10 Bizarre Hotels

For many vacations, it’s more about where you’re staying, not what hotel you’re staying at.  But just as a new city opens up new experiences, a new, unique type of lodging could introduce you to a one-of-a kind experience.  Here’s a list of 10 bizarre hotels around the world.

1. You’re as Cold as ICE

In the little Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi there’s a hotel that revolves around one essential ingredient of life, H2O.  When you’re situated well north of the Arctic Circle it’s more commonly referred to as ice, the medium that various architects and artists mold into a beautiful work-of-art/ tourist destination known as ICEHOTEL.  This winter will be the hotel’s twenty-first year as an innovative ever-evolving accommodation that gives its guests an experience they will never forget.  There’s even a church made of ice to host a subzero fairytale wedding and a bar to look cool and stay cool.  So, yeah, this isn’t just an igloo with a bed; in its many years ICEHOTEL has grown to roughly 5500 square meters from its humble beginnings at around 60 square meters.  For climatic reasons, this hotel only operates for a few months in the winter, melting back into the Torne River it was born of, one of the transient artistic properties that define this luxurious lodge.

2. Under the Sea

Believe it or not, there isn’t just one underwater hotel.  The first one lays 40 feet underwater in a 5,000 acre lagoon off a private island in Fiji.  Reservations are super exclusive and the hotel has to fly guests in from an airport in Fiji, unless, of course, they choose the private yacht option.  But one opening in Istanbul, Turkey this year is attempting to top that.  Seven stories deep to match the theme of a SEVEN-star hotel, this stay promises to indulge the senses and provide an unmatched vacation experience.

3. Got to Get Away

What if you happen to be interested in getting away from it all?  Really, really away.  Namibia Wildlife Resorts offers a variety of options in isolated and desolate, yet beautiful locations to escape the mundane, drink up the beautiful countryside, and catch glimpses of some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife.  Whether it’s rugged desert or vast swaths of jungle expect astounding scenery from a variety of lodgings that have all the offerings of any traditional resort.  Each location offers its own unique landscape and amazing experiences from balloon bound safaris to cruises along the Namibian coast.

4. Lavish Lakehouse

Only reachable by boat, this next one may also help you really get away from it all; not to mention it has loads of history.  Known as Lake Palace or Jag Niwas, this destination was originally built in the 1600s by Indian royalty on a tiny rock island in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India.  In its storied history it has functioned as a royal palace, as a place of refuge for Europeans during rebellion on the mainland, and finally as a luxury hotel that can include among its guests Queen Elizabeth and Jackie O.  The conversion into a hotel began in the 1960s as the only viable way to save the by then deteriorating palace and by the 1970s it was managed by a reliable Indian company that has carried it into its present day status as a world-class destination.

5. Spooky Spots

And what if you want an experience that transcends this world?  You can always dabble into haunted destinations.  Some destinations even embrace the spooky specifics.  At Jerome Grand Hotel in the small mining town of Jerome, Ariz. guests are treated to ghost hunting tours complete with an EMT meter, IR thermometer and digital camera… whatever that does.

6. Ramblin’ Man

If you just can’t stop moving then there’s a German company, Rotel Tours, that’s built a rolling hotel.  Now, before you brighten up with visions of cruising down the highway in your king size bed and whirlpool bathtub, dash those thoughts and understand that this vessel is more function than fashion.  Although there is a bathroom and kitchen, it lacks a shower.  Oh, and your sleeping quarters are six feet long and three feet high; don’t spring up and awake too suddenly or you may just end up asleep again.

7. Treetop

This next option is not for the sleepwalking type: Tree house hotels.  They exist at a number of exotic spots around the world, Costa Rica, India, Sweden and Hawaii to name a few.  All of them are marked by clever and unique architecture and usually necessarily scant accommodations; room service and running utilities are not a guarantee.

8. Lockdown

If you’re looking for a stay that’s designed to keep you there in more ways than one then you can be locked down in the jailhotel Lowengraben in Lucerne, Switzerland.  Originally built as a jail in the mid 1800s and continuing to function until the late 1990s, this historical building now provides access to the local sights of Lucerne that its previous residents didn’t have the privilege of visiting.

9. All Work and No Play…

Remember that creepy hotel from The Shining?  What if you wanted to stay there?  Well, too bad; it’s an imaginary hotel shot at several different locations.  But truthfully the hotel that inspired the book does exist in Estes Park, Colorado.  In addition to long-standing rumors of haunting, the Stanley Hotel is where Stephen King assembled the ideas for this diabolical gem.

10. Is There an Echo in Here?

For all those spelunkers who just can’t get enough dark, musty rock, there’s the Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey.  Beautiful décor and traditional Turkish food will delight any guest staying in this mineral marvel whose history of inhabitance stretches back over 2000 years.  While equipped with modern amenities and utilities the striking stone walls and ceiling will serve as a constant reminder that you’re staying in an actual cave.

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33 Responses to “10 Bizarre Hotels”

  1. dtm
    July 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    sick. if only I had the money…

  2. kimbuckjr
    July 23, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Oh My Gosh, I can’t imagine sleeping underneath the water and waking up in the morning to see a Great White Shark staring back at you! Frightening!!!! I really like the concept of the IGLOO Hotel in Sweden! If one turns on the ‘heat’ will their walls melt? Or is that NOT an option?
    I really enjoyed this article, thank you for composing!!!!

  3. July 24, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Wow, the under the sea is really cool!! these are so interesting!1 thanks for sharing!!

  4. anthy
    July 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I really like the idea of the undersea and spooky hotels! Too bad the undersea one is so exclusive…

  5. July 26, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Under the sea is so cool. Would be like sleeping in a big fish tank

  6. July 28, 2010 at 2:00 am

    With my luck the darn tank will crack and i’ll get chewed up.

  7. July 29, 2010 at 4:13 am

    I for one would love to visit the Under Sea hotel.

  8. Laurie Underwood
    August 12, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Wow! Check out that igloo! Um….weird and no thanks!

  9. Ron Miller
    August 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    all 10 of these just made my bucket list!

  10. Shelby
    August 16, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I would love to stay in a treehouse!

  11. MaryAnn D
    August 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Great places to stay!

  12. August 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Very cool! I think the Lake Palace looks like a nice relaxing getaway!

  13. Erin
    August 18, 2010 at 2:56 am

    First of all, Fiji? Yes please! And, the icing on that cake is that hotel. Amazing. My husband used to have a dinky little 30 gallon salt water aquarium. He would think this place is amazing!

  14. Angela
    September 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Definitely loving the treehouse hotel. Every big kid’s dream.

  15. September 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I really love the Ice Hotel in Norway and would love to visit it. Everything is made out of ice and snow, even the fittings and fixtures. I saw this on a tv program. They also have to rebuild it every year… seems like a lot of work.

  16. Callie Denny
    October 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    It’s always been a dream of mine to live in a tree house, staying in one would be second best!

  17. amber
    October 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Wow, some of those are amazing looking! Strange, yet kinda cool.

  18. Geoff K
    October 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Very cool post! Most hotels have pretty much the same look and feel, so these places offer a truly unique experience. I would love to learn of other unique hotels across the United States that we could seek out on our travels.

  19. November 30, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    A tree house is very interesting. I wish I could build it one.

  20. December 15, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Under the sea motel looks awesome. My own little treehouse motel would be nice too!

  21. September 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Fascinating hotels to add to my bucket list :)

  22. January 5, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Mind boggling indeed. I can’t wait for the book either. I remember the first time I read a book by James and thought that if Austen were going to write a mystery, it would read like James.diablo 3 gold

  23. January 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Great! I am so thrilled in trying one of this hotels. VACATION GALORE!!!

  24. May 4, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I like under the sea hotels. I think it’s really nice to stay in tree top hotels. Interesting blog. I never heard about these type of hotels’ really enjoyed your post. Thanks & Keep Posting!!

  25. May 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I think that the first four hotels would be amazing. Especially the first one with the Swedish Village. I just really hope that the heaters work :)

  26. June 6, 2012 at 1:37 am

    What a list here!…i’ll be happy to spend my next vacation in one of this nice places.

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  28. Mike Buck
    April 10, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I stayed at the Stanley in Estes Park, CO. It was fantastic and while there the Ghost Adventuress program took over part of the Hotel to film.

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