Choosing a vacation destination can be exciting, but selecting an uncommon place to stay can be more thrilling – yet hard to come by at times.
To help you choose a unique accommodation versus an ordinary hotel, here are seven one-of-a-kind lodging options from around the world that you could book for your next vacation.
Treehotel – Harads, Sweden
If you’re visiting Sweden and want to be surrounded by nature and an incredible view of the Lule River Valley – Treehotel provides you with this serene environment.
Set in the woods of Harads, Treehotel offers a variety of peaceful tree housing to help you de-stress from travelling. You have the choice to stay in a UFO, a cabin, a bird’s nest and other treetop suites, depending on your own unique style and what environment you’re seeking.
So if you’re looking to get back in touch with your childhood roots, renting a treetop suite could help get you there.
Tile House – Twentynine Palms, California
If you want to visit the Golden State, but are looking to avoid its legendary traffic congestion, then you should consider staying in the Tile House.
Created by mosaic artist Perry Hoffman, this desert abode is made out of Hoffman’s handmade ceramics, found desert tiles, stained glass, miscellaneous objects and more.
And only a few miles away from Joshua Tree National Park, the Mexican tile- and glass-infused sanctuary is situated in the middle of the desert.
According to the listing on Airbnb, “You are ironically completely alone in the middle of nowhere and the center of the universe.”
Hotel de Glace – Quebec City, Canada
If you’re sick of the humidity or dry heat, chill out at the new and redesigned Hotel de Glace. Artistically created out of ice and snow, this ice hotel could be your next cool – literally – getaway destination.
At the fascinating Hotel de Glace, you don’t have to worry about getting too chilly. With blankets and arctic sleeping bags available, you’ll be able to sleep comfortably on the ice bed frames.
This year you can experience staying in this magical ice hotel from Jan. 4 – March 26, 2017.
Historical Nakagin Capsule Tower – Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan
Being listed as number 2 on the Airbnb Top 40 list, the historical Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa in 1972, is the world’s first capsule architecture that was built to house travelers.
Kurokawa was the president of Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates established in 1962. Kurokawa also created the Anaheim Kisho Kurokawa Green Institute – a business that focuses on environmentally conscious practices.
The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a rare remaining example of Japanese Metabolist– an architectural movement that’s symbolic of Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence.
According to Architecture Expert Jackie Craven, who has a Doctor of Arts degree and has covered architecture for more than 25 years,
“The postwar reconstruction of Japan’s cities spawned new ideas about the future of urban design and public spaces. Metabolist architects and designers believed that cities were ever changing – organic with ‘metabolism.’”
So Metabolist designers and architects ultimately believed that cities shouldn’t be static – they should always be changing. The metabolism architecture is meant to be able to be replaceable, hence the cell-like boxes.
“The word metabolism describes the process of maintaining living cells,” said Craven. “Young Japanese architects after WWII used this word to describe their beliefs about how buildings and cities should be designed.”
Heceta Head Lighthouse – Cape Cove, Oregon
You have the opportunity to spend the night in a working historic lighthouse on the Pacific Coast in Cape Cove, Oregon.
The Heceta Head Lighthouse, built in 1894 on top of a cliff, offers you a picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean and paths below leading to the beach.
According to Vacationidea Staff, “Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the lighthouse features six guest bedrooms with queen size beds, cozy down duvets and wood burning fireplaces, as well as beautiful antique furnishings.”
Aydinli Cave House Hotel – Göreme, Turkey
If you’ve ever wanted to stay overnight in a cave, you have the opportunity to in Göreme, Turkey at the family-run Aydinli Cave House Hotel.
The Aydinli Cave House Hotel consists of 14 rooms carved from the traditional stone of Cappadocia – a historical landscape of rock formations in central Turkey. Each room accommodates guests with earthy décor, antiques and locally handmade carpets.
According to the Aydinli Cave House Hotel site, “Terraced areas offer uninterrupted views over the Göreme village centre and famous fairy chimneys, the stunning Rose Valley and beyond, to the snow-capped Aragus Mountain.”
“Live Like a King in My Castle” – Galway, Ireland
When searching “Castles” on the Airbnb Picks page, this elegant, 600-year-old medieval castle in Ireland appears as one of the top choices. If you’re travelling with a group, this beautiful castle would be a great place to book.
Resting in a tranquil countryside with sheep in nearby fields, the Irish castle gives you the opportunity to stay in a homey environment. And if you want to explore outside the castle and fields, Galway City, a city surrounded by pubs, shops, boutiques and art galleries, is only 25 minutes away.
Built in the 1400s, this castle has since been restored and refurbished to look as traditional as possible. It consists of winding staircases, a living room, dining room, two guest bedrooms, access to a turret and a master bedroom in the highest room.
The quirkiest part of the castle – there’s a bathroom in the living room. Because castles were never designed with bathrooms in mind, one was renovated inside the living room.
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