Worlds 10 Most Unusual Hotels

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You may have heard of the ice hotel in Sweden or even funky spots like the Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood, Idaho. 

Here are few more unusual hotels to inspire your next trip. Worlds 10 Most Unusual Hotels;

  • 1) To the Lighthouse
    There are actually dozens of lighthouses around the world that welcome overnight guests, but at Brown’s Point Lighthouse in Tacoma, Washington, you get to be the lighthouse keeper. This 30-foot concrete structure is perched by Commencement Bay. Guest participate in the “keeper program,” in which they maintain the lighthouse and hold public tours.
    Rates range from $500-$700 per week.
    Contact : 253-927-2536, www.pointsnortheast.org
  • 2) Go Climb a Treehouse
    The Cedar Creek Treehouse is a private mountain retreat in the woods of Mt. Rainier, located 50 feet up in a 200-year-old Western Red Cedar tree. Owner Bill Compher built the treehouse himself, making it large enough to accommodate up to five people. 

    There is a bathroom, kitchen and dining area, an observatory 100 feet up that offers great views from all around. Kids under 10 are not allowed inside the treehouse.
    Rates are $250 for two people, $25 additional guest.
    Contact : 360-569-2991, www.cedarcreektreehouse.com

  • 3) All Aboard the Romance Train
    Cozy up inside an actual train car for the night. The Northern Rail Traincar B&B in Two Harbors, Minnesota, is made up of connected rail cars with 18 guest rooms. 

    The Porter Suite sleeps two, includes a dinette and a private bath. Located on 160 acres of forested land (about 25 minutes outside of Duluth), you have access to Lake Superior and Gooseberry Falls, plus outdoor activities like hiking and golfing.
    Rates : $109-$139
    Contact : 877-834-0955; www.northernrail.net
  • 4) Were You Raised in a Barn?
    Located on the Puget Sound, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, is a quirky little spot designed for two. The Big Red Barn Getaway is a real barn built in the 1890s which has been renovated into a tiny inn. 

    You’ll be surrounded by miles of unspoiled nature and may even catch sight of a Bald Eagle. The historic Victorian seaport of Port Townsend is a 10-minute walk away, and Fort Worden State Park is only two minutes away, with gorgeous beaches and plenty of hiking trails. Contact : 360-301-1271, www.BigRedBarnGetaway.com
  • 5) Overnight in a Yurt?
    A yurt is a round, canvas dwellings. Previously created by Mongolian nomads more than 2,000 years ago. It is an ingenious structure that sits sturdily on the ground and often can fit several people at once. 

    Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California, has 16 yurts along the ridge above the Pacific Ocean, four of which can fit families. You’ll have the best ocean-view room in town.
    Rates are $170-$270 for 2 to 4 pax.
    Contact : 877-424-4787, www.treebonesresort.com
  • 6) Overight in an Underground Cave
    There are several underground hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey. Stay in caves is must have experience. The most highly touted in turkey is the Gamirasu Cave Hotel. Located inside a restored, thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat. There are 18 exquisitely adorned rooms, some of which were actually monk cells, which are carved into the cave or built with volcanic rock. There are running water and complete toilet facilities. 

    Rates : $110 double room to $500 for deluxe suite.
    Contact : www.gamirasu.com
  • 7) Underground Rooms
    The Australian outback is filled with opal mines and dugouts galore. Experience one first-hand at the Desert Cave Hotel located within the sandstone of Coober Pedy. The hotel boasts 19 underground rooms, and about 30 rooms above ground for those who prefer not to live troglodyte-style. Also underground are casinos, shops featuring locally mined opals and Aboriginal arts and crafts.
    Rate : $150 a night
    Contact : www.desertcave.com.au
  • 8) Sleeping in the Concrete Drainpipes
    If you ever wanted to brag that you slept in a drainpipe, try Daspark Hotel in Lintz, Austria. Consists of three concrete drainpipes in the middle of a park. Inside each one is a teensy room built for two, with a double bed, a lamp, a small storage space, and even power outlets. Food, toilets and showers are all located nearby. The drainpipes are all locked with a safety code.
    Rates : You get to determine your own rates.
    Contact : www.dasparkhotel.net
  • 9) Sleeping with the Fishes
    Jules Verne Undersea Lodge. This underwater hotel is actually a research lab in Key Largo, Florida, but regular landlubbers are invited to spend the night. You’ll actually have to scuba dive your way into the hotel, but they’ll give you all the necessary training. An overnight visit costs about $475 and includes diving gear and unlimited dives if you’re certified.
    Contact : 305-451-2353, www.jul.com
  • 10) Overnight in a Jail Hotel
    The new Liberty Hotel in Boston is aformer jail-turned-luxury-hotel. There is also a restaurant called Clink, and a bar called Alibi housed in the former “drunk tank.” 

    If you’re looking for a more, well, authentic prison experience, try the Karosta Prison at Latvia. Located in Liepaja (about three hours west of Riga), this former Soviet detention facility was once known as the “prison that nobody escaped from.” Today, it welcomes (if that’s the right word) visitors to spend a night for about $16.Guests play the role of a prisoner, complete with ex-Soviet military guards berating and ordering you around, cold iron beds, and toilets that remain uncomfortably close to their original state. 

These are the Worlds 10 Most Unusual Hotels. An increasing number of hotels are positioning themselves to be more than just a place to sleep. 

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