These Are the World’s Most Unique Hotels
Traveling around the world is on many people’s bucket lists. If you’re one of them, why not make your hotel accommodations part of the adventure? Sleep under the Northern Lights, dine with giraffes, snooze in an igloo or rest up high in a real-life treehouse made to satisfy your inner child.
When it comes to world traveling, Motel 6 and Holiday Inn just won’t cut it. Reserve your spot now at one of the 30 most unique hotels in the world that will give you wanderlust.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
You may not want to live in a glass house full time, but Hotel Kakslauttanen gives you the best view of the Northern Lights if you can give up your privacy for a night. This nature-made light show is one of the world’s most enigmatic and sought-after sights, and Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to sleep directly under the magic.
Inntel Hotel, Amsterdam Zaandam
This delightful stack of traditional Dutch houses is also a steal at just $200 a night, and you might even snag one for as little as $100 during special deals. These hotel rooms embrace Dutch roots by using traditional products and decor while integrating modern-day comfort.
This year-round hotel features rooms made of ice that are obviously maintained with extreme dedication and love. The owners have each ice room resculpted every winter with water from the Torne River. Staying in one of the ice rooms is a truly unique experience, as different artists create new designs every year. You literally won’t get the same room twice, even if you visit every year.
Hotel Whitepod, Switzerland
This little village of igloo-shaped pods is nestled on a quiet hilltop and offers amazing views of the valley near Les Cerniers, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. For around $300 per night, you can enjoy local food at the hotel’s restaurant and cozy up to the fire in your personal wood-heated pod.
Nine Hours Kyoto, Japan
Japan has often been a trailblazer in various sectors, including innovations in hotel accommodations. Since the latter half of the 1970s, the country has offered "capsule" hotels, which are basically little pods that provide just enough space for a guest to sleep. Bathrooms are shared, and there are separate sections for males and females.
Conestoga Ranch, Utah
Fans of The Oregon Trail are sure to love this one! Glamping meets westward expansion at Conestoga Ranch, Utah’s unique luxury Conestoga wagon hotel. Located in Yellowstone National Park, the campsite offers you and fellow glampers everything you need to camp in style.
The Muraka, Conrad Maldives
Come stay at the first underwater hotel in the world, which opened in November 2018. The cost is pretty steep to stay here per night — around $500 — but the Muraka at Conrad Maldives island resort offers an incredible immersive experience that is hard to resist.
Montana Magica Lodge, Chile
Calling all adventurers! Montana Magica Lodge, which translates to "magic mountain," will certainly cast a wonderful spell of excitement over your trip to Chile. This bungalow-style hotel is located in the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve in the Patagonian Rainforest. You can only access the volcano-shaped hotel by a rope bridge, which means that just arriving at the hotel is part of the amazing experience.
El Cosmico, Texas
This is another great American spot for the adventurous in spirit. El Cosmico is a nomadic hotel and campground located in Marfa, Texas, that offers guests the option to stay in different kinds of environments. Choose accommodations with all the amenities, like the Brite Building, Cosmic Kasita or one of the many vintage trailers on the lot.
Knight’s Glamping, England
Camping meets renaissance faire at Knight’s Glamping, where you can immerse yourself in a medieval glamping experience. Things are fairly historically accurate at the site, meaning no modern elements like electricity, but not so accurate that your stay is uncomfortable. Shower facilities are available, for example.
Your inner child will leap with excitement at the prospect of staying at this unique "out of this world" hotel. Spend the night in uniquely designed structures positioned high in the trees, just like your very own treehouse, for a cool $500 a night. Sometimes, you may be able to snag a deal and get a room for $400 during the off-season.
Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge, Sweden
Sweden is well known for its unique hotels, and Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge certainly makes the cut. The founder, Marcus Eldh, affirms on the hotel’s official website that there’s "no electricity, no showers, nothing fancy at all, just natural mysteriousness. And that is precisely why you are going to love this place!"
Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, China
This hotel’s architecture is a marvel in and of itself, which is why it easily makes an appearance on this list. The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is a complex 27-story arch on Lake Taihu that looks a lot like an electric-blue, partially-dunked donut. It’s truly a marvel in structural engineering, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and ceilings decorated with Swarovski crystals.
Book and Bed Tokyo, Japan
The capsule hotel makes another appearance, but this time appealing to your inner bibliophile. The Book and Bed Tokyo offers exactly what its namesake suggests: a place to sleep and plenty of books to read. Beds are nestled within bookshelves that offer a diverse selection of book titles to read.
Manta Resort, Tanzania
Not many people can say they have stayed in a hotel room that floats on water. If you stay at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, you can check that experience off your bucket list. The Manta Resort offers a peaceful, aquatic experience below the waves of Indian Ocean. In the submariner room, you can even watch fish swim past the windows!
Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica
There’s something about old planes being converted into unique hotels that attracts plenty of interest. Hotel Costa Verde has a refurbished Boeing 727 suite that now serves as a two-bedroom bungalow. What makes a stay here fun is this airplane is hoisted on a 50-foot pedestal in the jungle.
The Caves Hotel, Jamaica
Hailed as a "handcrafted Utopia", the Caves Hotel is located on an all-inclusive luxury resort in Negril, Jamaica. Guests stay in rooms located on a cliffside where they have an incredible view of the mountains. Rooms are located just minutes from the white sands of Negril’s 7-mile beachfront.
Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
Palacio del Sal or "Salt Palace" takes on the trend of salt therapy and amplifies it to an all-inclusive overnight stay. This first-ever salt hotel is made of 100% salt blocks and wood. Even the furniture is made of salt! Best of all, a stay isn’t going to break the bank at around $150 per night.
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Who do you want to invite to breakfast? If it’s a celebrity, maybe you will get lucky someday — but don’t count on it. If your dream is to enjoy a cup of joe with a friendly giraffe, that’s an experience you can actually guarantee at Giraffe Manor. Take the safari back to your lodgings at this unique hotel in Nairobi, where giraffes walk around freely.
Cava & Hotel Mastinell, Spain
If your itinerary involves Barcelona, Spain, then make it a point to stay at Vilafranca del Penedès’ Cava & Hotel Mastinell. The hotel, which was intentionally designed to look like a stack of cava bottles on a shelf, is a wine lover’s paradise, and you and your guests will experience one of the most awesome wine tastings of your lives.
Lebua Hotel, Thailand
The Lebua Hotel in Thailand’s capital city boasts the world’s tallest open-air bar on its massive 800-foot rooftop. The five-star hotel is widely known for its amazing food. In fact, the restaurant, Mezzaluna, serves innovative European cuisine and is one of the few two-Michelin Star restaurants in the city.
Taj Lake Palace, India
If you want peace and breathtaking views of water, the Taj Lake Palace can fulfill this desire and more. This hotel is a wonder of architecture, as the entire palace has been built right on top of Jag Niwas Island and looks like it’s floating on the water alone. To make this place even more enigmatic, you can’t reach it by ordinary means.
Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens, Sweden
Don’t let this hotel’s first impression fool you — it’s not an ordinary place to stay! Although the Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens has standard hotel rooms, budget rooms and conference areas, it also has some hidden surprises. How would you like to stay in cute lodgings that look like giant tree stumps or mushrooms?
Happy Nomads Yurt Camp, Kyrgyzstan
Happy Nomads Yurt Camp is a hostel and camp that allows you to stay in a traditional hostel or Kyrgyz yurt in a fun, community experience. Breakfast is complimentary, and lunch and dinner are both prepared over an open flame. Past guests have complimented this camp as being a "very quiet and wonderful place to stay in Karakol, highly recommended to tourists."
Azulik Resort, Mexico
Mexico is known for its beautiful resorts, and Azulik Tulum is one that is both gorgeous and unique. It’s located between the Tulum jungle and the Caribbean Sea, creating a gorgeous natural paradise you can’t find in many parts of the world. The resort has an array of jungle villas that are all handcrafted by artisans to put guests into a peaceful state of mind.
26. Faralda Crane Hotel, Amsterdam
The Crane is one of Amsterdam’s most iconic buildings, earning accolades soon after its launch in 2014. This hotel has been nominated for various awards for hospitality, technology and innovation in Europe. The building, which is a long rectangular structure that incorporates a crane, stands 50 meters above the NDSM industrial wharf, which is famous among local artists.
Udang House, Indonesia
Get an unexpected peek at colorful fish right under your feet when you stay in one of Udang House’s rooms with tempered glass floors. Udang means "shrimp," and you can actually see live shrimp swim under your hotel room. Located in Bali, this hotel is made for the weary traveler who wants to rest and soak in the beauty of nature.
V8 Hotel, Germany
Fans of retro racing and automobiles need to put V8 Hotel on their bucket lists. If you’re a vintage car lover, you can live your grown-up fantasy of sleeping in an upcycled Mercedes-Benz bed in a hotel room decorated with automobile paraphernalia from head to toe.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai
Dubbed the best hotel in the world in some circles, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is one of the most luxurious experiences you can get in the entire world. It is a seven-star hotel — yes, there is such a thing — that has a distinct sail-shaped structure. During a stay here, you can dine in the underwater aquarium restaurant, the Al Mahara, and enjoy expensive drinks at the Skybar.
Makanyi Private Game Lodge, South Africa
The Makanyi Safari Lodge contains eight air-conditioned suites that offer an awesome view of the river and wild animals. It’s located on private grounds within the Madikwe Game Reserve, which is home to the "Big Five" wild safari animals: lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and rhinos. To ensure quality service, the lodge limits the number of guests to 16 at a time.