lake – Sweden
A Swedish artist, Mikal Genberg, designed a new kind of place to sleep, a cottage which is located in the middle of a lake! Utter Inn is a little red house set on a Swedish lake. Staying here you feel as if you are alone in the world, no one can bother you – the only things you’re surrounded with are water and fish! If you want to see these fish from close by, you can simply enter your room, which is at 3 meters deep.

Utter Inn
Utter Inn
Utter Inn - Inside
Utter Inn – Inside

Prison ! Sweden
Is there anyone that has not been wondering how it would be to sleep in jail? You now have the opportunity to find out for yourself, in Hotel Langholmen in Sweden, what it’s like to sleep in a cell of the former prison that closed in 1975.
Of course you will not actually feel imprisoned because you can come and go when you want and they rooms were fully refurbished to meet current accommodation standards. However, it remains a rather bewildering and really unusual experience!

Langholmen Hotel - Door
Langholmen Hotel – Door
Hotel Langholmen - Inside
Hotel Langholmen – Inside

Light house – Scotland
For those wishing to explore the experience of staying in a lighthouse, can do so in Scotland, in the flagship Corsewall Lighthouse.
This charming hotel in a lighthouse dates from the nineteenth century and the actual lighthouse is still functioning.
Staying here puts you in a great location from which you can explore the wonderful nature that surrounds the lighthouse and maybe even experience a live storm that lighthouse keepers could have known in their days at Corsewall.

Corsewall Lighthouse - Scotland
Corsewall Lighthouse – Scotland

Church – Belgium
Go to the Martin’s hotel Patershof, in Mechelen, Belgium, to find this fancy building, without a doubt belonging to this list of most unusual places to sleep. You will find this 4-star hotel located in an old Gothic church. The modern design combined with the classic style of the church, is quite surprising and warm.

Patershof Hotel - Belgium
Patershof Hotel – Belgium

Gypsy Caravan – Ireland & Netherland
In some countries you can find a popular new experience: sleeping in a gypsy caravan.
Feel like a Gypsy during some nights and discover how is to live in a small but cozy caravan.

Gypsy Caravane - Netherlands and Ireland
Gypsy Caravane – Netherlands and Ireland

Yurt – England|
Wondering how the life of traditional nomads was in Central Asia? Then this sleeping place is one you do not want to miss. Enjoy sleeping in a yurt, a sort of tent, which is adapted to difficult conditions of the everyday life of nomads.
The Mongolian yurt is organized according to ancestral traditions. When renting a yurt, keep in mind its symbolic dimensions.
Cotswold Yurts Website

Cotswold Yurts - England
Cotswold Yurts – England 

Tipi – Spain
Who didn’t fantasize during their childhood, about being in a real Indian tipi and feel like a native Indian for few moments?
You can have this experience in real life in Spain, at Altiplano Tipis, in the pristine countryside of Andalusia.
You will certainly be surprised by how comfortable the tipi actually is, with a double camping bed, and how it’s fully-equipped with all necessities for a pleasant stay.

Tipi - Spain
Tipi – Spain

Nest – France
This is a place you need to go to when you ever thought of how life is for a bird, but with more comfort… Venture to the little island in North West of France, called “l’île de Groix” and get your night’s rest in a nest, with all the comfort (and safety) needed, with Parcabout.
Located between 4 and 8 meters high you climb into your nest with trampoline nets, strung between pine trees from the ground – wake up more close to the birds than ever in your life!

Parcabout France
Parcabout France

Tree house (hut) – France
If you want to feel what it’s like to sleep in a tree, but you’re afraid of sleeping in a small nest or need more comfort, go to the south of France. In “Beaumes de Venise”,
Le Clos Saint Saourde, you can stay in an astonishing luxurious cabin, in the middle of nature nearby a canyon and beautiful greenery, for an exceptional experience of relaxation and well being.

Le Clos Saint Saourde - France
Le Clos Saint Saourde – France

Igloo – Switzerland
Discover Zermatt in Switzerland, at 1600 meters high there’s an igloo village which is rebuilt every season.
Live like an Inuit for a few days and appreciate the beautiful landscape with splendid views of the Alps. This place is quiet, far from major ski resorts. You can even get great extras like a romantic igloo with Jacuzzi!
Website – Iglu Dorf

Iglu Dorf
Iglu Dorf
Iglu Dorf - Inside
Iglu Dorf – Inside

Ice Hotel – Canada
In Canada you can experiment another icy atmosphere, by sleeping in the Ice Hotel, in Quebec.
Located only 10 minutes from the center of Quebec, you will be pleasantly surprised and amazed by the beauty of the scenery and sculptures.
But beware, you only have the opportunity to live this experience between January and March each year because obviously, this is an ephemeral hotel that disappears every spring.

Ice Hotel - Canada
Ice Hotel – Canada

An old airplane – Sweden
You have certainly slept in a plane for a few minutes or hours in your life.
But did you ever sleep in an airplane with every comfort you can think of? Probably not! It is possible: in Sweden, on the runway at Stockholm Arlanda airport. Discover this old Boeing 747 which since 2009, welcomes travelers in transit, aviation enthusiasts and the curious, for a fantastic sleeping experience.
If you are planning to sleep in this unusual place, I advise you to check the room housed in the cockpit with its panoramic view and private shower.
Website – Jumbostay Hotel

Jumbostay Hotel
Jumbostay Hotel


An old train – England
In England, located in Petworth – The Old Railway Station – proposes you to sleep in the old wagons of the famous Orient Express.
This accommodation is located in an old rail station which was transformed into a beautiful and cosy guesthouse.
You can have your breakfast on the docks, when weather permits, or near a fire place in the station.

The old Railway Station - England
The old Railway Station – England

Woodlyn park – New Zealand
If you go in New Zealand, go to the Woodlyn Park, where you can experiment 4 different unusual places to stay.
– Hobbit House: Underground Houses
– Old Train
– Military Plane: This is one of the last allied planes out of Vietnam
– Boat: Called Waitanic

Woodlyn park – New Zealand
Woodlyn park – New Zealand

Bubble House – France
The “MuseuMotel” located in the North East of France, near Strasbourg, offers the possibility to discover a new kind of accommodation, the bubble houses. These quite futuristic houses let you sleep in an artwork, created by architect Pascal Haüsermann.
The 9 bubbles on site are all decorated with a different theme, like “Love Bubble” or “Bubble Pop Art”. You will also discover other works of art and sculptures, by strolling around in this magical and eccentric environment.

MuseuMotel - France
MuseuMotel – France

Artworks – Germany
If you want to experiment another type of night in an artwork, you must go in Berlin, Germany, at Propeller Island.
Here you will find the Propeller Island City Lodge – a really unusual hotel, of Lars Stroschen (a German artist), who took his inspiration from the “Extraordinary Travel” of Jules Verne.
He proposes you to travel in an extraordinary way, unique, magic and wonderful.
Every room is different and will brighten your day with colors and extravagance, like the room “Upside Down” where everything hangs from the ceiling, “Jail” which is a reproduction of a prison cell or “Mirror” as its name indicates, full of mirrors.

Propeller Island Hotel - Germany
Propeller Island Hotel – Germany

Capsule Hotel – Japan
The Capsule Hotel in Japan is not the more sympathetic, spacious and pleasant hotel, but it’s a new experience, and quite fun.
You will sleep in the smallest room ever, in a capsule – as if you are in a spaceship where the only thing you can do is watch TV on a small screen, read or sleep.
Therefore his is the perfect option for backpackers or people who want to know what it’s like to sleep in such a confined and memorable space.

Capsule Hotel - Japan
Capsule Hotel – Japan

Survival Capsule – Netherlands and France

In France and the Netherlands you can discover a different kind of capsule.
This time it’s a survival capsule, with a little more room (but not too much anyway!) where you can spend a comfortable night accompanied by drinking champagne, decorated with animal skins and equipped with a complete collection of DVDs of “James Bond“!
But be careful before you book, because this hotel moves between the Netherlands and France.
Website – Capsule Hotel

Survival capsule hotel - Netherlands & France
Survival capsule hotel – Netherlands & France

Concrete Pipe – Austria

If you want to go to Austria and you are on a budget, Das Park Hotel is the best choice for you.
For only EUR 20 you can sleep in a concrete pipe on the Danube edges.
The “rooms” are not full of equipment, as you might expect, but you will find an outlet for not being completely cut off from the world! Let’s just hope your room will not roll away during the night 😉

Das Park Hotel - Autria
Das Park Hotel – Autria

Mobile Hotel – Various destinations

Ever wanted to stay in one hotel room and see several wonderful landscapes and parades? Today this is possible with Exploranter, a mobile hotel with 28 beds, offering a totally exotic getaway in the Andes and Patagonia.
You will pass through stunning and wonderful scenery, without having to get out of your bed!
In addition, many activities are available for when you want to go outside, such as biking, motorbike, historical routes, fishing and many more.

Exploranteur Hotel - Worldwide
Exploranteur Hotel – Worldwide

In 2020 in a airship – Worldwide

A flying hotel… Crazy and amazing you will surely think!
Thanks to a French designer, Jean-Marie Massaud, this dream will soon become a reality.
In 2020 you might discover a totally unusual and incredible hotel, the Manned Cloud – a giant airship.
This awesome hotel of 213 meters in length can transport 40 guests around the world.
Everything will be provided, there’s a restaurant on board, a library, gym, bar, cafe, spa and even terraces with panoramic windows.
You can admire the most beautiful landscapes and capitals of the world from the sky, but you must have some more patience until this rare hotel is finished!

Manned Cloud
Manned Cloud
Manned Cloud - Inside
Manned Cloud – Inside

Space Hotel – In Space!
Who never dreamt of going into space? It’s the dream of many people: go into space and see the earth from under your feet!
In 2012 this will become possible, with the Galactic Suite Hotel.
Guests will have the opportunity to go into space for the first time! Every day there are 15 sunrises to be observed, and every 80 minutes you can make a unique trip around the world!
The price will unfortunately probably stop your enthusiasm…EUR 3 million (!) for just 3 nights. Nonetheless, 200 people have already made their booking!

Galactic Suite Hotel - Space
Galactic Suite Hotel – Space
Galactic Suite Hotel - Inside
Galactic Suite Hotel – Inside

If you know of any more really unusual hotels let us know so we can extend this large list to make it even larger!


10 Responses

  1. JessieHanz

    I can’t say anything aside from wow! Those are really unusual! Those hotels have the power to take you into another dimension and in an extraordinary environment. Great!

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    I’ve seen several unusual, weird and unique hotels but some of yours are different and new. i’ve always love that prison hotel but as of now, i love the Church Hotel. If i stay there, i would feel that my sins will decrease. Nice post, anyway.

  3. Jenna

    A night in such an igloo is recommendable for everyone. Definitely an experience the be experienced. Also the included fondue, the snow and the hot tub was a fantastic experience. But surely the large experience is the peace and quiet in an igloo… Here are some more good photos of Igloo Dorf Hotel of Germany: http://www.worldfortravel.com/2013/07/01/exceptional-igloo-dorf-hotel-europe/

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  5. Emma

    Wow, I don’t know which one I’d prefer to stay in! The German one is a bit scary with the coffin! I found some more weird hotels here: http://www.myfunkytravel.com/topten-weirdhotels.html

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