The World's 10 Most Unique Hotels

Choosing where to stay when on holiday can be complicated, particularly in today’s world where there is so much choice. Because of this, hotel businesses know they have to get creative to lure in guests, offering something no other place can. These stays certainly do that, from underwater bedrooms to treehouses and everything in between! Take a look for yourself at our round up of the top 10 most unique hotels in the world and find your next escape.

Costa Verde – Costa Rica

This hotel in Costa Rica offers a luxurious wood-panelled hotel room inside the hollowed-out shell of a Boeing 727! Extending out of the jungle canopy, this two-room suite looks like something out of a movie. From the ocean-viewing terrace you will feel up in the clouds, whilst the jungle canopy views offer glimpses of all sorts of animals; such as sloths, toucans, and monkeys.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – Finland

Most likely you’ve seen the images of these star-facing igloo pods before, where nights can be spent cosying up under the sky and potentially glimpsing the incredible northern lights. All the way up in ice cold Lapland, these pods are a luxurious haven from the bitter winds and offer cosy cabins complete with fireplaces and even saunas. Days can be spent skiing, snowmobiling or even sledding with husky’s, before sweating the day off in the sauna, eating in the on-site restaurants and curling up under the stars.

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam – Netherlands

This architecturally bizarre hotel is located in Zaandam, just north of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. A nod to Dutch history, the building is constructed out of 70 stacked traditional houses. Each room inside the hotel is uniquely themed to a different element of Dutch culture, making it a perfect introduction to the Netherlands. The hotel also features its own bar, restaurant, pool and terrace.  

Huilo Huilo Montaña Mágica Lodge – Chile

Back to nature takes on new meaning with this cleverly designed lodge. With a mountain-shaped façade covered in moss and greenery, as well as a permanent waterfall, the hotel blends perfectly into the backdrop of the rainforest. Each section of the hotel is connected by tunnels, allowing you to burrow your way from your bedroom to one of the two swimming pools, the spa, bar and restaurants on site. Available activities also include; bike tours, walking tours, horseback riding, skiing, cycling and hiking.

Bambu Indah - Bali

Perhaps one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, the Bambu Indah hotel in Bali offers intricately designed hotel rooms, each made of wood and natural fabrics, blending into the terraces and combining luxury with nature. Each room at the hotel has its own theme, but perhaps the most unique is the Udang House, a bedroom with a tempered glass panelled floor, allowing you to lie in bed and watch the fish swimming below. With countless little pools, hammocks, swings and bridges, a stay here is as much about adventure and exploration as it is health and relaxation.

Manta Resort – Tanzania

This hotel is located north of the island of Pemba in Tanzania. With beautiful turquoise water and luxurious pools and spa facilities, the jewel of this hotel is its partially submerged underwater lodge, floating just offshore. Star gaze on the top deck before heading below to sleep with the fishes. Warning though, this hotel room is not for the seasick!

Treehotel Harads – Sweden

This hotel offers guests the opportunity to stay in one of seven fascinatingly designed treehouses in the forest region of Harads in Sweden. From a reflective mirror cube, to a bird’s nest and even a UFO, the design of these treehouses has to be seen to be believed. Watch the sunrise over the snowy forest from your little suspended room and spend the day relaxing in the sauna or hiking in the beautiful surroundings.

Palacio de Sal – Bolivia

When exploring the famous salt flats near Uyuni in Bolivia, why not go the extra mile and actually stay in a hotel made entirely of salt? That’s right, this luxurious hotel is entirely made of salt, from the walls to the ceilings to the sculptures that decorate the interiors. With spacious and cleverly designed rooms and luxurious spa facilities, this is the perfect place to unwind after a long day exploring.

Skylodge Adventure Suites – Peru

Over in neighbouring Peru, the Skylodge Adventure Suites are certainly not for those fearing heights. Comprised of aluminium and polycarbonate pods that cling to the mountain-side, these rooms offer incredible views of the Sacred Valley, as well as the stars. Visitors can choose either to scale the rock-face up or hike a vertiginous trail, eventually clambering into your pod with full harness and hard hat. After your stay, the only way down is by zip-line!

Giraffe Manor – Kenya

Our final hotel on this list is Giraffe Manor, a tasteful colonial manor now operating as a hotel and spa in Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre. As the name might suggest, the most exciting element of this hotel is the friendly neighbours, a herd of Rothschild giraffes who enjoy sticking their necks into hotel windows and nibbling on guest’s breakfasts in the dining room. With special cut outs in the windows to enable easy access, this hotel is a wonderful example of human-animal friendliness and makes for a family-friendly delight.

Starting from Skratch? Here’s a Few Tips to Get you Started:

Which Unique Hotel is For You?

🏔 For Amazing Views

Kakslauttanen, Manta Resort, Skylodge

🏛 For Wacky Architecture

Inntel Hotel, Costa Verde, Treehotel

🛁 For Comfort and Luxury

Huilo Huilo, Bambu Indah, Giraffe Manor

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Hannah Orde
August 30, 2023
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