Some prefer the sound of crashing waves and beach access. In that case check into the Skye Lighthouse, in Scotland. Photo courtesy of Jon & Allison.
Traveler’s with a Tarzan complex should feel right at home in the Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel (The Tree Top Lodge) in Brazil. Catwalks (around 4 miles of them) 70ft in the air connect the different towers including the dining room and the bar. The Honeymoon suite practically floats 100ft up in a mahogany tree. The place is full of amazing wildlife (including sloths and monkeys). Located just 35 miles from Manuas, Brazil, the hotel is built entirely at the level of the rainforest canopy. The experience is great for the whole family and children up to 10 that are sharing a room with parents or guardians are free (including meals).
Pipe-dreaming, Austria’s Drain Pipe Hotel. Only 15 dollars a night for a room in a Latvian prison. Not bad. I’m sure you could figure out a way to stay there cheaper.
This underwater hotel, slated to be finished in 2010.A 7 story hotel will open in Istanbul, Turkey. This might start a whole thread of new underwater hotels and maybe even fork out to new underwater cities.Visitors to Istanbul will soon have a chance to view the most spectacular ocean views on the planet. A seven floor, seven-star hotel is being built underwater on what was formerly a tobacco factory. There will be exhibition halls, and restaurants, and all rooms will be sea facing.
Due to open in 2009, this incredible $730-million Hydropolis will be submerged 20 metres below the Persian Gulf.
If you just want more than just a little local color, go to Kuala Lumpur for a rainbow-like stay. I think it looks like a child’s painting, full of whimsy.
Guests may find their teeth chattering at the Snow Hotel in Kemi, Finland.
Fancy living like a hobbit, Beckham Creek Cave Haven. Beckham Creek Cave Haven is equipped with state of the art technology to ensure guests don’t have to live like Neanderthal man.
Facing the Caspian Sea, the buildings are named Hotel Full Moon – a disc with rounded edges and a hole in one of the top corners – and Hotel Crescent, a curving arch similar to a crescent moon – and will mark out an area appropriately named Full Moon Bay. Designed to appear drastically different from different viewing angles – from one angle Death Star and from the other Gherkin – Hotel Full Moon will be a 150 meter-high, 35 story luxury hotel with 382 large rooms.
Weird but also wonderful are the Cappadocia Cave Suites in Turkey, carved during Hittite, Byzantine and Roman days, but now used as lodging. Your ancient room, nestled among caves used as places of worship, includes wifi and an espresso machine.
If you prefer more action, nightlife and well, gambling then Las Vegas offers all sorts of strange hotels, with the most wierd and my favorite– the Luxor. It is so American to think we can replicate the pyramids.
A hotel dog lovers will particularly enjoy, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a hotel located in Cottonwood, Idaho, Some of the decorations and furniture inside the hotel are made by an artist to fit in with the hotel’s theme.
The Ice Hotel is created anew each year out of 15,000 pounds of snow and 500 pounds of ice. The 34-room hotel features an ice chapel, two art galleries and a host of outdoor activities. The temperature inside the hotel ranges from 23 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit, and the beds are carved from ice. You don’t sleep directly on the ice, though–there’ s a wooden plank between the ice and a comfy mattress, plus you’re insulated with a special sleeping bag that can withstand the harshest climes (-40 degrees Fahrenheit).
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