1. Palacio de Sal, Uyuni, Bolivia
Palacio de Sal Hotel & Spa, newly remodeled and unique in the world, is completely built in salt. Walls, floors, ceilings, and most of the furniture too – chairs, tables and beds are all made of salt. There is also a 9-hole salt golf course designed by Christian Pensu. You’ll also see stunning sunsets (you’re 3650m above sea level), with an amazing backdrop of the mountain ranges in the distance.
2. Dockside Crane Hotel, Harlingen, Netherlands
This is a genuine dockside crane which has been the recipient of intelligent engineering and dedicated devotion rarely seen in a private home – let alone in a hotel property.
3. The Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel, Brazil
A boutique hotel northwest of Manaus, Brazil, on the Rio Negro, a major tributary of the Amazon River. It consists of 7 towers, with all 288 rooms elevated from the rain forest floor by approximately 10-20m and connected by approximates 5 miles (8.0 km) of catwalks.
4. Q Station, Sydney, Australia
Q Station is a contemporary take on the former North Head Quarantine Station. Originally occupied by the Garrigal people, North Head was a meeting place with strong spiritual significance. In the 1830’s a quarantine station was established, which operated until 1984. Migrants suspected of carrying contagious diseases were quarantined at the site to protect the local Sydney community from infection. Originally chosen for its isolation and safe anchorage options, the site today comprises 65 buildings, several archeological sites and spectacular vantage points for viewing Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour National Park.
5. Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida
This hotel was named after Jules Verne (author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea). The lodge was originally built as a research laboratory to explore the continental shelf. The world’s first underwater hotel, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is also the first underwater research lab to be made available to average people.
6. The Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
The Giraffe Manor offers amenities with a resort-like feel – except for the giraffes that poke their heads inside the windows, of course. Located just outside of Nairobi, Kenya, The Giraffe Manor is a popular spot for tourists on safari.
7. Controversy Tram Hotel, Hoogwoud, Netherlands
Frank and Irma Appel have restored a 4-berth train carriage and 4 wonderfully themed tram bedrooms in either end of 2 city centre tram railcars, that used to run on the streets of Amsterdam and Germany.
Outside the house, there is also a Mig fighter plane – providing a completely surreal view of the property from the surrounding flat land around Hoogwoud.
8. Baumhaus Hotel, Neißeaue, Germany
Choose one of 5 cosy tree houses situated 8m to 10m up a tree in a fantastic recreational park outside Görlitz. First open in June 2005, it is arguable whether it is the first tree house hotel in Germany or the craziest.
9. Molja Lighthouse, Aalesund, Norway
The interior of the lighthouse is completely round, only 3 meters in diameter, but through effective use of the available spaces, Molja now boasts a bedroom upstairs and a bathroom downstairs.
10. Woodlyn Park, New Zealand
Stay in a train, plane, boat or Underground: A 1950’s Bristol Freighter Plane fully refurbished into 2 beautiful self contained motel units.
“The Waitomo Express” is a 1950’s Rail Carriage beautifully refurbished into a completely self contained motel unit.
Worlds First Hobbit Underground Motels with circular windows – straight out of middle earth!
An additional property – a beached boat is also opening.
11. Jumbo Stay, Arlanda, Sweden
With 27 rooms and 75 beds, this 1976 vintage plane guarantees a memorable night for guests.
Choose between a couple of en-suite rooms, budget dormitory, twin and three-bed combo rooms with shared shower and toilet in the corridor or the luxury suite in the converted cockpit with its panoramic view of the airport.
12. Hotel im Wasserturm, Cologne, Germany (water tower lodge)
A highly unique retreat with superb city views, Hotel im Wasserturm, translates as ‘hotel in a water tower’, which is exactly what this is. The inspired, one-of-a-kind conversion is 11-storeys high, promising unrivalled panoramas from its penthouse Michelin-starred restaurant, a second excellent dining room, a lively bar and a wellness area with a spa and gym.