1.Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, Huzhou, China
This is a luxury hotel and it has several nicknames, including “Horseshoe Hotel” and “Doughnut Hotel” — due to its shape. In 2013, it was even awarded 3rd place from the Emporis Skyscraper Awards for its design and functionality.
2.Hotel Costa Verde, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s Hotel Costa Verde’s slogan is “Still More Monkeys Than People …,” but its other claim to fame is that guests can spend the night in an upcycled 1965 Boeing 727 that’s been turned into a two-bedroom luxury guesthouse. While the distinctive fuselage shape is intact, the interior is completely paneled with local teak. Windows offer jungle and ocean views throughout the plane, which rests on 50-foot-tall supports, and covered patios extend over the wings. The bedrooms have to air-condition, and each has its own bathroom. Have dinner in the kitchenette, or enjoy local fare and drinks at El Avión, Hotel Costa Verde’s restaurant and pub housed in a C-123 Fairchild cargo plane that played a part in the Iran-Contra Affair of the 1980s.
3.Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
Out under the Northern Lights and in the middle of the wilderness rests the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Famous for its glass igloos that offer the perfect view of green-lit skies eight months out of the year, this breathtaking hotel also offers snow igloos, log cabins, and rooms in “Santa’s Home.”
4.Ice Hotel, Sweden
Sweden’s very own Ice Hotel is the type of place you’d want to find yourself in during the next Ice Age. Made of ice, visitors can choose between “cold accommodations” or “warm accommodations,” depending on how adventurous they’re feeling. Even if you choose not to stay in an ice suite, the hotel’s ice sculptures, artwork, and architecture are sure to blow your mind.
5.Crane Hotel Faralda, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Although it’s a pretty unusual location for a hotel, it’s just as convenient other conventional hotels! What makes it even cooler is that you can bungee jump from the top of the crane!
6.Bivacco Gervasutti, Frebouze Glacier, Mont Blanc, Italy
Named after the Alpine climber Giusto Gervasutti, this capsule hotel is located on the edge of a cliff. It is a very popular spot for hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, and the view is spectacular!
- 30 square meters of usable space
- 6 contact points with the ground
- 12-bed spaces
- 2.5 kWh of solar energy produced
7.Conrad Maldives, Maldives
If you’re one of those people who think Ariel had it way better under the sea, then Conrad Maldives will make you the happiest person alive. Filled with unique amenities that range from an over-sea spa, under-sea restaurant, and suites that are built like reverse aquariums, it’s hard not to be impressed.
8.Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
The Manta Resort would be a unique stay anyway, with its beach villas on a remote island surrounded by pristine waters. But book the Underwater Room and sleep below the surface as colorful reef fish glide past large windows surrounding your double bed. At night, spotlights under the windows can be turned on to attract fish and octopuses. The sea-level floor above has a simple living area and bathroom, and the rooftop patio is perfect for sunbathing or taking in the Milky Way at night. When not enjoying your room, get a spa treatment, go scuba diving, or explore the interior of this island teeming with wildlife and culture.
9.Seven Hotel, Paris, France
This boutique hotel can bring some magic into your life — just look at that levitating bed! And the unique interior design might make you feel like you’re in a dream or a movie!
10.Thorngrove Manor Hotel, Adelaide, Australia
Staying at this hotel might make you feel like you are in a fairy tale. So if you’re looking for a place to go to with your significant other, this might be an excellent choice!
11.Happy Nomads Village, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Experience traditional Kyrgyz life in one of three large bozuis (Kyrgyz for “yurt”) in Happy Nomads Village. Surrounded by flower gardens in warm weather, each traditionally constructed bozui has heated floors and twin beds around a circular perimeter that can accommodate five people. The simple interiors have colorful rugs and wall designs, Wi-Fi, and electrical outlets. A large bathroom with multiple showers is shared, and a breakfast of homemade bread and jams is served in a communal yurt. During the day, horseback ride into the mountainous countryside with the owners who speak English, German, and Russian, or in the winter go skiing at Karakol Ski Area 20 minutes away.
12.Treehotel, Tällberg, Sweden
Sci-fi fans, this place will be a treat for you! This is another hotel that gives you an opportunity to spend some time in a treehouse. But this time, it can be in the shape of a UFO!
13.Aescher Cliff, Switzerland
If an isolated and scenic retreat sounds like your dream vacation, then look no further than Aescher Cliff in the remote mountainsides of Switzerland. Only open from May through October, this unique guesthouse offers a dormitory-like experience that is as communal as it is wonderful. Extremely affordable and surrounded by one-of-a-kind views, this destination is a gem.
14.Attrap Reves, France
Ever wanted to sleep in a bubble? Now’s your chance. Attrap Reeves lets you “book a bubble” in a handful of retreat-like and nature-filled locations. Their now-famous bubbles help prevent humidity and keep out even the smallest of bugs. It’s like camping in a see-through tent, but way more luxurious. Some packages even include a Jacuzzi, massages, and gourmet dinners provided by the company.
15.Santos Express, Mossel Bay, South Africa
The Santos Express is a 1920s passenger train permanently parked just a hundred feet from Santos Beach, and a 10-minute walk to the Dias Museum complex and Mossel Bay’s downtown and harbor. Four passenger cars have five berths with double beds, ocean views, and shared baths. A fifth car has 16 bunk beds for large groups and budget travelers, and the Honeymoon Caboose has its own bathroom and a private porch facing the ocean. Two Royal Suite cars each have their own private baths and are perfect for families or couples who want a whole car to themselves. Santos Beach is one of South Africa’s premier Blue Flag beaches, known for its swimming, whale-watching, boardwalk shopping, and activities such as scuba diving and surfing.
16.La Cabane en l’Air, France
La Cabane en l’Air’s network of treehouses along the coast of France will make any visitor feel like George of the Jungle, and in the best way possible. With more than 100 cabins around the country, these “huts” aren’t nearly as primal as their given name entails. Beautifully and uniquely designed, these rooms stand above ground level, making for the most elegant treehouses you’ll ever come across.
17.Book and Bed Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
A haven for bibliophiles, Book and Bed Tokyo looks like a used bookstore until guests slide open a bookshelf and reveal a cozy nook with a simple bed, reading light, and electrical outlet. Unabashedly bare-bones and not for the claustrophobic, 30 stacked cubbies, each big enough for one person, are available behind the shelves filled with 3,000 titles in Japanese and English. Bathrooms are shared, and couches in the area outside of the bookshelves provide a communal reading and gathering area. It’s more hostel than a hotel, and at 3,500 yen (the U.S. $35) guests will have plenty of cash left over for new books and exploring Tokyo.