Quite a departure from the standard Australian lodge hotel — Thorngrove Manor is a fantasy version of a European castle, complete with turrets, towers and rough stone walls. The interiors carry on in the same baroque vein, with antiques, artworks and architectural details at every turn. Yet in spite of the historical theme, Thorngrove is a thoroughly modern luxury hotel, and deep down has more in common with today’s five-star boutiques than with any drafty old fortress.
With just five impossibly opulent suites, it’s nothing if not intimate, and you could easily forget that there are other guests at all. Tapestries, carved or timbered ceilings, fine rugs and antique four-poster beds set a tone that’s quite at odds with the rustic and pared-down style one expects from an Australian lodge. Each room is different, varying in size and layout, and come with little surprises, whether a fireplace, a spa bath or a German antique piano.
Meals are served en-suite or, if reserved, in the candlelit dining room; this is another measure of Thorngrove Manor’s fixation on privacy, in contrast with the communal dining that’s standard in other small lodge hotels. The surrounding neighborhood is home to some worthy dining options as well, and the hotel is less than twenty minutes from Adelaide city center.
Based at F.A.S.T. (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) – a unique and artistic surfers village on the boulevard of Scheveningen near The Hague, the Capsule Hotel offers peculiar-looking modules that look like they come right from a James Bond movie. Apparently they originally come from offshore drilling sites, but they are sure to set you off into a different world than a Four Seasons in the middle of an urban center.
They are otherwise modest inside the oblong sleeping quarters, but should you upgrade to the top package, you’ll find a toilet, sheepskins and a DVD player with tons of movies to choose from, including 007 of course.
It is bright orange in color and what once was an oil rig platform is now your bedroom, for a night or two that is. They were built in 1972, are 4.25 metres in diameter and unaltered apart from the addition of a lock on the outside and an ‘emergency’ chemical toilet inside. This is of course, less about luxury and more about a unique experience that you don’t get to experience everyday.
First created for accommodation as an art project in 2004, owner Denis Oudendijk has different models ready for use and is currently working on additional locations in central Amsterdam, Belgium and Nantes, France.
If you’re sick of staying at Marriotts and Hiltons, then look no further, this hotel is for you (if you’re in Scotland). The Beer Moth Hotel is located at the Inshriach House in Aviemore. This unique hotel was built inside of something… strange. Walter, its creator, acquired a 1956 Commer Q4 from the Manston Fire Museum in Kent. He transported it back to Inshriach House and did what any skilled renovater would do. He converted it into a hotel.
On the Inshriach House Estate in Aviemore, Scotland, there is a hotel that’s constantly at capacity. No, it’s not filled with celebrities… it just has room for two people. The Beer Moth is a unique hotel, a converted vintage 1956 Commer Q4 fire truck with modified features. Inside, there is a Victorian double bed, a cottage door, and a parquet floor and other unique additions.
The adventurous who want to explore the Scottish countryside can rent this room. Pets are welcome (as they would probably just be outside anyway). Because of the nature of this adventurous room, no children are allowed.
Finally, a library that will actually be comfortable to sleep in.
Midtown’s Library Hotel, located steps away from the New York Public Library, boasts more than 6,000 books — with each of the 10 guest-room floors dedicated to one of the major categories of the Dewey Decimal System.
Each of the hotel’s 60 rooms has up to 150 books in it.
“The hotel is a bookworm’s paradise,” said a spokesperson for the hotel. “Each one of our rooms offers a personalized literary experience. Whether you enjoy reading about zoology or Slavic languages, we’ve got it covered.”
The Dewey Decimal System classifies books with 10 categories: social sciences, literature, languages, history, math & science, general knowledge, technology, philosophy, the arts and religion.
The rooms on each of the levels are then devoted to a different subject within the floor’s assigned category.
The third floor, for example, is based on social sciences — and has six rooms dedicated to law, money, world culture, economics, political science and communication.
The Library Hotel, at Madison Avenue and 41st Street, also features a dedicated reading room and a rooftop Writer’s Den and Poetry Lounge offering literary-themed cocktails.
“When the building was purchased, the idea was to offer something different,” the spokesperson added. “Being so close to the library — one of New York’s most loved landmarks — was the inspiration for that.”
It’s past midnight, and you just missed the last train. A hotel is out of the question, much too pricey, but you definitely want more privacy than a tiny cubicle in a manga cafe. So what do you do? That’s where the capsule hotel comes in.
First built by Kisho Kurakawa in Osaka in 1979, a capsule hotel consists of pod-like rooms—if you can call them rooms, as they’re more like compartments—stacked together, providing the bare minimum in terms of space and amenities. Inside, there’s just enough room for a person to crawl inside, lie down, and sit up (but if you’re too tall, even this might be impossible).
Basic amenities include a light, an air conditioner, and alarm clock, but some capsule hotels may also provide a TV, power outlet, and/or radio. There are no locks, only a shutter for you to get some quiet and privacy—which isn’t always guaranteed, as you may have the misfortune of sharing the hotel with rowdy guests.
In a 1920s building in Little India, the 29-room Wanderlust is a whimsical and stylish showcase of Singapore’s new generation of designers. The lobby, by hot design company Asylum, is all industrial chic, with polished concrete floors, reupholstered barber’s chairs, shopping carts retrofitted as chairs, and a foosball table. It shares its open space with a too-cool bar (stools are fashioned from recycled metal) and a French restaurant, Cocotte, where a huge spidery chandelier made of black desk lamps hangs above communal tables.
Each of the four floors was designed by a different local architectural firm, all of which ran with their funky creativity: The second-floor rooms are brightly monochrome; the third floor has white pop-art rooms inspired by origami and pop-up books, with backlit trompe l’oeil “furnishings” and “windows” against the walls (the bed, of course, is real). The quarters can be small—some showers and toilets are tucked into frosted-glass cabinets—but they’re comfortable and functional, with free Wi-Fi, coffee, and tea.
Also complimentary is a yummy breakfast of homemade waffles or eggs and pastries. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and the cutest service touch is the “passport” presented to guests: It’s filled with hand-drawn maps of cool restaurants, shops, and bazaars in the raucous Little India neighborhood.
The architects have always tried to create something interesting and different to attract the visitors, from the use of technology to simple ice hotels. The Hotel Palacio de Sal is a unique piece of architecture, entirely made of salt. The Hotel Palacio de Sal stands in a stunningly dreamlike landscape of Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flat. Palacio de Sal is a luxury hotel made exclusively of salt. Salar de Uyuni is already famous for being world largest salt flat.
Hotel Palacio de Sal covers an area of 48,000 square-feet. The hotel has 16 single and 8 double bed rooms. The space is airy and spacious. The rooms are comparatively smaller but comfortable. The prices start from 85 pounds ($135) per night. The hotel is different in having all features of luxury hotel including golf course, a dry sauna, steam room, whirlpool and, not to get surprised its own saltwater baths.
The walls, floor, desk, bed, tables and chair everything is made from salt bricks in Hotel Palacio de Sal. The hotel is located at an altitude of 3000 meters. The cooking is a challenge at this high altitude as it takes more time, still the food tastes great. The salt used in these dishes comes from the salt flat. The dishes mostly are made from llama meat, lamb, and chicken.
The main issue that is faced in Hotel Palacio de Sal is changing of wires as they get corroded for walls being made of salt. Second being the reconstruction after heavy rain falls. The interesting rule of the Hotel Palacio de Sal is that licking is strictly prohibited. The construction of this hotel took two years. The Hotel Palacio de Sal is dream come true for its creator Don Juan Quesada. The place is without any doubt the best choice for building such a master piece.
Conrad Maldives boasts the Maldives’ most iconic restaurant. Venture 16 feet below the ocean to dine at one of the world’s most extraordinary venues, with 180° views of marine life through its glass walls and arched glass roof. Topped off with gourmet Maldivian-Western fusion set menus and Champagne cocktails, beautiful Ithaa is unique and a little surreal.
The two islands that make up the resort are quite distinct. A 500 metre timber footbridge connects the main hub of Rangalifinolhu with the smaller Rangali Island; ideal if you’re seeking a tranquil escape with access to the facilities of larger island. On Rangalifinolhu, the atmosphere is cool and lively. Almost every type of cuisine is covered here, from the eight show kitchens at the sand-floored Atoll Market to a cheese and wine bar. On Rangali Island, tranquillity and privacy are the order of the day. There’s the Koko Grill – an exclusive, candlelit Japanese live cooking venue on the beach, a cinema under the stars and a chic adults-only ‘quiet zone’ with infinity pool and tented lounge bar.
Accommodation is split over the two islands: spacious Beach Villas and Deluxe Beach Villas with private plunge pool on Rangalifinolhu Island and a range of water villas off Rangali Island. If you’re planning a pampering escape, the Retreat Water Villas have a separate private treatment room. Sunset Water Villas have their own private area of the lagoon and a master bedroom with revolving round bed.
Located just outside the center of Berlin in Germany, Propeller Island City Lodge is an unusual hotel with “artistic” rooms that include flying beds and upside down fittings. The rooms and interior objects have all been created by the German artist Lars Stroschen, in an attempt to create a hotel that is a “living work of art”. While sleeping in a coffin or a recreated dungeon might not be what you imagined a trip to Berlin to be like, the hotel no doubt leaves an impression and we thought it merited a mention on this Friday the 13th.
Propeller Island guests can choose from a collection 30 unusual rooms, each featuring a unique theme and experience. The rooms have been designed without limitations, varying from the tame to the extreme, and provide guests with the opportunity to alter their perspective of reality. Rooms with flying beds, crime scene tape or re-created torture devices are designed to make guests feel like they have stumbled into a horror film. While other tamer rooms instantly transport guests to Japan, New York or a surreal fantasy land.
Some of the hotel’s highlights include the Upside Down Room which is equipped with furnishings that hang from the ceiling, where guests sleep in comfortable boxes beneath the floorboards. The Mirror Room is laid out in a diamond shape and the central bed is completely surrounded by mirrors, giving guests the impression of being inside a kaleidoscope. The Prison Cell Room is exactly that, a re-created prison cell with an exposed toilet in the center of the room. While for those who might be curious about the after-life, the Coffin Room even allows guests to slumber beneath closed lids!
Due to the artistic nature of the rooms, guests are asked to treat the furnishings with care and not all rooms are fitted with an en-suite. In these cases guests have access to the hotel’s communal bathrooms located directly adjacent to the rooms. Prices at Propeller Island City Lodge start from US$90 per night.