Thursday, February 10, 2011

Unusual Hotels in The World

Ice Hotel in Sweden

Made up of over 6,000 square feet of ice and snow, it’s the largest and the original Ice Hotel in the world. Guests sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on a special bed built of snow and ice, on reindeer skins.

Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Turkey

The volcanic rock that insulates the cave keeps the temperature at a comfortable level, between 63 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, year around. The cave itself used to be a Byzantine monastic retreat, dated at about 1,000 years old. Until recently, part of this retreat was used by Christian monks, and some of the individual rooms were used as cells.

Old Jail Mount in Australia

This is an actual prison. So if you’ve ever spent a night in jail, you probably don’t want to go back. However, for the do-gooders that may never get there, The Jail in Australia is just the place to get locked up for the night, sans the legal fees and court appearance. This old prison in Mount Gambier has been transformed into a lodging aimed at budget travelers. Considering guests will have to eat in the mess hall and sleep next to a toilet, it’s pretty safe to say that anyone with more than budget needs should steer clear of The Jail.

Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji

By the early 2009, travelers will have the opportunity to stay at the grandiose Poseidon Undersea Resort. Nestled forty feet below the surface of the clear blue Fijian Lagoon, the underwater suites will be accessible by elevator.

Capsule Inn in Japan

Located in Akihabara, Japan, and the only capsule hotel in Akihabara. The Capsule provides more a capsule, than a room. While the Inn provides a public lounge space, including bathroom, guests stay in a capsule unit.

Green Magic Treehouse in India

The treehouses are built in trees 90 feet high, and nestled in a tropical rainforest, North Kerala, India. They come complete with running water in private baths, telephones, and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, access to a hanging bridge.

Exploranter in Brazil

A hotel on wheels, was certainly designed for the adventure traveler. Though the digs are modest, Exploranter is fully equipped with facilities that include a kitchen, hot showers and 28 beds. Based in Sao Paulo and tours through Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The hotel even caters to themed private parties, such as hot-air ballooning, horseback riding, rafting, or visiting vineyards. Keep an open mind when you’re traveling with the Exploranter gang, the chef on board wants guests to sample international cuisine and might surprise you with a snack of crispy red ants.

Woodlyn Park Motel in New Zealand

Woodlyn Park in Waitomo, New Zealand offers three unique lodging options. A 1950′s railcar and a Bristol Fighter plane have been refurbished and transformed into small self-contained motel units.

McMenamins Kennedy School Hotel in USA

A historic elementary school, has been converted into a delightful little place to stay while visiting the Portland area. Each room, fashioned from original schoolrooms, contains a chalkboard and comes fitted with a phone, internet connection, and even a private bath.

Woodpecker Hotel in Sweden

The Woodpecker Hotel is among the smallest in the world. It only accommodates a singel guest or a couple, which makes perfect sense considering that the digs at the Woodpecker are located in a tree house about 42 feet above a Swedish park. The tree house is not completely rustic, it comes complete with a veranda, hammock and toilet.

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