Nothing makes a holiday more memorable than a unique hotel stay. Exotic locations can be muted by the drab familiarity and corporate chill of chain hotels. However, if you know where to look, the world is full with quirky, unique hotels aimed at providing patrons with something to write home about. Here’s a look at some of the quirkiest hotels from around the world:
Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa – Nevsehir, Turkey
Offering 79 rooms of 5-star luxury, the Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa is undoubtedly the ritziest cave in the world. Built within the stunning rocky landscape in the Turkish region of Anatolia, the area’s caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fully incorporated in the unique surroundings are Byzantine ruins and old churches.
The hotels rooms are each luxuriously appointed and set inside these marvellous caves. The resort does not rely on this feature alone to attract customers, however. Offering multi-lingual customer service, steam room, spa, gym, pool and even camel rides, Cappadocia is an all-inclusive getaway for families, honeymooners and jetsetters.
IceHotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Ranging from familiar igloos to extravagant ice sculptures, a stay at Sweden’s IceHotel is on the bucket list of many adventurous travellers. Each room within this unique hotel is made up entirely of snow and ice. Open only from mid-December to mid-April, the hotel’s 80 rooms are rebuilt every year.
Located in the Swedish Lapland, visitors to the IceHotel have the option of indulging in a number of different excursions during their stay including cross-country skiing, reindeer safaris and husky sledging.
Jules Underwater Lodge – Florida Keys, USA
Considered to be the first ever underwater hotel, it’s hard to get quirkier than the Jules Underwater Lodge in the Florida Keys. Containing only 2 rooms, this jewel of the sea caters mainly to scuba diving enthusiasts and researchers, but also performs the occasional wedding ceremony. Each of the rooms contains a window with views into the water and meals are catered daily.
Liberty Hotel – Boston, USA
Originally built in 1851 to house some of the country’s most notorious criminals, the aptly named Liberty Hotel has quite the history. The structure stood as a prison for over 120 years, it has been transformed into one of Boston’s most sought after hotel. Boasting views of the city, river and the famous Fenway Park, guests will enjoy luxuriously appointed rooms in the same place hardened criminals once called home. The lobby of the hotel pays homage to its history, with exposed gangways and art deco decor. Liberty hotel contains nearly 300 rooms, all with modern furnishings and is located in the heart of Boston.
Propeller Island City Lodge – Berlin, Germany
The concept behind this daring hotel in artsy Berlin is to transform each room into a piece of art. All are the rooms within this unique hotel are custom built and designed. Guests can choose to stay in rooms featuring coffins, lion cages, or padded walls. There are also far less outlandish options such as the modern-themed or landscaped-themed rooms. The Propeller Island City Lodge benefits from fairly reasonable prices and a location near popular Berlin attractions like the KaDeWe and Schloss Charlottenburg.
The Hobbit Motel – Waitomo, New Zealand
New Zealand has received an enormous boost in tourism since the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Famously filmed amongst the country’s grassy hills and stunning countryside, it was only a matter of time before a Hobbit-themed hotel was opened.
Lucky visitors to Waitomo, New Zealand have the opportunity to stay in The Hobbit Motel, which from the outside bears a striking similarity to the shire. The motel contains only two living quarters, complete with sleeping, dining and kitchen facilities. Unlike actual Hobbits, the proportions of the hotel are suitable for full grown adults and while not exceptionally luxurious, the accommodations are clean and modern.
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