10 Crazy Hotels around the World

When it comes to accommodation, most lodgings fall under one of 3 categories: you’ve got your luxury, billion-dollar-a-night resorts, your bare bones hostels, and your middle-of-the-road chains. But then you’ve got hotels so insanely bizarre that they deserve their own category: crazy. And in case you’re wondering what this crazy category looks like, we’ve compiled a list to satisfy your curiosity…

What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever stayed in? And which of these hotels would you be happy to spend a night in? Let us know in the comments!

10 Crazy Hotels around the World

By Hayo Magazine

  • ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

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    The world's first ice hotel opened in 1990, and has been re-built every year since then from December to April. Temperatures remain at a chilly -5 degrees (23 F).

  • Sandcastle Hotel, Weymouth, England

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    British sculptor Mark Anderson crafted this once-off hotel in the summer of 2008 from 1000 tons of sand. Guests could rent a room for $21 a night (and pray that the rain held off). 

  • Magic Mountain, Huilo Huilo Reserve, Chile

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    Located in Chile's Huilo Huilo Private Natural Reserve, the 9-room Magic Mountain Hotel was built in 2001 from local stone. Some of its rustic amenities include hot tubs carved from tree trunks.

  • Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya

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    The grounds of this small hotel in a Nairobi suburb are home to several endangered Rothschild giraffes (who will casually peek their heads through the windows and eat food off guests' plates). 

  • Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island

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    These three suspended spherical treehouses near Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, are open 12 months of the year, and provide a unique at-one-with-nature experience. 

  • Jumbo Hostel, Stockholm, Sweden

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    This hostel, near Stockholm's Arlanda airport is located inside a decomissioned 747-200 jetliner. For the most luxurious experience, opt for the cockpit suite on the upper deck.

  • Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho

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    Known locally as "Sweet Willy," this 2-bedroomed, beagle-shaped bed-and-breakfast is a must-visit for dog-lovers.

  • Das Park Hotel, Ottensheim, Austria

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    Renovated sewage pipes serve as the three "rooms" of this strange hotel on the banks of the Danube River, and contain little more than a double bed. 

  • Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Turkey

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    This 18-room Cappadocian hotel in a restored Byzantine monastic retreat combines a quirky setting with all the comforts expected from a modern hotel. 

  • Riverside Capsule Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

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    Located right beside Tokyo's Asakusa Ginza station, this hotel consists of 140 capsules, aka rooms. With little more than a bed, a shelf, and a TV, this is the definition of no-frills accommodation.

Alison O' Neill
Alison O' Neill

Irish-born, Canadian-bred; loves travelling and writing in equal measure.

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