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Most Unusual Hotels in the World


Sometimes a bed, TV, and mini-bar—even a rooftop pool—aren’t enough. Sometimes you crave something different in your hotel—a lot different. Fortunately, hoteliers around the world are stepping up and fashioning unusual lodging experiences. From Europe to Central America, wacky hotels keep springing up that cater to these more adventuresome guests.

jules undersea lodge 200807 ss Most Unusual Hotels in the WorldJules’ Undersea Lodge, Florida

What It Is: A 70’s-era research lab turned two-bedroom capsule in Key Largo that can accommodate six guests on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Experience:
Guests scuba dive to this unique unit, located 21 feet below the surface. Once inside the 600-square-foot capsule, there are all the accoutrements of a regular hotel, including a spacious living room with TV and stereo and a dining area. But that’s where the similarities end. In the pair of bedrooms, the lodge makes full use of its location, with 42-inch circular windows that offer views of passing sea life, including barracuda and angelfish.

daspark hotel 200807 ss Most Unusual Hotels in the WorldDasparkhotel, Austria

What It Is: A trio of 10-ton reinforced-concrete drainpipes measuring 6.5 feet in diameter.
The Experience:
Situated along the banks of the Danube, in Ottensheim, Austria, the electronically secured enclosures of Dasparkhotel are set in a leafy park. But claustrophobes beware: while there’s a comfy mattress, a lamp, and an abstract silk-screen wall decoration, there’s only a tiny skylight.

kakslauttanen 200807 ss Most Unusual Hotels in the WorldThe Kakslauttanen Hotel, Finland

What It Is: A collection of 20 geodesic glass igloos set 155 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the heart of Finnish Lapland.
The Experience:
Indoor space isn’t the attraction at the Kakslauttanen—outdoor space is. After all, the spartan rooms are just 161 square feet and have a small toilet. But each also has a panoramic thermo-glass casing that enables guests, from the comfort of their adjustable double beds, to take in the night skies. Not surprisingly, they’re particularly in demand during the northern lights.


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