Booking a hotel is probably the most important part of any trip, and choosing from the multitude of places can sometimes be overwhelming. Some go for luxury amenities like ensuite jacuzzis while others focus on practical features like proximity to city centres and public transit. But what about a bit of a twist? Staying in an unconventional hotel can make for an unforgettable experience and awesome photos. Whether it speaks to your artistic side or lets you count stars instead of sheep to doze off, everyone should give these unique hotels a visit at least once!
The Caves Resort, Negril Jamaica
With rooms built into the cliff side, this hotel provides breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea and brings you as close to nature as possible.
Hotel de Glace, Quebec
This hotel is sculpted entirely from ice and is modelled in cathedral style. From the beds, nightstands, bars and walls, nearly every part of the structure is created in ice and temperature controlled so it won't just melt away. The temperatures inside the hotel and rooms stay at around -5°C (or 23°F) and come equipped with warm bedding and oversized sleeping bag to keep you cozy.
Arte Luise Kunsthotel, Germany
Each of this hotel's 50 room is based on and filled with the work of a different artist. From surrealism, graphic art to cartoon-like illustrations, there is something for every art lover.
Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile
This hotel blends perfectly into the Patagonian rainforest and used locally sourced wood and stone in its construction. Its rustic feel carries the nature theme to the interior, providing the perfect ambiance for the adventurous nature lover.
Loisaba Hotel, Kenya
This hotel brings you front and centre with the beauty of East Africa, with open-air rooms that extend right into nature. Some rooms come equipped with "starbeds", rolling beds that can be moved to the uncovered part of the room to let you fall asleep gazing at the starry skies.
Honourable Mention: Capsule Hotels of Japan
This is an honourable mention because it's not one specific hotel. These small sleeping pods are very common in Japan, and have spread to other parts of Asia as a cheaper alternative to a full-sized hotel room for budget conscious travellers, business travellers and locals who may have missed the last train home. For a no frills (but still interesting) experience when you know you won't spend much time in your hotel other than to sleep; this works!
Wherever you stay, it's important to be well-packed in one of our Rise Gear
bags and prepared for anything so you can enjoy these unconventional hotels in addition to the sights and sounds of the cities around them!