Many hotels promise guests a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience, but for the most part, they tend to offer the same standard fare.
Still, if you’re looking for some more out-there accommodations for your next trip, the options do exist. From converted airplanes, trains and silos to ice caves and buildings made of salt, here are 35 truly unusual hotels from around the world.
in Ottensheim, Austria, guests stay in rooms constructed from repurposed concrete drainpipes. The hotel has a "pay as you wish" policy and offers a double bed, bedding storage, light, and power -- but guests must use public bathrooms.
Book and Bed
is a 30-bed hostel in Tokyo where guests sleep in small cubbies hidden behind library shelves full of books. How cozy!
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in Harads, Sweden, takes the treehouse concept to the next level. The hotel features a variety of rooms in trees, including a UFO prototype and a cube with mirrored walls.
Located in Amsterdam, the Crane Hotel Faralda
offers three suites built into a former industrial crane. There's also a jacuzzi up there, so guests can take in some epic views while they relax.
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Zaandam, a city just north of Amsterdam, boasts a very unique hotel with a facade that appears to consist of traditional houses stacked on top of each other. Unsurprisingly, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
is a popular Instagram spot.
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Hotel Costa Verde
in Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park has a two-bedroom fuselage suite inside a refurbished 1965 vintage Boeing 727 -- offering a striking view of the rainforest setting.
Located in Little River, New Zealand, SiloStay
gives guests the opportunity to stay inside grain silos -- an eco-friendly innovation in the hospitality world.
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Skylodge Adventure Suites
consists of a set of transparent pods on the side of an Andean clifftop in Peru's Sacred Valley. Reaching the pods requires an arduous climb, and these accommodations are clearly not for the faint of heart.
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The Dog Bark Park Inn
in Idaho is a bed-and-breakfast that's shaped like a giant beagle. The locals affectionately call the large dog "Sweet Willy."
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All the caboose units at The Red Caboose Motel
in Ronks, Pennsylvania, were painted red when the establishment first opened in 1970. They now include other colors and types of train cars.
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Frank Gehry designed this luxury hotel in Spain's wine country. Located in Elciego, the Hotel Marqués de Riscal
is architecturally distinctive with its colorful ribbon-like titanium facade.
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Every year, the Icehotel
is rebuilt in the village of Jukkasjarvi in Lappland, Sweden. The hotel has themed suites with impressive ice carvings.
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The Quinta Real
in Zacatecas, Mexico, was constructed around a restored bullfighting ring from the 19th century. Guests stay in rooms around the old arena.
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Constructed in the 18th century, the Cley Windmill in Norfolk, England, became a hotel in the 1980s.
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The Palacio de Sal
, or "Salt Palace" hotel, is -- as the name suggests -- made of salt, including much of the furniture. Located on the salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia, the hotel has a restaurant with a signature "salt chicken" dish.
Guests can stay more than 500 feet below ground in Sala Silvermine's underground suite in Västmanland, Sweden.
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in Berlin, guests stay in old campers and wooden huts inside a former vacuum cleaner factory.
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The Manta Resort
is on Pemba Island, part of the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of East Africa. The hotel allows guests to stay on a private floating island, with partly underwater quarters.
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Whitepod is an "eco-luxury hotel" consisting of high-tech pods in the Swiss Alps. The pods sit on wooden platforms and offer striking views of the mountains and Lake Geneva.
is a hostel built inside a decommissioned 747-200 at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm. The "cockpit suite" is a more expensive room.
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Known as the "Crazy House," Hang Nga Guesthouse
is a unique hotel in Da Lat, Vietnam. Its architect, Dang Viet Nga, said her design was inspired by the natural environment around the city and the work of Antoni Gaudi.
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Salt Lick Lodge
in Taita Hills, Kenya, offers panoramic views of the landscape and the large animals around Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
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No Man's Land Fort, aka No Man's Fort
, is a historic sea fort-turned-hotel. Constructed in the late 19th century, the hotel is in the Solent strait by Portsmouth, England.
is a former fire truck that was converted into a two-person living space in the Scottish Highlands.
Happy Nomads Village
in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan, gives guests the opportunity to experience what it's like to sleep in traditional Kyrgyz yurts.
Kumbuk River Resort
At the edge of Yala National Park in Sri Lanka is Kumbuk River Resort
, an eco-resort with a two-story elephant villa that offers proximity to actual elephants and other animals.
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Le Grotte della Civita
is in the Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Matera, Italy. The southern Italian hotel is built into the city's famous limestone caves.
The Hobbit Motel
in New Zealand's Woodlyn Park is -- as its name suggests -- a motel built to resemble the homes of the hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien's books.
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is in Saariselkä in northern Finland. Accommodation offerings include glass igloos that provide a spectacular view of the northern lights.
The Santos Express
The Santos Express
in Mossel Bay, South Africa, is a converted train near the shores of the Indian Ocean. The hotel boasts delicious seafood meals.
At the V8 Hotel
near Stuttgart, Germany, car fanatics get the chance to stay in rooms designed around particular vehicles and to admire vintage cars and decor.
Kokopellis Cave Bed Breakfast
As the name suggests, Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast
is a cave dwelling. It's situated in a cliff north of Farmington, New Mexico, near the Mesa Verde National Monument.