As comfortable as it can be, the generic hotel experience that you can enjoy at countless establishments around the world is not enough for some travellers. While some crave the special treatment offered by luxury destinations, for others, only the unique offerings of the strangest hotels in the world will do.
If weird and wonderful accommodation options pique your curiosity, you might want to plan a holiday that includes one or more nights in any of the following strange venues in various places.
Montaña Mágica Lodge, Chile
Nestled in the lush forests of the Hulio Hulio Reserve in Chile, the Montaña Mágica (Magic Mountain) Lodge is sure to make you feel like a character in a fairy tale. Windows peep out of the conical ‘mountain’, from whose summit flows a waterfall that feeds the pool below. The destination, which boasts wood cabin-like rooms, is a must for nature lovers.
Hobbit House, USA
Unless you also happen to be passionate about NZ horse racing betting, you do not need to travel all the way to New Zealand to enjoy one of the closest Shire-like experiences this side of Middle Earth. Hobbit House in Boulder Canyon, South Dakota, USA, offers guests accommodation inspired by the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece.
The 5-metre-high tree house is essentially a Hobbit hole, complete with round doors and windows. Inside, you will find not only the precious Ring, but Elvish writing, Hobbit slippers, and a Sauron mask that probably is not the last thing you want to see at night.
Henn-na Hotel, Japan
The Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Tokyo, Japan, is where you will find the famous Henn-na Hotel. The venue generated international interest when it opened in 2015, as it is the first hotel with a staff of robots. Humans also work at the hotel, but, obviously, the robots are the main attraction.
2019 saw the hotel downsize its robot staff. Rather than trying to take over the world, they kept breaking down. Room-based personal assistant robots also thought guests’ snores were questions and would wake them up. It sounds like fun for all the wrong reasons.
Faralda Crane Hotel, Netherlands
Dockside cranes are usually off-limits to most people, but in the Dutch seaside city of Harlingen, you will be actively welcomed into one – provided you are a paying guest. The Faralda Crane Hotel has been refurbished to include a luxury bedroom and bathroom, while the observation windows offer spectacular views. You do not need to go anywhere for breakfast, because it is whizzed up to your room via a lift. What’s more, the crane is still operable, and you can even move it!
Propeller Island City Lodge, Germany
The Lars Storschen-designed Propeller Island City Lodge in the German capital Berlin is arguably the world’s strangest hotel. Each room features a different theme, such as those with coffins, furniture hanging from the ceiling, or a floating bed. Expect to receive a list of do’s and don’ts when you check in. No mere hotel, it is also a giant art installation.