If you’re planning an exciting, one-of-a-kind vacation, why stay in a conventional accommodation? The world is filled with hotels, motels and hostels that can add a much-needed sense of adventure to your trip. From underwater hotels to piles of hay, check out some of world’s most interesting places to lay your head.
Hôtel de Glace. Photo: lander2006
Jules Undersea Lodge
Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Fla., provides its guests with the opportunity to scuba dive 21 feet down to the hotel and enjoy a night watching angelfish, barracuda, snapper and all sorts of underwater life swim past the 42-inch windows. Situated in a tropical mangrove habitat, this eccentric accommodation doesn’t lack in traditional amenities such as a shower, a fully stocked kitchen, a refrigerator and microwave, books, TV and movies.
For more information, visit www.jul.com.
Zum Alten Marstall
This refurbished historical building situated at the foot of castle Burg Guttenberg is just one example of the newest lodging craze overtaking Europe—heuhotels, or “hay hotels.” At Zum Alten Marstall in Germany, you can choose to stay in a traditional room with the option of hay-filled or feather-filled pillows, or bring your sleeping bag and sleep on a pile of hay in the barn with up to 60 other guests.
For more information, visit www.heuhotel.cc.
Hôtel de Glace
Built completely out of ice and snow, Hôtel de Glace in in Québec, Canada is rebuilt entirely every year. The temperature inside the hotel remains between 26 and 23 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure to bring a lot of warm clothes. Stay in a theme suite or book a room with a fireplace if you’re especially sensitive to the cold. Make sure you warm up with a stiff drink at the Ice Bar before you go to sleep on a solid ice bed—but don’t worry, an artic sleeping bag will be delivered to your room.
For more information, visit www.icehotel-canada.com.
Jumbo Hostel. Photo: Jumbo Hostel
Even for travelers who have a fear of flying, boarding this 747 jumbo jet won’t cause you to cower in fear—it doesn’t take off. Jumbo Hostel in Arlanda, Sweden is actually a 1976 vintage plane with 25 rooms and 85 beds. If you didn’t think this hotel could get any more offbeat, book the luxury suite that’s located in the cockpit.
For more information, visit www.jumbohostel.com.
Art Hotel Atelier sul Mare
Every room is a work of art at Art Hotel Atelier Sul Mare in Italy. This hotel-museum boats 40 rooms, 20 of them art rooms uniquely decorated by international artists. The hotel encourages guests to switch rooms every night in order to get the most out of their stay. Rooms with names like Mystery for the Moon and The Mouth of Truth provide the backdrop to an inspirational and moving vacation.
For more information, visit www.ateliersulmare.it.