Depending on the type of traveler you are, sometimes a hotel is just a place to rest after a long day of exploring the surroundings of your destination. For others, the right hotel is part of what makes the travel experience an interesting one. Here are 5 hotels from around the world that certainly know how to give their guests a memorable, albeit unusual, stay.
La Balade des Gnômes – Durbuy, Belgium
If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, a stay at this Belgium hotel is for you. The Trojan Horse room is a full-scale replica of the huge wooden horse built by the Greeks during the Trojan War to foil their enemies with a surprise attack. Built using wooden construction and wheels, the room only accommodates two guests at a time though, which we imagine is a vastly smaller army size than the Greeks had hidden in their mythological horse.
Free Spirit Spheres – Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Located on private land near Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island are three spherical tree houses, collectively known as Free Spirit Spheres. Set among soaring trees, it’s a chance for adults (guests must be 16 years or older) to experience a tree house, albeit a finer quality one than any they would have played in as a child. Each of the three handcrafted spheres – named Eve, Eryn and Melody – is suspended from the trees, is wired for power, and has built-in speakers for hooking up music and video devices. Talk about glamping!
Marmara Antalya – Antalya, Turkey
This unique-looking property overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, the Taurus Mountains, and the city of Antalya. Keep your eye out the window and you’ll have a chance to see it all without even turning your head as the Marmara Antalya is the world’s first revolving hotel. Built to float in a pool of 478 tonnes of water, there are six electric motors that help to turn the hotel a full 360 degrees on its foundation several times a day.
Treehotel – Harads, Sweden
Located in a tiny 600-person Swedish village, the Treehotel is currently made up five uniquely designed treerooms, each one located four to six metres above ground. One treeroom is built to resemble a bird’s nest, another like a cube with mirrored walls, and yet another – perhaps the most interesting one – is shaped like an UFO. For a stay that’s out of this world, opt for this spaceship-style treeroom with an exterior cast in durable composite material and an interior that has a modern and comfortable look to it.
Fantasyland Hotel – Edmonton, Alberta
Located right inside the popular West Edmonton Mall, Fantasyland is a hotel that distinguishes itself with eccentric themes such as Canadian Railroad, Polynesian, Igloo, and more. Booking a theme room at this hotel means you’ll have your pick of sleeping in such oddities as a catamaran boat, a giant Roman-style round bed, a Wild West wagon, or the back seat of a truck. But don’t let the kitschiness fool you-the luxury hotel offers theme room rates starting at $428 per night.