18 Wacky Hotels That Are Absolutely Mind Blowingly Crazy 


When a regular hotel stay just won’t do—take a look at the world’s oddest hotels where guests sleep in coffinbeds and furniture hangs from the roof.

By Jaya Sharma

1. Treehotel Harads, Sweden

The 6-room hotel has a sci-fi take on treehouses. Hoisted on top of tall pine trees, choose between a cabin that looks like a life-size bird’s nest, a Mirrorcube that seems to go into stealthmode when it mirrors the surroundings, and one that looks like the UFO from E.T.

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2. Hotel Galéria Tachyon, Slovakia

The haphazard building painted in abstract art with every colour imaginable, is actually a low-budget hotel with 12 rooms. Apart from the framed art pieces, paint is splattered all over the floor and walls—safe to say, it’s an OCD nightmare.

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3. Propeller Island City, Germany

It’s beyond us why anyone would want to sleep in a coffin—German artist Lars Stroschen, designed all 30 rooms in the hotel, the simplest one with angled mirrors, moving on to an upside-down room, a padded cell, a lion cage, and the strangest—a crypt room with coffin beds.

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4. Capsulevalue Kanda, Japan

Perhaps sleep will become a commodity in the future, considering businesses like nap-bars and sleeppods are flourishing. Popular in Tokyo is the capsule hotel where you can pay about US$36 per night to catch up on your snooze in a tucked away capsule.

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5. V8 Hotel, Germany

Racing fans and automobile enthusiasts can choose from rooms converted into a Formula 1 track, a gas station, a car wash, or a mechanical workshop. Beds are made of vintage car skeletons, and rooms come with racing paraphernalia.

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6. No Man’s Fort, Portsmouth

Here, we seek our make-believe underground top-secret fantasies. No Man’s Fort, a circular Victorian-era structure surrounded by water, can make you feel like you’re allowed access to a hidden vault. Inside, however, it’s a luxe hotel with 22 bedrooms, a lighthouse penthouse suite, a nightclub, an open-air hot tub, and a laser quest arena.

7. Aydinli Cave Hotel, Turkey

A haven of natural wonders, the stone- and rock-cut cave dwellings, is straight out of a sorcerer’s book. Up close, fourteen luxurious rooms are festooned with antique furniture, and latest technology.

8. The Boot Bed ‘N’ Breakfast, New Zealand

Jester house in New Zealand is delightfully bizarre. Warm interiors, artsy décor, combined with the sunny, outdoor garden seating, make it a popular day spot for groups and families. The café has only one cottage, the giant Boot guesthouse. The intimate, cozy quarters for two comprises a bedroom, a lounge with a couch by the fire, a kitchenette, and a toilet area with a shower for two. Sip wine at its alfresco courtyard decorated with candles and flowers.

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9. The Manta Resort, Tanzania

Floating over the waters of the Arabian Sea, the resort has an underwater room that captures the magic of sea fauna. Just like living in an aquarium, sleep on a bed ensconced in glass walls with Reef fish swimming all around. Common sightings include the trumpet, batfish, Spanish dancers, squids, and octopus.

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10. Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Dating back to the 1930s, this stately building with wall gardens may not be quirky in itself, but the fact that it houses the Rothschild giraffes makes it peculiar. Feeding monkeys is one thing, but when the tallest mammal pops its head to your table for some nosh, you better have a treat ready.

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11. Ice Hotel, Sweden

The fact that the hotel melts every summer and is remodeled every winter shows their commitment to hospitality and entertainment. From ice furniture to chandeliers, we wonder what keeps guests from freezing.

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12. La Balade Des Gnomes, Belgium

How would you like to stay in a replica of the Trojan Horse? Or a gargoylethemed restaurant? A stay at this Belgian hotel, with ten spectral guest-rooms, is nothing short of an act of valour.

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13. Das Park Hotel, Austria

Another hard-tograsp concept, the rooms are basically remodeled sewage pipes. Situated on the banks of the Danube, these concrete holes provide extreme seclusion. Not ideal for claustrophobics.

14. The Dog Bark Park Inn, USA

Enter the body of a 12-foot beagle into what may be a doglover’s paradise—a bedand- breakfast that can accommodate up to four persons in the shape of a dog.

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15. Costa Verde, Costa Rica

The hotel’s 727 Fuselage Home is crafted from a 1965 vintage Boeing 727. Spiral staircases lead up to the two-bedroom suite surrounded by gardens and a one-of-a-kind view of the Manuel Antonio National Park. If you’re lucky, you may even spot the native mantled howler monkey, Central American squirrel monkey, or the whiteheaded capuchin monkey.

16. Inntel Amsterdam Zaandamn, Netherlands

This hotel illustrates abstract architecture at its zenith. Nearly 70 stacked houses form the façade of the property. Prepare to be surprised as you venture inside—find a spa with a pool, a Turkish steam bath, and a Finnish sauna.

17. Hang Nga Guesthouse, Vietnam

The ‘crazy house’ is supposedly created in the shape of a tree, with animal-themed rooms. But doesn’t it remind you of the movie Scream?

18. Crane Hotel Faralda, Netherlands

This isn’t a construction site halted mid-way. It’s a one-bedroom hotel, perched on a crane that can be rotated 360 degrees. The tiered plan has a sit-out for two, a luxury bath area, and is equipped with an LCD TV.

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