You may have been lucky enough to have enjoyed the opulence of the Waldorf Astoria or Four Seasons hotels, or stared in amazement at some of the outrageous unique hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip. However, these lodgings would pale in comparison to some of the crazy one-off unique hotels that have been built around the world. Whether you’re content to nest in a tree, watch your vacation go by from the window of a moving motel, or chill in a room made of ice, your travel requirements can be met at some of the world’s craziest hotels. Here are a few hotel choices for the more adventurous traveler:
1. Unique hotels: Exploranter, Sao Paulo, Brazil
This hotel on wheels is hauled on a big-rig trailer and consists of a working kitchen and showers in addition to twenty-eight mobile beds. The hostel atmosphere means you’ll be bunking modestly as you travel around Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, but if you can put together a group of friends, the hotel accommodations will feel like one big sleepover, complete with a private chef and custom outings like horseback riding, vineyard stops and even hot-air-balloon rides.
2. Central Inn Gotanda, Tokyo, Japan
Capsule hotels in Tokyo are not unheard of, and when you realize that a 1,000 square-foot home is considered roomy by their standards, it isn’t that surprising that their hotels can be short on space. Nonetheless, pod living is a novelty for foreign travelers looking to experience all that is Japanese. You may not want to book an extended stay in such cramped quarters (although they do come complete with a TV above your bed), but this particular capsule hotel does also offer more spacious rooms if required.
3. Hôtel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
As unique hotels go, the ice hotel has become fairly popular in European countries, but this is the only one to be found in North America (and even then, it’s only open between January and March). Believe it or not, the whole place is made from blocks of ice, from the archways and columns to the beds and chairs. Every brick of furniture in the place is courtesy of Mother Nature (and a chainsaw). Even the glass of vodka you suck down at the ice bar is made of the cold stuff, so bring your mittens and parka if you plan to enjoy this wintry wonderland of a hotel.
4. Poseidon Undersea Resort, Poseidon Mystery Island, Fiji
Possibly the ultimate in unique hotels, if you long to slumber forty feet under the clear blue waters of a Fijian lagoon, you’re in luck! There just happens to be a resort hotel that offers the only seafloor accommodations on the planet. An elevator from the surface will take you to your aquatic lodgings and the rooms look very similar to observation pods on the ocean’s floor. Although once inside the acrylic domes the suites look fit for a king. If you want to fall asleep watching the same fish float by that you will be eating for dinner tomorrow, this may be the nautical retreat you’ve been searching for.
5. Green Magic Nature Resort and Tree Houses, Kerala, India
If you long for nothing so much as to return to bygone days of slumber parties in your tree house, then this resort nestled in 500 acres of tropical rain forest may be right up your street. Of course, these branchy bungalows are better than your childhood tree house, with double beds, running water, toilets, showers, and telephones. Although finding yourself perched 86 feet above the ground will take you right back to that feeling of exhilaration you had every time you looked down and pelted your little brother with water balloons.