10 Unique Hotels Around the World
Today hotels are not only about the spacious rooms and delicious canteens but they’re also about mind-boggling exteriors and quirky services that make you want to shower money for unique experience. Let’s start with more ‘traditional’ one:
Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel that is located at the heart of Dubai city in United Arab Emirates. It was designed to imitate sail of the ship and is the second tallest hotel in the world. Standing on the artificial island Burj Al Arab is connected to mainland by private curving bridge. It is both luxurious and unique due to its form as well as contents. The hotel has 28 double-story floors and 202 suites and also offers restraints and large seawater aquarium.
Liberty Hotel, Boston, USA
Liberty Hotel which used to be a Charles Street jail for Boston’s criminals for about 150 years has preserved its old looks even with restoration in 2007 during which the prison bars have been left intact and now provide a unique experience for those interested for about $313 a night.
Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Saariselkä, Finland
Igloo Village is a part of Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland, which provides traditional and unique futuristic igloos during winter season for residents to enjoy the snow sights and northern lights under the glass ceiling at room temperature.
Das Park Hotel, Linz, Austria
Das Park Hotel located in Linz, Austria is an idea of Andreas Strauss who came up with redesigning and actually using sewer pipes as hotel rooms. Each room is equipped with lights, double bed, hut sleeping bags and electronic code lock to ensure safety of your luggage. The hotel complex has toilets, showers, a mini bar and cafeteria and the rest of the services such as electricity are purchased with ‘pay as you go’ system.
Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain
This five-star hotel, originally a winery built in 1858 was re-designed by Frank Gehry into a City of Wine with hotel, wine shop, viticulture museum and SPA. To incorporate the feel of Rioja region and Marqués De Riscal bottles into the building architecture Gehry decided to go with pink, silver and gold ribbon-like titanium plates decorating the facade.
Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK
Martello Towers were built to protect against potential Napoleonic attack. But now some of them serve as hotels after some restoration. Living with the wind, sea and rain in the echoing rooms it’s a truly unique historical experience. The features are a solid fuel stove, parking, roof terrace and showers. The dogs are allowed.
Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Ayvali Village, Turkey
Gamirasu Cave Hotel is located in Ayvali Village in Cappadocia, Turkey. The hotel consists of 30 rooms in troglodyte cave and was opened in 1999. Being one of the most distinctive cave hotels in Cappadocia, Gamirasu was made out of old Byzantine monastic retreat of one thousand years old. The hotel as well as the village provide many activities for their guests from free horse riding to baking and wine-making.
Quinta Real Zacatecas, México
Quinta Real Zacatecas is a converted-bullring-hotel in México. The bullring which was built in 19th century has hosted its last corrida in 1975 being later restored and redesigned into a hotel which has preserved the feel and the beauty of its original structure. The former bullring is now a colonial-style patio with flowers and romatic landscapes.
Hôtel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
Hôtel de Glace or Ice Hotel in Quebec Canada is one of the most unique hotels in the world. Made out of ice and snow the hotel boasts spacious berooms, jazz suite, ice bar and cafe, hockey suite and an ice chapel. You can marry there and have fun sleeping in -5?C from January 6th, 2012 in 12th edition of this amazing work of art.
Magic Mountain Hotel, Huilo Huilo, Chile
The Magic Mountain Hotel or Montaña Magica Lodge is located in Huilo Huilo nature reserve in Chile and it’s spectacular. The hotel was designed after volcano and has a water falling from the top sliding down the windows. The combination of nature and man-made facilities will give you both comfort and unique experience with the nature. Here are hot tubs made of tree trunks right in the forest, here is the Forest Table Restaurant that serves homemade Chilean cuisine and there are spacious rooms with bathrooms equipped with rough-cut wood furnishings. The rates vary from around $250 to $400 per night.