The hotel’s green facade is a standout in the standard city backdrop. The exterior of the hotel speaks the architectural language of Zaanstad. The interiors too vend out the rich history of the Zaan area: the traditional products, the pioneers of the local craft industries and the families which made the area world famous. The freakishly stunning building is hard to miss and takes a while to soak in.
Hotels can be so much more than just a bed to sleep in on your vacations. Making your hotel travel-worthy only adds to your traveling experience and enhances it without calling for more time and energy. Fortunately, the world has had some progressive, tactful hoteliers who could differentiate between the needs of a guest on an overnight business trip, a two-week luxury vacationer, and a traveler. Taking abode in an unconventional hotel can mean a lot of things; from feeling closer to the culture and history of the place, to having a unique, adventurous, priceless experience or it can also mean you are staying at a quirky destination. So, for those intrepid, adventures globetrotters, for whom the flower-quilted double bed and lacquered furniture is too vanilla, we run down a list of choicest unusual hotels in the world. Of course, this is not a complete list and there will be a follow-up sometime soon.
Half Graffiti Room, Marseille, France
Here is your chance to overindulge in contradiction and art by walking in a French hotel room half covered in graffiti. The hotel has five rooms which are redone every year with a fresh perspective.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
You can stay in a snow igloo, a glass igloo or a wooden cabin located in the Arctic circle. It doesn’t stop here. You can get lucky and witness the northern lights, one of the seven natural wonders. Also, you get to choose from a series of safaris tailored according to the weather in the Arctic wilderness.
Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
For all those sea lovers who have always fantasied about living under the sea – here’s your chance. Poseidon Undersea Resort is true to its name and offers you a unique opportunity to have endless sea view. Each underwater suite has its own private coral garden, underwater lights for the view and push button fish feeders.
Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica
This one has shot to fame as it offers a stay in a 1965 Boeing 727 that has been modified into a luxurious 2-bedroom guest house. The interiors are done in local teak and the house slogan is ¨Still more monkeys than people¨ – all this while keeping entact the characteristic fuselage shape. The wings space is smartly converted into covered patios. Every room has a bird’s view of Manuel Antonio National Park’s majestic coastline and rain forest canopy vistas dotted with toucans, sloths, coatis and monkeys.
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Ice Hotel in Sweden is a destination in itself. The hotel boasts of suites that are individually themed and hand carved by artists commissioned from around the world and a wide range of disciplines. Proximity to the Torne River gives this hotel not only its source for all that ice but also augments the ambiances the hotel has to offer. The concept of the hotel revolves around art and ice – a combination charming enough to leave you with a memory of a lifetime.
Fairy Chimney Hotel, Turkey
This hotel is majorly carved out of the famous tufa rock cones, which are locally called ‘fairy chimneys’ (peri bahcasi). The Fairy Chimney Inn is restored in a traditional fashion which creates a unique experience by blending the local taste with modern conveniences. Most of the rooms are equipped with unique Hamam like washrooms and provide a high level of individual authenticity.
Zaandan Inntel Hotel, Netherlands