20 unusual hotels in the world!

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These  unusual hotels have either transformed an old building or vehicle, have a distinct theme or view – or in some cases actually defy description. 

Read on to find out more about some of the most strange hotels in the world.

Buckle up and prepare yourself for landing a stay in two converted jet planes.

1. Hotel Costa Verde’s 727 Fuselage – Costa Rica

Costa Verde Jumbo Jet

Set doors to manual on the Costa Verde Jumbo Jet

Costa Rica’s jungle canopy is now also home to this two-bedroom great hotel suite, made from a converted 1965 Boeing 727.

Once you’re nestled 50ft above the ground, you’ll have to share a terrace with your near neighbours – the monkeys, toucans and sloths who inhabit the tree tops.

You’ll feel like you’re in first class with the hand-carved Java teak furniture, private entrance via a rock or spiral staircase, and ocean view.


 Costa Verde Jumbo Jet

First class service in the Costa Verde Jumbo Jet

2. Jumbo Stay – Stockholm

Jumbo Stay

(c) Jumbo Stay

The ultimate in airport stays – you actually spend the night on a runway at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm.

While usually sleeping on a plane involves a lot of discomfort and a stiff neck, in this hostel you can pick a budget option of a dorm, or take our recommendation for an upgrade and take the Cockpit Suite.

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Cockpit of Jumbo Hostel - photo by Lioba Schneider

Cockpit of Jumbo Hostel – photo by Lioba Schneider

3. No Man's Fort, Solent, Portsmouth

No Man's Fort, situated in the Solent about 1.5 miles (2.2km) off the Isle of Wight, once housed more than 70 soldiers.Built between 1867 and 1880, it was one of four forts intended to protect Portsmouth. The Victorian structure was originally built when Prime Minister Lord Henry Palmerston commissioned five forts along the Solent's eastern approaches to defend the Royal Navy fleet at anchor in Portsmouth harbour.Four remain today as one was abandoned during construction. The granite and iron sea forts were built with cutting-edge Victorian engineering technology.
However they, along with other defensive forts along the south coast, were later dubbed "Palmerston's Follies" as the French threat never materialised. During World War Two, gun emplacements on the forts formed part of Portsmouth's coastal artillery defences. It can now sleep 44 guests and hold up to 200 people at parties.

No Man's Fort, Solent

4. V8 Hotel – Stuttgart

V8 Hotel

V8 Hotel Mercedes Suite (c) Frank Hoppe

If the dream is to sleep in a vintage car bed – then this has to be the hotel for you.

Take the ultimate pit-stop in one of the themed rooms – the Carwash room even has special massage brushes in the shower and a full body dryer to give you the full service.

Four-wheeled fanatics can also experience MOTORWORLD in the same former airport complex and look at the vintage cars.

V8 Hotel

V8 Hotel (c) Frank Hoppe via V8 Hotel

5. Fairmont – Monte Carlo

Fairmont Monte Carlo

Formula 1 at Fairmont Monte Carlo

Few views can rival the one of the famous hairpin bend, part of the Grand Prix street circuit in Monaco, from this glamorous 4-star hotel.

Not only can you smell the burning rubber from the Formula 1 cars, but you are within easy reach of the casinos, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and they have a spa and pool on the roof – what more do you need.

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Fairmont Monte Carlo

Formula1 courtesy of the Fairmont Monte Carlo

6.Magic Mountain Hotel, Huilo Huilo Reserve, Chile

The Magic Mountain Hotel is in the Hulio Hulio reserve, which covers 60,000 hectares of Valdivian forest, and has natural hot springs, unexplored lakes and direct access to the Mocho Choshuenco volcano. Accommodation ranges from rooms in the main lodge, which has a waterfall cascading from the pinnacle of the roof, to secluded forest lodges.

Read more: Chile travel guide


7. Brooklands Hotel – Surrey

A must for motor enthusiasts, you can book a room overlooking the Mercedes Benz racetrack.

You also have the added bonus of checking out vintage aircraft, bikes and motors at the nearby Brooklands Museum.
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8.  The Old Railway Station – West Sussex

Formerly Petworth Railway Station, built in 1892 - now the perfect place to relax in colonial splendour. You may choose to stay in the Old Station or step back in time and board the train.

Old Station hotel


 9. The Sidings Hotel – Yorkshire

Bringing the Golden Age of Rail together with the modern day is this hotel, where not only can you stay in a converted Pullman carriage but you can also eat lunch or dinner in a restaurant overlooking the busy York to Thirsk line.

Enjoy being in the dog house

 The Dog Bark Park Hotel

The Giant Beagle – courtesy of The Dog Bark Park Hotel


10. Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, Huzhou, China

Nicknamed the ‘doughnut hotel’, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is on the Taihu Lake inbetween Nanjing and Shanghai. The magnet-shaped hotel was conceived by architect Ma Tansong, who has worked with Zaha Hadid in London and is responsible for the rippling Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada. The 27 floors above water, and two below (to create a complete oval) feature luxury trimmings, including a lobby paved with White Jade from Afghanistan and Tiger’s Eye Stone from Brazil.

Read more: China travel guide

11. Kerry Hotel Pudong – Shanghai

If you like Australian Craft Beer – then head to this delightful five star hotel in China which has its own in-house brewery.

Sleek, stylish and contemporary, it’s only nod to a traditional ale house is the fact it has six hand-crafted beers, one cider and shows sports on the television.

12. Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah, USA

Perhaps one of the most luxurious on our list, but also one of the most strikingly unusual is the Amangiri resort in Utah. Set deep within Canyon Point, close to the border with Arizona, the hotel blends into its dramatic surroundings. The spa is a cut above.
Amangiri is located in the dramatic landscape of Canyon Point, Southern Utah. The resort is tucked into a valley near the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument; to say that it blends into the landscape is an understatement.

Arrive at the resort and descend towards the central Pavilion. Built around the main swimming pool, the Pavilion houses the Living Room, Gallery, Library, Dining Room, Private Dining Room, and Cellar.

Enter your suite via private courtyard and you'll find a bedroom and living area. A soaring timber cabinet separates the two, and houses a TV and CD/DVD player. Glass doors open from the sitting area to a desert lounge with a central fireplace. The bathroom features twin rain showers and a soaking tub with uninterrupted views.

Amangiri guests can enjoy guided hikes, rock climbing, canyoneering, and biking. Their team of guides can teach guests basic skills, and provide an introduction to ecology, geology, history, and not falling on your behind.

Read more: the best hotels in the USA

13. The Hotel Waldhaus am See – St Moritz

While the Swiss might be famous for their chocolate and watch-making – they’ve also got the world’s largest whisky bar.

The hotel’s Devil’s Place bar has more than 2,500 different drams to try – it might take you slightly longer than a weekend break.


Do some holiday time in a former prison

Liberty Hotel

The Lobby courtesy of the Liberty Hotel

14. The Liberty – Boston

Built in 1851 as the Charles Street Jail, the appropriately named Liberty Hotel, has transformed the interior behind the sturdy Boston granite walls into a stunning contemporary place to stay.
There are some cheeky nods to it’s former inhabitants, for instance with the original cells being transformed into cosy private dining cubicles in the CLINK restaurant.

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15. Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji

Though this underwater hotel has taken 13 years to build, there’s still no sign of when it will be opening its doors. So far, an estimated 150,000 people have registered to stay at the Poseidon Undersea Resort when it does finally open. It’s designed by L Bruce Jones, chairman of Trition/US submarines company. Activities abound for adventurers who wish to explore the unimaginable, like maneuvering a personal Triton submarine through a lagoon, exploring the ocean’s depths as the passenger of a 1,000-foot luxury submersible, and scuba diving in pristine waters. Those who seek solitude will find the epitome of relaxation when indulging in marine-focused spa treatments and meditation under the gaze of only the moon and stars. Whether traveling alone, as a pair, or in a group, you will find what you seek.

Read more: the best hotels in the world

For more information, see: tritonsubs.com/poseidonresorts


Sporting hotels

Hotels inspired by the “Beautiful Game”

Hotel Football next to Old Trafford

Hotel Football next to Old Trafford

16. Hotel Football – Manchester

If you’re a fan of the Red Devils then this is the “hotel of dreams” – it’s within a goal kick’s distance of Old Trafford.

Opened in 2015 by former star players including Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, each room is football themed, has the full Sky Sports Package and Class of 92 toiletries in the bathroom.

It’s even got a mini astroturf pitch on the roof if you need a pre-match warm up.

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Hotel Football

Hotel Football

17. Millennium & Copthorpe Hotels – Chelsea

If you’re more Blue than Red, you might prefer to stay at these hotels right next to Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club.

There’s no pre-match pies or burgers here though – food comes from Marco Pierre White’s “Marco” restaurant for a bit of fine dining.


18. Hotel Sidi Driss – Tunisia

While hotel might be stretching it (it’s very basic), there’s no denying the force is strong here.

Anyone familiar with the Star Wars films will recognise the exterior immediately (see image above), however don’t try any Jedi mind-tricks when it comes to settling your bill


Unusual Hotel Sidi Driss

Hotel Sidi Driss. Photo by Stefan via Flicker Creative Commons


19. Hotel Gotham – Manchester

Hotel Gotham

Bankers Suite. Image by Mark Leeming courtesy of Hotel Gotham

Opening in 2015 in a former Art Deco bank, it’d be criminal not to visit this imposing and stylish-homage to Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego.

The brooding grandeur of this castle-like structure hides the fact it has all the modern amenities you need.

We know it has a roof top club (where potentially a bat signal could be sent) but we can’t confirm if it has a secret bat cave below.

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Hotel Gotham

Bat Do Not Disturb sign. Image by Mark Leeming courtesy of Hotel Gotham

Get a permanent reminder of your stay

A dorm room (c) Urban Hostel

A dorm room (c) Urban Hostel

20. Tubohotel

Roughing it outside of Mexico City for a day or two?  Not dissimilar in concept to the Japanese Capsule hotel in Tokyo, a Tubohotel is located in the Village of Tepoztlan, Morelos about 45 minutes south of Mexico City. The Tubohotel consists of large concrete circular tube sections stacked pyramid style with ladders to reach the top from the ground.

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Tubo hotel

And finally…

Have you stayed at any unusual hotels we should add to the list? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

We’ve got hotels all around the world if you’re looking for further inspiration – and of course there’s getting there. Take a look at our flights and see where you could be waking up tomorrow.

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