The 18 Most Unique Hotels in the World
Looking for unique hotels? You’ve found the right place.
If you’re tired of the average run-of-the-mill hotel offers out there you might find some of these places a bit more to your liking. Some are weird, some are luxurious and some might be a bit frightening. The one thing they all have in common, however, is that they’re all memorable and unique hotels.
Travel and vacationing is all about making memories that last throughout your life, which is why we find it so surprising that people are perfectly content with the Hiltons, Days Inns or any of the other myriad generic options out there. So, if you’re planning a trip in the future we hope you’ll consider some of these unusual and unique hotel option for your lodging accommodations.
Arte Luise Kunsthotel in Berlin, Germany
The Arte Luise Kunsthotel is, in a word, eclectic. Take a look at three of the unique rooms the hotel has to offer guests.
Going bananas over this room option?
Perhaps this avant garde room is more to your liking.
Or is Van Gough more your style?
Au Vieux Panier in Marseille, France
This bed & breakfast invites local artists, designers and architects to help inspire the rooms for guests, and the end result is spectacular.
Sure, half the room is unusable, but it’s art. It doesn’t have to make sense.
There’s a lot going on in this room, but we unabashedly love it.
And then there’s this: industrial, colorful and beautiful.
Sala Silvermine Hotel in Vdstmanland County, Sweden
This hotel offers a pretty traditional bed & breakfast experience, but the Minesuite is the show stopper.
The Minesuite probably won’t work if you’re claustrophobic.
Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin, Germany
Guests staying at the Propeller Island City Lodge should be prepared for some weird room themes, including one furnished with coffins instead of beds. (What says “unique hotel” better than having a coffin for a bed?)
Yes, those are coffins, and yes they’re where you sleep.
Take a look at some of their other stunning rooms.
Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California
The first American hotel on our list, the Madonna Inn appears to suffer from a bit of an identity crisis in it’s offerings, but one thing is certain, guests are sure to remember the over-the-top campiness — which we absolutely adore.
Pink and flowers everywhere. The fireplace is stunning though.
And if you’re feeling wild, this stone encased room might be just what you like.
Poseidon Undersea Resort in Poseidon Mystery Island, Fiji
As we’re sure you can imagine based on the name, this resort is housed under water. At least the rooms are, which means you get to experience the glory that is ocean life all around you 24 hours a day.
We think this room speaks for itself.
Pretty posh, huh?
Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in Lapland, Finland
North of the Arctic Circle, this entire hotel village is simply breathtaking, with glass and ice igloos plus wood cabins for guests, it’s sure to be a one-in-a-lifetime experience. Oh, and Santa’s house is there. No, seriously, they built Santa’s cabin.
What these igloos lack in privacy they make up for in panoramic views.
Don’t worry, the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village also offers traditional cabins.
Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Canada
The Gladstone Hotel offers guests some pretty traditional, standard and perfectly normal rooms, but there also some that stand out from the rest. The whole hotel is marketed as an artist hotel, as local artists design the individual rooms.
Teen heartthrobs galore!
Bit more traditional, but it’s certainly gorgeous.
And the Blue Line Room.
Hôtel de Glace in Québec, Canada
Think an entire hotel made of ice might be cold? Probably, but it’s certainly spectacular to look at. Both suites and communal/bunk rooms are offered for a limited time throughout the year.
Bring some warm pajamas, because you’ll need them.
In case the communal sleeping hall wasn’t for you they do offer some private rooms.
Free Spirit Spheres in Qualicum Beach, Canada
Fancy staying in a treehouse? That’s just what you can do at the Free Spirit Spheres. While the interiors are fairly modest, the fact that you’re suspended among the tree will definitely leave a lasting impression.
Despite being a pretty closed in space, all the windows and lofty ceiling make the rooms feel much larger.
These probably aren’t for people who, um, like to have a few drinks before crawling up and into bed.
Loisaba Wilderness in Laikipa, Kenya
This unique hotel experience is all about communing with the African wildness. All the rooms reflect this mantra, featuring open air accommodations, including the completely open (exposed) Kiboko Star Bed.
Look at that view. You’re practically sleeping in the Kenyan wilderness.
Double mosquito netting. Smart move.
And one last look inside.
Hotel Seven in Paris, France
Featuring rooms with floating beds and bathtubs is the norm for Hotel Seven, blending modern with mid-century flair. The standouts, however, are James Bond and Marie Antoinette themed suites.
The only thing on the ground is this room will be the rug and your feet. Pretty neat, huh?
Shaken, not stirred.
Does this tickle your fancy?
Treehotel in Harads, Sweden
Another based hotel, Treehotel takes the sophistication up a notch. Guests have the choice between a box square box in the trees (Mirrorcube), a Bird’s Nest, a UFO or, for the more traditional travelers, a bright red cabin.
Minimalism at it’s best.
Yes, that’s a bird’s nest, and it’s a thing of beauty.
A quick look inside.
This is the red cabin room. You know, for the less adventurous.
Marmara Antalya in Antalya, Turkey
What makes the Marmara Antalya unique is that it’s the first hotel to feature revolving rooms. That’s right, your hotel room will actually rotate.
You’ll get panoramic views as the room rotates.
Karostas Cietums in Liepāja, Latvia
If you’re curious what it’s like to be a guest at a military prison, then Karostas Cietums is for you. Check out the photos and see just what you can expect to experience…and it is a full-blow prison experience.
Not too inviting, is it?
You’d better be ready to be locked in for the night.
Kokopelli’s Cave Bed and Breakfast in Farmingon, NM
Located more then 100 ft. underground, this bed & breakfast is sure to make a lasting impression.
Surprisingly spacious for a cave, eh?
Very bright too.
Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Surrounded by beautiful Spanish countryside, this hotel is a piece of art in and of itself. While the rooms are all very modern, they’re not too unusual except for some creative architecture and being fun and diverse geometrically.
The hotel definitely stands out in such a beautiful landscape.
Notice how the windows create gorgeous angles.
Who couldn’t get used to this giant bathtub?
Hotel de Vrouwe van Stavoren in Stavoren, Netherlands
If you feel like staying in a large wine barrel instead of a hotel, check out Hotel de Vrouwe van Stavoren. (Even thought it’s a wine barrel, it still totally counts as a unique hotel.)
What an ingenious use of old wine casks.
There you have it travelers, our list of the 18 most unique hotels in the world. Did you have a favorite? Maybe there is one you can’t wait to visit, or perhaps we left one off that should have been on the list. Be sure to let us know below.