Wacky Hotels Around The World- Book Your room!
The Giraffe Manor, East Africa
It’s pretty fascinating to watch giraffes from afar, sitting in safari jeeps. What’s more fascinating, however, is to have them walk around with you and eat food from your breakfast plate!
Not only does this hotel leave its guests with some unforgettable, crazy experiences but it also provides a safe area for the eight resident Rothschild giraffes to live and breed.
You can just lie in your room, sip a beer and watch them roam around outside, maybe bump into them at the front door sometime! These giraffes actually poke their heads in through the windows in the dining room, to pick up a bite from your plate.
That’s a tall order, isn’t it?
If you’re looking for a place to ‘just chill,’ Icehotel, at -5° C (23° F),is definitely the place for you. Located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, about 200 kilometers north of the Arctic circle, Icehotel is made entirely of snow and ice. Each spring, around March, Icehotel harvests tons of ice from the frozen Torne River and stores it in a nearby production hall with room for over 10,000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow.
Even the furniture must stay frozen – beds are blocks of ice and covered with reindeer skins. Bar glasses and plates, cupboards and tables-they’re all made of ice! Every year construction starts in mid November when snow is layered on steel frames. The snow freezes after a few days and the frames are removed. Ice blocks harvested in spring are used to build rooms and divide corridors.
Icehotel is open from December to April, after which it simply melts away!
Ever wondered what it’s like to be in jail? Now you have the perfect chance to know what it’s like-and besides, you don’t even have to go through the tension of planning a crime! Just book yourself in this hotel!
The hotel advertises itself as “unfriendly, unheated, uncomfortable and open all year round.” This former brutal KGB jail is exactly the way it’s inmates left it so many years ago– just everything it had when it was a fully-functioning detention and torture center, barbed wire included. You are treated like an actual prisoner throughout, complete with gunfire , threats and warnings and crying fellow inmates. You sleep behind bars as well!
It’s definitely a freaky place to stay! See how long you can last out..
Jules Undersea Resort, Key Largo
You may have stayed at all the freakiest hotels on land-but have you ever stayed at a five star hotel under water? At the Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida, guests must actually scuba dive 21 feet through the tropical mangrove habitat of the Emerald Lagoon to get to their rooms (they offer a class for those without scuba diving certification). In this underwater hotel–which is a former laboratory–there’s no shortage of luxuries! Each room is equipped with large TVs, kitchenettes, hot showers, music and books! However, the best pastime here is to stare out of Jules’ big 42 inch round windows and watch the wonders of the marine world as it passes by just another day. A perfect combination of relaxation and adventure, Jules is definitely an experience you’ll be talking about for months after your visit!
Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkey Antalya Area
What makes Mardan Palace Hotel ‘crazy’? It’s price: A stay at this hotel on the Turkish Riviera could cost you approx $18,000 per night. Just some of the things that would leave most of us wide-eyed are their half-an-hour boat (sorry, we meant gondola!) rides, the spa filled with real snow and the gold plated mirrors in every bathroom!
It was opened on 23 May 2009 and within its first half hour, it’s prestige levels rocketed as its opening ceremony was attended by Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, Monica Bellucci, Paris Hilton, Seal, Tom Jones and the Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Mardan Palace cost $1.4 billion to build and it’s no wonder why!: The hotel has 560 rooms, a 12,000 sq ft spa and its own beach containing 9,000 tons of sand imported from Egypt. It has the Mediterranean’s largest swimming pool within which is a sunken aquarium containing 2,400 fish. 500,000 crystals, 10,000 m2 of gold and 23,000 m2 of Italian marble were used in the construction of the hotel.
This place is definitely worth a visit-even if it lightens the weight of your wallet considerably!
9 hours, Kyoto
If it says 9 hours, it means 9 hours! If ever you find yourself in Kyoto, wanting to crash for a few hours before you rush forth with your hectic lives, check in at Kyoto for a 9 hour nap! It will be the best sleep you have ever had!Have a quick shower in your sleeping pod, and then crash on the comfortable beds. Guests have access to a common lounge and shared bathroom facilities. Practical, inexpensive and yet weird in its own way, 9 hours will certainly give you a great 9 hour nap!
Das Parkhotel, Ottensheim
Imagine living in a drain! And still paying for it….. Das Parkhotel is an experimental hotel consisting of three drainpipes located in a park. Each drainpipe is equipped with a double bed, linen, blankets, a lamp and a bedside table. There are bathroom facilities and a cafeteria in the main complex and the ‘hotel rooms’ have key coded doors for security. Das Park Hotel operates on a pay-what–you-want fee. Maybe not an ideal place for a honeymoon, but it’s definitely an experience that will leave you fascinated for days to come!
Capsule Hotel, Netherlands
Tired of walking through those crowded hotel lobbies all the time? Here’s an opportunity to chill at your own survival pod! Total serenity-at city centre dock location! Moored in The Hague, your room is a bright orange survival pod which once saw service on an oil rig platform. Originally built in 1972,they are 4.25 metres in diameter and unaltered apart from the addition of a lock on the outside and a chemical toilet inside. It might not be as comfortable as a five-star hotel, but it is definitely a ‘slick hotel!’
Shalu loves to travel, write and travel. A travel blogger and digital expert writes about offbeat places, travel tips for travelers like how to do Rail Reservation on IRCTC, check PNR status online etc.