There are hundreds of thousands of hotels in the world. The exact number is anyone’s guess, but it is estimated that there are over 13 million rooms available across the globe at any one time. Which is why; when traveling, choosing the right lodging can often be a tedious task.
The smaller, more affordable hotels offer only the most basic guest services and amenities, while the larger, more luxurious establishments provide additional facilities and services such as swimming pools, business centers, childcare facilities, high-end restaurants, spa services, gymnasiums, and more. However, whatever your price point, once you´ve stayed in one hotel, you have stayed in them all.
The hotel-going experience is pretty much the same anywhere you go; except when it isn’t.
There are so many unique hotels in the world that offer experiences far beyond the usual room and board. These hotels can be, in and of themselves, the main attraction of your travels. Without a doubt, if you are adventurous enough to spend a night in one of these hotels you just might end up living through a captivating adventure.
Here are 15 of the world’s most unique hotels:
1) GAMIRASU HOTEL:
We begin our journey in Ayvali, Turkey. Located near the heart of Cappadocia, the Gamirasu Cave Hotel was erected during the Byzantine Era as a monastic retreat. Today, the hotel boasts 35 meticulously restored rooms that are built directly into the cave walls. A night spent in one of these rooms is a night spent submerged in a 5 thousand year history. However, these are most definitely not cavemen digs. Each room is more luxurious than the last and offers all of today’s modern comforts.
2) HUILO HUILO MONTAÑA MAGICA LODGE:
I want you to picture a volcano that erupts water instead of lava. Better yet, imagine the most idyllic and pastoral scene you can think of here on earth. This beautiful and majestic lodge is characterized by its gorgeous moss-covered buildings. The Huilo Huilo Montaña Magica Lodge is surrounded by trees, deep inside one of Chile’s most pristine natural reserves and offers an extraordinary experience all around.
3) KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT:
Located in Lapland, Finland, this hotel resort is one of a kind. Igloos constructed mostly out of glass provide a crystal clear view of the frozen landscape outside. The igloos are luxuriously furnished, warm, and comfortable beyond reasonable expectation considering the frigid temperatures. Habitually, guests are treated to the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.
Treehotel is one of Scandinavia’s most unique lodging accommodations. Treehotel gives guests from around the world a chance to experience the region’s beautiful alpine forests up and personal. Enjoy the views of the Lule River while relaxing in rooms that are suspended between 4 and 6 meters off the ground. The Treehotel is a place where nature, comfort and modern design meet and create something wonderful.
5) HANG NGA GUESTHOUSE:
Created by the Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga, it has been known as the “crazy house” from the time of its construction. Visitors often describe their stay as whimsical and feverish. Imagine a marriage of Disney and Dali-like sensitivities, and you will have a better idea of what to expect. Rooms are named after animals and are decorated to suit. Stay in the Bear room or the Kangaroo suite, either way, your stay will be peculiar.
6) WOODLYN PARK:
Next time you travel to New Zealand do not miss the opportunity to sleep in a Lord Of The Rings Movie. That’s right; some of the rooms in this hotel are modeled after the houses in the titular film´s Hobbiton. Others are built out of a recycled plane and train. This hotel complex offers a unique experience close to New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves, home of the world-famous bioluminescent glow worms.
7) POSEIDON UNDERSEA RESORTS:
Located in the island country of Fiji, Poseidon Undersea Resorts offers a mystical experience. Imagine yourself a character out of a Jules Verne book when you stay in the world´s first permanent and habitable one-atmosphere underwater structure. If you are a deep sea lover, you will be astounded by the submarine views these rooms offer. You will be literally sleeping under the waves and amongst the fishes next time you travel to Fiji.
8) THE MANTA RESORT:
Continuing the ocean theme, Tanzania is home to The Manta Resort. Located on the island of Pemba, this hotel resort offers diving, nature excursions, and even safaris. Stay on the beachfront or in the luxurious floating room for a once in a lifetime heart-stopping experience.
9) LES CABANES DU BOIS LANDRY:
For the more adventurous crowd, these cabins are more akin to your childhood tree-house. Amenities are limited, but in exchange, you get to spend the night perched high on an ancient Oak Tree deep in the Perche Regional Park in France.
10) SUN CRUISE RESORT AND YACHT:
Located in Jeongdongjin on the east coast of South Korea, this magnificent hotel is shaped like a transatlantic cruise ship. If you have always wanted the cruise ship experience but are afraid of getting seasick, you can stay in this cliff-top hotel and get a similar vibe. Sun cruise resort is massive, and you are sure to find a room that suits your style.
11) DOG BARK PARK:
This Bed & Breakfast located along I-95 in the USA state of Idaho is one of the most unique entries in our list. This 2-bedroom guest house is shaped like a giant beagle dog and inside the decoration is entirely dog-themed.
12) HOSHI RYOKAN HOTEL:
Have you ever wondered what hotels were like 1,000 years ago? Well, next time you visit Japan, you can find out first hand. The hotel Ryokan has been operated by the same family for over 40 generations and has been continually running for more than 1,300 years since its founding in the year 705 AD. Stay here and experience a legendary legacy.
13) PALACIO DE SAL:
Bolivia is often overlooked by the tourism industry yet this beautiful country is home to one of the most unique hotels in the world. Palacio de Sal is Spanish for “salt palace,” and they mean it, believe me. This hotel is built almost entirely out of salt. Don’t believe me? Spend the night and lick the walls. In fact, besides the walls, the floors, ceilings, furniture, and even the sculptures that decorate the place are made of salt.
14) CRANE HOTEL FARALDA:
You will find the next hotel on the list hard to believe. This hotel only has 3 suites, but each one is luxurious and unique. The most incredible characteristic of the Crane hotel Faralda is that true to its name, the hotel consists of a giant crane from which the three rooms hang. You will find the hotel on the riverside and directly opposite the center of Amsterdam.
15) AU VIEUX PANIER:
Each room in this novelty hotel, located in Marseille, France, is themed around art and exclusively designed by guest painters, graphic designers, and various other world-renowned artists. The hotel offers the typical luxury amenities, but the rooms continuously change in look and style. A truly unique and audacious experience awaits you every time you visit.