For the intrepid, quirky and adventurous traveler, the flower-quilted double bed and lacquered furniture of a typical hotel room are just plain boring. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary and life is too short and too precious to do so.
Below is the list of 10 weirdest hotels around the world you should visit before you die.
- Glace Ice Hotel, Canada
Located at only 10 minutes from downtown Québec City, the Hotel de Glace is a must-see attraction to discover every winter. This has seduced over a million people around the world since its opening in 2001. With its huge snow vaults, its crystalline ice sculptures its 44 rooms and suites, the Hotel de Glace impresses by its dazzling decor.
- Underwater Shark Tank, Paris
Guests “sleep with the fishes” in the submarine exhibit at Aquarium de Paris, near the Eiffel Tower. A limited collaboration between Airbnb and French firm Ubi Bene, the submerged shark suite sleeps two inside a glass capsule submerged 33-feet deep within a three million-liter tank surrounded by 35 man-eating sharks. But be careful, here you could be both the guest and room service.
- The Hobbit Motel, New Zealand
These Lord of The Rings-inspired rooms invoke homely charms suitable for the most discerning of hobbits. It’s two hours from Auckland and just two minutes from the Waitomo Caves.
- Drain Pipe Hotel, Australia
Like sleeping inside of a giant soda can, these drain pipes-turned-luxury suites are the brainchildren of the Austrians, whose architecture as wonky as their modern art. How they don’t roll away in the middle of the night must be the credit to their weight, as these things boost the comfort factor of solid concrete.
- Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
Bolivia’s Palacio de Sal has taken the concept one step further by using salt from the famous Salar de Uyuni salt flats to create a luxury hotel in the middle of the Bolivian desert. Nearly everything in the 48,500-square-foot hotel is made out of salt, including the building and furniture. Each of the 30 simple but stylish rooms with wooden flooring has a private tiled bath and is climate controlled. Bed platforms and armchairs in the common area are salts, but plush blankets and pillows make for a comfortable stay. The dining room’s windows frame a panoramic view of the salt flats, and meals include locally sourced llama and lamb and the house specialty, salt chicken.
- Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
This hotel provides a unique experience. It offers accommodation in glass igloos and has the world’s largest smoke sauna. The igloos are made from thermal glass, keeping guests warm in Arctic conditions. All have luxury beds and a private toilet. Igloo Village Kakslauttanen has 4 restaurants, including 2 in a traditional Laplander hut. Each restaurant serves Laplandic specialties such as reindeer and char-grilled salmon. The hotel’s smoke sauna even has its own restaurant, Savusauna.
- Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
These giant, eyeball-looking rooms are obviously part of the globally popular movement toward nature escapes, but these wacky hanging globes especially caught our attention. A Vancouver-based architect creates each one by hand and suspends them himself for maximum nature viewing — a free spirit’s paradise.
- The Manta Resort, Tanzania
The Manta Resort in Tanzania has its very own Underwater Room. The floating structure has three levels, including a roof which is perfect for launching off into the sea. Downstairs is the below-sea-level bedroom, where you’ll see friendly trumpet and batfish, Spanish dancers, squid, and octopus.
- Turkish Caves, Turkey
Turkey’s five-star Yunak Evleri hotel boasts a labyrinth of ancient fifth and sixth-century caves recessed into the limestone cliffs of the Cappadocia region. Reimagined into 40 deluxe hotel suites (adjacent to a 19th-century Greek mansion), these private luxury digs showcase leveled plateaus, nooks, archways, stone fireplaces, and unconventional windows and doors carved into the spectacular landscape.
- The Boot Bed’n’Breakfast, New Zealand
The giant boot guesthouse, created by Steve and his partner Judy in 2001, is wonderfully eccentric. The curved walls and ceilings means everything has been custom made. There was an old lady, who lived in a shoe.