These Are the Most Bizarre Hotels in the World, and You’ll Want to Add Them to Your Bucket List
Hotel choice is often a tough decision when planning a vacation. Whether you’re traveling to the mountains, the beach, or anywhere in between, you want to make sure you’re choosing the best option for your stay. However, some hotels provide more than just a nice lobby and working elevators. Some hotels provide a true experience. These are some of the most insane hotels in the world — some funky, some upscale, but all unlike any you’ve ever seen before.
La Villa Hamster, France
If you’ve always wanted to get inside the mind of your pet hamster, this is the place to do it. You can drink water from a giant water spigot and relax on a hamster wheel. The bathroom is filled with woodchips to make you feel even more at home. Plus, you can only access the bed from a narrow ladder. “We wanted it to be eccentric and we decided that the funniest experience would be to become an animal,” owner Yann Falquerho said in an interview. If you want to stay here, book far in advance. This place fills up quickly.
The Caves, Jamaica
This upscale Caribbean resort is just as it sounds — nestled among the caves. Drive about 80 minutes outside Montego Bay, and you’ll hit this Cliffside resort. Besides the beautiful rock-laden architecture, this resort also offers ample cliff jumping space, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Take the 30-foot plunge into the water, and you’ll know why people love this place. Or, climb directly into the water from a ladder, if you’re not feeling adventurous.
Sala Silvermine Underground Suite, Sweden
For about $600 per night, you can stay in a suite with no cell phone service, no human contact, and a simple toilet. The Underground Suite at the Sala Silvermine, an old mine in Sweden, is a whopping 500 feet below ground. This room allows you to become completely immersed in the mine — rock walls surround you to give you the full effect. While the mine itself is only 35 degrees, the rooms are temperature controlled to a stable 64 degrees. Thankfully, it comes complete with an intercom so you can at least communicate with the concierge.
Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho
Now is your chance to live inside of a beagle. At Dog Bark Park Inn, chainsaw artists Dennis Sullivan and Francis Conklin built a 30-foot tall beagle complete with a single room, bathroom, and loft area. Guests passing through the area can stay inside the sculpture. The beagle sculpture is surrounded by other sculptures created by the couple, including bears, fish, and moose.
The Manta Resort, Tanzania
Enjoy unbelievable underwater views on this mini oasis at the Manta Resort in Tanzania. This hotel suite floats in the sea about 250 meters from the shore and has an underwater bedroom where you can stare at the fish for hours. You can also lounge on the main level or jump into the water from the top deck. A kayak, snorkel, and fins are provided when you book the room. Be prepared to shell out serious cash — this room runs about $1,500 per night.
Hotel de Glace, Canada
While some people like lounging on the beach or looking at tropical fish, others like freezing their buns off in ice palaces. At Hotel de Glace, you can do just that. This hotel in Quebec City, Montreal is made completely of ice. The hotel is redesigned and rebuilt every winter, so no two visits will ever be the same. You can only stay here between late January and late March, but you can visit the hotel as early as Christmas time.
SiloStay, New Zealand
Move over, farm animals. At SiloStay, humans get to reap the benefits of gorgeous, remodeled silos that owner Stuart Wright-Stow transformed into a four-star hotel. Set up like a campground, the silos welcome guests with a bed, bathroom, small kitchen, sitting area, and balcony. Explore Little River — an area of New Zealand that’s seemingly in the middle of nowhere — and get back in touch with nature.
Hurawalhi Resort, Maldives
If relaxing in an over-water villa isn’t enough to get you to stay here, perhaps the underwater restaurant could convince you. Located in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Hurawalhi Resort offers gorgeous bungalows with the water literally at your fingertips. This five-star resort also boasts a restaurant 5.8 meters below the water where you can watch the fish swim while you enjoy fine dining. So fine, in fact, that even their smaller of two lunch options will run you $190 per person.
Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
Destress and get in touch with your inner self when you stay in a Free Spirit Sphere on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. These adult tree houses are located within the island’s tropical rainforest, surrounded by nothing but serenity. The treehouses vary in size but include a bed, a bathroom, and a seating area. The treehouses range from $175 CAD per night to $314 CAD per night (which means you’ll play a little less in USD).
The Marmara, Turkey
Go to sleep facing the pool. Wake up facing the sea. That’s what you get if you stay at this revolving hotel in Antalya, Turkey. Large windows let you see everything Turkey has to offer, from the mountains to the Mediterranean. However, you’ll have to reserve a special loft to get the rotating aspect. The plus side? Room rates in Turkey are pretty cheap. A room in the springtime is only about $125 per night.
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