Weird hotels have made a name for themselves around the world. From rooms made of natural elements to futuristic robots, and bizarre locations, there’s really no shortage of strange places to stay.
The Mirror Cube hotel derives from Harads, Sweden. The unique structure is made of lightweight aluminum. A 4 x 4 x 4 meter box is suspended around a tree trunk with mirrors covering all sides. The one way mirrors provide a 360 degree view of the setting. In order to prevent birds from crashing into the exterior, an ultraviolet color is laminated onto the glass, and is visible only to birds. The Mirro cube can fit up two two people. The room has a double bed, a tiny bathroom, and a living room with access to the roof terrace. A cabin outside can be reached by using a rope bridge connected to the tree.
In Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, a small town located in the north of the Arctic Circle, is home to the legendary Ice Hotel art project. The Ice Hotel was built in 1989 when a group of students came together while taking an art course on in the village of Jukkasjärvi. Originally it was built as the art course venue, but there was a shortage of room. So, the Ice Hotel was invented. The hotel provides sleeping bags, survivalist advice, tips on toilet trip management on ice, and a sauna in the morning to burn off the frostbite.
The Sand Castle Hotel was built in the Netherlands. The world’s first sand castle hotel has the walls that are covered in sand and contain multiple sand sculptures, and are hidden in giant sand sculptures that are up to 26 feet high. Despite a sand exterior, within the suites there is soft carpet, king-sized beds, TVs, a sitting area and a bathroom topped with with a rain shower creating a truly unique and luxurious experience.
Welcome to the future. In Japan there are plenty of odd hotels, but one in particular has a robot dinosaur as a receptionist. The hotel named Henn Na (or “Weird Hotel”) is located in Japan’s Sasebo, Nagasaki. The innovative hotel uses robots for a variety of tasks. A giant robotic arm take care of guest’s luggage. Guests can put their luggage through a window into a box, a robotic arm grabs their belongings and puts them into a stack in a room.
Staying at the Natura Vive Skylodge Adventure Suites located in Sacred Valley, Cuzco Peru is an extreme experience in itself. First of all, guests have to climb 400 feet to reach the lodge, or hike a trail using a zip line. At the top of a mountain, three transparent capsules measuring 24 feet in length and 8 feet in height and width await. Guests enjoy a cliff-hanging getaway, with breath taking views of the Sacred Valley, as well as a package that includes gourmet dinner and bottle of wine. Each pod contains four beds, a dining area, and a private bathroom. They are handcrafted from aerospace aluminum and weather-resistant polycarbonate.