20 wonderfully quirky places to stay

Written by Radha Vyas

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When was the last time you slept in a space so creative, unusual and down-right quirky that you couldn’t help but share it with the world?

Instead of playing the spectator by simply reading this post, you could be sipping hot cocoa in a bed made entirely of ice, power down in a refurbished jail cell, enjoy a hearty breakfast in a giant shoe, or even wake up in your own luxurious V8 Garage or dome tent in the wilderness. Around here we believe half the fun of flashpacking (or “travelling” as it used to be known) is discovering new and unusual places. The remaining half is the stories we collect on our way. If you’ve stayed in one hotel room, you’ve stayed in them all. The same cannot be said of the following collection of our favourite strange and beguiling places you simply have to see to believe. And now… 20 Wonderfully Quirky Places To Stay:

1. Snooze on Jumbo Jet

 Quirky Places To Stay
Stockholm/ Arlanda, Sweden
If you just can’t get enough of sleeping on airplanes, why not try the cockpit of this 1976 Jumbo Jet converted into a hostel? We hear the panoramic views of the airport are particularly pedestrian this time of year.
2. The Balancing Barn
 Quirky Places To Stay
Suffolk, England
00 This rustic yet super modern barn “dramatically cantilevers over the landscape,” and features panoramic views over woods, ponds and meadows. Vertigo not included.
3. Eco Camp Patagonia
 Quirky Places To StayTorres Del Paine National Park, Chile
There is just no getting closer to mother nature than with your own fully sustainable geodesic dome (featuring Green Technology) in the middle of the Chilean wilderness. If you can image gazing up at starry skies at night and hiking these magnificent hills by day, you will love our Chile Trip!
4. V8 Hotel
 Quirky Places To StayStuttgard, Germany
Built on an old airport site, this glorified garage is pure petrol-head heaven! Between furniture made from spare parts and rooms dubbed “Gas Station” and “Carwash” the automotive enthusiast will find everything his heart desires. His wife, not so much.
5. Euromast TV Tower
 Quirky Places To StayRotterdam, Netherlands
The Euromast TV tower is the tallest building in Rotterdam and features stunning views of the river Maas and the world port. For an extra dash of excitement, grab a zip line down!
6. La Balade des Gnomes
 Quirky Places To StayHeyd Nr Durbuy, Belgium
The brainchild of architect and visionary hotelier, Mr Noël, this giant Trojan Bull is hand crafted from wood and sleeps up to 10 people. No BS!
7. Boot Bed & Breakfast
PlaceholderTasman, New Zealand
There once was an old lady, who lived in a… For an unusual romantic getaway, why not spoil your better half with a stay in this fairytale-like hideaway in the shape of a giant boot?
8. Breakwater Lodge
PlaceholderCape Town, South Africa
This luxurious Hotel was originally built as a prison in 1895 and today forms part of the University of Cape Town’s Business School. Look out for the remains of the “treadmill of torture”!
PlaceholderJukkasjärvi, Sweden
Built from tons of frozen ice, this magical palace is open for only 4 months of the year and features every creature comfort imaginable. Perfect for adventurous travellers who don’t mind a room temperature of 5 degrees below zero. Or an Aurora Dome in Finland might be a little warmer…
10. Rolling Huts
PlaceholderWinthrop, United States of America
Imagine camping in your own private herd of cabins on wheels! Each hut comfortably sleeps two and as they offer a fireplace, Wi-Fi and a Microwave, we assume a handbrake would be included.
11. Jules Undersea Lodge
PlaceholderKey Largo, United States of America
The only way to check into this secret underwater lodge is to dive 21 feet down to the reception area. This surreal terrarium is the world’s only underwater motel and was once a research lab. We were also delighted to hear that guests are provided with an unlimited supply of air tanks…
12. Euro Space Center
PlaceholderTransinne, Belgium
Aimed at kids, wannabe astronauts, and nuclear families wanting to live like astronauts, the Center offers a variety of “spacey” rooms and activities including a “moonwalk”.
13. Mira Mira
PlaceholderCrossover, Australia
If Plato was still alive he would have no doubt spammed Trip Advisor with existential reviews about this place. If you are in need of a little reflection time, Mira Mira’s Cave Room welcomes you with open…
14. Magic Mountain
PlaceholderPanguipulli, Chile
Hailed as the place where dreams come true, this unusual hotel is located deep in the Chilean jungle and features 13 swanky rooms with great views of the surrounding greenery (and volcanoes).
15. Rock the Kasbah!
PlaceholderJbel Toubkal, Morocco
Although the Kasbah du Toubkal made it on the Condé Nast “Top 10 High Hotels of the World,” it is still a place steeped in mystery. Far from a bland boutique hotel, this authentic Berber structure lies at the foot of the Atlas mountains. We asked, they’ve never heard of “The Clash”.
16. The Crane Hotel
PlaceholderHarlingen, Netherlands
Can you image sleeping in a customised Crane? This working dockside crane has been converted into a posh bedroom complete with breakfast delivered via a lift. Unfortunately, they won’t let you operate the crane without a license.
17. Ariau Amazon Towers
Amazon Rain Forest, Brazil
Billed as a dream destination and frequented by luminaries like Bill Gates and dear Prince Charles, the hotel is built among the amazon treetops. It offers over 6 miles of canopy walkways and you can even book your own “Tarzan Suite”.
18. Barefoot Yurts
Sussex, United Kingdom
Fancy a stay in an authentic Mongolian yurt set in a peaceful spot on the edge of the Sussex woodlands. These tranquil “cloud houses” are an eco warrior’s dream come true and only 2 hours away from London. 
19. Free Spirit Spheres
Qualicum Beach, Canada
Suspended like luxurious cocoons among the tall trees of the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, these unique feats of engineering and hospitality will blow you away.
20. Jailhotel
PlaceholderLuzern, Switzerland
What do you get when you revamp an old jailhouse into a 3-star property with 56 rooms? A very intriguing guest book…