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Spend a Night You’ll Never Forget at 20 Gloriously Odd Vacation Spots

Gabrielle Olya
Spend a Night You’ll Never Forget at 20 Gloriously Odd Vacation Spots

When planning a vacation, you usually pick the place and then book a hotel, but these one-of-a-kind hotels, hostels and campgrounds are worth a trip themselves. Whether you want to sleep with the fish, wake up to monkeys, live in a castle or return to your caveman roots, there’s a hotel that can make your vacation fantasies a reality.


Book and Bed

  • Where: Tokyo, Japan

  • Cost: Starts at $34 per night

Located in Tokyo — one of the safest and most affordable cities around the world — Book and Bed was created around the feeling you get while falling asleep while reading a book and aims to give that feeling to everyone who stays here. The shelves are stocked with thousands of books — in both English and Japanese — and you are encouraged to curl up with a book on a compact or standard bed before drifting off into a blissful sleep at this 52-bed hostel. Beds can be rented by the hour or overnight.

Hotel Costa Verde

  • Where: Quepos, Costa Rica

  • Cost: Starts at $107 per night

Refurbished airplanes provide some of the more unique accommodation options at Hotel Costa Verde, a hotel that’s been built into lush jungle ridges and bluffs to provide unparalleled ocean views. A vintage 1965 Boeing 727 houses the hotel’s premium phoenix suite, which features two bedrooms and “views that will make you feel like you’re flying.”


Crane Hotel Faralda

  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Cost: Starts at $585 per night

As the name suggests, the Crane Hotel Faralda is located inside a restored crane along the banks of the river IJ. It might not be the best choice for those with a fear of heights — or those with motion sickness, as the crane turns with the wind.

Each of the three luxury suites in the hotel offers a view, and your booking includes a champagne breakfast, access to a spa pool and security available for VIP guests.


Dog Bark Park Inn

  • Where: Cottonwood, Idaho, U.S.

  • Cost: Starts at $132 per night

The Dog Bark Park Inn is a weird roadside attraction that doubles as a bed and breakfast. Guests can stay inside a giant beagle sculpture owned and operated by a husband and wife chainsaw artist team. And yes, the hotel is pet-friendly.

Dromen Aan Zee Lighthouse

  • Where: Friesland, Netherlands

  • Cost: Starts at $355 per night

When you book a stay at the Lighthouse at the Dromen Aan Zee, you’ll have three floors all to yourself: The first floor has the bathroom facilities, the second floor has the living and sleeping quarters, and the top floor has an intimate table for two as well as an outdoor platform where you can take in more of the surrounding views of the towns and villages below. The lighthouse is functioning, and you can even tune into a VHF radio-telephone to listen to the activity going on in the harbor.


El Cosmico

  • Where: Marfa, Texas, U.S.

  • Cost: Starts at $60 per night

Head to El Cosmico when you want to go off the grid in style. This funky hotel-slash-shop offers luxurious camping options for people who want to sleep in a bed and has a range of accommodations for you to choose from, including trailers, yurts, teepees, safari tents and more traditional hotel lodging.

Free Spirit Spheres

  • Where: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

  • Cost: Starts at $238 per night

The Free Spirit Spheres are treehouses for adults. Choose from three spheres for your stay in the coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island, each of which sleeps two to three people.


Happy Nomads Yurt Camp & Hostel

  • Where: Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

  • Cost: Starts at $14 per night

Enjoy mountain views and complimentary breakfast when you stay at the Happy Nomads Yurt Camp & Hostel in Kyrgyzstan, which offers a traditional yurt experience with modern amenities — including free WiFi. A sight to be seen, the brightly decorated yurts match the blooming gardens that surround them here.


Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • Where: Elciego, Spain

  • Cost: Starts at $481 per night

The Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal has a metal and stone exterior like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and the interiors are just as stunning, with tilted walls, zigzag windows, super high ceilings and intricate detailing. The hotel is surrounded by Spain’s “City of Wine,” so it’s an ideal getaway for oenophiles and art lovers alike.



  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

  • Cost: Starts at $47 per night for a shared room, $76 for a single room

If you have an overnight layover at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, or just want the experience of sleeping in a plane, JumboStay could be your best — totally quirky — option. The grounded jumbo jet has been outfitted with shared and private rooms, including a luxury suite in the cockpit area. Make sure to explore Stockholm while you’re there: It’s one of the safest and most affordable cities in the world.

Kokopelli’s Cave

  • Where: Farmington, N.M.

  • Cost: Starts at $340 per night

Kokopelli’s Cave is built into the vertical cliffs of Tertiary Ojo Alamo sandstone, located 300 feet below ground. There’s no elevator to get there, so if you choose to stay here, you’re going to want to pack light. But once you arrive, the lodgings will make up for the trek down: The 1,700-square-foot man-made cave has a master bedroom, living area, replica Native American kiva, dining area, a full kitchen, and a bathroom with a waterfall shower and Jacuzzi tub.


Levin Iglut

  • Where: Lapland, Finland

  • Cost: Starts at $457 per night

Get unobstructed views of the Northern Lights and dreamy snowy landscapes when you stay in a luxury glass igloo at Levin Iglut. Each igloo’s amenities include electrically heated non-fogging glass, a small kitchen, private bathroom, WiFi and motorized beds, which allow you to adjust the position of the bed to get the best views.

Manta Resort

  • Where: Pemba Island, Tanzania

  • Cost: Starts at $248 per night

The Manta Resort is located on the remote Pemba Island, so it’s the ultimate destination for those seeking peace and quiet. The most luxurious — and unique — of the accommodations offered is the “underwater room,” which includes your own private island and a bedroom level that’s submerged under the water, so you can get unparalleled views of the ocean life.


Montaña Mágica Lodge

  • Where: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, Chile

  • Cost: Starts at $232 per night

The moss-covered Montaña Mágica Lodge is a fairy tale travel destination worth the price tag. Whether you choose a standard or superior room, your stay will include a welcome drink, tickets for self-guided activities and spa access.

No Man's Fort

  • Where: Hampshire, England

  • Cost: Starts at $502 per night

The words “luxury” and “fort” don’t typically go together, but that’s exactly what you’ll get if you stay at the U.K.’s No Man’s Fort, an island hotel venue with 22 bedroom suites, all with sea views. Each overnight stay includes a drinks reception, a three-course dinner, breakfast and a tour of the fort.


Palacio de Sal

  • Where: Potosi, Bolivia

  • Cost: Starts at $140 per night

At the “Salt Palace,” the walls, floors, ceilings, furniture and decor are all made out of salt. The modern hotel is the first of its kind in the world, and it aims to provide guests with a balance of the natural and the luxurious.

Once you’re there you can truly live it up — Bolivia is one of the cheapest countries.

Santos Express

  • Where: Mossel Bay, South Africa

  • Cost: Starts at $13 per night for a shared room; starts at $15 for a single room

This train hotel is located just steps away from the Indian Ocean and offers double, single and budget accommodations. While you’re aboard, enjoy seafood and traditional South African meals like braais, the South African version of BBQ.



  • Where: Little River, New Zealand

  • Cost: Starts at $134 per night

This eco-friendly hotel is built entirely inside grain silos, with each silo providing its own single sleeping unit. SiloStay is located in Little River, a quiet place where you’re invited to dedicate your time to introspection rather than seeing or doing anything in particular.


Treehouse Lodge

  • Where: Iquitos, Peru

  • Cost: Starts at $695 per guest per night

Guests stay in private canopy treehouses at this all-inclusive hotel in the Peruvian Amazon. Your sleeping quarters put you at eye-level with monkeys and other rainforest creatures, so you’ll get to see wildlife from a perspective you never would be able to otherwise, all while enjoying the amenities you’d expect at a more traditional hotel.


The Witchery by The Castle

  • Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Cost: Starts at $407 per night

Step back in time with a stay at one of the nine ornately decorated suites at the Witchery by the Castle. Each suite stay includes a bottle of champagne, cookies, mineral water, turndown service, a newspaper and breakfast.

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Disclaimer: Some hotel rates were converted from foreign currency figures to American currency figures.

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