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10 Unusual Places to Spend the Night

By Sara Stefanovic
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Have you ever considered spending one night in prison? It may sound insane (if not by committing a crime) but it is actually possible. Today we will discover 10 unusual places to spend the night.

1. Tree Hotel – UFO (Sweden)

Price: 450€/night

No, this is not a frame from E.T., this is actually a hotel room. Tree Hotel is definitely an unusual place. In this landscape hotel you can experience nature in an unimaginable way. It is divided into seven structures: Mirrorcube, Bird’s Nest, The Cabin, 7TH Room, The UFO, Dragonfly, and The Blue Cone (Gallery). The UFO room was designed by Bertil Harström (who also designed the Bird’s Nest) with the purpose of surprising visitors, and what could possibly be more unexpected than this? Inside the room everything is space-inspired (starry sky in the ceiling and an interior and textiles designed according to the same theme) and you can also feel it move as it is suspended on wires and beams connected to the trees. As you can see from the picture, you enter the room using an electric, collapsible ladder through a hatch in the floor.

2. Giraffe Manor (Nairobi-Africa)

Price: 1200€/night

If you are in Nairobi you can’t miss to visit or to stay in this incredible boutique-hotel. This property is set in a private land owned by The Safari Collection and its story is a very old one: it was built in the 1930s, when Europeans first started to visit East Africa to enjoy safaris. The most incredible feature is the garden residents, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffes, who are likely to interrupt meals poking their necks into the windows looking for a snack. Each room is named after a giraffe and enjoys views over the sanctuary. The giraffe experience offered to guests is the same regardless of which area of the house they are staying in.

3. Jules’ Undersea Lodge (Key Largo Undersea Park)

Price: 150€/night

Jules’ Undersea Lodge, located in the lagoon at Key Largo Undersea Park, is the world’s only underwater hotel where scuba diving is the only way to get to your room. But don’t worry if you are not Open Water certified, you can do the course on the spot, and then visit the lodge for three hour or an overnight. You can decide whether you to just have lunch there, or sleep underwater. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. The lodge opened to the public in 1986 as previously it was used as a research lab.

4. Nine-Hours Narita Airport Hotel (Tokyo-Japan)

Price: 74€/night

This hotel is undoubtedly worth the inclusion in the list of the top 10 unusual places to spend the night. Nine-Hours is the first airport capsule-hotel in the world. Capsule hotels, that were created with the purpose of providing guests with cheap and basic overnight accommodations, are becoming increasingly common in Japan. Hence, Nine-Hours Narita Airport Hotel is the best solution for travelers who need to take a nap between flights or simply need some rest. The ‘nine-hoursformula comes from the idea that 9h is the exact time you need to spend in a hotel room: 1 hour for the shower, 7 hours of rest, and 1 hour to get ready and leave.

5. Byblos Art Luxury Hotel (Verona-Italy)

Prices: 200€-300€/night

The distinctive feature of this Hotel is Alessandro Medini‘s idea to decor this ancient villa with both contemporary and historic furniture and works of art. In this Hotel is possible to admire artworks by artists such as: Marina Abramovich, Vanessa Beecroft, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami and so on. It is a truly permanent art exhibition! Where else can you spend a night with a Begona Montalban?

6. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – Glass Igloos (Saariselka-Finland)

Prices: 525€ (small glass igloo) – 680€ (large glass igloo)

The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort boasts many kinds of accommodations (log chalets, snow igloos, traditional houses…) but glass igloos are definitely the most peculiar ones. These beautiful igloos offer you the chance to spend the night admiring the northern lights and stars. The two-persons igloos include a toilet and the option of an extra bed (but not the shower, which is located in a separate building), on the other hand the four-persons ones, include both the toilet and the shower. It is possible to book the Ice Igloos from 24th August until the end of April.

7. Le Grotte della Civita (Matera-Italy)

Prices: 500€-800€

Have you ever considered sleeping in a cave? Well, nothing is impossible. In this luxury hotel in Matera (Italy) you can choose between many different cave-suits to spend an unforgettable night. The city of Matera is world-famous for its Sassi quarters (UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993) and Le Grotte della Civita is placed in the oldest part of the Sassi, the Civita. Cave dimensions vary from 70 m2 to 160 m2, and some of them have a private balcony (perfect for claustrophobics). Suites are properly furnished and equipped with all facilities (a bathtub and/or shower, hair dryer, on-desk welcome kit with water and fresh fruit upon arrival, natural shampoo and body wash, floor heating/cooling system).

8. Skylodge Adventure Suites (Cusco-Perù)

Price: 400€

Located in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru, the exclusive Skylodge Adventure Suites offers you the chance to sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom. It feels like sleeping in a condor nest! Sleeping there, however, is not that simple. In order to reach the Skylodge you have to climb 400 mt. of Via Ferrata or hike an intrepid trail through ziplines, but it’s worth it. The Natura Vive Skylodge is composed of three exclusive capsule Suites with a total capacity of 8 people. These hanging transparent capsule suites are situated at the top of a 1200 ft mountain with a 300 degree view. Breathtaking!

9. Karosta Naval Jail (Liepaja-Latvia)

The Karosta Prison Hotel is certainly one of the most unusual places where to spend the night. This former Soviet military prison (which went out of service in 1990) was well-known for the tortures and punishments under which enemies of the Czar or, later, of the Communist party, were put through. The prison is now being re-used as a hostel and tourist attraction of the city of Liepaja. Besides the visit and the excursions of the structure, visitors can experience the ‘prison 24h’, spending an entire day living, sleeping, and eating as prisoners.

10. Hotel de Sal Luna Salada (Salar de Uyuni-Bolivia)

Price: 120€

The distinctive feature of this hotel is being almost completely built out of salt blocks. Hotel de Sal Luna Salada offers rooms decorated with exposed salt blocks that overlook the Uyuni salt mine. The hotel is quite isolated, there are no facilities such as cafes or restaurants nearby: just the view of the salar. Salt is everywhere in the building, apart from the walls, we find it on the floor, on the furniture, in the corridor… There are also fireplaces along the corridors. A unique experience!

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