Hotel rooms come in all shapes, sizes and styles, from the refurbed broom cupboard to the palatial grand suite. While many of us are used to the standard bed, bathroom and kettle combination, there are some hotels which offer breakfast with animals and others which don’t even sit on dry land! We’ve found some of the craziest out there, from the fabulously luxurious to the downright weird.
Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
The original ice hotel is 200km north of the Arctic circle, and has to be rebuilt every year. It’s only open from December to April, and booking for its 55 rooms get snapped up. But if you do snag a stay there, expect a bed made of ice, chairs made of ice, glasses made of ice… you get the idea. But don’t worry, there are fur throws to keep you toasty and, of course, a Swedish sauna. If you’re looking for something completely different on your next getaway – you certainly won’t be disappointed with this ice palace!
The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary, Queensland Australia
Bored of sleeping on solid ground? Don’t worry, we have just the thing! Australia’s legendary wildlife is one of the reasons us Brits love to travel there, and this tree top retreat brings you up close and personal. Stay in the stylish and cosy wooden tree house bedrooms in the heart of Wooroonooran National Park, and you’ll be woken by the song of vibrant finches and King Parrots. Keep your eyes peeled for tree kangaroos, Northern Bandicoots and endangered green possums.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of company when you’re staying in a new hotel and a new country. Sometimes, it’s nice for that company to be in animal form. Let’s say – a giraffe, perhaps? Glad you agree. In that case, the Karen Blixen Suite at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi might be just the place for you. Situated within 140 acres of forest and home to a resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffe, the experience on offer here is incomparable. Hand feed the beautiful creatures while relaxing on the veranda, enjoy their company while you stroll through the forest, but top tip – watch your breakfast plate carefully as they’re quite keen on tasting a little bit of everyone else’s food!
The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo
Be transported back in time when you stay in Room 137 at The Madonna Inn. More commonly known as the Caveman room, you’ll be sleeping among animal prints, rock ponds, Stone Age clubs and just across from a waterfall shower and a stone sink basin. If you’re driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, this is the place to make a scheduled stop. The Caveman room is a particular favourite among visitors so if it’s fully booked, don’t turn away just yet. With 110 quirky, unique and unforgettably decorated rooms, you’ll never leave without the feeling of having experienced something truly exclusive!
Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
When you think of a hotel, you think of a building on dry land – however sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. If you’re feeling like a slightly bluer, and less grounded stay, take a look at the Poseidon Undersea Resort. The clue is in the name, and it doesn’t disappoint! The resort is located on a private island in Fiji and offers all the comforts, conveniences and opportunities of a five star hotel. Whilst staying underwater, activities on offer include driving a Triton submarine through a lagoon, exploring the depths of the ocean in a 1,000 foot luxury submersible and scuba diving around the crystal waters. Don’t worry, you have the chance to head onto dry land if you need a quick break, but when the ocean is your back garden – why would you want to?!
Capsule Hotel, The Netherlands
From luxury underwater resorts to…a survival capsule. Still, if it’s unusual you’re looking for, you’re in for a treat! Refurbished oil rig survival pods now serve as a crazy alternative to traditional hotel rooms. Sometimes floating, sometimes land based, the pods have been equipped with a variety of amenities and one has even been decked out in 70s Bond-themed décor for those who want to add an extra layer of the unusual to their stay. Each pod has room for a maximum of 3 people – although we can’t be sure exactly how roomy it will be.
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It would be rude to have a hotel in Transylvania and not theme it around the region’s most famous, blood-sucking resident. With its hunting trophy wall mounts, cast iron candelabrum and turreted roof, the feel is very much Medieval forest castle. Rooms feature intricately decorated, traditional Romanian furniture with chintzy finishes, and the restaurant hosts Dracula themed banquets. Whilst situated in an actual building and on dry land this time, this hotel certainly has a crazy twist and is far from your traditional hotel stay.
No Man’s Fort, Portsmouth
Have you ever noticed a Victorian fort sitting in the middle of the sea, in Portsmouth? That is in fact a 22 bedroom luxury hotel complete with a penthouse suite, a night club and a laser quest arena inside! Located just 1.4 miles from the Isle of Wight, this hotel also offers out the space for dinner parties, house parties and even weddings! Gaze up at the sky through the glass roof at the heart of the venue or look out to sea from the luxury Lighthouse Suite. Floor to ceiling windows offer a panoramic view of the sea and land – if you do choose to stay, this is not an experience you’ll easily forget.
The Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho
Dog lovers, this one’s for you! The B&B itself is located inside a beagle – that is, a 12 foot constructed beagle building. As quirky as they come, Dog Bark Park Inn sleeps 4 and includes a full bath, microwave, fridge, air conditioning and more across two floors – who knew you could fit so much inside a beagle? Guests enter through stairs leading to the second story and from there, can find everything they need for a comfortable stay. It perhaps goes without saying that this is a pet friendly option, so if you’re looking for a hotel that will prompt stories for years to come, this might just be the perfect bet.
Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
Last, but by no means least, we have a hotel that proves there really is something out there for everyone. If you’re looking for a combination of a treehouse and a capsule in the open air, we bring you the Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island. Set among the trees of the rainforest, handcrafted spheres made from cedar, Sitka Spruce and fiberglass offer a place to rest your head whilst feeling at one with nature. The globes themselves are tethered to the trees with ropes, meaning that the compartments do have a tendency to sway in the breeze. As long as vertigo isn’t an issue, this is a chance for you to see the world from a whole different angle, whilst sleeping in a natural rainforest. What’s not to love?