If you are tired of the run-of-the-mill hostels and hotel chains which make up a sizeable chunk of the places you lay you head for the, here are a few more ‘unusual’ choices to give your holiday a little extra edginess! Try bunking down in a cave as the Turkish nomads once did, get out on the water with a floating hotel or climb to the forest canopy to sleep in a treehouse. If you’re interested in some more unusual hotels, check out these ludicrous places to sleep…
On a jumbo jet…Sweden:
No chance of travel sickness on this one. Jumbo Stay STF/HI is a converted Boeing 747-200 Jumbo Jet parked at Arlanda Airport outside Stockholm. So, if you have an early flight to catch in the morning, this hotel is ideally situated just 10 minutes ‘walk from the airport check-in .You can even stay in the exclusive cockpit suite, the most luxurious space to be converted in to sleeping quarters. I’m actually almost speechless!
For going in circles…China:
You won’t have seen anything like them before in your life. The Yude-style building, which is the Zhangzhou Wei Qun Lou Inn, was built in 1802 in the Fujian province of China. It suffered fire damage started by a warlord (now that’s pretty cool!) and in 1972 was rebuilt to house six families. The architectural space is particularly stunning at night in the glow of red Chinese lanterns which hang from every floor. The building is now listed as World Cultural Heritage for its representation of Hakka culture. Very crazy and very cool.
In a trulli…Italy:
These traditional folk dwellings are a pretty and common site in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello in Italy’s Puglia region. At Trulli Holiday Hotel they have refurbished these conical roofed houses with bedrooms, bathrooms and open fireplaces nestled in romantic alcoves. If you’ve always wanted to feel like you’ve just climbed into the Shire with Bilbo Baggins, here’s you chance
In a treehouse…Turkey:
Every kid dreamed of sleeping in a treehouse and in the enchanting valley of Olympos in Turkey, such dreams can come true! Kadir’s Tree House has something for everyone. Thrill seekers can enjoy a host of watersports and hiking, others might prefer lounging on the stunning beach complete with turquoise and clear water, also a spot where the loggerhead turtles come to breed so it is also fantastic for nature lovers. The whole place is made of wood, the whole place! Madness.
Ok guys, these certainly beat a 20 bed dorm in some dingy dive eh!? This is getting me tired, I’m off for a kip. Happy travels!