Bizarre Hotels Around the World
Traveling is about embracing new and unique experiences, and sometimes, those experiences include the places you can stay along the way. We’ve assembled some of the most unusual and wackiest hotels around the world … and we ask you, would you stay at some of these bizarre accommodations?
Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, Huzhou, China
This 27-story resort is located on Taihu Lake between Nanjing and Shanghai. The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort has 319 guest rooms, including 83 suites and 38 villas, all with balconies. Although this dazzling structure looks like a horseshoe, there are actually 2 levels connecting it underground, making it a full oval.
Spitbank Fort, Gosport, England
Escape to this private island between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight in England. Just 2 hours from London, Spitbank Fort — built to protect Portsmouth harbor from being attacked by Napoleon III — serves as an exclusive getaway and popular wedding and stag-party destination, with amenities such as a rooftop hot tub, sauna and fire pit.
Free Spirit Spheres, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
We recommend staying at the Free Spirit Spheres if dangling from the treetops is more your pace. Located in Vancouver Island’s west coast rain forest, these handcrafted globes are tethered to the trees via a web of ropes to reduce the motion of the spheres when the wind blows. We’re not sure about that, but it appears to be a great place to unplug.
Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Spain
Canadian architect Frank Gehry is the mastermind behind the Hotel Marques de Riscal and its tilted walls, zigzag windows and cathedral ceilings. Stay in one of the 43 rooms and suites, and make sure to take a tour of the vineyard that surrounds the hotel. It is the oldest winery in the region.
Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam, Zaandam, Netherlands
Looking for an eclectic place to stay in the Netherlands? Book a room at the Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam, located about 12 minutes from Amsterdam. Its architecture is a unique mix of traditional houses in the country’s Zaan region.
Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel, Amsterdam
In Amsterdam, guests can stay at the Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel, which is located at the top of a 164-foot industrial crane. Although a renovated crane will be revealed later in 2015, guests who rent suites here can still enjoy the hotel’s rooftop spa pool with amazing views of the city.
Sun Cruise Resort & Yacht, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Head to South Korea for a unique land-based experience at the Sun Cruise Resort & Yacht. In addition to luxury accommodations, this resort has several amazing amenities, including 2 restaurants, the rotating Space Opera sky lounge and a Yacht Club House with a private beach.
Hotel Jested, Liberec, Czech Republic
Located more than 3,000 feet above sea level, this interesting hotel provides visitors to Liberec, Czech Republic, with a place to stay and also doubles as a TV transmitter tower. Hotel Jested’s unique architecture — created by Karel Hubacek — is a national cultural monument that is not only a popular destination for skiers in the winter but also a romantic spot for couples.
Montana Magica Lodge, Neltume, Chile
It may be hard to see the Magic Mountain Lodge because it’s hidden by a lush forest. It’s one of four lodges located in the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. Don’t let the scenery fool you. This hotel has several activities and amenities nearby to keep guests from twiddling their thumbs, including horseback riding, a Patagonia trek, paintball, a wildlife tour, rafting, the Petermann Artisanal Brewery and the Lawenko Spa.
Desert Lotus Hotel, Xiangshawan Desert, China
Travelers wandering through China’s Xiangshawan Desert may think this building is an architectural mirage. Located 350 miles from Beijing, the Desert Lotus Hotel hosts Mongolian-themed performances, camel rides and desert surfing, according to The Atlantic.
Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
Unwind and reflect in the Mirrorcube at the Treehotel. This eco-friendly hotel has spectacular views of the Lule River and a variety of tree-house rooms, including the Bird’s Nest, the UFO and the Dragonfly — which is the hotel’s biggest room and functions as a suite and conference room with panoramic windows, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and more.
Neemrana Fort-Palace, Rajasthan, India
Delhi locals flock to this 15th-century hotel for their weekend getaways. The Neemrana Fort-Palace consists of 7 palace wings that are built into a hill as 14 tiers, which include a 6-acre garden, 2 pools, a spa and India’s first zip-line experience.
Propeller Island Hotel, Berlin
Berlin is world-renowned for its vibrant and flourishing arts community. And while there, visitors can take their love for art a step further and stay at the Propeller Island Hotel. Sleep in this silver temple room, or go for a more unusual stay by booking a room with a bed suspended by ropes, a room whose bed rests below the floorboards, or a room with a slanted floor, which makes the bed looks as if it’s flying in midair.
The V8 Hotel, Böblingen, Germany
Step into a hotel designed for car aficionados. Located near Stuttgart’s Motorworld, the 4-star V8 Hotel offers guest rooms with themes such as racing, Route 66, garage, car wash and gas station with Herbie.
Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
Heading to Fiji? We recommend staying at the Poseidon Undersea Resort, the world’s first seafloor resort. Guests can sleep above ground in one of the private island’s 48 bungalows or below sea level in one of the 24 underwater suites. Either way, they have access to all the luxurious amenities offered on Poseidon’s Mysterious Island and under the sea.
Sunborn Gibraltar Yacht Hotel, Gibraltar, United Kingdom
The Sunborn Gibraltar, a 5-star yacht hotel located near London, has guest rooms, suites and apartments. Relax by the sundeck pool, indulge in a couple’s spa treatment at the Infinity Spa, grab a cocktail at one of three bars, or just have a nice meal at the Sky Restaurant while enjoying stunning views of Gibraltar.
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