The world’s strangest hotels: caves, bird houses, UFOs, beer barrels
By Aimee Heckel
Ever wanted to sleep inside a big beer barrel? In a UFO? In a huge bird’s nest?
Believe it or not, these aren’t April Fool’s Day jokes. These are real places you can stay the night — or more — if you’re looking for more adventure (and storytelling fodder) than a traditional hotel.
Here are some of the strangest accommodations that we have found worldwide.
A historic beer barrel, Ostbevern, Germany, $132 per night. This AirBNB listing offers three “beer rooms,” each which claims to sleep up to four people. The barrels are from the 19th century — and each room also features a 32-inch flatscreen TV, Internet and a shower with massage jets. Not inside the barrel, though — or are the Germans that space efficient these days? Only in Germany.
The Treehotel in Sweden offers a variety of nontraditional rooms. The Mirrorcube is a cube hidden in the treed, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings. The UFO looks, well, like a UFO stuck up in the treetops. The Bird’s Nest looks like a giant (you guessed it) bird’s nest made out of big twigs and sticks. The inside will surprise you; it’s sleek, modern and beautiful. Not exactly full of chewed up worms.
Japan’s “capsule hotel,” nine hours, is an entirely different concept. This is all about minimalism and simplicity. Here, your stay (in a small capsule in the wall) is nine hours total: one hour to shower, seven hours to sleep and one hour of rest.
At the Desert Cave Hotel in Australia, you can stay in a dark, quiet underground room. This hotel even offers underground shops, a below-ground bar and opal display areas. Many visitors say that sleeping underground provided them the best night’s sleep of their lives, according to the Desert Cave website. Even so, Expedia.com’s readers only rank it a 2.7 out of 5 stars.
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