8 One-of-a-Kind Places to Stay


Bucket List Worthy  

Chain hotels are consistent and reliable, but it’s easy to get bored with them. For a change of scene, try booking a stay at a unique hotel that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are just a few examples of one-of-a-kind places to stay that will set your imagination flowing.

Hotel de Glace

PHotel de Glace ice hotel
Sleeping on a bed made of ice isn’t for sissies, but staying at an ice hotel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that many folks have put on their bucket list. At the Hotel de Glace near Quebec City, they have your bases covered. A room at a nearby conventional hotel is included in your stay, so you can slip over there at any point if you can’t hack the cold.


JumboStay plane hotel
Sleep does not come easily to me on airplanes, but maybe it would if I were stretched out in the cockpit. Make that the cockpit suite at the JumboStay hostel. This hostel, located next to Sweden’s Arlanda airport, was created inside a retired jumbo jet.

Library Hotel

Library Hotel New York
A great place for a weekend away with your favourite book lover, or an oasis for fans of the Dewey Decimal System, The Library Hotel is a chic place to stay in New York City. Rooms are numbered like the sections of a library and each guestroom contains its own selection of books pertaining to the suite’s topic.

Tree Hotel

Treehotel Sweden
If you would rather be at one with nature, but tents and sleeping bags aren’t your style, check into Treehotel and enjoy one of its unique suites designed by Sweden’s most forward-thinking designers and architects. Did I mention that each “room” is in a tree out in the woods? If staying in unusual surroundings is your thing, you’ll want to take advantage of the combo deal available in conjunction with JumboStay, that provides a discounted rate when you book a night at each hotel.

V8 Hotel

V8 car hotel
These accommodations will rev the engines of any automotive enthusiast. Choose from dozens of car themed rooms at the V8 Hotel in Stuttgart. Decor ranges from sleek and stylish in some rooms to deliciously kitschy in others, so there’s bound to be one that’s in your wheelhouse.

Seaventures Rig Resort

Seaventures dive resort rig
Take the plunge with a scuba holiday at this specialized dive resort. A decommissioned Malaysian oil rig was repurposed to create this property, which now features upgraded creature comforts and fine dining. The real attraction is being out in the middle of the ocean with unlimited reef diving.

Pantone Hotel

Pantone hotel
Whether you already lead a colourful life, or need an injection of colour to liven up your beige existence, Pantone Hotel is ideal for both. This hotel in Brussels is based on the Pantone system used by graphic designers and anyone else who needs to be precise about their colours, and the property has expertly applied splashes of it everywhere.

Madonna Inn

Pantone hotel
Hideous to some, a delight to others — the decor at Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California definitely gets people talking. Each room is individually decorated to its own theme, with rooms ranging from the fairly conventional to completely over the top.

About the Author: Steph Spencer

Formerly the Editor of Let's Roll, now you're more likely to find Steph prowling the halls of incredible museums, hunting for historic landmarks, discovering mind-blowing science and literary attractions, tracking down the world’s largest whatchamacallit or attending wacky festivals. She is a freelance travel writer who explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness on Google+ and as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter.

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