When you plan a holiday, it’s generally about visiting a new place, checking out the sights, emptying your wallet on shopping and binging on a lot of local goodies. Accommodation happens to be an incidental variable, and those that aren’t particularly finicky about staying in XYZ five star hotel usually settle without complaint for a place that’s decent, comfortable, and offers basic amenities.
However for those looking to spice things up a bit, here are some unique hotels that warrant a special trip planned exclusively around them. Their appeal doesn’t lie in their beauty or location or even their heritage. They are adorable because they are so refreshingly weird and zany!
In Nantes, France you can experience life in a hamster cage at the La Villa Hamster. Literally! The rooms in this hotel are designed like cages, complete with wrought iron along the walls, a working hamster wheel and tubes to drink water out of. Though it may sound a little rudimentary, the owners have not overlooked a single element of comfort for their guests. Little wonder then, they have almost never had a free room since they opened in 2009.
How far can you go for a really good beer experience? If your answer is ‘anywhere’, pack your bags and get to Lake Skanderborg, Denmark. However, make sure you plan well in advance because the best time to visit this place is limited to just one month – August! Fans come from far and wide for the music festival held here in August and to drink from and sleep in beer cans. Yup, you heard right and I am not drunk – they do sleep in beer cans!
This resort (?) known as Can Sleep is a cluster of 121 aluminum Royal Unibrew beer cans that you can check into. Standing in packs of six, each is 12 feet high with a loft where you sleep. The living room at the bottom is well furnished, the highlight being the minibar which is always full of…you guessed right – Royal Unibrew products.
Want to add a bit of salt to your experience? Head straight to Palacio de Sal in Bolivia. As the name suggests, this is a palace made entirely of salt, the walls, floors, ceilings, beds, chairs- its salt everywhere. And yeah, don’t think you can get away from it if you step out, the hotel stands on the vast salt flats of Bolivia. So long as you don’t have high blood pressure, go on and enjoy the place and the menu, which is also almost all salty!
Like to be airborne? Book yourself one of the Free Spirit Spheres in Vancouver Island, Canada. These are tree houses with a twirl. Called Eve, Eryn and Melody they are handcrafted from spruce, cedar and fiberglass. A web of ropes holds them up swinging gently in the breeze. Steps spiral their way up around trees where inside comfort and modernity take over. And what’s more, if you really like it you can actually buy bits or an entire sphere for your home!
If you’ve always been fascinated by the Northern Lights you can combine that spectacular experience with a stay in igloos. This is possible at the Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland. The rooms here are actually glass igloos built in a manner that when it’s minus 30 degrees outside, you are snug and toasty inside, enjoying vodka and watching the dance of the polar lights!