Strange Hotels Around The World
Fancy something different for your vacation this year? How about going somewhere that you’ve never considered before that’s full of excitement, adventure and fascinating locations?
Adventure tours aren’t just for those desperate for an adrenalin fix. You can have a proper adventure merely by exploring foreign lands and checking out some of the strangest hotels in the world. So if you’re looking for adventure, but could do without throwing yourself off a cliff face with just some elasticated rope for company, try this lot for size.
The Hard Day’s Night Hotel, Liverpool
Still hankering after the days of the Beatles? Has music never been the same for you since they split up? Is A Hard Day’s Night for you listening to all the modern stuff that you really don’t associate with music? In that case, visit Liverpool and see the only hotel inspired by the Beatles.
Located in the ‘Beatles’ Quarter’ of this famous English city, the hotel is adorned with Beatles’ inspired memorabilia and photos, even in the bedrooms. While you’re there, visit the legendary Cavern Club, take a ferry across the famous River Mersey and visit the Albert Dock. By the way, if you think the British accent is strange, be prepared for the Liverpudlian tones and unusual guttural sounds. Once you’ve adapted to it, you might find yourself coming home with your own twang. It’s infectious!
Woodlyn Park, New Zealand
From the sort-of-normal to the downright weird. Woodlyn Park in New Zealand offers four types of unusual accommodation. Choose whether to stay in a 1950s Bristol freighter ‘plane, the Waitomo express rail carriage or a second world war patrol boat. The patrol boat was built-in 1942 and is one of only 12 built to take on anti-submarine duties around the waters of New Zealand in World War Two. It’s also one of only two that survived and has been renamed The Waitanic (from its original name, the Motunui).
For those of you still in love with the world of Prince Aragorn and the Lord of the Rings, you may prefer to stay in the park’s forth weird accommodation; the Hobbit Motel. Wherever you decide to stay, visitors to Woodlyn Park should definitely get along to the Kiwi Culture show – you wouldn’t want to miss the delights of a dancing and abseiling pig after all now. Would you?!
This is the original ice hotel, although its success has inspired several others. Found in Jukkasjarvi in Northern Lapland, Sweden, it’s made of thousands of tons of snow and ice and is completely rebuilt every year. Be prepared, this really is only for the adventurous who can stand seriously freezing temperatures.
Guests are provided with thermal sleeping bags and sleep on reindeer skins in beds made of snow and ice. Thermal clothing is an absolute must. And you can’t take your luggage into your rooms with you – it will freeze during the night! Forget your privacy too, there are no doors, simply curtains across the room entrance. Although what you need privacy for in that temperature I have no idea. If you are simply intrigued, the hotel also welcomes daytime visitors. That may be the best way to experience what this hotel has to offer for the fainthearted among you.
Karosta Prison, Latvia
Karosta was originally established as a Russian naval base and you can still see the reminders of the time of the tsars and soviet Russia. It was an actual prison for most of the last century but has now been transformed into a museum and hotel!
Definitely not an ‘easy’ vacation, staff members act as prison guards to hotel guests and you have the chance to participate in an ‘extreme night’ and complete 24 hours at the prison. Accept their offer if you dare! Hotel guests are subject to instructions and orders to be carried out as part of their stay. It’s also rumored to be one of the most haunted places in the world but you don’t need ghosts to be terrified here!
From the relatively sublime to the absolutely ridiculous, these hotels are a perfect way to experience the stranger side of overseas adventure travel. So if you can stand the weirdness, have a great vacation!
Triston is looking forward to his next trip across the world in search for more strange hotels.