10 STRANGE HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD
The world is filled with so many strange things, from people to odd animals to places. Some of those places are hotels that are indeed strange. The history and weirdness of those places will surely stimulate your mind. Ten of these hotels are below:
1.No Man’s Fort
No man’s Fort is a Victorian-era fort which was originally built between 1867 and 1880 to protect Portsmouth from an attack from Napoleon III, it has been turned into a luxury hotel, with 22 bedrooms, a lighthouse penthouse suite, nightclub, hot tub and laser quest arena.
2.The Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA
The Dog Bark Park Inn takes the term ‘dog lover’ to a whole new level. Owned by chainsaw artists, the B&B is located inside a 12-foot beagle. Guests (it sleeps four) enter the beagle’s body through the second-storey deck. It is, of course, pet-friendly.
3.Hotel CasAnus, Antwerp, Belgium
One of the most unusual places to sleep on our list, art sculpture CasAnus has been designed to resemble a giant intestine. Created by Joep Van Lieshout, inside is a double bed, an electric heater, as well as a shower with hot water.
4. Hang Nga Guesthouse, Da Lat, Vietnam
Popularly known as ‘Crazy House’, this fairytale-like building is Gaudi-esque in its form. The building’s overall design is meant to resemble a tree and each room is animal themed.
5. Hippo Point, Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Hippo Point is an exclusive wildlife estate sitting on an isthmus between Lake Naivasha and Lake Oloidean. Due to its perfect microclimate, more than 350 species of bird and 1,200 resident animals roam the grounds, including buffalo, giraffe, zebra, gazelle and, of course, hippo. The magical main house, which was built in 1932, is classically British, but the Dodo’s Folly really stands out: its eight-storey views are incredible.
6. The Boot Bed’n’Breakfast, Tasman, New Zealand
The giant boot guesthouse, created by Steve and his partner Judy in 2001, is wonderfully eccentric. The curved walls and ceilings means everything has been custom made.
6. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada
Set among the trees of the west-coast rainforest on Vancouver Island are handcrafted, UFO-like spheres made from cedar, Sitka Spruce and fiberglass. The three globes are tethered to the trees with ropes, and sway gently in the breeze.
7. The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania
While a library in a hotel is nothing new, The Library Hotel in New York is one for true book lovers: each of the 10 floors honour one of the 10 categories in the Dewey Decimal System (for example Literature, Technology, The Arts), and each of the 60 rooms come with a thematic collection of books depending on the floor. On top of that, there’s also a writer’s den, poetry garden and terrace and reading room.
8. Cedar Creek Treehouse, Ashford, Washington, USA
Constructed between the early 1980s and 2000s in the Pinchot National Forest, the collection of treehouses at Cedar Creek are cinematic. The treehouses look, quite literally, like a house has been placed up a tree. The observatory offers views of the Mount Rainer.
9. Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain
The Marqués de Riscal is architect Frank Gehry’s first and only hotel project, located in Elciego, in the heart of Spain’s Rioja wine-growing region. Similarly, to his other projects, such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the new Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the structure is avant-garde in its approach, using huge titanium ribbons which stand out from the surrounding vineyard. The restaurant and bar are first-class, and there’s also a separate spa wing.
By Ibizugbe Osahon