Costa Verde, Quepos, Costa Rica

Unusual hotels: Costa Verde

To create a hotel that’s more like a scene from the TV show Lost, the Costa Verde team transported and refurbished a 1965 vintage Boeing 727 fuselage to create a fantastic two-bedroom suite on a coastal rainforest bluff. A favourite for weddings, honeymoons and romance, it’s set on a concrete plinth that juts up 15m into the jungle canopy, so looking out of the windows feels like flying. There’s a wooden cabin built around the aircraft, with furnishings in hand carved teak, and the rear bedroom has a handcrafted deck on the wing, from which guests can watch toucans, sloths and monkeys. The site has bungalows and a guesthouse too.
From $250 a night, room only

Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar, near Delhi, India

Unusual hotels: Neemrana

The once-proud Neemrana Fort Palace, built in 1464, fell into decay after India’s independence in 1947, but the ruins were acquired for restoration in 1986. In a stunning redevelopment, faithful to its rich cultural past, Neemrana Fort Palace, near Delhi, opened as one of India’s most beautiful heritage properties in 1991 and is a vast complex of seven palace wings built in 12 tiers up a hill, with hanging gardens, two pools and India’s first zipwires.
Doubles from £54 a night, including breakfast

V8 Hotel, Böblingen, Germany

Unusual hotels: V8 Hotel im Meilenwerk Stuttgart auf dem Flugfeld Boeblingen.

The V8 Hotel has 34 car-themed bedrooms, including Mercedes, Morris Minor and VW versions, with cars made into beds, plus car wash, mechanic’s workshop and petrol station-style rooms. Part of the Meilenwerk classic car restoration complex, in a Bauhaus-style building on a former Zeppelin airfield, it is handy for Porsche and Mercedes Benz factory tours, and guests can also watch historic car restoration in progress.
Doubles from €170 a night, breakfast €15pp

Verana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Unusual hotels: Verana

Luxurious and surrounded by unadulterated nature on all sides, Verana is an amazing spa with 10 guesthouses on a five-acre plot. Recently added are four “V-house” buildings that offer views from their upstairs balconies, above the forest canopy and overlooking the Bay of Banderas. Buildings taper towards the ground, creating tiny building footprints that minimise ecological damage. There’s an infinity pool and a spa offering facials, massage and yoga.
From $320 a night for two, full-board $80pp for extra nights, open Nov-June

Hüttenpalast, Berlin, Germany

Unusual hotels: Hüttenpalast

Hüttenpalast is a reto treasure trove in the central Berlin district of Neukölln. Inside a former vacuum-cleaner factory, guests can sleep in a cute cosy caravan surrounded by potted trees, or in smart wooden cabins with “outdoor” picnic tables. With the amenities of a modern building, including guaranteed warmth spring, summer, autumn and winter, visitors can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, while still indoors.
From €65 a night for two including coffee and croissants

Hotel Parchi del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

Unusual hotels: Hotel Parchi del Garda

It seems the walls are alive at this resort hotel on the shores of Lake Garda, where four animatronic theme rooms feature Hollywood-style animation effects that will fascinate children. (There are also 233 normal rooms.) One has a talking parrot; another, on a meadow theme, has special effects to make nature come to life; while in Aki’s Cave the wall has a mouth and eyes, and talks. The hotel is 10 minutes’ drive from the Gardaland theme park, and offers children’s games, dances and shows during the day.
Doubles from €210 a night including breakfast; connecting themed room for two children from €128

Sala Silvermine, central Sweden

Unusual hotels: Silvermine

Guests can sleep 155m underground in a suite in historic Sala Silvermine, one of the world’s best preserved mines and the world’s deepest bedroom. Its dark winding galleries, vast caverns and magical lakes can be explored with a guide on arrival, and basic refreshments are provided in the suite, plus breakfast in the morning. Corridors are cold, damp and dark but the bedroom is heated to a comfortable 18C and features silver candelabra and silver leather chairs. The site also has an (above-ground) hostel, and a high-wires adventure course.
Underground suite £414 a night for two, including breakfast

Magic Mountain, Panguipulli, Chile

Unusual hotels: Magic Mountain

In this enchanting hotel, the rooms are hidden inside a conical stone tower from whose roof a waterfall cascades down past the windows. In the Huilo Huilo reserve in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, Magic Mountain was originally a place for friends of the creators to stay while they enjoyed hunting and fishing in the reserve.
Doubles from $300 a night including breakfast

The Mirrorcube, Harads, Sweden

A lightweight aluminum 4 x 4 x 4–meter box suspended around a tree trunk and covered in mirrors. Accommodates two people at a time, with a double bed, a small bathroom, a living room and a roof terrace. Access to the cabin is by a rope bridge connected to the next tree. Camouflaged within the tree canopy, the one-way mirrors provide a 360-degree view of the surroundings. To prevent birds from colliding with the reflective glass, an ultraviolet color visible only to birds is laminated onto the glass.

ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

ICEHOTEL is the world’s largest hotel made from snow and ice. Guests can sleep in a bed made of snow and ice (like most of the other furniture), at temperatures around minus 5 degrees C. The entire building melts and gets reconstructed every year. Each November, a team of architects rebuilds the rooms, bar and chapel from several hundred tons of ice. If your ideal vacation consists of walking around in snow pants and fur, ICEHOTEL is worth a repeat visit—it is, after all, a different hotel every year.

Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, ID

A beagle-themed B&B that sleeps up to four guests at a time. Guests enter the body of the giant dog through a balcony. The dog’s head houses a loft bedroom and an alcove within the muzzle, with a toilet disguised as a fire hydrant. The larger beagle, named Sweet Willy, is 30 feet tall, 34 feet long and 14 feet wide. It’s made of wood (the owners are chain-saw artists) and painted stucco, with flaps of carpeting for ears.

Tianzi Hotel, Hebei Province, China

Built in 2000, this 10-story building depicts Fu, Lu and Shou—Chinese gods symbolizing good fortune, prosperity and longevity. The Tianzi Hotel is the largest image hotel in the world. Shou, on the left, is holding a peach that contains a suite. Enter the hotel through his right foot.

Attrap Reves, France

Attrap Reves Top 10 most Unique Hotels in the World

Have you ever imagined sleeping out for a night under the stars, but without all the hassles of camping outdoors and rather with all the comfort of a hotel room if you may; well if you have then your wish has already been answered and even that, way back in February, 2010. Attrap Reves is perhaps the only hotel in the world that has huge glass bubbles instead of rooms which certainly provide the truest definition of an intimate night under the stars with your loved one. The Hotel promises to be a cosmic experience and an unusually romantic souvenir for both married and unmarried couples alike.

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