13 Of The Most Unusual Hotels In The World

From ice palaces to a converted 747 jumbo jet, here are the most eccentric hotels from around the globe.
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Crazy Bear – Oxford, Bear Lane, Stadhampton,

This first Crazy Bear property is an oasis of eclectic style, featuring extravagant design in a country setting. Reception is a lavishly re-styled double decker bus. The heart of the hotel is a 16th century building that has been bravely re-designed to house the bar and award winning restaurants.

Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA.

Sleep in the world’s largest Beagle, offering unique accommodation inside its two story body. This one-of- kind wooden dog even has an outside toilet disguised as a fire hydrant! Fantastically crazy, when the wind blows across the prairie at night you hear the dog’s ears gently flap!

ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

The original ICEHOTEL in northern Lapland is built fresh every winter from thousands of tonnes of snow and ice. It has become the global ambassador and now licenses ICEBARs around the world. With over 80 rooms and suites, the property is a huge undertaking, and their success has inspired near 20 other igloo, snow and Ice properties around the world.

Sala Silvermine Underground Suite, Sala, Sweden

The worlds deepest bedroom is 509 feet (155 metres) underground in Sala Silvermine, one of the world’s best preserved mine settings. With 12.4 miles (20 km) of dark winding galleries, vast caverns and magic lakes, even those unfamiliar underground will find the setting sensational. During its heyday, production amounted to more than three tonnes of silver a year, and a total of more than 400 tonnes of silver and about 40,000 tonnes of lead were extracted - completely by hand!

Woodpecker Hotel, Västerås, Sweden

City centre treehouse , in the middle of a Swedish park, created by the same team as the nearby Utter Inn underwater hotel. 43 feet (13 metres) up a 130 year oak tree and reached via a sturdy, but wobbly rope ladder, the platform has an impressive view of the park below and out to the lake beyond. Pull up the rope ladder and you’ll only be disturbed by birdsong.

Medieval Hotel Detenice, Bohemia, Czech Republic

Medieval themed hotel providing a ‘middle ages’ experience in a rustic farm setting. Wooden floors, wooden beds, rough cut furniture – original pieces, candle lit rooms – But behind the decor, the facilities and service are modern.

Flying beds and upside down rooms...with an absolutely unique and personal ambience, varying from the tame to the extreme.

Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin, Germany

Flying beds and upside down rooms are amongst those created by German artist Lars Stroschen. Offering 30 rooms with an absolutely unique and personal ambience, varying from the tame to the extreme - you’re unlikely to ever have a dull night and are assured stories to share with your friends.

Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa, Nevsehir, Turkey

This luxurious spa is built right into the mountain and offers a spectacular panoramic view over the dramatic jagged landscape of Cappadocia. Not only are the surroundings breathtaking, this 5 star property does its utmost to pamper each guest with a balance of traditional settings and hospitality with modern facilities.

Magic Mountain Hotel, Huilo-Huilo, Chile.

This forest accommodation lodge was originally a place for friends to stay while they enjoyed the hunting and fishing trips in the Hulio reserve. Looking like a fairytale mountain it has a man-made waterfall cascading from the pinnacle of the roof.

Jumbo Hostel, Arlanda, Sweden.

This is the world's first hostel in a converted 747 jumbo jet on the ground. Offering 27 rooms, this now-retired plane guarantees a memorable night for guests – especially in the top cockpit suite, where you sleep between the pilot’s controls.

Dockside Crane Hotel, Harlingen, Netherlands

This genuine dockside crane has been the recipient of intelligent engineering and dedicated devotion rarely seen in a private home – let alone in a hotel property. Replacing the external ladders with modern lifts to gain entry, the old machine room in the body of the crane has been transformed into a luxurious bedroom that would not be out of place in the most modern of design hotels.

Das Park Hotel, Ottensheim, Austria.

This one-of-the-kind hotel, has been designed to use worldwide standard concrete drainage pipes - so you could well see more of them in the future. Rooms are accessed by a digital keypad, whose code is provided by the self service website upon booking acceptance. The pipes need little alteration to make them habitable - a coat of varnish and the addition of a bed platform and door is all that is necessary.

Molja Lighthouse, Aalesund, Norway.

An extension of a nearby dockside hotel, this tiny lighthouse on the harbour breakwater wall is completely round and only 10 feet (3 metres) in diameter. Through effective use of the available spaces, Molja now boasts a bedroom upstairs and a bathroom downstairs.

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