6 quirky hotels that will blow you away
For some of us, sleeping in a standard-sized bed with a nightstand, TV and dresser, accompanied with a bathroom, is all we need in a hotel room. For others, however, vacations are a time of adventure and new experiences. If you’re a thrill-seeker looking for an unforgettable stay, check out these six quirky and unusual hotels that will take your vacation from drab to fab.
Hang in the trees
Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep amidst the friendly giants of the forest? Free Spirit Spheres, built in the West Coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada, is the place to go. These spherical tree houses are suspended in the trees, mimicking the chain plate attachments on a sailboat. The interiors can house one or two guests per night and are equipped with closets, beds, a settee with table, galley area with counter cupboards and even a sink. These magical hanging bulbs also have power, with a refrigerator and microwave installed. Rates start at $145 per night.
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Experience a blast from the past
The Shooting Star Drive-in is a hidden gem on the border of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Escalante, Utah. The campground-like property features eight custom-designed luxury Hollywood Airstreams. For instance, Ann’s Cabana – a 28-foot Airstream designed to resemble Ann-Margret’s retreat when she was shooting Viva Las Vegas with Elvis. Or Sugar’s Shack – an homage to Marilyn Monroe’s hideaway when she was filming Some Like It Hot with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon for director Billy Wilder. These retro-inspired Airstreams are sure to give your camping trip some added flair.
Have the urge to beat the heat this summer? You may want to try the Hotel de Glace, located in Quebec, Canada. This (literally) cool hotel features guest rooms made entirely of ice and snow and will offer you the ultimate Nordic adventure. And there is no need to worry about frost bite; the hotel insists that even though the room structures and furniture is made entirely of ice and snow, there will be no lack of comfort for guests. Each guest will receive a cozy sleeping bag, an isolating bed sheet and a pillow that will be delivered to your room to ensure warmth throughout the night.
Have a barkin’ good time
The Dog Bark Park Inn is the go-to in funky bed and breakfasts. Also known as the World’s Biggest Beagle, this one-of-a-kind, two-story structure is located in Cottonwood, Idaho. The giant dog-shaped building sleeps four and features a full bath, microwave, small refrigerator and air conditioning. And don’t forget the homemade breakfast offered after your night’s stay in the “dog house.” Rates start at $92 per night including breakfast.
Hit “Rock Bottom”
This spirited hotel located in San Luis Obispo, Calif., features 110 guest rooms each with a special theme. Our favorite at the Madonna Inn: the “Rock Bottom” room. Built top-to-bottom with stones, it’s symbolic of an underground cavern, with rates starting at $249 per night. It boasts a king-sized bed and a bathroom equipped with a primitive-style rock basin and a sculptured waterfall shower that shouts luxury.
This last hotel has left us a little spooked and is certainly not for the faint of heart. The Naval Port Prison, also known as Karosta Prison, was built in 1900, and served as a prison for military persons who had a breach of discipline until 1997. Located in Latvia, your stay will include a prison bunk or an iron bed and you will be served a prison meal. Also, rumor has it, this prison is haunted, with reports of rapping footsteps, electrical bulbs that unscrew themselves, unaccounted opening of closed cell doors and even apparitions of deceased prisoners. This eerie hotel definitely pushes on the extreme.
Photos courtesy of: Free Spirit Spheres, Shooting Star Drive-in, Hotel de Glace, Dog Bark Park Inn, Madonna Inn, Karosta Prison Hotel
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