10 Crazy Hotels You Should Definitely Stay In
1. Aircraft Inn
The Jumbo Stay Hotel in Sweden is a converted Boeing 747 which was saved from the scrap yard, and installed at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. Guests share the toilets and showers which are situated at the back of the plane, as well as a reception area and café. The 25 rooms are small – 65 square feet – but are outfitted with bunk beds, flat-screen TVs and plenty of storage room for luggage. The cockpit has been converted into a somewhat roomier wedding suite, and the upper deck is a conference room.
2. Mobile Luxury Hotel
As a one-room, mobile hotel, it can only be said that the Everland is located somewhere in Europe. Having been placed atop the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany as well as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, this luxury hotel doubles as a travelling art installation. The room itself is beautiful, consisting of a stunning lounge, king-sized bed and luxurious bathroom.
3. Ice Hotel
Located in Quebec City, Canada, The Hotel de Glace and all its furnishing are made completely from ice. It takes 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice to construct the hotel anew over a 5 week period each year – in readiness for a season which runs from January through March.
4. Aquatic Hotel
The Waterworld Hotel in Songjiang, China won the Atkin’s Architecture Group an international first prize award. Built within the walls of a water-filled quarry, many of the public areas are actually underwater. This resort hotel boasts 400 beautiful rooms as well as a variety of restaurants and cafes.
5. Silvermine Suite
The Sala Bed and Breakfast in Vastmanland, Sweden has one suite which offers a totally unique experience. Located in an old silver mine 155m underground, this single room surrounded by caverns and lakes can accommodate two. After a tour and refreshments your guide will leave you to your own devices – with only an intercom to connect you to the above ground staff!
6. Survival Pod Room
Centrally moored in The Hague, Netherlands, these brightly colored escape pods were repurposed by Denis Oudendijk, after their use on the oil rigs. Essentially unaltered save for the addition of a chemical toilet, each tiny pod can accommodate up to three people. Oudendijk is planning more locations in Amsterdam and France for a fleet of pods which consist of 8 different models.
7. Wine Barrel Hotel
Although modest, the rooms in the De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel in the Netherlands are stunning. Made from salvaged wine casks which have been configured into rooms, these wooden suites accommodate 2 people and are equipped with both a bathroom and lounge. The only downside – the smell of the 14,500 liters of Beaujolais which they once contained still remains.
8. Giraffe Hotel
Located in the middle of acres of indigenous forest in Nairobi, Kenya, the Giraffe Manor has a unique offering. This exclusive, boutique hotel has a resident herd of giraffes, and guests will be thrilled to feed and photograph these magnificent animals in their natural setting. Other visitors to the property include warthogs, bush bucks and many varieties of exotic birds.
9. Sewage Pipe Suites
A public park in Ottensheim, Austria, is home to these enormous sewage pipes, which provide comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price. With circular skylights and several holes for windows, these 2m wide pipes are outfitted with a comfortable double bed and storage, but little else. Guests of the Das Park Hotel will have to access a nearby public space for toilet and shower facilities, as well as a mini-bar and café.
10. Water Tower Hotel
The luxurious Hotel Im Wasserturm in Cologne, Germany began its life as 19th century Europe’s largest water tower. French designer Andre Putmen transformed this heritage site into its current glory, taking care to preserve the original architecture amidst the modern design elements.