Skylodge Adventures in Sacred Valley, Peru. Picture: Supplied
Skylodge Adventures in Sacred Valley, Peru. Picture: Supplied

Quirky hotels to vist around the world

By Mpho Rantao Time of article published Nov 1, 2018

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When travelling away from home, whether for work or a holiday, the thought of staying in hotels with identical styles can be a bore, and it might decrease your hopes of having a good holiday.

Most hotels have the classic, modern appearance in various tones, and quirky hotels shift the narrative on what a hotel should look like - providing guests with a special experience during their stay.

Here are some of the world's quirkiest and coolest hotels.

Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa - South Africa

The Turbine Hotel, South Africa. Picture: Turbine Hotel

What was once an old power station in Knysna is now a boutique hotel offering an out-of-the-box experience for guests who want a change from the average appearance of hotels.

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa was created in 1939/1940 and its designs use machinery parts from the old power station as interior decorations and aesthetics for the hotel suites and main reception.

Das Park Hotel - Austria

Das Park Hotel, Austria. Picture: Supplied

Ever imagined sleeping in a drain pipe? No? Well, you can in Austria.

Located in Ottensheim, the Das Park Hotel are a collection of sewage drain pipes (very clean) that have been transformed into suites.

The drain pipes themselves are two metres in diameter and two and a half metres long, with a porthole, a front door to close and a cosy nest to snuggle into, which includes a low-slung futon, bedside lamp, woolly blanket and light sleeping bag.

The best part about Das Park Hotel? You can pay as much, or as little as you want for your stay.

Dog's Bark Park - United States of America

Dog's Bark Park, Idaho. Picture: Trip Advisor

Man’s best friend is a dog, and what better way to display that love than by living in one?

Dog’s Bark Park bed and breakfast is a location filled with 26 Beagle-shaped rooms that are nine metres high.

It is almost as though a train of trojan dogs arrived and parked themselves on a random location in the American state of Idaho.

Colloquially, the bed and breakfast is known as Sweet Willy by local residents

and holds the record for the largest Beagle bed and breakfast in the world.

The hotel, which is located in north central Idaho, is a two-bedroom B&B which also features dog-themed contents.

Skylodge Adventure Suites - Peru

Skylodge Adventures, Peru. Picture: Supplied

If you love the sensation of adrenaline, then you are going to love staying in Sacred Valley - home of the Skylodge Adventure Suites.

The suites consist of transparent pods which sleep two people and are attached to an Andean cliff-top. To get to the pods require climbing on the mountain, and is not suggested for those who are faint-hearted.

Ice Hotel - Sweden

The Ice Hotel in Sweden. Picture:

Have you ever thought of experiencing a stay in an igloo but didn’t know where to look? Sweden has the answers with their sensationally cool ice hotel.

Located in the village of Jukkasjarvi in Lappland, the ice hotel is rebuilt every winter out of ice, but each room for guests is hospitable - so you won’t freeze to death in your sleep.

On top of the rooms created, the ice hotel features carvings and sculptures that decorate the hotel and give it some character - as if the hotel looked like it lacked any.

Manta Resort - Zanzibar

Manta Resort underwater room, Zanzibar. Picture: Manta Resort

Finally, a hotel that is submerged underwater, well, partially underwater. The Manta Resort is a set of chalets located off of Pemba Island, on the part of the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of East Africa.

However, Manta Resort has a not-so-secret weapon that attracts a lot of visitors: an underwater room.

Anchored in an ocean floor anomaly, the floating underwater room tops almost anything.

Encapsulated within a turquoise blue bubble, watching shoals of reef fish swim by - sometimes in three or four layers of different species, this is a truly heart-stopping, yet awakening, experience.


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