Want a holiday out of the norm? These 14 weird, wonderful and downright bizarre hotels, will make your trip one to remember!
When you’re travelling, all hotel rooms can start to look the same. Why not make your night just as adventurous as your day with one of these 14 weird and whacky options!
If you’ve ever wanted to experience a real life fairy tale, then Magic Mountain in Chile will make you want to frolic about and sing to small forest creatures. The name is borrowed from a favourite book of the owners that describes a mountain that grants wishes. While the conical-shaped façade is pretty special, what really puts this hotel on ‘Unusual Hotel Hot Lists’ is the waterfall cascading from the pinnacle and the cable bridge leading to its front door. Located in Huilo Huilo, a private Natural Reserve in the Los Rios region of Chile, the rugged appearance ends with the exterior – the interiors are pure luxury!
It may not look much on the surface, but the Utter Inn’s true surprise comes when you go beneath the surface. The brainchild of a local artist, Utter Inn is located smack bang in the middle of Sweden’s Lake Mälaren. Consisting of a cabin on a floating platform, the bedroom is only accessible by steep ladder, three metres below the surface. Accessible by boat or canoe, visitors can truly get back to basics - there is no electricity, but only gas heat and power to the lamps.
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It used to be a sleepy maritime industrial suburb, but now, there is another draw card bringing the hordes – a crane that has been converted to luxury accommodation with rooms suspended over 50 metres above the ground. Featuring three rooms that have been fitted with a decidedly European industrial chic feel, the hotel features breakfast delivered via internal lift, a jacuzzi sits atop the crane, or if you’re feeling really brave, you can even go jump – with a bungee chord that is!
They look like something out of science fiction or a hippy commune, but these ‘spirit spheres’ in Canada are sure to evoke happy memories of playing in tree houses. Consisting of three wooden capsules suspended by ropes in a private forest on Vancouver Island, the only way in and out is via a suspension bridge that links to a spiral staircase wound around a tree trunk.
When it comes to zany design, Berlin’s Propeller Island takes the cake. Choose from 31 bizarre rooms that are designed to delight, confuse, bewilder and amaze – like the room completely enclosed by mirrors, the upside-down room has boxes in the floor where you can sleep below suspended furniture, the bedroom done up like a prison cell or the crypt room, where you can sleep like the dead in a coffin! The quirky hotel was created by German artist Lars Stroschen and the website describes it as 'a magnet for creative individuals, those weary of consumption, those who see things differently, philosophers and seekers of perspective and vision'.
If you want some adventure, Indiana Jones style, then this is the hotel for you. Stationed on a concrete platform in the rainforest canopy, this Boeing 727 will make you feel as if you’ve crash-landed in the jungle. Salvaged from San Jose airport, the plane built in 1965 was transported to Manuel Antonio National Park and superbly refurbished; now it’s a major draw card for tourists visiting the area.
It may seem at first glance the couple that constructed this hotel are barking mad – but the scores of tourists that have stayed in the 10 metre high beagle since it was erected beg to differ. Made entirely of wood, Sweet Willy consists of a double room in his stomach and a loft room in his muzzle. You can even get a sculpture of your own dog during your stay – at Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood, Idaho, they specialise in creating folk art style woodcarvings and can create over 60 different breeds and poses of dogs.
It just goes to show there isn’t anything you can’t create from Lego! California’s Legoland resort is a hotel dedicated to everyone’s favourite yellow brick. Guests can choose from a pirate, kingdom or adventure theme, and if that’s not enough to bamboozle your senses, over three million pieces were used to create the Lego sculptures that surround the hotel.
"Mira Mira on the wall, what's the weirdest accommodation of them all?" Located in beautiful Gippsland Region, Mira Mira is a collection of three self contained, two bedroom fantasy retreats where guests have an opportunity to 'Live in Art". All built by the owners, the three eccentric habitats include an underground cave, accessed through a doorway shaped like a troll’s mouth, a Zen retreat with a ‘bush-style’ Japanese garden and a surrealist wood cabin.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in the Middle East 2000 years ago, this lodge may be your best bet. Situated at the foot of the White Mountain, Adrere Amellal is a secluded desert eco-lodge made of earth buildings that blend naturally into the landscape. Offering direct access to the salt lake as well as the Great Sand Sea, this pristine location really allows guests to get primeval – there’s no electricity, with all the rooms lit with dozens of beeswax candles.
If you go into a trance every time you glimpse into a fish tank, then this progressive hotel is sure to send you into a sure slumber. The world's first sea floor resort – located 12 metres under the water on a private island in Fiji doesn’t come cheap – with rooms starting at $17k for the week. But the 150,000 potential guests on its waiting list are still no closer to enjoying the underwater vista – it was due to open in 2008, however the Poseidon Underwater Resort in Fiji is yet to open its doors.
The creator Ma Yansong has been named as one of the most creative people in architecture – and one look at the 27-storey Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort in Shanghai, and you can see why. Styled in the shape of a massive glowing doughnut and offering 321 spacious guest rooms, including 44 suites and 39 villas, the hotel is an ideal destination for China's newly affluent business class. The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is among a series of new buildings that have recently opened in China. Among them is the world's biggest building, the New Century Global Center, and the $568 million Intercontinental Shimao hotel that has been built inside an abandoned quarry.
If 70s kitsch is your idea of fun, then The Madonna Inn’s bizarrely decadent rooms reeking with history are sure to give you memories to bank. Opening for business in 1958, it quickly gained a reputation as a major tourist draw card on the Central Coast of California. All 110 rooms are decorated and themed differently, and some tourists even stop just to peek at the famous rock waterfall urinal located in the men's restroom, a feature designed by Hollywood set designer Harvey Allen Warren. "Anybody can build one room and a thousand like it,” said construction magnate and owner Alex Madonna. “I try to give people a decent place to stay where they receive more than they are entitled to for what they're paying. I want people to come in with a smile and leave with a smile. It's fun."
Pineapple lovers rejoice! The eccentric summer home built in the 18th century by John Murray, Fourth Earl of Dunmore is not only still standing, it can now be rented out as a vacation home. According to Scotland's National Tourism Organisation, the property began as a one-storied pavilion but grew “its fruity dome" in 1777 when Lord Dunmore returned to Scotland after serving as governor of Virginia - a place where sailors would place pineapples on their gateposts to announce their return home. Lord Dunmore erected his own giant pineapple upon his return. Pina colada anyone?