WORLD’S STRANGEST HOTELS
The Giraffe Manor – Kenya
The Giraffe Manor prides itself as the “only hotel in the world where you can have breakfast with a giraffe.”
Located in the Karen suburb of Nairobi, the Giraffe Manor (above) serves as a home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes as part of a breeding effort to reintroduce pairs back into the wild.
Guests experience close up encounters with the giraffes as they put their heads through the windows during breakfast, in the hope of being fed. Guests can also expect to see giraffes staring into their bedroom window in the morning and evening.
Free Spirit Spheres – Canada
This unique hotel called Free Spirit Spheres offers handcrafted tree houses shaped into spheres, suspended like pendants among the trees of the Vancouver Island Forest. Guests can enjoy floating with the trees as they sway back and forth in the wind. Access to the spheres is by a spiral stairway and a short suspension bridge.
Sleeping inside the spheres is all about being “one” with nature, but rest assured, guests can still enjoy ground-level facilities like the sauna, BBQ pits and hotel-like showers.
Palacio de Sal – Bolivia
Located on the edge of Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, the Palacio de Sal hotel is built entirely of salt blocks. As seen in the photo above, the walls, floors, ceilings, and most of the furniture are all made of salt.
The hotel is sits at an altitude of 3,650 meters (12,000 ft) above sea level, so it offers beautiful sunset views with an impressive backdrop of mountains. There is only one rule: The guests are politely requested to not “lick the walls!”
Jules’ Undersea Lodge – United States
A guest of the Jules’ Undersea Lodge sleeps comfortably under the sea as a scuba diver looks through a porthole window. This is a typical sight at Jules’ Undersea Lodge, located in Key Largo, Florida. The hotel is only for experienced scuba divers, as every visitor must enter the hotel by diving 30 feet below the surface. Once inside, the lodge offers kitchens, hot showers, movies, and windows in each room to view the beautiful marine life of the lagoon. Guests can also enjoy room service with hotel employees diving down to deliver food in a waterproof container.
Dog Bark Park Inn- United States
Calling all dog lovers! This quirky bed and breakfast located in the heart of Cottonwood, Idaho, is in the shape of the world’s largest beagle. The two guest bedrooms are whimsically decorated with dog-themed design choices.
The owners of this bed and breakfast, Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin, funded this 30-foot-high hotel in 1997 by selling their miniature dog carvings made with a chainsaw. These unique figurines can also be purchased directly from the bed and breakfast. The bed and breakfast offers a unique continental self-serve breakfast featuring a secret family recipe for “The Prairie’s Best Fruited Granola.”
Propeller Island City Lodge – Germany
Flying beds, electric wallpapers, lion-cages, and coffin-shaped beds are just some of many unusual features you will find at the Propeller Island City Lodge located in Berlin. The rooms present their own unique themes, and are considered to be more works of art than just practical hotel rooms.
Here are some of the unique rooms found at the Propeller Island City Lodge:
– Upside Down: Furniture is fixed upside-down on the ceiling; beds are hidden under the floor (Pictured above) – Two Lions: Design similar to a zoo or circus train; contains two elevated cages that can be used as beds
– Padded Cell: Modeled after a padded room in a psychiatric hospital
– Flying Bed: Slanted floor that creates an illusion of a flying bed.
Hang Nga Guesthouse – Vietnam
Often described as a “fairy tale house”, this hotel’s overall design resembles a giant tree, incorporating natural forms such as animals, mushrooms, spider webs, and caves.
Since opening in 1990, the building has gained recognition for its unique architecture and has been featured in numerous guidebooks and listed as one of the world’s ten most “bizarre” buildings in the Chinese People’s Daily.
Kolarbyn – Sweden
Considered to be Sweden’s most primitive hotel, Kolarbyn consists of twelve wooden huts located by beautiful Lake Skarsjon.
The huts have no running water or electricity. Candles and oil lamps are provided at night, and sheep skin rugs are available for bedding. There are fire pits for outdoor cooking and guests can collect and chop wood to cook their food. Since there is no running water in the huts, a natural spring nearby can be used for baths and other water needs.
Kolarbyn is a perfect way to experience the forest in its true form. Guests can enjoy boat riding, horse back riding, fishing, swimming and bathing in the lakes.
Karosta Prison – Latvia
“Inmates”” watch as guards lead a “”condemned man”” to a mock execution at the Karosta Prison, who is being led out to a firing squad after his third escape attempt. Welcome to what may be the only hotel where guests can spend the night being interrogated and mistreated in a haunted prison!
Originally built as an infirmary in 1900, the facility was used as a prison by both the Soviet and Nazi regimes. While Karosta is certainly not the only prison in the world that has been converted to a hotel, it certainly stands alone in allowing guests to experience what life was like as a prisoner during the Soviet occupation.
At check-in, guests must sign an agreement to follow all orders and submit to ridicule and mistreatment like a real prisoner. Guests must sleep in prison cells with just a bed, small dresser, and a toilet, and eat prison food served through barred doors. Mysterious sightings have frequently been reported by the guests, as the Karosta Prison is said to house the spirits of many who were tortured to death within the walls.