10 of the most unique hotels in the world

Hotels can no longer be defined only by the amenities they provide, it has become essential to have a theme,or a place with character which defines it. Business and casual travelers alike would prefer staying at a place with history, a back story or even something as simple as furniture which defines the place. With that in mind, here are the 10 of the most unique hotels in the world.

1. Tree Hotel, Harads, Sweden

Nestled within the forest on the banks of the river Lule, this hotel lends a very different twist to Eco hotels. The hotel consists of tree rooms, cabins and cubes all suspended 4-6m from the ground and made from Eco outdoor wood and glass and uses LED’s and water efficient sinks to promote sustainability. When you check-in you are taken to the Britta’s Pensionat which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an authentic 1930-1950’s setting and also doubles up as a reception. Sustainable tourism was never this modern and this chic.

Tree Hotel, Harads, Sweden

2. Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland

There are two types of accommodation available for guests who brave the cold to come here; Igloos of snow and of glass. The snow igloos give you a novel experience of sleeping in the snow, some guests leave saying that it is the most peaceful sleep they’ve slept. The glass igloos offer unparalleled sights of the northern lights and countless stars on the pristine skies from the warmth of your room. Surrounded by Lapland’s exotic and stunning scenery, there’s never enough time to soak in all that this paradise has to offer. And there are always snow fights if you’re bored enough.

Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland

3. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya

The claim to fame of this peculiar hotel lies not with its rooms or its past guests (Who were quite esteemed) but its permanent residents, the Rothschild giraffes. There can never be a dull moment during your stay with the giraffes always vying for your attention. Some might poke their long necks inside the window for a treat while some might be just curious and pop in from the front door for a brief hello. It might be the only establishment which encourages the guests to become more familiar with the giraffes and if you’re not satisfied you can always head to the Giraffe centre to learn more.

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4. Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, Sweden

This might be the most primitive hotel in Sweden if not the world. With no electricity, no running water, one might wonder why anyone would go there at all. In fact they expect you to cut your own wood, fetch your own water and got berry picking for snacks, the only thing that they offer thankfully, are the meals which happen in a candle lit room which is actually fairly romantic. If you are cold, heat up the floating sauna (which is in the middle of the lake behind the lodges) and feel like a real man or woman of the woods!

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, Sweden

5. Propeller Island, Berlin, Germany

Every room in this hotel is different and a destination unto itself. The rooms are all themed and provided amenities you never knew you needed. Some have patterns, some have coffins but the most popular of them all is a room which might seem totally normal, when viewed upside down. All the furniture in the said room is suspended upside down. Of course the useable furniture can be made to pop up from carefully hidden compartments in the floor when required. Go if you’re in the mood to take back a quirky story not just of the city sights but also of your stay.

Propeller Island, Berlin, Germany

6. Poseidon, somewhere below the sea, Fiji

If you register in time you might be lucky enough to be invited to stay at this “out of the world” hotel. Imagine a huge glass fish tank and put all the plush interiors you would expect from a 5 star rated hotel and then put the tank inside the sea in one of the most marine rich waters of the world and you have the concept of this hotel. Of course imagining yourself inside the room is another things altogether. Except for the vague discomfort of being on display for the fishes 24/7 it’s a bucket list item for sure.

Poseidon, somewhere below the sea, Fiji

7. Magic Mountain Hotel, Huilo Huilo Reserve, Chile

There is a fairy tale of a mountain that has magical powers and grants wishes. I have read of it and forgotten it but the owners of the hotel went one step further and built a hotel based on it. A mountain with a waterfall cascading down its sides and a hotel within it, stuff made of dreams I say. As you’d expect from staying somewhere this magical, your senses become tuned to the vibrant ecosystem of the forest. Though it is in the middle of the Chilean Patagonian Rainforest, with Condors and eagles in the air and pumas on the ground you can never feel starved of company.

Magic Mountain Hotel, Huilo Huilo Reserve, Chile

8. Adrere Amellal, Siwa Oasis, Egypt

With the setting of what probably one of the last remaining pristine oases of the world, a hill (popularly called White Mountain), the lake Siwa and ruins of an era bygone, the hotel has a lot going for it even before stepping inside. The earth buildings blend naturally with the surroundings and the furniture does justice to its theme of Eco sustainability while supporting local artisans. The peaceful silence coupled with spectacular lunches beneath the palms and sunset with the dunes offers a tempo which is its own. It has no air-con, marble or electricity but it forces us to revise our definition of luxury. Home to the Oracle whom Alexander consulted, this place is divine indeed.

Adrere Amellal, Siwa Oasis, Egypt

9. Cappadocia Cave Suites, Turkey

Located in the city of Göremewith the world famous fairy chimneys to give company, the hotel offers stone and cave homes of hollowed out soft volcanic rocks for enterprising guests who wish to immerse themselves into the experience. Except for the shape of walls and the odd jutting out pieces of rocks and perhaps the not so arched archways of the doors, the rooms embody the very modern concept of luxury, a sharp contrast to the cave dwellers of the past. All in all if you are in the mood for tracing out the cave man or woman in you, you can’t go wrong with this.

10. Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Arctic Circle

This is more a work of art than a hotel. Artists from around the world, apply to build this temporary hotel, which is in existence only for the winter months, with building materials (snow and ice) harvested from the nearby Torne River. The rooms can be as elaborate as palaces and as bare boned as a shepherds lodge depending upon the artists imagination, but the experience on staying there remains the same. There are however different options for the more picky, with different levels of warm furniture included going all the way up to warm accommodations for those who cannot brave the cold. These are however not made of ice or snow but of warmer, more traditional building materials like wood. For those wondering how to brave the minus temperatures while sleeping, guests get survival course each night as an introduction on how to sleep in these extreme climates. Pretty slick!

Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Arctic Circle

Comments (14)

  1. Marcia says:

    Great article. Thanks for sharing this. I didn’t know there are these beautiful places. I just can’t believe it. I like the place under the Fiji sea! I would definitely go there to stay!

  2. Amazing, Superb post, it blows my mind, i wish i could ever visit these places in my life. specially Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Ice Hotel, Poseidon, somewhere below the sea are my dream lands.

  3. Jess says:

    I am lost for words! I wish I can save some money to be able to visit those hotels. I love traveling and I am sure I can have a unique experience in those places.

  4. SaravanaKumar says:

    Children would love the Giraffe Manor in Kenya.. a very rare sight in a hotel. I was quite amazed to know about the Kolarbyn Eco Lodge in Sweden..the guest cutting their own wood, fetch water and berry for snacks?

  5. I know the hotel in reserve Huilo Huilo.
    everything is surprising, spa, bar, patio, …
    Lodges with outdoor showers are heavenly

  6. Rishabh Shah says:

    Would love to hear first hand experiences of people who’ve stayed in these fabulous places. Do feel free to mention any travel stories related to these as well. I’m sure everyone reading this article would love it!

  7. Themis says:

    My mind is set on going to Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in Finland. I don’t think it can get much better than laying down and watching the north stars. If the cost is reasonable…

  8. Angela Hoile says:

    I would love to stay in the castle in Chile. So beautiful. I will be visiting this region of South America next summer. I will put this on my must see list.Thanks for sharing.

  9. Brad Bernard says:

    Great post! I love these ideas. I’ll have to add a couple to my Best Travel Experiences page. Thx guys.

  10. Mona says:

    Love this post. Looking forward to Cappadocia in my next vacation. I wish to stay in the unique Igloo too… someday!

  11. Kelly Turpin says:

    Fantastic! i love the underwater, igloo and tree hotel. I also love the idea of the Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, Sweden.

  12. Rick says:

    Thanks for sharing a different perspective of unique getaways! My favorite bucket list item would be Poseidon somewhere in Fiji.

  13. Fatih says:

    As someone who prefers a beach to snowy weather anyday, I’m strangely attracted to the Igloo village… Lapland looks amazing in that shot, and thanks for sharing

  14. Jinee says:

    I really like the ideas of all these unique hotels. I think they are so amazing with their own theme. The Kolarbyn Eco Lodge in Sweden is surprising me because it’s not like a hotel that provides many amenities or even basic amenities for their guests, differently they have limited sources, and it’s purpose is to let the guests experience the real nature in a wild environment. The ice hotel is also stood out to me since it’s just amazing to build up a hotel with materials like snow and ice although its a temporary hotel during winter months. It looks really nice with the specific materials, but I think it’s a good place to visit but not to live personally, it sounds like a huge freezer to me. The top one that I would want to stay is Poseidon underwater resort in Fiji.

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