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35 Quirky Hotels Around The World

From converted airplanes, trains and silos to ice caves and giant animals, these hotels are pretty special.
03/23/2018 10:30am ET | Updated March 24, 2018

Many hotels promise guests a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience, but for the most part, they tend to offer the same standard fare.

Still, if you’re looking for some more out-there accommodations for your next trip, the options do exist. From converted airplanes, trains and silos to ice caves and buildings made of salt, here are 35 truly unusual hotels from around the world.

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Dasparkhotel
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At Dasparkhotel in Ottensheim, Austria, guests stay in rooms constructed from repurposed concrete drainpipes. The hotel has a "pay as you wish" policy and offers a double bed, bedding storage, light, and power -- but guests must use public bathrooms.
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Book and Bed
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Book and Bed is a 30-bed hostel in Tokyo where guests sleep in small cubbies hidden behind library shelves full of books. How cozy!
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Treehotel
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Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, takes the treehouse concept to the next level. The hotel features a variety of rooms in trees, including a UFO prototype and a cube with mirrored walls.
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Crane Hotel Faralda
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Located in Amsterdam, the Crane Hotel Faralda offers three suites built into a former industrial crane. There's also a jacuzzi up there, so guests can take in some epic views while they relax.
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Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
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Zaandam, a city just north of Amsterdam, boasts a very unique hotel with a facade that appears to consist of traditional houses stacked on top of each other. Unsurprisingly, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam is a popular Instagram spot.
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Hotel Costa Verde
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Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park has a two-bedroom fuselage suite inside a refurbished 1965 vintage Boeing 727 -- offering a striking view of the rainforest setting.
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SiloStay
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Located in Little River, New Zealand, SiloStay gives guests the opportunity to stay inside grain silos -- an eco-friendly innovation in the hospitality world.
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Skylodge Adventure Suites
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Skylodge Adventure Suites consists of a set of transparent pods on the side of an Andean clifftop in Peru's Sacred Valley. Reaching the pods requires an arduous climb, and these accommodations are clearly not for the faint of heart.
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Dog Bark Park Inn
Dog Bark Park Inn
The Dog Bark Park Inn in Idaho is a bed-and-breakfast that's shaped like a giant beagle. The locals affectionately call the large dog "Sweet Willy."
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The Red Caboose Motel
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All the caboose units at The Red Caboose Motel in Ronks, Pennsylvania, were painted red when the establishment first opened in 1970. They now include other colors and types of train cars.
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Hotel Marqués de Riscal
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Frank Gehry designed this luxury hotel in Spain's wine country. Located in Elciego, the Hotel Marqués de Riscal is architecturally distinctive with its colorful ribbon-like titanium facade.
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Icehotel
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Every year, the Icehotel is rebuilt in the village of Jukkasjarvi in Lappland, Sweden. The hotel has themed suites with impressive ice carvings.
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Hotel de Vrouwe van Stavoren
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The Hotel de Vrouwe van Stavoren in the Netherlands gives guests the option to stay in wine barrels that have been converted to hotel rooms.
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Quinta Real Zacatecas
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The Quinta Real in Zacatecas, Mexico, was constructed around a restored bullfighting ring from the 19th century. Guests stay in rooms around the old arena.
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Cley Windmill
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Constructed in the 18th century, the Cley Windmill in Norfolk, England, became a hotel in the 1980s.
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Palacio de Sal
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The Palacio de Sal, or "Salt Palace" hotel, is -- as the name suggests -- made of salt, including much of the furniture. Located on the salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia, the hotel has a restaurant with a signature "salt chicken" dish.
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Sala Silvermine
Sala Silvermine
Guests can stay more than 500 feet below ground in Sala Silvermine's underground suite in Västmanland, Sweden.
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Huettenpalast
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At Huettenpalast in Berlin, guests stay in old campers and wooden huts inside a former vacuum cleaner factory.
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The Manta Resort
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The Manta Resort is on Pemba Island, part of the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of East Africa. The hotel allows guests to stay on a private floating island, with partly underwater quarters.
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La Balade des Gnomes
La Balade des Gnomes
La Balade des Gnomes in Heyd, Belgium, has a "Trojan Horse suite" and fairytale-inspired rooms.
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Whitepod
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Whitepod is an "eco-luxury hotel" consisting of high-tech pods in the Swiss Alps. The pods sit on wooden platforms and offer striking views of the mountains and Lake Geneva.
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Jumbo Stay
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Jumbo Stay is a hostel built inside a decommissioned 747-200 at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm. The "cockpit suite" is a more expensive room.
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Hằng Nga Guesthouse
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Known as the "Crazy House," Hang Nga Guesthouse is a unique hotel in Da Lat, Vietnam. Its architect, Dang Viet Nga, said her design was inspired by the natural environment around the city and the work of Antoni Gaudi.
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Sarova Salt Lick Lodge
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Salt Lick Lodge in Taita Hills, Kenya, offers panoramic views of the landscape and the large animals around Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
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No Man's Fort
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No Man's Land Fort, aka No Man's Fort, is a historic sea fort-turned-hotel. Constructed in the late 19th century, the hotel is in the Solent strait by Portsmouth, England.
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The Beermoth
The Beermoth
The Beermoth is a former fire truck that was converted into a two-person living space in the Scottish Highlands.
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Happy Nomads Village
Happy Nomads
Happy Nomads Village in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan, gives guests the opportunity to experience what it's like to sleep in traditional Kyrgyz yurts.
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Martin's Patershof
Martins Patershof
Martin's Patershof is a hotel inside a former Franciscan church in Mechelen, Belgium.
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Kumbuk River Resort
Kumbuk River Resort
At the edge of Yala National Park in Sri Lanka is Kumbuk River Resort, an eco-resort with a two-story elephant villa that offers proximity to actual elephants and other animals.
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Le Grotte della Civita
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Le Grotte della Civita is in the Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Matera, Italy. The southern Italian hotel is built into the city's famous limestone caves.
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The Hobbit Motel
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The Hobbit Motel in New Zealand's Woodlyn Park is -- as its name suggests -- a motel built to resemble the homes of the hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien's books.
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Hotel Kakslauttanen
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Hotel Kakslauttanen is in Saariselkä in northern Finland. Accommodation offerings include glass igloos that provide a spectacular view of the northern lights.
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The Santos Express
The Santos Express
The Santos Express in Mossel Bay, South Africa, is a converted train near the shores of the Indian Ocean. The hotel boasts delicious seafood meals.
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V8 Hotel
V8 Hotel
At the V8 Hotel near Stuttgart, Germany, car fanatics get the chance to stay in rooms designed around particular vehicles and to admire vintage cars and decor.
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Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast
Kokopellis Cave Bed Breakfast
As the name suggests, Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast is a cave dwelling. It's situated in a cliff north of Farmington, New Mexico, near the Mesa Verde National Monument.
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