When we travel, we often want to stay in the best hotels money can buy, but really, what is the fun in that? Isn’t it more of an adventure to stay in a unique place that adds more charm than stars? Sure you can stay in a five-star hotel, but have you ever slept in a wine barrel, a jail, or magic mountain? Here are just some of the weird hotels found all across the globe.
1. Hotel De Vrouwe van Stavoren – Friesland, Netherlands
All of us have had too much to drink and ended up sleeping off the booze, but how many of us have actually slept in something that once contained booze? This 21-room hotel is made out of a series of 14,500 liter wine casks that have been converted into hotel rooms. The epitome of recycling, these rooms are actually quite nice and cozy and come at a bargain of only $150 per night. Each room contains two beds, a sitting room and a bathroom.
2. Jules’ Undersea Lodge
Have you ever wanted to spend a night 20,000 leagues under the sea? Well, you can’t do that yet but you can sleep 21 feet under the sea in the Jules’ Undersea Lodge. This hotel offers exactly what it says, lodging underneath the sea. Originally an underwater laboratory that was located off the coast of Puerto Rico, it was moved to Key Largo, Florida in 1986 and made into the hotel that it is today. In this lodge, you enter the facility through a swimming pool entrance into a wet room, which is filled with compressed air. Within the lodge there are two rooms to stay in and a large common room that comes with a telephone, stereo, TV and intercom. You can also look out the 42-inch window that gives you an idea of what is happening under the sea around you. This doesn’t come cheap though. The base rate is $350 per person and this includes a gourmet dinner and diving opportunities. However, for $1,050 a night you get the entire facility to yourself.
3. 727 Fuselage Home, Costa Rica
Located at the Hotel Costa Verde, the 727 Fuselage Home Suite is truly unique. Made from an outfitted Boeing 727 fuselage, you can enjoy staying in this two bedroom suite, which in its former life transported people from South Africa to Colombia. Perched up on a 50-foot pedestal, this suite is truly a unique place to stay, coupled with an amazing view. The rate? Just $500 per month to stay in an airplane hanging in the canopy of a jungle.
4. Dog Bark Park Inn – Cottonwood, Idaho
Do you love dogs? Does your dog sleep on the bed? Have you ever slept inside a giant dog? You probably have not, but with a trip to Idaho and the Dog Bark Park Inn, you can. The world’s largest beagle offers a very strange type of accommodation that has become very popular. Everything is dog-related here and even the bathroom is shaped like a fire hydrant. Standing 30-feet tall, the giant dog contains guest rooms in the belly, and stairs leading up to the main bedroom near the head of the dog. This place comes cheap too, at only $92 per night.
5. Das Park Hotel – Linz, Austria
You wouldn’t sleep in a sewer, but would sleep in a pipe that was once in the sewer? If you would, then this unique Linz, Austria hotel offers you the chance to sleep in re-designed and standardized sewer pipes. With a double bed, it is a cozy stay within a pipe. The hotel complex nearby offers you food, toilets and more. Open between May and October, this is truly a unique place to stay, as long as you are not too claustrophobic
6. The Old Jail, Mount Gambier – South Australia
None of us want to go to jail, but if you ever wondered what it was like to sleep in a jail for a night or two, you can visit The Old Jail Hotel. This hotel is exactly what it says it is a stay in a jail for a night. You get the bare bones and many backpackers use this hotel as a place to stay when money is tight. That being said, it features some good food and there are plenty of places to hike in the area.
7. Propeller Island City Lodge – Berlin, Germany
There are few hotels like the Propeller Island City Lodge. In fact, there is no other hotel like this because every room is a work of art. Created by German artist Lars Stroschen, the hotel contains 30 rooms that are all unique in their own way. Everything from the walls to the furniture is made in a certain theme. Want to sleep in a coffin with a labyrinth under you? You can here. Want to sleep in a brightly painted medieval town or a mini golf course? You can do it here. Want to sleep in a room where all the furniture is attached to the ceiling, or a room with lion cages on stilts? It’s all here! A very strange hotel indeed that offers nearly everything that you could possible want out of a hotel room. You can stay in a room full of mirrors if you like, or choose a room that resembles a jail cell. Ironically, this room is called the Freedom Room.
8. Magic Mountain Hotel – Chile
If you like the sound of a waterfall, why not sleep behind one? You can do this at the Magic Mountain Hotel in Chile, where the water cascades over your room and down to the ground below. Sitting in the heart of the Huilo Huilo Reserve, the interior of this four star hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Southern Chile. With this cute and luxurious hotel you not only get a magical mountain behind a waterfall, but you also get great views of the rainforest, as well as kayaking and hiking opportunities. A total of 12 rooms are offered in this hotel, as well as a dining room that serves gourmet meals. What is better is that these rooms do not cost much at all, only $170 per night!
Traveling is a fun experience, but why stay in a typical hotel or motel when you can enjoy a hotel that is a bit different than the rest. When you can sleep in a sewer pipe, behind a waterfall, under the sea, in a room full of mirrors, or inside a giant dog, you are helping to make your vacation experience that much more interesting. These hotels are weird, wild and strange, and they give you more than just a hotel stay, they give you an experience that you will remember for years to come.
There are plenty more weird hotels you can stay at throughout the world, from sleeping in capsules, rooms that only contain room for a bed and hotels located within caves. A hotel for any type of taste you have, anywhere you happen to go in this wild and weird world.
Author: Craig Baird — Copyrighted © roadtickle.com