While a lot of people are looking for an affordable and comfortable place to spend the night when they travel, there are those who are interested in seeking out only the most unusual and bizarre places of accommodation.
Admittedly, staying night after night in a regular hotel can get boring after a while, so nobody will blame you if you feel the need for something a bit out of the ordinary. Fancy spending the night underwater, or at the top of a giant tree? Or maybe you prefer a hotel room made of ice, or salt? Whatever your fancy is, we have in this post, 5 of the world’s most unusual hotels and lodgings. Some of them are sure to raise an eyebrow or two. Others will make you doubt your own sanity. If you ever find yourself in any of these unusual hotels, even if you don’t enjoy your stay (which you will most likely do), at least you will have pictures to wow folks back home.
Poseidon Underwater Resort, Fiji
If you ever wanted to know what it feels like to live underwater, you will have your chance to do so in Fiji. Poseidon Underwater Resort was constructed to give deep sea lovers a chance to spend as long as they want in the atmosphere they love. Located 40 feet beneath the surface of the Fiji Lagoon, this underwater hotels provides all the comfort and amenities of a regular 5 star hotel. Poseidon resort boasts a total of 24 underwater suites that can be reached only via an elevator. The hotel itself is surrounded by a clear acrylic wall that allows guests to enjoy an uninterrupted view of the ocean and all its inhabitants.
Not only can you stay at the hotel, you also get the opportunity to interact with the environment. You can feed fishes with the click of a button and turn on or off the sparkling underwater lights.
As at the time of writing this, it costs about $15,000 for one person to spend a week at this hotel. This fee includes transportation, food and wine, two nights in an underwater suite and scuba diving. Definitely not recommended for people who are afraid of the deep.
IceHotel, Lappland Sweden
About 200 thousand meters above the Arctic Circle and 17 thousand meters from Kiruna, is a tiny village called Jukkasjarvi in Lappland, Sweden where there are seemingly more dogs than humans, but for a few months between December and April every year, this small village plays host to the world’s first and original Ice Hotel. The first Ice Hotel was built in 1990 and is melted and rebuilt every year.
The entire 5 thousand feet hotel is constructed using snow and ice, materials gotten from the nearby Torne River and when the building melts around April, the materials are returned back to source. While the number of rooms varies per year, it is usually between 60 and 65, with each unique space themed with impressive ice carvings done by visiting artists.
IceHotel in Sweden is very popular among couples and newlyweds, many of which are happy to tie the knot in the Ice Chapel adjacent to the hotel.
Opened every year between December and April, IceHotel can only be accessed by car or shuttle service straight from Kiruna Airport.
Kokopelli’s Cave, New Mexico
A cave is definitely not the first place of choice for anyone to spend the night much less pay for it. However, Kokopelli’s Cave in New Mexico is not just any old cave. It is in fact a fully furnished accommodation 21 meters below the surface. Kokopelli’s Cave was dug into a 65 million year old limestone cave and sports a well carpeted room, a TV, DVD, selection of movies and simple seating area. While the idea of spending a night in this type of cave is fascinating enough, the walls of the cave are what guests find more attractive.
Spend a night in Kokopelli’s Cave and you will be treated to a free 360 degree view of petrified and carbonized wood fragments, plants and cross beddings.
At about $260 a night, Kokopelli’s Cave fits the bill for affordability and uniqueness perfectly. And because the cave is built in a hard to access location, you can be certain of maximum privacy. If you are claustrophobic, you may want to skip this though.
Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
If there is anything that can outdo a hotel made from ice, it is one made from salt. Palacio de Sal located in the salt mines of Salar de Uyuni is a hotel built entirely from salt. In fact, the hotel was built from a total of more than one million salt blocks or 10 thousand tons of salt. Apart from the construction itself, virtually everything in the hotel is built from salt – the chairs, tables, beds and even roof. The hotel boasts an impressive 30 room accommodation of different levels including VIP and suites. It also has a spa, a bar and a restaurant.
Even though Palacio de Sal is made entirely from salt, don’t try licking the walls when you visit. In fact, licking the salt off the walls or any part of the hotel is strictly forbidden. The area surrounding the hotel is startlingly beautiful and becomes like a really giant mirror when it rains.
If you want to experience the salty side of life, you need to pay a visit to Palacio de Sal, only don’t bring your pet slug along.
Das Park Hotel, Austria
Every day, thousands of homeless people spend the night in parks and inside sewer pipes all over the world, but not one of them pay to do so. However, in Donaulande, Austria, you can spend the night in a sewer pipe and be happy to pay for it. Das Park Hotel on the banks of the Danube River in Austria is made up of drain pipes with a porthole, a front door and snuggle area which contains a futon, bedside lamp, sleeping bag and blanket.
The interesting thing about Das Hotel is that you get to pay as low or as high as you want. So if you are comfortable sleeping in a repurposed concrete drainpipe and using public bath, find your way to Austria and get the experience of a lifetime.