Plain rooms, uninspiring decor and bland character – these all the things that are part of the norm in an ordinary hotel. But it’s all a bit boring, wouldn’t you agree? Why settle for a hotel so regular when you can stay at one of the weirdest hotels in the world! For example, a dog hotel that is especially pet friendly.
Check out these weird hotels around the world…
1. Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA
Setting the record of the world’s biggest beagle, this hotel is shaped like a beagle and stands at 12 feet tall. Located in Idaho, USA, the Dog Bark Park Inn offers green scenery all around so you can wake up every morning feeling connected to nature.
Enter the hotel via the private 2nd storey deck and count how many dogs (real or creatively made) you can find – you might even find some stitched on the pillows!
This beagle can house four guests and up in the dog’s head, there is a loft room and in the muzzle, a cosy alcove. Explore this hotel and you’ll never know what you might find!
2. Palacio De Sal, Bolivia
Allow me to present to you the first hotel to be made entirely of salt – Palacio De Sal (directly translating to Palace of Salt)! On the banks of the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia, you’ll be able to find this gem, which has all of its walls, ceilings, floors, sculptures and even furniture constructed of salt.
Boasting impressive interior and exterior architecture, Palacio De Sal also offers a perfect view of nature and landscapes surrounding the hotel. Furthermore, Palacio De Sal also has its own great services to provide – a lobby, bar, gazebo, and games room, a boutique, a souvenir shop, tours, and best of all, free WiFi. For an unforgettable experience, you could also have your wedding here.
In total, there are 42 rooms available (suite, VIP, and standard), all of which are luxurious and provide the same (if not more) comfort as a modern hotel.
3. Magic Mountain / Montaña Mágica Lodge, Chile
Nestled in between the Southern Andes is the beautiful volcano-like hotel, Montana Magica Lodge, which has an amazing waterfall trailing from the peak to the bottom. Located in Chile deep within a native forest, this lodge is surrounded by nature, making it seem like it’s right out of a fairytale.
Offering a wide range of services and luxuries including natural hot springs, unexplored lakes, spa facilities, tickets for self-guided activities and WiFi, you are bound to enjoy your time here. There are two room types available – standard and superior – but you’ll be captivated regardless of which one you pick.
4. Icehotel, Sweden
Located in the elevated small town of Jukkasjärvi in Sweden is the Icehotel, opened twenty years ago as the world’s first Icehotel. Constructed of ice and snow, the hotel is remade every year in November by about 40 volunteering artists and the suites take on a new theme.
Being one of the most beautiful and creative hotels out there, it also comes with some of the most beautiful sights, including ones of the Northern Lights. Watch the sun rise and set over the mountain too or simply chill inside the rooms, which you can choose to be warm or cold beforehand.
5. Inntel Hotels, Amsterdam
One of the strangest hotels in the world can be found in Zaanstreek, Amsterdam, but what makes it so weird? It’s the impressive and colourful facade which has been constructed with the stacking of all the traditional houses found in the Zaan region, making this hotel a truly stand out piece.
Conveniently located, you can reach train stations and airports within twenty minutes, allowing you to explore Amsterdam to its fullest. However, you can also explore the Zaan region without leaving the hotel as the interiors reflect Zaan culture and history.
Furthermore, the Inntel Hotels Zaandam offers a variety of services, including a restaurant, bar, WiFi, a swimming pool, a gym and meeting rooms.
6. The Caves, Negril, Jamica
Sitting atop caves in Negril, Jamaica, is The Caves hotel – more specifically twelve cabins, each of which are unique and overflowing with character and personality. Offering spectacular ocean views, you can choose to lounge and relax at the spa or keep your belly full with authentic Jamaican dishes.
Take a dip in the sea and if you’re really feeling adventurous, you can do snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, swimming and more water sports.
7. The Hobbit Motel, Waitomo, New Zealand
If you are a fan of the Hobbit and you are travelling to Waitomo, New Zealand, you won’t want to miss visiting the quirky Hobbit Motel. Situated near the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, the hotel takes on the appearance of buildings from the Shire – you’ll feel like you are living right in the story!
The interiors have been adapted with specific materials to reflect the natural scents that you might find from the origin.
There are two Hobbit units and a variety of activities that you can do to make the most of your time there including watersports, cave tours, nature walks, boat rides, and nature sightseeing.
8. Dreams Cave, Cappadocia, Turkey
Sleep with peaceful dreams inside the Dreams Cave situated in Cappadocia, Turkey. Magnificently constructed within rock formations (also known as ‘fairy chimneys’), you can observe the fascinating surroundings, all whilst you relax in the vibrant garden or on the sun terrace.
There is a wide range of things you can do in the area – explore the Deep Underground City or discover new things in the Goreme open air museum or Zelve open air museum.
9. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada
It’s your weekend getaway so immerse yourself in the surrounding nature of the Free Spirit Spheres in Vancouver Island, Canada. Sleep in these three serene spherical pods, hidden up amongst the trees as though they are treehouses – you’ll truly feel at one with nature.
There are a number of activities you can do in and around the area including water sports, exploring Horne Lake Caves, ziplining, enjoying the sun at the beach, and discovering featured gems of Vancouver Island such as Comox Valley, Rosewall Creek Park, and more!
10. The Boot Bed’n’Breakfast, Tasman, New Zealand
Genius, eccentric, or downright crazy? Feast your eyes on this peculiar boot-shaped inn in Tasman, New Zealand. Everything has been built from scratch and the curved walls and ceilings only means that everything inside is custom made to fit.
Conveniently located, this inn is near to a variety of places which you can enjoy; unwind at the beach, explore the mountains, galleries, cafes, nearby quaint towns and villages, and play at the golf courses and Abel Tasman National Park.
Acting as a stand alone cottage, you can house about five people here and enjoy all of the different rooms, each with their unique furniture and features.
11. Huettenpalast, Berlin, Germany
Repetition is dull as we all know, but Berlin hotel Huettenpalast offers something quirky, something unique – refurbished vintage vans, tall factory rooms and more, all acting as rooms under the same roof. You can select a room that you’d most like to stay in and truly experience its character and individuality.
Huettenpalast offers not only a place to stay overnight, but also halls to host your parties, gatherings and special events such as a wedding! During the Summer, the garden can be used to extend the space for an indoor camping space.
12. Hippo Point, Kenya
No one knows for sure whether this hotel is more of an animal hotel or people hotel – over 1000 animals explore the eight storeys of this hotel yet people stay here too. Sophisticated, but at one with nature, Hippo Point can be found in between Lake Naivasha and Lake Oloidean in Kenya, the perfect place for people and animals to meet.
Offering four double rooms, you can experience a luxurious stay in Africa – every morning and night, observe a breathtaking view from the top of this tall hotel over Oloidien Bay and watch as all of the animals move from an aerial view.
13. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
Observing the Northern Lights within the warmth of a glass igloo and cabins – does it get any better?
Surround yourself with trees and snow, be at one with nature and indulge in the serenity of it. You can choose your accommodation according to the number of people; for example, an igloo would be ideal for two, whereas a cabin would be ideal for four.
There are a number of activities that you can participate in depending on the season. In Winter, you can explore safaris, engage in ice fishing, or participate in Winter sports, whereas in Summer, fishing and hiking are perfect.
If you are looking for the perfect venue for a wedding or a honeymoon, it doesn’t get more magical than the Kakslauttanen Hotel in Saariselkä, Finland.
14. Skylodge Adventure Suites, Scared Valley, Peru
Vertically hanging off the mountains of the Sacred Valley in Peru are these transparent, luxury capsule suites where you can look over the fields below or up at the starry night sky. Climb 400 meters of Via Ferrata or hike along a path through ziplines to reach the Skylodge Adventure Suites and from here, you can experience the true beauty and majesty of the Sacred Valley.
Constructed of aluminium and polycarbonate, these pods offer lots of comfort inside with high quality mattresses, clean sheets, soft pillows, and blankets which provide warmth and comfort, however high up in the sky you may be.
Granted, the Skylodge Adventure Suites is not for the faint hearted, but if you can overcome your fears, you’ll be duly rewarded with a once in a lifetime experience.
15. Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
Taking the phrase ‘sleeping with the fishes’ to another level, you can stay in a hotel surrounded by fish – at night, switch on the underwater spotlights to attract the more shy and more unusual sea species to your window as they swim by the colourful reefs. At Manta Resort – located on Pemba Island, Zanzibar – you can experience all that the sea has to offer.
There are other floors aside from the underwater floor such as the rooftop patio where you can sunbathe by day and observe the Milky Way by night. There are a number of activities to do from sunbathing and observing to kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and excursions. Anchored 250 meters from shore, your privacy and getaway experience is ensured.
16. Henn-Na Hotel, Japan
The advance in technology that we have all been waiting for is now all present in the Henn-Na Hotel near Nagasaki in Japan.
Greeted by a variety of strange multilingual robots at the front desk, you can expect more pleasant surprises when you stay at this hotel. For example, you won’t have to carry your key card around since all rooms are equipped with impressive face recognition systems.
An aim of this hotel is to eventually replace 90% of human staff with robots, which is slowly but surely happening. Robots greet you at the front desk and also help you with your cloak!
Here at Henn-Na hotel, there are a number of shops available and services provided, such as the amenity store and the Cafe Corner as well as the luxuries offered. The modern and clean look evokes refreshment in guests while the futuristic concept pique curiorsity.
17. Keio Plaza, Tokyo, Japan
Are you a fan of Hello Kitty? If so, take a look at the Keio Plaza in Tokyo – whilst at first glance it may not seem strange at all, you’ll notice that there are a few Hello Kitty rooms that can be booked!
Colourful and playful, the rooms have been decorated head to toe in Hello Kitty related objects and furniture. Even the food is Hello Kitty themed (check out the Hello Kitty shaped sandwich!).
The home of Hello Kitty, Sanrio Puroland, is only a five minute walk away from this hotel, so indulge in all the Hello Kitty you can before taking home with you Hello Kitty themed amenities (including letter writing sets, a Hello Kitty doll, a skin care set, and more).
18. Santos Express, Mossel Bay, South Africa
On the shores of Mossel Bay, South Africa, is the Santos Express, a real train 30 meters away from the sea. With the beach all around, fun in the sun is endless and the accommodation surely makes things interesting.
Despite staying on an actual train, you’ll still be spoilt for choice when it comes to food – gorge on seafood, traditional meals, barbequed food and more! There is also a cosy bar with a comfortable atmosphere.
Five to ten minutes away from this train hotel are the Dias Museum Complex, harbour and town centre. This hotel offers more than just a place to stay – it also offers a venue for weddings, birthday parties, and business meetings.
19. The Strawberry Roan Horsebox, Tenterden, England
This horse trailer has been upgraded into something much more desirable – The Strawberry Roan Horsebox. Don’t worry about the potential lingering smell of horse manure, you’ll only be able to smell the clean sheets of the king sized bed and nature all around.
With beautifully decorated interiors and exteriors, this inn offers an outdoor fire pit, a picnic breakfast hamper and a barbeque so that you can a great camping-like experience.
With the Kent and East Sussex countryside all around, you can catch up on all the exercise you missed out on for the past year or so by cycling or walking along well trodden paths. Alternatively, you can explore the historic towns of Tenterden or Rye or if you fancy a drink and a warm meal, walk a short five minutes to the Ferry Inn Pub.
20. Panda Inn, Emeishan, China
Recently, pandas have been taken off the endangered species list – perhaps that’s because of the Panda Inn in Emeishan, China with all of its panda-costumed staff and 32 panda themed rooms!
There is a Sailor Moon panda themed room, as well as a Titanic panda themed room. Whilst slightly strange, it can be agreed that it is also very cute.
Located at the bottom of Mt Emei, you can explore the surrounding areas to search for hidden gems. If you’re more of an urban explorer, there are a few towns nearby that you can check out, but if you want to stay at the inn, prepare for cuteness overload. Even the food is panda themed!