The evaluation of hotels saw its beginning in humble inns where lodging were provided with the most basic amenities to travelers.
However, the 20th century has introduced luxury which has become a thrust of the hotel. Now the hospitality industry is sprawling about $1 trillion market.
Yet, this modern expanse makes hotel experience repetitive and boring especially when one begins to crave something new, unique and adventurous.
Below are unique hotels that will give a new take on hotel experience.
1. Ice Hotel, Sweden
Located in Jukkasjarvi, the hotel takes a new shape each year as the architects, artists and designers creations only stay for the winter, then melts away for the next iteration.
This kind of experience started in 1989 and is still going strong. Ice and snow are used from the nearby Torne River. It features an ice bar, ice gallery, ice chapel, heated restaurants and camps.
2. Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
This hotel which features glass rooms shaped like Igloos is one of the best places in the region for watching the northern lights.
These transparent yet warm room offers a clear view of the stars and the glass igloos comes in varying shapes and sizes from suites to prime superior to superior.
3. The Manta Resort, Pemba Island Tanzania
Manta resort is a resort hideaway surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters and untouched coral reefs. This resort makes it to the lsit of unique hotels due to its underwater sea room, where one can watch and admire the exotic marine life.
Anchored to the ocean floor, the floating luxury suite has 3 levels. There is a landing deck with a lounge and bathroom. Also, there is submerged room that sits 4 metres below the pristine waters.
4. Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica
This hotel is a refurbished Boeing 727 airframe built in 1965, which was turned to a 2 bedroom luxury guesthouse.
Nestled on the edge of the National Park in Costa Verde II area, this unusual hotel is perched on a 50-foot pedestal. At this height, you will enjoy scenic ocean and jungle views from the hard wood deck built atop the plane’s former right wing.
5. Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
This is the world’s first salt hotel on the shores of Salar de Uyuni (Bolivian Salts Flats). It is built from more than one million compact blocks from the salt flats and held together with a paste made from ground salt and water.
Moreover, every year after the rainy season the hotel loses about 10% of its original structure and a reconstruction process begins.
6. Santos Express, South Africa
Santos express known as ‘The Train’ is situated on Santos Beach in a genuine train located just 30 metres from the Indian Ocean with all cabins facing the sea.
Opened in 1994, it maintains a colonial feel and the authentic woodwork to preserve the transport heritage the country. Guests are guaranteed to be treated to some magnificent view from their bed.
7. Taj Lake Palace, India.
Floating in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan is India’s iconic Taj Lake Palace hotel. It is covered in white marble and surrounded by crystal clear waters.
The Taj Lake coined as one of the most romantic hotels in the world offers picturesque 360-degree views of the lake and surrounding Udaipur city.
The Palace is only accessible via a short boat ride and is always been frequented by celebrities and royal families all over the world
8. Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Giraffe Manor dates back to the 1930’s when European visitors first came to enjoy the Safari. The fascinating thing about the property is the herd of friendly Rothschild giraffe that roam freely within the forest. The hotel allows the giraffe to put their neck inside the windows and engage with the diners in hope for a treat.
9. Tree Hotel, Sweden
Located in Harads, Sweden, the Treehotel offers great views of the forest and the Lule River, allowing a seamless experience of nature.
Guests occupy tree rooms suspended 4-10 meters above the ground in the tall pine trees, which can be reached via electric stairs, a ramp, or a bridge.
10. Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru
It features luxury capsules that cling to the steep Cliffside. These cliff-hanging suites are transparent, having complete and breathtaking view of the Sacred Valley. The suites are hand-crafted and made of weather-resistant aerospace aluminum.