With summer just around the corner, you might be thinking of booking a holiday. But why choose a boring normal hotel when you could stay in a renovated drain pipe? From a treehouse to an old fort, an underwater lodge to a doghouse, we’ve collected together some of the weirdest hotels in the world to give you a few ideas on where to take your next holiday. Plus, we’ve also had a few thoughts on how and where to incorporate your workouts into your quirky mini break!
1. The Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA
The Dog Bark Park Inn in Idaho is a stunning B&B designed by chainsaw artists, Dennis and Frances, who specialise in creating folk-art style wooden carvings of 60 different breeds of dogs. The hotel itself is housed inside the structure of a giant beagle, which guests can enter from the private second story deck.
Once inside, four guests are comfortably contained in a cosy structure, which includes a loft level inside the head of the dog and a snug inside the muzzle. Guests can also enjoy a fresh breakfast each morning, making this world’s most comfortable doghouse, and certainly worthy of the title of one of the weirdest hotels in the world.
This is one perfect place to bring your dog, giving you a great excuse for an early morning run or at least a walk before breakfast. This is one of the weirdest hotels in the world but also one of the coolest.
2. Das Park Hotel, Linz, Austria
One of the most innovative ideas for a hotel, Dar Park Hotel is made out of robust and fully renovated drain pipes. These five spotlessly clean, barrel-shaped guest rooms are located on the banks of the River Danube.
Each cosy concrete sleep pipe has a double bed with comfy Euro-foam mattress, fresh linen, plenty of storage, soft lighting and an electronic charger. The park is situated in the middle of the Emsher bicycle route so makes the perfect stop-off for cyclists and for those looking to incorporate biking into their holiday.
Dar Park Hotel is a fully fledged weird hotel and a firm favourite on our list.
3. Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo Undersea Park, Florida
Jules’ Undersea Lodge is located at Key Largo Undersea Park in Florida. Resting on stilts 5 feet off the floor of a tropical lagoon, guests have to dive 21 feet under the water to enter the lodge through a large trapdoor in the floor, making this perfect for keen swimmers!
Compressed air stops water from flooding the rooms. The lodge stay can include a pizza dinner delivered to your door. The only catch is you need to be a certified scuba diver to stay here – but no worries if you’re not because the hotel offers a 3 hour PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme which you can combine with your stay.
The swimming and scuba diving means that number 3 on our list of the weirdest hotels in the world is ideal for water sports enthusiasts.
4. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada
Looking for another weird hotel? Excellent, because we have just the ticket. Free Spirit Spheres offer private hotel accommodation amid the trees of the west-coast rainforest on Vancouver Island. The guest room spheres are suspended from the trees by a web of ropes, allowing them to sway gently in the breeze.
Each sphere has its own unique design and name: Eve is handcrafted from cedar, Eryn from Sitka Spruce and Melody from fibreglass. The natural world surroundings of the Free Spirit Spheres are sure to wake up the nature lover in everyone who stays here, making this the ideal space to enjoy peaceful runs through the forest.
5. No Man’s Fort, Solent, Portsmouth
No Man’s Fort is part of the Solent Forts collection, located 1.4miles from the Isle of Wight. This is a Victorian-era fort, originally built between 1867 and 1880 to protect Portsmouth from an attack from Napoleon III.
The fort has since been turned into a luxurious, if weird, hotel. No Man’s Fort has 22 guest bedrooms, including a lighthouse penthouse suite, rooftop hot tub, sauna, choice of bars, games room, sun deck and laser quest bunker. There are also exercise classes on deck with Yogacise especially popular among guests.
6. Jumbo Stay, Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden
Can it get any weirder? Yes. JumoStay is an innovative hotel created out of a former Jumbo Jet made in 1976. Guests can choose from single rooms, twin rooms, dormitories or family rooms. En suite facilities are available and free Wi-Fi runs throughout the Jumbo.
The most luxurious room at JumboStay is the cockpit suite, complete with flatscreen TV and panoramic views over the Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The views from this room when you wake up in the morning make it clear why this is in our list of the weirdest hotels in the world.
7. Hotel CasAnus, Antwerp, Belgium
Surely the world’s only hotel crafted to look like a giant intestine, the Hotel CasAnus is an art sculpture turned into a guest house. Created by artist Joep Van Lieshout, inside the B&B, guests will find a double bed, heater and shower.
The white walls give a cave-like effect to this amazing hotel. Hotel CasAnus is perhaps the weirdest hotel of all the fantastic places on our list. There is surely no topping the weirdness of sleeping voluntarily inside a big intestine.
8. V8 Hotel, Stuttgart, Germany
The V8 Hotel is a car-themed hotel located in Stuttgart. All the rooms are themed around the automobile, inspired by racing cars, vintage and classic cars, sports coupes and drive-in movies.
Guests can choose from single, double and family rooms, while the highlight of the hotel is the luxurious Mercedes Suite, which is set in an old air traffic control tower with a rooftop terrace. Although undeniably weird, this is one of the less disturbing and more normal of the places on our weirdest hotels list.
9. Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Founded in 1989, the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, was the world’s first hotel made wholly from ice. This art exhibition and hotel continues to be a much sought-after holiday choice for those who dare to brave the cold. This is one of the weirdest hotels out there and also one of the most famous.
Every November, ice from the frozen Torne River, located 200km north of the Arctic Circle, is packed together with snow to produce the ‘snice’ needed to re-create the Icehotel.
The hotel melts each spring to be replaced with a totally fresh design the next season. New themed suites are designed each year to keep this ground-breaking hotel at the cutting edge of ice design. For those looking to enjoy a workout during their stay, this is the perfect place to emulate Sly Stallone’s freezing workouts in Rocky IV – don’t forget the big log!
10. Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
Photo: Peter Lundstrom, WDO – www.treehotel.se
Treehotel is a collection of six innovative treerooms situated in a peaceful pine forest which surrounds Harads in Sweden.
The treehouses include the Bird’s Nest, Cabin, Dragonfly, Mirrorcube, the Blue Cone and the magnificent UFO. This being Sweden, the hotel complex would not be complete without a fully equipped Tree Sauna!
Along with the Free Spirit Spheres, this weird hotel complex is a great place for a run and bodyweight exercise session surrounded by the wonders of nature.
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We hope you have enjoyed our wander through some of the weirdest hotels in the world. Although this is a pretty full list, there are sure to be plenty of other wacky places to stay across the globe.
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