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18 Unique Hotels From Around the World

November 6, 2014

Wow. We thought the post on the coolest hotels in each state (see here) was amazing, but boy, oh boy! You are in for a TREAT!

Some travelers think that the place where you lay your head on the road is just that – a place to sleep, or change clothes. But there are some trips where the accommodations are the main attraction. To the more daring traveler, the flower-quilted double bed and lacquered furniture of a typical hotel room is just plain boring. For the intrepid, quirky and adventurous globetrotter, here are 18 unique hotels from around the world.

Check these hotels out and be prepared to be blown away:

1. Hotel Ještěd, Czech Republic
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Czech architect Karel Hubáček is responsible for the retro-futuristic tower rising over 300 ft (91m) above majestic Ještěd mountain. The building itself has a futuristic flare (or at least “the future” according to the 60s) both inside and out.
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The tower was designed to naturally extend the silhouette of the mountain it tops, but isn’t merely decorative. It is a television transmitter, built to withstand the extreme climate.

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Built between 1966 and 1973, the Ještěd Tower was awarded the Perret Prize, an honor bestowed by the International Union of Architects. Below the tower is a hotel and restaurant, both of which embraced the “space age” motif with rounded egg chairs hanging from ceilings and gold-tinted lighting, everything decidedly round.
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The view is one of the most breathtaking in all of the Czech Republic, looking out over parts of Germany and Poland, and the majority of Bohemia.
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You can reach the hotel by either walking or driving up the mountain or using a cable car. It is the location used in the movie “Grandhotel,” if you’d like to get a sneak peek before hauling yourself up to the top of the hill. [link, map]

2. Giraffe Manor, Kenya

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The Giraffe Manor, built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, is surrounded by 140 acres (57ha) of its own park and forest thirty minutes from the centre of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, with superb views of the Ngong Hills. In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville, grandson of a Scots earl, and his American wife Betty, who also founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), bought the Manor.

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They then moved two highly endangered baby Rothschild giraffe to the estate, where they thrived and have produced several further generations of giraffe.

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Travellers from all over the world now make The Giraffe Manor part of their East African Safari. Some spend a week here and The Giraffe Manor has many repeat guests, who have become old friends. Personally hosted, The Giraffe Manor is an elegant and exclusive small hotel with a rich blend of welcoming accommodation, highly trained staff and one of Nairobi’s finest kitchens.

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The Giraffe Manor also offers a uniquely untouched wilderness on the doorstep of one of Africa’s most cosmopolitan cities, the adjoining Jock Leslie-Melville Nature Education Centre, better known as the Giraffe Centre. Guided walks through its primeval forest enable you to learn about traditional uses of the varied flora, view some of the 180 bird species and perhaps meet a warthog or bushbuck. [link, map]

3. Marqués de Riscal, Spain

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Nestled in the renowned Vinos de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal’s vineyard in the medieval village of Elciego (Basque Country, northern Spain), the hotel’s spectacular curves, titanium roof and asymmetry of walls provide an elegant contrast to the historic wine cellars designed in 1858 by the architect Ricardo Bellsola.

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The hotel’s 43 luxury rooms and suites, each unique and different in their shapes and offered views, are “thrown” in two wings connected by a spectacular suspended footbridge.

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All stylish rooms at the Hotel Marqués de Riscal feature a distinctive zig-zag window seat with views of the valley. There is a plasma TV in each room and the black marble bathrooms come with a hairdryer.

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The Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa offers a range of grape-based treatments. There is also an indoor pool, hammam, fitness centre and massage services. At the top of the hotel there is a rooftop library-lounge and a wine bar. You can enjoy panoramic views from here or from the 8 terraces. [link1link2, map]

4. Inntel Hotel, Netherlands

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The new Inntel hotel in Zaandam is without a shadow of a doubt, the main eye-stopper in the revamped town centre and a building that has set many tongues wagging in the Netherlands.

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The iconic green wooden houses of the Zaan region were the fount of inspiration for the hotel’s designer, Wilfried van Winden (WAM architecten, Delft). The structure is a lively stacking of various examples of these traditional houses, ranging from a notary’s residence to a worker’s cottage.

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Providing 160 guest rooms, the hotel also offers a bar-restaurant, a swimming pool, and a wellness centre with a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath. The hotel tower, with a footprint that is well-nigh square, is almost forty metres tall (130ft) and has eleven floors.

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Constructed of timber and Eternit fibre cement cladding, the edifice is expressive, with varied fenestration, wide protruding sections, and elegant white eaves and barge-boards. [link, map]

5. Sarova Saltlick Game Lodge, Kenya
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A thrilling destination for the true wildlife enthusiast, this unique hotel combines responsible ecotourism with amazing proximity to wildlife.
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This catering establishment is located in the midst of the Taita Hills Sanctuary, a private wildlife conservancy at the foot of the Taita Hills bordering Tsavo West National Park, approx. six hours drive from Nairobi or three and a half hours from Mombasa.
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The hotel is made up of rooms on stilts above watering holes, connected by walkways, meaning guests have close up visual access to the game below.
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The 96 rooms are comfortably furnished and built on two storeys, with many enjoying uninterrupted views of the waterhole below. [linkmap]

6.  The Marmara Antalya, Turkey

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Located on the famous Falez cliffs near Antalya, the world’s only revolving hotel building gives guests magnificent 360° views.

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The complete ‘Revolving Loft’ annex building moves, with a full rotation of it’s 24 guest bedrooms taking anywhere between 2 and 22 hours. The rotation is smooth, aided by 6 electric motors in the basement and you can go to sleep facing the sea and wake up facing the pool.

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This 2750 ton building floats in a tank holding only 478 tons of water. With the 3 bottommost floors submerged, there is a lounge at the entrance and rooms on the other 3 floors. Yet somehow, the taps still work and the toilets still flush.

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It is an impressive feat of engineering design. The complete hotel consists of 238 originally designed rooms. [link, map]

7. Sun Cruise Hotel, South Korea

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Perched high above the shores on the costal cliff in Jeongdongjin, a South Korean tourist town known for having the best view of the sunrise, is a cruise ship that appears to have been mysteriously transported from the sea. That is Sun Cruise Resort & Yacht – the world’s first on-land cruise themed resort.

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The hotel measures 165 metres (540ft) in length, 45 metres (150ft) in height, and 30,000 tons in weight. The Sun Cruise Resort has 211 rooms, both condominium and hotel style, a Western and a Korean restaurant, revolving sky lounge, a karaoke, and sea water pool. It also offers six state-of-the-art function rooms for seminars and workshops.

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The resort was designed to give tourists a realistic feel of a cruise ship without the motion sickness. Overhead speakers play sounds of crashing waves around the ship and even bird calls.

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Opened in 2002, it quickly became one of the most popular attractions in South Korea. You can enjoy the whole experience for only £45.12 a night (80,000 South Korean Won). [linkmap]

8. King Pacific Lodge, Canada

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King Pacific Lodge is considered as the only hotel in the world, where visitors can float on the water while they sleep during a rest, unlike cruise ships this hotel is a comfortable and unique as it passes through one of the largest nature reserves in the world, Princess Royal Island, Canada – a place full of flora and fauna.

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King Pacific Lodge provides the ultimate in luxury adventure travel and ecotourism vacations from its location in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Open from May to October, this lodge provides numerous adventure travel excursions such as kayaking, heli-hiking, wildlife tours, fly-fishing and much more.

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The trip to King Pacific Lodge alone is magnificent. The resort is only accessible by float plane and the lodge is located in one of the few untouched wilderness areas of the world.

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The Great Bear Rainforest protects some of the most endangered animals such as the Spirit Bear, pods of Orca whales, Kermode, bald eagles and wolves. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking mountains, streams, unspoiled forests, and glistening lakes upon their visit and feel the miracle of nature. [link, map]

Click here for the rest of the list.

What did we tell ya? Blew you away, huh? You can admit it to us. Our favorite happens to be Giraffe Manor and, mark my words, we will get there one day!

Until next time…

~Hospitality Shero

4 Comments

  1. Bishop says

    #2, #6, #7, and #8. I’ve gotta get to visit these! Especially Giraffe Manor! It seems the Universe is telling me something when it comes to Giraffe Manor, as it has come up multiple times in varying articles! So, Universe? I hear ya 🙂

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