Spending a vacation in a flying saucer or an underwater capsule, admiring the world of tropical fish and coral, or alternatively in a kingdom of ice or even in a lighthouse — even one night in these hotels is guaranteed to be an adventure.
We have put together a selection of 20 of the most unusual hotels from around the world you’ll want to visit straightaway.
Guests at this hotel get to enjoy life inside bubbles made of a transparent elastic material which blocks out ultraviolet light during the day and protects against insects and damp at night. They have a grass floor and come equipped with a telescope. Cylindrical hallways run between different rooms.
- Cost: from €139.
2. The Manta Resort
Pemba Island, Tanzania
This would be an ordinary coastal resort if it wasn’t for the fact that one of the rooms is a floating cabin under the sea. The Underwater Room is 250 m from the coast. You can relax with a cocktail in your hand on the deck of this exotic construction during the day and sit out admiring the stars at night. Through the huge windows in the underwater bedroom, you can observe the life of reef-dwelling fish, jellyfish, and squids.
- A stay at the Underwater Room costs around €1,000 for one night. Other rooms start at €405.
3. Poseidon Undersea Resort
This unusual hotel has 74 rooms, 25 of which are located 15 m under the sea. The others are built on piers right over the water. The underwater suites are 50-square-meter capsules joined together by hallways. Whilst relaxing in their hotel rooms, guests can observe the life of sea creatures by turning on a special light which attracts them to the windows.
- A 7-day stay at this hotel costs $15,000 for one person or $30,000 for 2 people.
4. Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
This arctic hotel is made up of luxury apartments that nestle right beneath the treetops of Lapland. It’s in an ideal location to observe the Northern Lights and to visit Santa Claus’s village.
- Cost: from €850 for 2 nights.
5. Jumbo Stay
A Boeing 747—212B jumbo jet belonging to a Swedish company that went bankrupt in 2002 was converted into a hostel and placed at the entrance to Stockholm airport. It has 29 rooms. The most expensive — and the most straightforward — room is located in the pilot’s cabin. From there you can get a panoramic view of the airport. The other rooms offer views of the runway.
- Cost of a one-night stay: around €136.
6. Skylodge Adventure Suites
This unusual hotel offers 3 transparent capsules that are positioned around 120 m above the ground in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, Peru. The hotel’s design allows you to enjoy views of the valley which plunges down right beneath your feet. Staying here is a real adventure, as guests have to reach their capsule by navigating a complex route along a mountain path.
- Cost of a one-night stay per person: €270 (each capsule can take up to 8 people).
7. Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort
This luxury hotel has a highly unusual shape. It has 27 floors above water and 2 below that together create a complete oval. It’s one of the 10 most expensive hotels in the world.
- Cost of a one-night stay: €200.
8. Inntel Amsterdam Zaandam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The facade of this hotel is made up of almost 70 houses stuck together, from cottages to workers’ residences, all of which are typical of Amsterdam architecture.
- Cost of a one-night stay: €130.
9. Free Spirit Spheres
Vancouver Island, Canada
The rooms in this hotel take the form of large balls that hang from trees. This means your hotel room gently sways in the breeze.
- Cost of a one-night stay: €155.
10. The Boot at Jester House
Tasman, New Zealand
At the very center of the beautiful region of Tasman in New Zealand, there is a cottage with two floors in the shape of a giant boot. The Boot at Jester House is a guest house for 2 people, and it’s the ideal place for a romantic vacation.
- Cost of a one-night stay for 2 people: €250.
11. Giraffe Manor
This is one of the most famous buildings in Nairobi, with a magnificent garden and sun terrace. The main feature of this hotel is that it lets you spend your day in the company of giraffes who often stick their heads through the open windows in the hope of getting a tasty treat from the guests.
- Cost of a one-night stay for one person: from €490.
12. ION Luxury Adventure Hotel
Sitting on the slopes of the volcano Hengill, and just 18 km from the Þingvellir National Park, this hotel appears to sprout right out of nature, seemingly resting on geothermal vents. The abundance of nearby thermal springs not only supplies the hotel’s rooms with hot water but also serves as a constant source of steam that envelopes the base of the building, creating the impression that it’s floating.
- Cost of a one-night stay for 2 people: €496.
13. Giant Wine Barrel Room
This eco-hotel is notable for its guest rooms that look like giant wine barrels, facing out onto vineyards. The hotel sits in a unique location between hills overgrown with trees next to a village famous for its wine-making traditions.
- Cost of a one-night stay for 2 adults: €156.
14. Treehouse Lodge
This hotel offers a real dream come true: the chance to fall asleep to the sound of rain and the songs of birds in the Amazon jungle. The guests who stay here literally live in the trees, with the hotel boasting bungalows nestled high up in the air. Outwardly, they resemble birds’ nests, joined to each other by wooden bridges. This unusual set-up allows guests to become one with the nature of Peru.
- Cost of a 2-night stay for 2 people: €1,238.
The Icehotel is a real frozen pearl of Sweden. Its unique interior and architectural ensemble is recreated every year by talented artists from around the world who come to the village of Jukkasjärvi to turn their ideas into reality. Rooms are decorated with LED lamps, animal skins, pictures, and ice sculptures. Many of the amenities are housed in a separate building. There are special instructions for those who wish to stay as guests.
- Cost of a one-night stay for 2: around €578. Spending more than one night in the Icehotel is not recommended.
The Treehotel offers its guests incredibly beautiful hotel suites located right among the trees. You can even pick from a variety of stylish designs: a capsule with panorama windows, a huge bird’s nest, a cube made from mirror glass, or a flying saucer that appears to be suspended in the air.
- Cost of a one-night stay for 2: €503.
17. Eco Hotel LeapRus
This is one of the most high-altitude hotels in the world: 3,912 m above sea level. Now, a trip to climb Mount Elbrus can be full of both adventure and comfort, including hot water, heated floors, high-speed Wi-Fi, and 3-course meals. The hotel consists of several blocks that are reminiscent of space station capsules. A cable car takes you part of the way up to the hotel (to 3,800 m), and the rest of the journey is covered on a snowmobile.
- Cost of bed and board for one night: ₽7,500; with panoramic windows — ₽8,800.
18. The “Mountain-Top Igloo” Hotel
This exotic hotel, with its distinctly ethnic flavor, is made up of a series of large igloos that are made entirely of snow. They’re so large that there’s room for a meeting hall, bar, and fireplace made of ice. The hotel rooms themselves are big enough to house between 2 and 8 people. Even the beds are made of snow, but they’re kept warm with animal furs and a special heating system.
- Cost of a one-night stay: from ₽2,000 to ₽9,000.
19. Montana Magica Lodge
This fairytale-like mountain home can be found in the Huilo-Huilo National Park in Chile. From the outside, the hotel looks like a volcano, and if it wasn’t for the windows it would blend into the surrounding landscape. The wooden suspension bridge which reaches the hotel at the middle of its height is the only way to enter.
- Cost of a 2-night stay: €367.
20. Société Duvetnor
This lighthouse, built in 1862 close to the Saint Lawrence River, was abandoned after 100 years, but in 1989 it found a new life as a hotel. This listed building has just 3 2-bed rooms and a common living room decorated in a 19th century style. Guests can look for birds using the telescope in the tower.
- Cost of a one-night stay for one person: from $175.