When you’re traveling and tired, a clean room and comfy bed may be all you need. For those who prefer a unique experience along with their lodging, here are 15 of the weirdest hotels in the world to consider.
Hôtel de Glace (Quebec City, Quebec)
It only exists for three months of the year, but Hôtel de Glace gives you the chance to spend the night in a room made entirely of snow and ice. Every November, sculpting crews rebuild the frozen hotel on the grounds of Village Vacances Valcartier, about 20 minutes north of Quebec City, Canada.
From January through March, the hotel offers one- and two-bed suites that are cozily furnished and comfortable despite walls made of ice and snow. Some of the suites even have a fireplace, and lodgers are invited to enjoy a soak in a hot tub under the stars. If you wish to stay here before the hotel melts in late March, make your reservations early.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge (Key Largo, Florida)
If you can scuba dive, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is the hotel for you. Formerly a research lab off the coast of Puerto Rico, Jules’ moved to a mangrove lagoon in Florida, where the innkeeper offers overnight stays in underwater rooms. Filled with compressed air, the lodge is accessible only through a small “wet room,” where guests drop off their dive gear and take a hot shower before entering their private underwater room.
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ castle (London, England)
Fans of Rocky Horror Picture Show can stay in a mansion suite within the castle that served as the cinematic home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. On the banks of the River Thames, family-friendly Oakley Court caters to a unique set of visitors. The luxury hotel boasts more than 100 luxury rooms, but the cult movie only filmed in a handful. Make your reservations well in advance, advises Hornet magazine.
Levin Iglut (Lapland, Finland)
If you dream of cuddling in a cozy bed while gazing at the Northern Lights, Levin Iglut is the place to do it. Located in Lapland, this hotel boasts 24 well-appointed glass igloos as well as a Finnish house with a private hot-rocks sauna and outdoor hot tub. Choose an igloo for two or accommodations for a family of four. Either way, you get a scrumptious breakfast buffet at Levin Iglut’s beautiful Aurora Sky restaurant.
Foronon Buinz Mountain cabin (Udine, Italy)
More than 8,000 feet up the Ceria-Merlone trail stands an A-frame cabin erected in memory of a fallen mountaineer, Luca Vuerich. Not only does the peaked roof prevent snow accumulation, but it also makes the cabin easy for hikers to see from the extreme trail that leads to it. Other cabins in Italy’s Julian Alps region exist, but this is the only one that can be used at not cost.
Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast (Farmington, NM)
You’ll have to hike a dirt path and descend sandstone steps, but once you’re inside this 1,700-square-foot cave, you may never want to leave. Carved into natural cliffs some 300 feet above New Mexico’s La Plata river valley, Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast offers striking views, a waterfall shower, Jacuzzi tub, kiva-style fireplace, and full kitchen. Pets aren’t allowed, but you may be visited by an occasional ringtail cat or chipmunk.
Kumbuk River elephant hotel (Buttala, Sri Lanka)
This hotel isn’t intended for pachyderms, although it’s shaped like one. Nestled on Sri Lanka’s Kumbukkan Oya River, this eco-friendly lodge is built of reeds and grasses. The ground floor offers space to hang out before heading upstairs to snooze in a slightly swaying room. If staying inside a 40-foot elephant isn’t your thing, the property also offers an air-conditioned houseboat, a well-appointed treehouse, and luxurious jungle cabin.
Liberty Hotel (Boston, Massachusetts)
Next time you’re in Boston, reserve a cell, er, room, at Liberty Hotel. Built in the mid-19th-century to house convicts, the Beacon Hill property stopped being a jail in 1990. Today, it provides upscale lodging with a penal twist. Enjoy a meal at Clink Restaurant, and sip a nightcap at Alibi Bar before hanging a “Solitary” sign on your room door. Guests can show their room key at the nearby boat dock for a free kayak rental, reports Travel + Leisure.
Yellow Submarine Hotel (Liverpool, England)
Formerly used in the Sean Connery movie, The Hunt For Red October, the refurbished sub features three bedrooms, a nicely outfitted kitchen, and a groovy lounge space festooned with Beatles records, the moped from Quadrophenia, and other interesting British Invasion memorabilia. Located at the Liverpool Yacht Club, the Yellow Submarine Hotel offers easy access to dining, entertainment, and local attractions.
Yunak Evleri Hotel (Turkey)
Ever wanted to relax in a labyrinth of ancient caves? Yunak Evleri resides in a series of recessed limestone cliffs in Turkey’s Cappadocia region. This five-star hotel boasts luxurious caves and dramatic views. Noted as one of the weirdest hotels in the world by Forbes, Yunak Evleri has 28 classic twin and double cave rooms, 15 suites, and three deluxe rooms.
Each suite is outfitted with kilim carpets, a handcrafted writing desk, antique brass beds, and a marble bathroom. The property also offers spa treatments, concierge services, a swimming pool, and fine dining.
Dog Park Inn B&B (Cottonwood, Idaho)
Conceived and constructed by chainsaw artisans Dennis J. Sullivan and Frances Conklin, Dog Park Inn is about halfway between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone. This weird dog-shaped B&B offers comfortable accommodation for up to four people. There’s no TV, but the internet service is good, and the fridge comes stocked with tasty breakfast foods. Pets are welcome, as long as reservations are made in advance.
Tianzi Hotel (Langfang Shi, China)
In Chinese mythology, three deities represent the good life. This 10-story hotel pays tribute to Fu, Lu, and peach-holding Shou. About an hour east of Beijing, Tianzi Hotel can be hard to find, explains Atlas Obscura. Use the coordinates (39 57’10.02, 116 52’1.62), because you don’t want to miss a night here. Reserve a room in advance if you want to sleep in the popular peach suite. It is said to boost longevity and promote prosperity.
Hotel de Vrouwe van Stavoren (Netherlands)
This seaside hotel in offers superb accommodations — inside gigantic wine barrels. Although it provides several “normal” rooms, the Netherlands’ Hotel de Vrouwe van Stavoren has eight 15,000- and 23,000-liter wooden wine barrels. Each is outfitted with underfloor heating, Wi-Fi, exceptional bedding, and a smart TV. There’s even a deluxe double “wellness barrel” that boasts a sun shower, sauna, and Jacuzzi whirlpool tub.
Nine Hours capsule hotel (Tokyo, Japan)
If you want cheap sleep near the Tokyo Narita Airport, Nine Hours is it. Part of a chain of space-saving Japanese hotels, this place aims to have guests in and out within nine hours. As far as economy lodging, Nine Hours is a cut above the rest. Complimentary slippers, luxe linens, and a friendly wake-up service are part of the deal at this ultra-efficient hotel.